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2009-04-01: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Owl, Great Horned 1 @Socorro
Pond west of the end of Calle del Lago.
Vocalizations: Deep hoots.

2009-04-03: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 10+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Working blossoms on my ash tree.

2009-04-05: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Swainson's Hawk; Pectoral Sandpiper; Franklin's Gull
@Chap: Socorro: Chaparral Road
@HFR: Socorro: Hope Farms Road
@Lop: Socorro: Lopezville Road
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Teal, Cinnamon 1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ring-necked 2♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Hawk, Swainson's 35 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
In a field that had just been flooded for the first time in the irrigation season; doubtless a bonanza for small rodent prey. The farmer said that gophers were quite feisty when flooded out and would even charge him and try to bite him on the boots.
2009-04-05-68942009-04-05-68982009-04-05-69712009-04-05-69742009-04-05-6975
Biggest group of Swainson's Hawks I've seen with the exception of groups of 70+ at Bosque del Apache and south of Artesia in former years.
Hawk, Red-tailed 1a @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Kestrel, American 1♀ @Socorro
Coot, American 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Killdeer # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Yellowlegs, Greater 3+ @Socorro: Chaparral Road
2009-04-05-68852009-04-05-68862009-04-05-68752009-04-05-6815
Sandpiper, Pectoral 1 @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Flooded field a short distance east of Chaparral Road, a few blocks north of its intersection with Harold Drive.
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dowitcher sp. # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Gull, Franklin's 3+ @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
The next field south from the one with all the Swainson's Hawks had the gulls.
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Gull, Ring-billed 40+ @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Pigeon, Rock # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Socorro
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Vocalizations: Singing.
Dove, Mourning 1 @Socorro
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Phoebe, Black 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Kingbird, Western 1 @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Raven, Chihuahuan @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Near the pig farm.
Vocalizations: 'rack'
Raven, Common @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Vocalizations: Low croaks.
Swallow, Barn # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
First of the season.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Bluebird, Western 1 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
2009-04-05-69292009-04-05-6931
Bluebird, Mountain 1 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
2009-04-05-69222009-04-05-6927
Starling, European # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Pipit, American # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Warbler, Audubon's 2♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro: Lopezville Road
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
meadowlark sp. # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Finch, House # @Socorro
Sparrow, House @Socorro

