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2007-09-01: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Heron, Green 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Description: Heavy streaks, thick legs, eye forward.
Hummingbird, Black-chinned 1♂ @Socorro
Wood-Pewee, Western 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Swallow, Cliff # @Socorro
Swallow, Barn # @Socorro
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Vocalizations: 'yadada'
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Noisy.
Warbler, Wilson's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Tanager, Summer 1 @Socorro

2007-09-05: NM: Belen area including Tome

@Belen: Belen area including Tome
Sandpiper, Spotted @Belen area including Tome
Just north of the RailRunner station in Belen, inside a small fenced area with standing water.
Pigeon, Rock # @Belen area including Tome
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Belen area including Tome
Sparrow, Brewer's 1 @Belen area including Tome
Sparrow, House # @Belen area including Tome

2007-09-06: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kingbird, Cassin's @Socorro: 507 Fitch
In the top of the mulberry at 601 Fitch.
Vocalizations: 'ga-beer'

2007-09-07: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, White-winged 50+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2007-09-08: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Mixed flock feeding on the railroad tracks near the Socorro station.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro

2007-09-09: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Peregrine Falcon
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@Hope: Hope Farm Road
@LL: Luis Lopez
A recent rain left a lot of standing water in the low spot on the north side of Farm-Market Road (County A-101) a short distance east of Luis Lopez.
@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route 0815, to Turtle Bay. 0855, leave Turtle Bay. 1015, to Hope Farm Road area. 1110, leave Hope Farm Road area. 1155, leave Socorro via Luis Lopez. 1215, arrive at temporary pond near Luis Lopez. 1250, lunch break. 1350, to Bosque del Apache NWR. 1415, at the Bosque "Display Pond", then seasonal road and Farm Loop. 1605, Marsh Loop. 1710, leave loop, return to Luis Lopez pond.
Film Start at frame 15 of VC-400 roll started 2007-08-05-1425. 1100, start new roll, Fuji S-400. 1230, start new roll, Kodak VC-400.
Immediate stimulus was a report of a Red Phalarope at the Luis Lopez site; not seen today. Three-foot diamondback rattler on the Bosque tour road.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
domestic duck sp. # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Teal, Blue-winged / Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Green-Winged # @Luis Lopez
Pheasant, Ring-necked 
1 @Hope Farm Road
Vocalizations: Heard only.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
2i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Clark's 
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Ibis, White-faced 
1 @Luis Lopez
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Hawk, Red-tailed @Luis Lopez
Vocalizations: Characteristic descending scream.
Kestrel, American 1 @Hope Farm Road
Falcon, Peregrine 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Coot, American 
1i @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Plover, Semipalmated @Luis Lopez
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Killdeer # @Luis Lopez
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Lesser 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Luis Lopez
Sandpiper, Western # @Luis Lopez
Sandpiper, Least # @Luis Lopez
dowitcher sp. 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's 1 @Luis Lopez
Description: Bill too long for Red. Thought it was a Red-necked because the bill didn't seem all that long or thin, but then it walked out of the muck and I saw the diagnostic leg color, yellow with a slightly greenish tinge.
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Tern, Common / Tern, Forster's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Hope Farm Road
Kingfisher, Belted 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Flycatcher, Gray 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: Tail down, then up.
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Hope Farm Road
Kingbird, Western 1 @Hope Farm Road
raven sp. 1 @Hope Farm Road
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Luis Lopez
Vocalizations: 'rack'
Swallow, Cliff # @Hope Farm Road
Swallow, Barn # @Hope Farm Road
wren sp. @Hope Farm Road
Description: Probably Bewick's or House.
Robin, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Behavior: Many on Russian Olives.
Starling, European # @Hope Farm Road
Warbler, Wilson's 1? @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, Clay-colored @Hope Farm Road
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #1
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #2
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #4. In the frame with two birds, #4 is at lower right.
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #5 is the left-hand bird in the photo.
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #6
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #7
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #8
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #9
@Hope Farm Road
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Individual #10
Sparrow, Brewer's 
1 @Hope Farm Road
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Individual #3: Brewer's, by the tiny bill.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Streaky nape.
Sparrow, Vesper # @Hope Farm Road
Sparrow, Lark 
# @Hope Farm Road
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Summer 2♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House # @Hope Farm Road
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, House # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2007-09-11: NM: Albuquerque: Tingley Beach

