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2009-08-01: NM: ABQ-Las Vegas-Montezuma-Bandelier NM

@Band: Bandelier National Monument
@NNM: ABQ-Las Vegas-Montezuma-Bandelier NM
@UWC: Montezuma: United World College grounds
Flicker, Common 1 @Bandelier National Monument
Empidonax sp. @Montezuma: United World College grounds
Jay, Pinyon 1 @Bandelier National Monument
Raven, Common # @Bandelier National Monument
Swallow, Violet-green 1 @Bandelier National Monument
Nuthatch, Pygmy # @Bandelier National Monument
Common, active, and allowing close approach. Of course I didn't have my bird camera today.
Bluebird, Western # @Bandelier National Monument
Robin, American 1 @Bandelier National Monument
Sparrow, Chipping # @Bandelier National Monument
Finch, House # @Bandelier National Monument
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Bandelier National Monument

2009-08-07: NM: Socorro-Bosque del Apache-Roswell-Carlsbad

Notable:  Bufflehead; Juniper Titmouse; Painted Bunting
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@Champ: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
@SAnt: San Antonio
@Sal: Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
@day: Socorro-Bosque del Apache-Roswell-Carlsbad
@road1: US380: San Antonio-Salazar Canyon
@road2: Chaves Co.: US380
@road3: Chaves Co.: Roswell-Eddy line
@road4: Eddy Co.: US-285
1100, leave Socorro, work Bosque refuge.
1400, drive to Salazar.
1535-1635, up Salazar Canyon past where I've been before. The gate about 1.5 miles in used to be posted but isn't now, although the GF ranch has a big sign advising respect for private property.
1830-1855, Champion Cove Road, thence nonstop to Carlsbad and the requisite great dinner at the Red Chimney Pit Barbeque.
A Phrynosoma horned lizard was on NM-1 north of refuge headquarters.
duck sp. @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Smallish size, round head, very short and stubby bill, head dark with a broad transverse white stripe.
Turkey, Wild 1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Half-grown youngster sneaking from one cool patch of shady undergrowth to another. Generally I see turkeys here either very early or late in the day; this one was moving around in the afternoon heat around 1300.
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Clark's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pelican, American White 42 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @US380: San Antonio-Salazar Canyon
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Chaves Co.: US380
Hawk, Red-tailed @US380: San Antonio-Salazar Canyon
Killdeer 1 @Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
The only shorebird at this spot today, not surprisingly, since the shore was being battered by watercraft wakes about every thirty seconds.
dowitcher sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @San Antonio
Dove, Mourning 
@San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
@Eddy Co.: US-285
Roadrunner, Greater @Bosque del Apache NWR
Empidonax sp. 1 @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Kingbird, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Raven, Chihuahuan # @US380: San Antonio-Salazar Canyon
Raven, Common 2 @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Cliff # @Bosque del Apache NWR
At least 98% of the swallows I saw on the refuge were Cliff, with one Northern Rough-winged and a scattered few Barn.
Swallow, Barn 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Chaves Co.: Roswell-Eddy line
Titmouse, Juniper 2 @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Bushtit 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
One noisy flock at the very east end of the old "rookery" pond at the east end of the Center Road.
Bluebird, Western 2 @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Bluebird, Mountain 2 @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Mockingbird, Northern 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Chat, Yellow-breasted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Chipping # @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Summer 2♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Western 1♂ @US380: San Antonio-Salazar Canyon
Grosbeak, Black-headed 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Grosbeak, Blue 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
Bunting, Painted 1i♂ @Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
Blackbird, Red-winged 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
meadowlark sp. # @Chaves Co.: Roswell-Eddy line
Grackle, Great-tailed 
# @Chaves Co.: Roswell-Eddy line
# @Eddy Co.: US-285
Crossbill, Red 1? @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Lincoln Co.: Salazar Canyon
Sparrow, House 
@San Antonio
@US380: San Antonio-Salazar Canyon

