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2008-09-05: NM: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake-Carlsbad

Notable:  Brown Thrasher; Townsend's Warbler; Black-and-white Warbler; Northern Waterthrush
@BL: Bitter Lake NWR
@Clov: Clovis
@Elida: Melrose Woods-Elida
@Mel: Melrose Woods
@day: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake-Carlsbad
duck sp. @Bitter Lake NWR
Pelican, American White 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Great @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey @Clovis
Hawk, Swainson's @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake-Carlsbad
Kestrel, American 1 @Melrose Woods
Coot, American @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater @Bitter Lake NWR
Tern, Black 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Dove, Rock @Clovis
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Melrose Woods-Elida
Dove, Mourning 
@Bitter Lake NWR
Roadrunner, Greater @Bitter Lake NWR
Owl, Great Horned 2 @Melrose Woods
Vocalizations: Duetting from trees just north of the fence.
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed @Melrose Woods
Wood-Pewee, Western @Melrose Woods
Empidonax sp. @Melrose Woods
Flycatcher, Hammond's @Melrose Woods
Behavior: Flicks wings and tail together.
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Melrose Woods-Elida
Vireo, Warbling @Melrose Woods
Raven, Chihuahuan @Melrose Woods-Elida
Swallow, Barn 
# @Melrose Woods-Elida
@Bitter Lake NWR
Wren, House @Melrose Woods
Thrasher, Brown @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake-Carlsbad
Description: Rich red-brown dorsally, crown to tail tip.
Warbler, Townsend's @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Black-and-white 1 @Melrose Woods
Waterthrush, Northern 1 @Melrose Woods
Warbler, MacGillivray's @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Wilson's # @Melrose Woods
Tanager, Summer 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Melrose Woods
oriole sp. @Melrose Woods
Vocalizations: 'ch-ch-ch' call; not seen
Grackle, Great-tailed 
@Bitter Lake NWR
Sparrow, House @Clovis

2008-09-06: NM: Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Roswell-Socorro

Notable:  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@CBD: Carlsbad area
@Cheap: Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@SalCyn: Lincoln: Salazar Canyon
@WR: Washington Ranch area
@Zo: Carrizozo
@day: Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Roswell-Socorro
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Clark's 2+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey @Carlsbad area
Harrier, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Buteo sp. @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Seen briefly flying away, edge-on. A smallish Buteo. I wonder if this is the Gray Hawk that Steve West has been seeing here lately.
Vocalizations: Two-note 'seee-yuuuuh'.
Sandpiper, Least 1 @Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
Pigeon, Rock 1 @Carrizozo
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, White-winged @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 
1 @Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Wood-Pewee, Western @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Vermilion @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Western @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 1 @Washington Ranch area
Near the junction where you turn west to Rattlesnake Springs or continue north to the main gate of Washington Ranch; flycatching from the wires east of the road.
Shrike, Loggerhead @Rattlesnake Springs
Vireo, Bell's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Vireo, Warbling @Rattlesnake Springs
Scrub-Jay, Western 4 @Lincoln: Salazar Canyon
Raven, Common 1 @Lincoln: Salazar Canyon
Swallow, Bank @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Cliff @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Cave @Rattlesnake Springs
Swallow, Barn 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Cassin's @Rattlesnake Springs
Spizella sp. @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Chipping @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Lark @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Black-throated @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Summer @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Western @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Blue 
1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed @Carlsbad area
Finch, House @Rattlesnake Springs
Goldfinch, Lesser @Rattlesnake Springs

2008-09-11: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2008-09-16: NM: Belen: Harvey House

@Bel: Belen: Harvey House
Egret, Cattle 5 @Belen: Harvey House
Flock flying over.

2008-09-21: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

Notable:  Hooded Merganser
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
domestic goose sp. 4 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
domestic duck sp. # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Wigeon, American 6 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ring-necked 
1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Merganser, Hooded @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Description: Dull brown bird, long plain brown crest, narrow serrated bill.
Duck, Ruddy 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Kingfisher, Belted @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Phoebe, Black 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Robin, American @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Wilson's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Tanager, Summer 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Tanager, Western #♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2008-09-25: NM: Sumner Lake

Notable:  Long-tailed Jaeger
@SumL: Sumner Lake
Grebe, Clark's @Sumner Lake
Osprey 1 @Sumner Lake
Killdeer 1 @Sumner Lake
Sanderling 4 @Sumner Lake
At the top of the main boat ramp, there is a dirt road to the left marked with signs for “shoreline access.” These birds were foraging along the shoreline.
Gull, Ring-billed @Sumner Lake
Jaeger, Long-tailed 1 @Sumner Lake
Description: Seen at about a 40-yard range, backlit, in flight. Bulky jaeger build, pointed tail, but shorter than the full-length tails I used to see on pelagic trips. I did not personally identify this to species, but this individual has been around for many days and seen by many.