2009-04-08: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

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

2009-04-09: NM: Roswell-Carlsbad

Notable:  Blue-winged Teal; Greater Scaup; Orange-crowned Warbler; Orchard Oriole
@Art: Artesia
@BL: Bitter Lake NWR
@Cheap: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@Ros: Roswell
@day: Roswell-Carlsbad
Route
10:45, leave Roswell.
11:11, Bitter Lake NWR, Skeen Visitor Center. Spent some time carefully scoping from their platform.
13:03, enter the tour loop.
13:30, brief walk south into the Oxbow.
13:40, rolling again.
14:12, leave the tour loop.
Weather High winds from the west all day, 40-50mph. Sunny. The heavy chop on the surfaces of the lakes at Bitter Lake refuge are evident in the photos of the raft of hapless Eared Grebes.
Goose, Lesser Canada 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Lagoon east of the SW corner of the loop.
Description: Only about 1.5x waterline length of Northern Shoveler in direct comparison. Compared to the Sibley field guide illustration of Cackling Goose, this bird had a larger bill and more extensive white chinstrap.
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Gadwall @Bitter Lake NWR
Wigeon, American @Bitter Lake NWR
Mallard @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 
2009-04-09-71662009-04-09-7172
2♂ @Bitter Lake NWR
1♀ @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Cinnamon @Bitter Lake NWR
Shoveler, Northern @Bitter Lake NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Green-Winged @Bitter Lake NWR
Redhead @Bitter Lake NWR
Scaup, Greater 
Description: Crowns of heads broadly rounded. Flanks of males whiter.
2009-04-09-71302009-04-09-71312009-04-09-7133
3♂ @Bitter Lake NWR
2♀ @Bitter Lake NWR
Scaup, Lesser 1♂ @Bitter Lake NWR
2009-04-09-7103
Bufflehead # @Bitter Lake NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bitter Lake NWR
Turkey, Wild 19 @Rattlesnake Springs
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Grebe, Eared 7 @Bitter Lake NWR
2009-04-09-70772009-04-09-70892009-04-09-70922009-04-09-70952009-04-09-7110
Egret, Great 3 @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Cattle 2 @Bitter Lake NWR
Ibis, White-faced 9 @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey 
@Artesia
# @Rattlesnake Springs
Harrier, Northern 
1 @Bitter Lake NWR
1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Hawk, Gray ? @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: A raptor flew into one of the big cottonwoods south of the road. I observed only its head: solid dark gray including the chin; orange at the base of the short hooked bill.
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Kestrel, American 
1 @Roswell
@Bitter Lake NWR
Coot, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Plover, Snowy 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Killdeer 
@Bitter Lake NWR
3 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Stilt, Black-necked 50 @Bitter Lake NWR
Avocet, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Lesser 3 @Bitter Lake NWR
2009-04-09-70652009-04-09-70682009-04-09-7183
Gull, Bonaparte's / Gull, Franklin's 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Description: Small gull with all-black head. Both Franklin's and Bonaparte's have been reported from here within the last few days.
Gull, Ring-billed 2 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Pigeon, Rock # @Roswell
Dove, White-winged # @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning # @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Phoebe, Black 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Phoebe, Say's 
@Bitter Lake NWR
@Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Vermilion # @Rattlesnake Springs
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
2009-04-09-7265
Swallow, Barn # @Bitter Lake NWR
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Thrush, Hermit # @Rattlesnake Springs
Pipit, American @Bitter Lake NWR
Warbler, Orange-crowned 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
2009-04-09-72142009-04-09-7213
Warbler, Yellow 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Audubon's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Myrtle # @Rattlesnake Springs
2009-04-09-7262
Sparrow, Chipping # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Vesper @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Sparrow, Savannah @Bitter Lake NWR
2009-04-09-7177
Sparrow, White-crowned 
@Bitter Lake NWR
# @Rattlesnake Springs
Junco, Gray-headed # @Rattlesnake Springs
2009-04-09-7221
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Blackbird, Red-winged @Bitter Lake NWR
Meadowlark, Western @Bitter Lake NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Roswell
Oriole, Orchard 1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
On the lawn east of the residence.
Description: Bright orange head. Eliminated Hooded Oriole by less extensive black on the throat.

2009-04-10: NM: Carlsbad-Brantley-Holloman Lakes

Notable:  Cassin's Vireo; Brown Thrasher
@Alm: Alamogordo
@Art: Artesia
@CBD: Carlsbad
@Cheap: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
@Hol: Holloman Lakes
My first visit since they opened a road all the way around Raptor Lake. The mudflat south of the dam was good for shorebirds. The lake had a lot of waterfowl.
@May: Mayhill area
@PDSP: Percha Dam area
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@day: Carlsbad-Brantley-Holloman Lakes
Route
08:50, leave Carlsbad.
09:10, turn off US 62-180 for Rattlesnake Springs.
09:40, on foot around the pond area.
11:37, exit the park proper.
11:45, back to US 62-180.
13:09 through 13:30, Champion Cove Road.
16:10, arrive at Holloman Lakes area.
17:00, leave Holloman Lakes.
18:30 to 18:50, drove the entrance road to Percha Dam SP but did not enter the park. The place was utterly jammed with youngsters and campers.
Two Javelina were wandering around the flat grassy area near the main gate of the Washington Ranch.
Gadwall # @Holloman Lakes
Teal, Cinnamon # @Holloman Lakes
Shoveler, Northern # @Holloman Lakes
Scaup, Lesser # @Holloman Lakes
Duck, Ruddy # @Holloman Lakes
Grebe, Eared # @Holloman Lakes
Cormorant, Double-crested 2 @Holloman Lakes
2009-04-10-7397
Vulture, Turkey @Carlsbad
Kestrel, American 
@Mayhill area
@Percha Dam area
Coot, American # @Holloman Lakes
Plover, Snowy 5 @Holloman Lakes
2009-04-10-7382
Killdeer # @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Stilt, Black-necked # @Holloman Lakes
Avocet, American 
7 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
1 @Holloman Lakes
Sandpiper, Least # @Holloman Lakes
Gull, Ring-billed 2 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Pigeon, Rock 
# @Artesia
# @Alamogordo
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Percha Dam area
Dove, White-winged 
@Carlsbad
# @Rattlesnake Springs
@Holloman Lakes
@Percha Dam area
Dove, Mourning 
@Carlsbad
# @Holloman Lakes
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Phoebe, Black 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Vermilion # @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Western 1 @Holloman Lakes
Vireo, Bell's # @Rattlesnake Springs
2009-04-10-73342009-04-10-73352009-04-10-73322009-04-10-73262009-04-10-73402009-04-10-73352009-04-10-7336
If you wait for a clear shot at one of these, you will wait a long time. Came in to drink at the spring just west of the pond.
Vireo, Cassin's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: White pothook around the eye. Much yellow on the flanks. Two light wingbars.
2009-04-10-7294
raven sp. 
@Carlsbad
# @Artesia
Raven, Common @Mayhill area
Swallow, Barn @Percha Dam area
Wren, Bewick's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Thrush, Hermit # @Rattlesnake Springs
Robin, American 
1 @Rattlesnake Springs
@Percha Dam area
Mockingbird, Northern # @Rattlesnake Springs
Thrasher, Brown 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
2009-04-10-7296
Pipit, American 1 @Holloman Lakes
Warbler, Audubon's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Myrtle # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Chipping # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Vesper 
1 @Rattlesnake Springs
1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Sparrow, Black-throated 1 @Percha Dam area
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Rattlesnake Springs
# @Rattlesnake Springs
Junco, Gray-headed # @Rattlesnake Springs
Junco, Oregon 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern # @Rattlesnake Springs
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Rattlesnake Springs
Grackle, Great-tailed 
@Carlsbad
# @Percha Dam area
Finch, House 
# @Rattlesnake Springs
@Percha Dam area

