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2009-03-02: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2009-03-03: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Building what looks like the beginning of a stick nest in the crown of a cholla.
Siskin, Pine 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Pretty thin here this winter.

2009-03-06: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2009-03-08: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
First Mourning Cloak butterfly of the year.
Finch, House @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Vocalizations: Singing.

2009-03-09: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
First emergence of the Pogonomyrmex ants in my driveway.
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 10+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2009-03-10: NM: Belen: Mesa Road

@Bel: Belen: Mesa Road
On the west side of town, hard by the BNSF main line.
Pheasant, Ring-necked 1 @Belen: Mesa Road
Vocalizations: Unmistakable 'kow-kuk'; heard only.
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Belen: Mesa Road

2009-03-10: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Wigeon, American 50+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Duck, Ring-necked 10 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Coot, American 60+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Junco, Dark-eyed 10 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2009-03-11: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2009-03-12: NM: Socorro County

@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
11:20, leave Socorro for Water Canyon.
11:38, turn off US-60 on Water Canyon Road.
11:46, in the canyon proper.
12:00, at the end of the pavement.
13:03, start a Big Sit on the north side of the paved road, a few yards from the end of the pavement. This spot commands a view of a large, amphitheatre-like area of hillside and creekbed, and was fairly busy today.
13:43, drive up to the Langmuir Road checkpoint.
13:53, more sitting at the checkpoint.
14:30, back down the road.
14:40, hang out near the old turnaround loop.
15:05, drive briefly up to the new campground.
15:28, rolling out of the canyon.
15:41, out of the canyon mouth.
15:54, back on US-60.
16:13, brief excursion on some roads on the west side of Socorro. The road to Sedillo Springs is now heavily posted right from the end of Evergreen Drive.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 1 @Socorro
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro
Woodpecker, Acorn 4 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
sapsucker sp. 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Flicker, Red-shafted 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Raven, Common 4 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Titmouse, Juniper 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Verdin 1 @Socorro
Nuthatch, White-breasted 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Breeding: In the clearing right at the start of the Langmuir Road, one individual was collecting shredded bark and other nesting material, and taking it into a nest hole. The nest hole is shown in the last photo. It was about 14' above the ground.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Bluebird, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Solitaire, Townsend's 4+ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: Call 'yeep'. Also 3-4 bursts of twittering, about 2/second.
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Junco, Dark-eyed 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Junco, Gray-headed 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Finch, Cassin's 
1♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2♀ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Description: The photo doesn't show it, but the females had the standard Cassin's face pattern, with two broad dark brown strips bracketing a lighter area.

2009-03-16: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Junco, Oregon @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2009-03-18: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Vulture, Turkey 3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Possibly since some of their favorite roost trees in front of Brown Hall have been removed, they seem to be roosting just southeast of the athletic field this year.
First sighting of the year.

2009-03-19: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: 'wick-wick'; first time I've heard this note in months.

2009-03-20: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
Crow, American 3 @Socorro
Near the former KFC dumpster.
Warbler, Yellow-rumped 2+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2009-03-26: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2009-03-27: NM: Socorro County

@Dairy: Dairy feedlot
Just east of I-25 and a bit north of the Bernardo exit.
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@SocCo: Socorro County
Crow, American # @Dairy feedlot
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2009-03-28: NM: Albuquerque: Fairview Cemetery

@ABQ: Albuquerque: Fairview Cemetery
Crow, American 100 @Albuquerque: Fairview Cemetery
Numbers definitely tapering off.

2009-03-31: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, White-crowned 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

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