2008-09-26: NM: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake-Cheapskate Point

Notable:  Peregrine Falcon; Chestnut-sided Warbler
@BL: Bitter Lake NWR
@Chp: Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
@Clo: Clovis
@Elida: Melrose-Elida
@Mel: Melrose Woods
@day: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake-Cheapskate Point
duck sp. # @Bitter Lake NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 1♂ @Clovis
North side of US-60 a few miles west of the town center, wandering along the side of the road.
Pelican, American White 14 @Bitter Lake NWR
Heron, Great Blue 2 @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Great # @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bitter Lake NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey @Melrose-Elida
Harrier, Northern @Bitter Lake NWR
Falcon, Peregrine 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
I was rounding the south end of the loop, concentrating on the flooded units on my left, when I noticed out of the corner of my eye a large bird perched on a snag close to the road. The bird was quite calm about my blazing away out the car window. For some reason, the photos were badly overexposed. These images required significant surgery, and there's nothing I can do about the blown-out highlights.
Coot, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Killdeer 1 @Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Lesser @Bitter Lake NWR
dowitcher sp. # @Bitter Lake NWR
Gull, Ring-billed 1+ @Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
Tern, Forster's @Bitter Lake NWR
Dove, Rock @Clovis
Dove, Mourning @Clovis
Flicker, Red-shafted # @Melrose Woods
Kingbird, Western @Melrose-Elida
Shrike, Loggerhead @Bitter Lake NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Bitter Lake NWR
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @Melrose Woods
My first of the fall. You know, it's really hard to photograph this little guys. They don't sit still very often, or for very long.
Thrush, Hermit @Melrose Woods
Description: Ground color of breast is white. No buffy “spectacles”. Back brown, tail reddish.
Warbler, Chestnut-sided 1i♀ @Melrose Woods
Description: Greenish upperparts and crown. Two wide green wingbars. Prominent white eyering.
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Audubon's @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Wilson's # @Melrose Woods
Bunting, Lark @Melrose-Elida
Grackle, Great-tailed 
Description: Many males completely tailless.
1♂ @Melrose Woods
Description: Complete tail.

2008-09-27: NM: Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Bitter Lake NWR-Socorro

Notable:  Gray Hawk
@BL: Bitter Lake NWR
@CBD: Carlsbad area
@Chp: Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@Sal: Lincoln: Salazar Canyon
@Wash: Washington Ranch area
@day: Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Bitter Lake NWR-Socorro
duck sp. # @Bitter Lake NWR
Gadwall # @Bitter Lake NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bitter Lake NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bitter Lake NWR
Turkey, Wild 5 @Rattlesnake Springs
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Pelican, American White 6 @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Great # @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bitter Lake NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey 
@Carlsbad area
@Rattlesnake Springs
Harrier, Northern 2 @Bitter Lake NWR
Hawk, Gray 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Underparts generally light-colored, with dark wingtips. Tail pattern, basal to distal: white, a wide black band, a narrow white band, another wide black band, a relatively wide white band almost as wide as the adjacent black bands, a wide black band, and a fairly narrow white tip. Somewhat long tail for a soaring hawk, but not as long as an Accipiter tail.
The bird was soaring; it disappeared behind the ranger's residence before I could get more than this one pathetic shot, which appears to show the bird carrying a prey animal.
Coot, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bitter Lake NWR
Thought it was a Lesser, but the photo clearly shows the long bill, with a hint of recurvature.
dowitcher sp. # @Bitter Lake NWR
Dove, White-winged 60+ @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning # @Rattlesnake Springs
Roadrunner, Greater @Brantley Lake: Cheapskate Point
Kingfisher, Belted 1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Phoebe, Black 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Getting a flight shot like this of a fleeing passerine is strictly a matter of luck.
Flycatcher, Vermilion # @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Cassin's @Washington Ranch area
Description: In the photos, there are two feather shafts in the undertail that look light-colored, but closer inspection reveals that these are not the white outer rectrices of Western Kingbird. I'm calling this a Cassin's from the dark gray head, and the sharp edge of the lower margin of the white chin contrasting with the dark gray throat and breast.
Kingbird, Western @Washington Ranch area
Vireo, Bell's @Rattlesnake Springs
Scrub-Jay, Western 4 @Lincoln: Salazar Canyon
raven sp. @Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs-Bitter Lake NWR-Socorro
Swallow, Barn # @Rattlesnake Springs
Bushtit # @Lincoln: Salazar Canyon
Warbler, Wilson's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Clay-colored @Rattlesnake Springs
All three Spizella species were probably around today.
Sparrow, Lark @Bitter Lake NWR
Tanager, Summer @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern 1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
If I were bright red, I'd skulk deep inside the brush too. This photo is a fine example of a situation where autofocus is useless.
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Rattlesnake Springs

2008-09-30: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Raven, Chihuahuan 100+ @Socorro
Description: Wedge-shaped tails.
Vocalizations: 'rack'
I don't usually see large numbers of this species in the area, except for the pig farm on Chaparral Loop, where I might see twenty on a good day. But this photo shows at least 100 birds strung out along the phone wires near the south freeway exit.

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