2009-04-11: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
hummingbird sp. @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2009-04-14: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2009-04-18: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2009-04-21: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Cowbird, Brown-headed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Heard bubbling call

2009-04-22: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Quail, Gambel's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Crossing Bullock Drive near the MSEC building.

2009-04-23: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Quail, Gambel's @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Near Fidel Center.
Vocalizations: "Watch-quail" call heard.
Oriole, Bullock's 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
First of the year.

2009-04-25: NM: Belen: Mesa Road x BNSF

@Bel: Belen: Mesa Road x BNSF
Phoebe, Say's @Belen: Mesa Road x BNSF
Kingbird, Western @Belen: Mesa Road x BNSF
raven sp. @Belen: Mesa Road x BNSF

2009-04-28: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Phainopepla 1♂ @Socorro
End of Calle del Lago.

2009-04-29: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Nighthawk, Lesser 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
First of the year.

2009-04-30: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Blue-winged Teal; Whimbrel; Bonaparte's Gull; Franklin's Gull
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route
11:05, leave home.
11:25, enter refuge; 11:30, enter the loop, proceed to Flight Deck to look for Whimbrel.
12:25, start seasonal road.
12:45, on foot from Catbird Corner (where the seasonal road turns from eastbound back to northbound).
13:26, rolling again on the seasonal road.
14:20, leave the refuge.
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2009-04-30-7577
Looks like the bird in the photo has a nice crayfish, which he slurped down just after this was taken.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Whimbrel 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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The fifth photo shows two birds; one is mostly behind a tree, but his wing is sticking out.
Sandpiper, Least # @Bosque del Apache NWR
dowitcher sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Bonaparte's 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2009-04-30-74552009-04-30-74572009-04-30-74612009-04-30-7462
Gull, Franklin's 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: All-black heads. Black wingtips with prominent white spots.
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Gray 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: Pumps tail down, then up.
2009-04-30-75222009-04-30-7518
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1? @Bosque del Apache NWR
2009-04-30-7530
raven sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Bank 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Cliff # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Verdin 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2009-04-30-75342009-04-30-75412009-04-30-75352009-04-30-7537
Because this was in some willows near the Flight Deck with a number of warblers, I tried to make this bird into a warbler. The rusty wrist (visible in the second photo) was my first clue that I was in the wrong family altogether. Still, it seems rather large-billed for a Verdin.
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro County
Warbler, Myrtle # @Socorro County
2009-04-30-74962009-04-30-7497
Yellowthroat, Common 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Warbler, Wilson's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Towhee, Spotted @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Summer 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2009-04-30-7499
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
meadowlark sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House # @Bosque del Apache NWR

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