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2009-07-21: NM: Socorro County

@A101: Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@Board: Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk Pond
@LL: Luis Lopez: Oldenettel residence
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route Left Socorro around 1415, drove to the Bosque refuge via Luis Lopez and County A-101. Marsh Loop, seasonal road, Farm Loop, and a quick look at the ponds visible from NM-1 south of the loop entrance.
Missed American Coot, Green-winged Teal. Generally short on puddle ducks, shorebirds, and swallows.
Dr. David Mundie visiting; he got two lifers, Clark's Grebe and Chihuahuan Raven. As usual in the summer, there was no accessible shorebird habitat on the entire refuge loop. Mosquitoes pretty light for this season and location.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Lots of teal in eclipse plumage or getting there.
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 6 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk Pond
Grebe, Clark's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 6 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk Pond
Pelican, American White 25+ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk Pond
Pond visible from NM-1.
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 8+ @San Antonio area
Ibis, White-faced # @San Antonio area
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
Kestrel, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Stilt, Black-necked 1 @San Antonio area
peep sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Group of seven or so wheeling over a flooded unit seen from the seasonal road. Might have been dowitchers, but they seemed a bit too white and a bit small. This unit was flooded over grass; not a proper mudflat.
Sandpiper, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's 2? @San Antonio area
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @San Antonio area
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro County
Hummingbird, Rufous # @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel residence
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
Kingbird, Western # @Socorro County
raven sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan 4 @Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mockingbird, Northern # @Socorro County
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Yellow-headed ~10 @San Antonio area
Grackle, Great-tailed 
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, House # @Socorro County

2009-07-29: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Hawk, Cooper's i @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Lawn just southwest of the MSEC-III building.
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I noticed this young hawk jumping around on the lawn, picking up a House Finch carcass, tossing it around and dropping it. I think it was learning how to plume prey items. After a few minutes of this strange and macabre dance, it picked up the carcass and flew off to the west with it.

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