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2008-02-08: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Downy Woodpecker
@SocCo: Socorro County
@SocNA: Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Route 1250, arrive. Walk the 1-mile "A" loop. 1550, leave.
Film 1300, load Fuji S-200-36 into empty camera. Last frame 25.
Goose, Canada # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Anas sp. 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
The only waterfowl on the small pond on the "A" loop.
Quail, Gambel's # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Behavior: Covey flushed toward me from farm field.
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Socorro County
Perched on a wire near the Socorro railroad station.
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
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Kestrel, American 2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Crane, Sandhill # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Woodpecker, Downy 1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area GPS: 340948.8n 1065318.5w
On the one-mile "A" loop, their tour stop #19.
Description: Plain white back. Wings black with a few tiny white spots in the distal half. Tiny bill.
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Flicker, Red-shafted # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro County
raven sp. 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Crow, American 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: Heard 'caw'.
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: 'rack'
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
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Creeper, Brown 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
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Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Warbler, Yellow-rumped 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Description: Basic plumage.
Towhee, Spotted @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: 'bip'
Sparrow, Song 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Junco, Dark-eyed 31 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Junco, Oregon 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Junco, Pink-sided 2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
2008-02-08-0024
Finch, House # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area

2008-02-12: NM: Belen: Harvey House Museum

@Belen: Belen: Harvey House Museum
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Belen: Harvey House Museum
Vocalizations: 'rack'

2008-02-13: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Robin, American # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goldfinch, American # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2008-02-15: NM: Socorro

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Robin, American # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Recently there are a lot of these around the yard.
Towhee, Spotted @New Mexico Tech
Bushes SW of Speare Hall, time 1430.

2008-02-16: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Cassin's Finch
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Finch, Cassin's 1♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
First of the winter.

2008-02-17: NM: Socorro County

@SocCo: Socorro County
@SocNA: Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route 1200, arrive @SocNA. GPS mapping of the route from the low-flow channel road just west of @SocNA; south to the large, solid footbridge over the low-flow; up the ramp to the dike, and some hiking between the dike and river channel. River is wide and flowing strongly. 1400, leave.
Weather Sunny, clear, windy.
Film Because I have no known cataloged images of Rock Pigeon, and to improve my ABA 'photographed' score next year, frames 25-end are Rock Pigeons around downtown Socorro. 1140, completed roll of Fuji S-200-36 loaded 2008-02-08T13:00, loaded Fuji N-400-24, but no shots today: too windy.
Muskrat in the low-flow, where it pools around a nice cattail marsh just east of @SocNA.
Heron, Great Blue 2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area GPS: 340926.7n 1065306.1w
In the Rio Grande.
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @Socorro County
Kestrel, American 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Crane, Sandhill # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Gull, Ring-billed 2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Flicker, Northern # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro County
raven sp. 3 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Junco, Dark-eyed 8 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Junco, Oregon 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Junco, Pink-sided 2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
meadowlark sp. 40+ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Finch, Cassin's 1♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2008-02-20: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Finch, Cassin's 2♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2008-02-22: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Canvasback @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Redhead 5 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked 
19 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
6 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Coot, American 
12 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Creeper, Brown 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Robin, American 3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Starling, European 3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Junco, Pink-sided 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Finch, Cassin's @Socorro: 507 Fitch
2♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
1♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2008-02-24: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  American White Pelican; Lesser Yellowlegs
@A101: Socorro County Road A-101
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SAnt: Socorro Co.: San Antonio
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route
1200, leave Socorro, southbound, via NM-1 to Luis Lopez. County road A-101 to US-380, back on NM-1 to Bosque del Apache. 1300, San Antonio. 1315, arrive Bosque del Apache; center road only. 1340, leave refuge for lunch.
1500, Bosque del Apache, Marsh Loop. 1520, Boardwalk pond. 1625, Farm Loop. 1725, leave tour loop.
Film 1200, load VC-400-36 into FM2 body with 700mm f/11 mirror. 1230, F3 had roll of 400 loaded but was on frame 1; removed and reloaded with Fuji-200-36. 1610, finished roll in FM2; load Fuji 400N-24. FM2 final position frame 19; F3 final position frame 18. Summary: The mirror lens does not develop much contrast compared to Nikon optics. Even with 400-speed film, the results are pretty grainy. Compare the one Pied-billed Grebe picture to the rest; they were shot out the window at the same subject at the same range. Also grainy is the Ring-necked Duck shot.
Goose, Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Green-Winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Socorro County Road A-101
Pheasant, Ring-necked 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Cormorant, Neotropic 8 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pelican, American White 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
NM-1 near fairgrounds turnoff.
1 @Socorro Co.: San Antonio
Description: Dark phase immature.
Kestrel, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
NM-1 near the dump.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Lesser 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the Display Pond near the corner of the seasonal road and center road.
Description: Unfortunately the cruddy pictures don't show the bill, but it was quite straight, and only about 110% of its extension through the head; my metric is that Greater Yellowlegs bills are recurved and more than 120% of this extension.
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Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Pigeon, Rock # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio
Roadrunner, Greater 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
NM-1 near the dump.
1 @Socorro County Road A-101
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Northern 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crow, American # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Socorro County Road A-101
Pipit, American 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Near the Flight Deck.
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Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Socorro County Road A-101
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio
Meadowlark, Western # @Socorro County Road A-101
2008-02-24a0017

2008-02-28: NM: New Mexico Tech

Notable:  Red-breasted Nuthatch
@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 1 @New Mexico Tech
Description: Red breast.
Vocalizations: Soft single 'yack' notes.

2008-02-29: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing, first time this year.

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