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2008-12-01: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Hooded Merganser; Cattle Egret; Bald Eagle
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@LLSAnt: Luis Lopez-San Antonio
@SocCo: Socorro County
@SocLL: Socorro-Luis Lopez
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
11:55, leave Socorro for Bosque via NM-1 and Socorro County A-101 (Farm-Market Road).
12:42, pass through San Antonio.
13:15, Bosque del Apache, center road and Marsh Loop, with scoping from the Boardwalk.
16:35, leave the refuge.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Most numerous duck on the refuge, more than all other ducks combined.
Teal, Green-Winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Merganser, Hooded 
All in the two ponds visible only from NM-1.
5♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
All in the two ponds visible only from NM-1.
2+♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
All in the two ponds visible only from NM-1.
Merganser, Common 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
3♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
North end of the Boardwalk pond. There were a few more Aechmophorus grebes in the ponds visible from NM-1.
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Rather late.
Eagle, Bald 2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Just east of the Flight Deck.
Harrier, Northern 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
3-5♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1 @Socorro-Luis Lopez
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Ring-billed 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Socorro-Luis Lopez
Standing on the railroad track. Note the long feathering on the upper mandible.
Robin, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pipit, American 1 @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: 'beerp' note heard from cattails; no sightings.
Sparrow, White-crowned 1 @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR

2008-12-02: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Description: One male's face was yellow below the green stripe. This might be the same aberrant individual seen here before; see my notes for 2005-11-16.
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2008-12-04: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2008-12-10: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2008-12-13: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Redhead # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Scaup, Lesser 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Pied-billed 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Behavior: Lurking by my feeder.
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

2008-12-14: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Robin, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Waxwing, Cedar # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2008-12-17: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Socorro
Flying near intersection of Bullock and El Camino Real.
Description: By light gray mantle and medium size.
Robin, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Quite thick on campus today, some trees with over a dozen birds in them. Josef Brown, a math professor, said these were much more wary than local birds usually are.
Blackbird, Red-winged 15+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Junipers between ISD and MSEC buildings. Only a few times in many years have I seen this species on the center of campus, far from water or cattails.
Behavior: Feeding on the copious, round, marble-shaped juniper seeds.

2008-12-21: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Last drink of the day from my water feature, time 17:15, dusk.

2008-12-24: NM: Albuquerque: Fairview Memorial Park

@ABQ: Albuquerque: Fairview Memorial Park
Crow, American # @Albuquerque: Fairview Memorial Park
This beautiful cemetery is a good place to find lots of crows all winter long. They really appreciated the chicharrones (fried pork skins) we brought, and I really appreciated the opportunity to shoot pictures of them at close range. They're not all that tame. It is difficult to throw a chicharron very far out the car window, and that is just a bit too close for their comfort.

2008-12-25: NM: Albuquerque: Fairview Memorial Park

@ABQ: Albuquerque: Fairview Memorial Park
Crow, American # @Albuquerque: Fairview Memorial Park

2008-12-27: NM: Caballo Lake area, non-CBC

Notable:  Inca Dove
@CabL: Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
@PDSP: Percha Dam State Park
All these records were inside the Caballo CBC circle, but they were poached in areas where I was not the primary counter, and outside my official effort.
Gadwall 2 @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
Merganser, Common 1♀ @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
In the forebay below Caballo Dam.
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
Killdeer 1 @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
Dove, Inca 5 @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
In the park below the dam, just south of the more southerly restroom building.
Phoebe, Say's # @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
Bluebird, Western 3 @Percha Dam State Park
Standing on the roof of Carl Lundblad's camper shell.
Phainopepla 1 @Percha Dam State Park
Vocalizations: 'drip' call; heard only.
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
Junco, Gray-headed 1 @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
Junco, Pink-sided 1 @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
Below the dam.
Goldfinch, Lesser 1 @Caballo Lake area, non-CBC
Below the dam at the south end of the park.
Description: Black-backed form.