@ABQ: Albuquerque: Tingley Beach
Goose, white Snow 1 @Albuquerque: Tingley Beach

2007-09-12: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vireo, Warbling 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2007-09-13: NM: Luis Lopez

Notable:  Red Phalarope
@LL: Luis Lopez
The temporary water on the north side of County A-101, also known as Farm-Market Road, just east of its junction with NM-1.
Film 1215, finished VC-400 started 09-09-1230; loaded Fuji Reala 100.
Harrier, Northern 1 @Luis Lopez
Falcon, Prairie 1 @Luis Lopez
Description: Flyover. Medium size, pointy wings, longish narrow tail, dark axillars.
Phalarope, Red 1 @Luis Lopez
Description: Seen by many. Stubby dark bill, lanky phalarope build.
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Raven, Chihuahuan @Luis Lopez
Vocalizations: Continual 'rack' call.

2007-09-21: NM: Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis

Notable:  Red-breasted Nuthatch; Orange-crowned Warbler; Black-throated Blue Warbler; Clay-colored Sparrow; Dickcissel
@Mel: Melrose Woods
@day: Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route Fall migration micro-blitz. 1050, leave Socorro.
Film Current roll Fuji 100, next frame 33. At 1140, remove Fuji started 09-13-1215; load VC-400. 1650, arrive at Melrose Woods. 1830, leave Melrose Woods.
Lots of pronghorn; probably saw at least 50 today. Badger road-killed near Fort Sumner. In late afternoon, as I sat near the north fence, a diamondback about 2.5' long wandered by me, rattled briefly when I moved, and went on its way. Texas Horned Lizard, by the two dark stripes radiating from the eye.
Prairie-Chicken, Lesser ? @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Vocalizations: Several sounds transcribed as 'cluckable'. Similar to the noises I transcribed from the Waldrop Park area, 'clupple-clupple'.
No visual contact whatsoever. I have no idea whether these chickens occur here. It's just a wild guess based on these calls.
Vulture, Turkey # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Hawk, Red-tailed # @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Kestrel, American # @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
40+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
# @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Vaughn.
Dove, White-winged 60+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Sapsucker, Red-naped 1 @Melrose Woods
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Melrose Woods
Empidonax sp. 1 @Melrose Woods
Description: Eyering just a bit thicker behind the eye than in front.
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
De Baca County, US-60 near mile marker 300.
raven sp. # @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
In pinyon-juniper habitat, US-60E.
Swallow, Barn # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 4+ @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Orange-crowned 1 @Melrose Woods
Description: Gray-headed form. Broken thin eyering over and under eye. Brown-gray streaks on breast.
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Warbler, Black-throated Blue ♂ @Melrose Woods
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Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Wilson's # @Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Clay-colored # @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Sparrow, Lark # @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
US-60, west of Mountainair.
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Grosbeak, Blue 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Dickcissel 2 @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Description: Large sparrow; two dark brown crown stripes with lighter brown between; light brown supercilium; dark brown eyeline; black "whiskers" framing a whitish throat; large, light gray bill.
Seen from the car in the SW-most trees as I was leaving; no photos.
meadowlark sp. # @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
Finch, House # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine # @Socorro-Melrose Woods-Clovis
West of Mountainair, where US-60 crosses the BNSF Transcon at the east end of the single-track section, feeding on sunflowers growing along the road.
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2007-09-22: NM: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad

Notable:  Red-breasted Nuthatch; Orange-crowned Warbler; Black-throated Blue Warbler; Clay-colored Sparrow
@Bit: Bitter Lake NWR
@Clovis: Clovis area
@Mel: Melrose Woods
@day: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad
Route 0700, leave Clovis. 0755, arrive at Melrose Woods. 1320, leave Melrose Woods. 1640, arrive Bitter Lake NWR. Note: the Old Clovis Highway diverges from US-70 just after crossing the Pecos, for a shorter Melrose-Bitter Lake routing. 1745, leave Bitter Lake, south to Carlsbad.
Film 1015, film change, was VC-400, new roll VC-400. 1240, film change, new roll VC-400. This roll was taken out the next morning before any shots.
teal sp. # @Bitter Lake NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bitter Lake NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bitter Lake NWR
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Pelican, American White # @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Great # @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bitter Lake NWR
Heron, Green 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
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Ibis, White-faced # @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @Melrose Woods
Harrier, Northern 
1 @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad
Roswell: Red Bridge Road.
1 @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad
South of Hagerman on NM-2.
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Melrose Woods
South side of US-60 opposite Melrose Woods.
2007-09-22b0013
Kestrel, American # @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad
Killdeer # @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bitter Lake NWR
Sandpiper, Least # @Bitter Lake NWR
Tern, Black # @Bitter Lake NWR
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Tern, Forster's 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Pigeon, Rock # @Clovis area
Dove, White-winged # @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad
Roswell area.
Dove, Mourning # @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad
Kingfisher, Belted 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
2007-09-22b0025
This pose makes it look a bit like a Kookaburra.
Woodpecker, Red-headed 1i @Melrose Woods
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Melrose Woods
Kingbird, Cassin's 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
2007-09-22b0031
Kingbird, Western 1 @Melrose Woods
Vireo, Warbling 1 @Melrose Woods
Jay, Blue ? @Melrose Woods
Vocalizations: 'veerk'
I never saw the source of this noise, but it surely sounded like a Blue Jay call to me.
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Clovis area
Swallow, Barn # @Bitter Lake NWR
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 4+ @Melrose Woods
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Wren, House @Melrose Woods
Description: Red tinge on the lower back; no strong superciliary.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned # @Melrose Woods
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Starling, European 
# @Clovis area
# @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Orange-crowned 1 @Melrose Woods
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Warbler, Black-throated Blue ♂ @Melrose Woods
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The photo clearly shows the band on the right leg.
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Audubon's # @Melrose Woods
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Warbler, Wilson's # @Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Chipping @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad
Description: Gray rump.
Sparrow, Clay-colored @Melrose Woods
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Sparrow, Vesper # @Bitter Lake NWR
Sparrow, Lincoln's @Melrose Woods
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Grosbeak, Blue 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Meadowlark, Eastern 2 @Melrose Woods
Vocalizations: 'tear-der^{2-3}'
Meadowlark, Western @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake NWR-Carlsbad
Roswell: Red Bridge Road.
Vocalizations: Singing.
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Clovis area

2007-09-23: NM: Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake-Socorro

Notable:  Black Tern; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@Brant: Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@Salazar: Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
@day: Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake-Socorro
Route 0600, leave Carlsbad. 0640, arrive at Rattlesnake Springs; work only pond area and scrub habitat just west of there. 1000, leave pond area. 1040, eastbound on US-62-180. Lunch and film processing in Carlsbad. 1310, leave Carlsbad northbound. 1335, arrive Cheapskate Point at Brantley Lake; way too many people and boats. Left almost immediately. 1500, Roswell, westbound. 1550, drove partway up Salazar Canyon near Lincoln. 1610, rolling westbound. 1810, quick look at the display pond at Bosque del Apache.
Film 0640, new roll of VC-400 loaded; previous roll completed yesterday. Frame 13 next when leaving the pond area.
Brush Rabbit, White-tailed Deer, @RS.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
duck sp. 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Early-morning flyover, eclipse plumage.
Quail, Scaled 3+ @Rattlesnake Springs
Turkey, Wild 15 [uncountable] @Rattlesnake Springs
Tame birds right in the yard of the ranger's house.
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Common # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 
1 @Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake-Socorro
N of Artesia.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake-Socorro
Tern, Black 1 @Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
Dove, White-winged 
# @Rattlesnake Springs
# @Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake-Socorro
Dove, Mourning # @Rattlesnake Springs
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Owl, Barn ? @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Seen well before dawn on 62-180. A large, white owl.
Kingfisher, Belted 2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Phoebe, Black 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Vermilion 
1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Cassin's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Western # @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Perched on the speed limit sign near the gateway to Washington Ranch.
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Vireo, Bell's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Vocalizations: Singing.
Briefly seen. As usual, no recognizable photos.
Scrub-Jay, Western 1? @Rattlesnake Springs
Vocalizations: Rising 'jape' call.
Not seen, but the call sure sounded like this species.
Raven, Common 1 @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Swallow, Tree # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Wren, Bewick's # @Rattlesnake Springs
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Warbler, Wilson's # @Rattlesnake Springs
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Chat, Yellow-breasted 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
2007-09-23-0011
Cardinal, Northern # @Rattlesnake Springs
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House # @Rattlesnake Springs
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Rattlesnake Springs

2007-09-26: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Vulture, Turkey 4 @New Mexico Tech

2007-09-30: NM: Socorro-Bosque del Apache NWR

Notable:  Osprey; Solitary Sandpiper; Sabine's Gull; Common Tern
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@Soc: Socorro
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@day: Socorro-Bosque del Apache NWR
Route 0830, arrive Turtle Bay, find rare tern, leave, return with camera. 0940, leave Turtle Bay. 1055, leave home southbound. 1125, arrive at Bosque del Apache NWR. 1225, scoped the Display Pond. 1245, Flight Deck. 1415, leave refuge. 1545, Hope Farm Road in Socorro.
Film 0920, finish roll of VC-400; load Fuji S-200. 1250, change to another roll of Fuji S-200. 1600, change to yet another roll of Fuji S-200.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
teal sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American 40+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Surprisingly many, considering that on many fall or winter days at the refuge I've seen none at all.
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Aechmophorus sp. 3i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Clark's 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 13 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache NWR
Osprey @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
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Plumage scruffy, dragging one leg. Did get airborne when some golfers came by, but it did not seem in great health. Second photo, with the digital point'n'shoot at the equivalent of 140mm focal length, shows the Osprey in the bottom right corner and the Common Tern flying in the top left corner.
Harrier, Northern 1 @Socorro-Bosque del Apache NWR
South of San Antonio.
Accipiter sp. 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: Medium size, flying with prey object (bird? mammal?) in talons. Maybe Cooper's.
Kestrel, American # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Solitary 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: White complete eyering. Back largely flat, somewhat darkish brown. Legs greenish-yellow, long. Outer rectrices with lateral fine barring, center third plain brown. Bill dark, not too long, not too thin.
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The incredibly rusty state of my shorebird ID skills was again revealed by a laughable series of comic miscalls. Because it was swimming when I first saw it, I thought it might be a phalarope, but the bill was too short and too stout to be a Wilson's or Red-necked, and it didn't fit with my recent encounter with the Luis Lopez Red Phalarope. Then, when I saw the greenish-yellow legs, I tried to make it into a Lesser Yellowlegs, but the legs weren't yellow enough and the whole plumage seemed too plain and brown. Fortunately, a good birder who was visiting the deck asked me if I'd noticed the Solitary Sandpipers, and it was to slap one's forehead, non?
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Sabine's i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Scaly back in shades of light brown and gray. Folded wingtips project past tail, forming an X shape. In flight, upperwing showed the characteristic solid black triangle with its narrow apex at the wrist and the narrow base on the primaries contrasting with the white secondaries. Back with a gray saddle.
Behavior: I scoured all the big water bodies in and around the Display Pond for some time and had given up looking for it when I emerged onto the Flight Deck. A few minutes later, around 1310, when I was photographing the Solitary Sandpipers only a few yards away, I saw through the camera finder that the sandpipers were reacting to something larger that was flying above them. I first saw the gull through the camera finder from a range of about ten yards, before I saw it naked-eye! It apparently tried to land on top of one of the sandpipers. A quite tame and unwary bird that was still there when I left, although it did fly to a different spot more like 25 yards away.
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I heard about this bird from Jill Buckley, who found it here on 9-28 and 9-29. The 2nd-4th photos aren't even from my usual 600mm telephoto rig; the bird was so close I shot these with my digital point'n'shoot at the equivalent of 140mm.
Tern, Common @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Description: In flight, dark lateral margins on otherwise silvery-white tail. Perched, shows distinct dark carpal bar. Forehead white. Black cap extends well down the nape. Basal half of lower mandible reddish-horn color, rest of bill dark.
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Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Kingfisher, Belted 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western @Socorro
2007-09-30b0031
Somewhat late.
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: By voice.
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Starling, European # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Vesper # @Socorro
2007-09-30b00372007-09-30b0036
Sparrow, Lark # @Socorro
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro
First of the fall for me.
Grosbeak, Blue 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR

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