2008-12-27: NM: Caballo CBC

@NMCA: Caballo CBC
Operating as a party of one. Agricultural fields north of Percha State Park and between East Grand Percha Road (the entrance road to the park) and NM-187. Then worked NM-187 south to the circle boundary just south of the village of Arrey, a few short forays east of NM-187, and all the easily navigable public roads going west from NM-187. Careful, patient scoping of the gull flock near the dam and then the body of the reservoir visible from the roads on the west side, from a vantage point near the boat ramp and then from the northernmost extent of the decent roads going north from the boat ramp.
Effort, all by car: 5.75 hours, 39.3 miles. Start 10:37, end 16:22.
Goose, Canada 53 @Caballo CBC
Wigeon, American 500 @Caballo CBC
Mallard 1♀ @Caballo CBC
Near the dam.
Pintail, Northern 2 @Caballo CBC
Redhead 2 @Caballo CBC
Bufflehead 2 @Caballo CBC
Duck, Ruddy 10 @Caballo CBC
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Caballo CBC
Aechmophorus sp. 80 @Caballo CBC
Grebe, Western 91 @Caballo CBC
Grebe, Clark's 28 @Caballo CBC
Pelican, American White 10 @Caballo CBC
Barely visible at 80x, on the eastern shore.
Hawk, Red-tailed 2 @Caballo CBC
Kestrel, American 6 @Caballo CBC
See Prairie Falcon for a behavior note.
Falcon, Prairie 1 @Caballo CBC
Perched on a power pole just north of the corner where East Grand Percha Road bends south. At one point a kestrel swooped at it.
Gull, Ring-billed 385 @Caballo CBC
Long, careful scoping revealed not a single gull that had a different mantle color than light gray or a different leg color than greenish-yellow, or a different size.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 14 @Caballo CBC
Description: One of the birds was partially albinistic, with several patches of the usual pale tan, but mostly white.
Dove, White-winged 1 @Caballo CBC
Near Arrey.
Dove, Mourning 41 @Caballo CBC
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Caballo CBC
Flycatcher, Gray 1 @Caballo CBC
Description: Much more strongly colored than most of the Gray Flycatchers I've seen, with a fairly strong olive back and yellow underparts.
Behavior: Had the typical Gray Flycatcher tail-dipping behavior, first dropping the tail, then lifting it.
Phoebe, Say's 6 @Caballo CBC
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Caballo CBC
raven sp. 5 @Caballo CBC
Raven, Chihuahuan 3 @Caballo CBC
Vocalizations: 'rack'
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 2 @Caballo CBC
Thrasher, Crissal 1 @Caballo CBC
Just east of Arrey.
Starling, European 81 @Caballo CBC
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Caballo CBC
Towhee, Green-tailed 1 @Caballo CBC
Sparrow, Chipping 7 @Caballo CBC
Sparrow, Brewer's 1 @Caballo CBC
Sparrow, Black-throated 1 @Caballo CBC
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Caballo CBC
Sparrow, White-crowned 119 @Caballo CBC
Junco, Pink-sided 1 @Caballo CBC
Pyrrhuloxia 5 @Caballo CBC
Blackbird, Red-winged 5 @Caballo CBC
meadowlark sp. 3 @Caballo CBC
No vocalizations heard.
Blackbird, Yellow-headed 1 @Caballo CBC
In a small cowlot on Wagoneer Road.
Blackbird, Brewer's 10 @Caballo CBC
Grackle, Great-tailed 6 @Caballo CBC
Finch, House 5 @Caballo CBC
Sparrow, House 37 @Caballo CBC

2008-12-31: NM: Sierra County

Notable:  Mew Gull; California Gull
@EB: Elephant Butte (town)
@RCM: Rock Canyon Marina
@SICo: Sierra County
Route Sat on the bluff about 200 yards from the gull flock and scoped them at about 80x for over three hours, from about 1400-1700. The photos are uniformly pretty cruddy, but the best I could do at that range.
In search of the recently sighted Lesser Black-backed Gull, but no such luck.
Gadwall # @Rock Canyon Marina
Shoveler, Northern # @Rock Canyon Marina
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Rock Canyon Marina
Grebe, Western # @Rock Canyon Marina
Grebe, Clark's # @Rock Canyon Marina
Cormorant, Neotropic 4 @Rock Canyon Marina
Pelican, American White 19 @Rock Canyon Marina
Heron, Great Blue @Rock Canyon Marina
Kestrel, American 1♂ @Rock Canyon Marina
Coot, American @Rock Canyon Marina
Gull, Mew 1i @Rock Canyon Marina
Gull, Ring-billed # @Rock Canyon Marina
Gull, California 2i @Rock Canyon Marina
Gull, Herring 3a @Rock Canyon Marina
raven sp. 1 @Sierra County
Wren, Rock 1 @Rock Canyon Marina
Around 1715 MST, when the light was rapidly failing, this bird hopped up on a nearby post for a few seconds. Focus is poor, but I was lucky to get a shot at all.
Bluebird, Mountain 4 @Elephant Butte (town)
Blackbird, Red-winged 2 @Rock Canyon Marina
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Rock Canyon Marina

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