2009-08-08: NM: Carlsbad-Roswell-Tatum-Hobbs

Notable:  Tricolored Heron; Upland Sandpiper; Black Tern; Yellow-billed Cuckoo
@Art: Artesia area including ag fields to SE
@BLNWR: Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
@Champ: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@WR: Washington Ranch
@day: Carlsbad-Roswell-Tatum-Hobbs
@road1: US 62-180 Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
@road2: Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake
@road3: Artesia-Roswell
@road4: Chaves Co.: Bitter Lake NWR-Lea Co. line
@road5: Lea Co.: Chavez Co. line to Hobbs
0950, Carlsbad to Rattlesnake Springs.
1035, mainly sat around near the pond at Rattlesnake, with one brief foray to the edge of the fence near the southwest corner of the picnic area.
1225, quick pass around the entrance to Washington Ranch.
1245, on the road.
1415-1440, Champion Cove Road.
1450-1615, drove around many farm roads southwest of Artesia looking for, and finding, Upland Sandpipers.
1615-1710, drive to Bitter Lake.
1845, leave Bitter Lake, head east on US-380, very brief and birdless stop at Waldrop Park.
Duck, Ruddy 1 @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Turkey, Wild 4 @Rattlesnake Springs
Just east of the Black River crossing on the way into Rattlesnake.
Heron, Great Blue # @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Egret, Great # @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Egret, Snowy # @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Heron, Tricolored 2 @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
In the pond just northwest of the Pajaro Observation Blind, which is now open. Two birds seen together.
Thanks to the NMRBA, which placed them right at this location.
Ibis, White-faced # @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Vulture, Turkey 
@Rattlesnake Springs
# @Artesia area including ag fields to SE
Hawk, Red-tailed 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Lea Co.: Chavez Co. line to Hobbs
Coot, American 1 @Washington Ranch
Cattail-lined pond to the left of the road into the headquarters building.
Killdeer # @Artesia area including ag fields to SE
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Sandpiper, Upland 23 @Artesia area including ag fields to SE
Philip Johnson told me many years ago that this species was reliable in the first week of August in the fields southwest of Artesia. A typical location was along Fairground Road between Haldeman Road and Johnson Road.
The 103°F temperatures made photography difficult, especially over any great distance.
Phalarope, Wilson's 30+ @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Tern, Black 4 @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Pigeon, Rock 
@Artesia area including ag fields to SE
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Chaves Co.: Bitter Lake NWR-Lea Co. line
Dove, White-winged @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning 
# @US 62-180 Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
# @Rattlesnake Springs
# @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Cuckoo, Yellow-billed 1-2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Nighthawk, Common @Chaves Co.: Bitter Lake NWR-Lea Co. line
Perched on a fence just west of the entrance to Bitter Lake NWR.
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Vermilion @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Western 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
# @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Vireo, Solitary @Carlsbad-Roswell-Tatum-Hobbs
One quick look at a gray bird with a pothook eye-ring.
Vireo, Bell's 2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Vocalizations: Identified by song.
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake
Swallow, Cave # @Rattlesnake Springs
Robin, American 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Mockingbird, Northern # @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Wilson's 1? @Rattlesnake Springs
Chat, Yellow-breasted 1-3 @Rattlesnake Springs
Vocalizations: Call, an insistent single 'cheewp'. Also various astonishingly loud outbursts suggesting automatic weapons and small boiler explosions.
Sparrow, Cassin's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Chipping # @Artesia area including ag fields to SE
Sparrow, Lark 
@Rattlesnake Springs
# @Artesia area including ag fields to SE
# @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
# @Chaves Co.: Bitter Lake NWR-Lea Co. line
Tanager, Summer @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Western 
1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
3♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Blue 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
meadowlark sp. @Artesia area including ag fields to SE
Meadowlark, Western # @Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Vocalizations: Singing. Somewhat different than the songs of our Rio Grande Valley birds, but much closer than to Easterns.
Grackle, Great-tailed 
# @US 62-180 Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
@Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
# @Chaves Co.: Bitter Lake NWR-Lea Co. line
Cowbird, Brown-headed # @Artesia area including ag fields to SE
Finch, House @Rattlesnake Springs
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Rattlesnake Springs

2009-08-09: NM: Hobbs area

Notable:  Mississippi Kite; Blue Jay
@GML: Hobbs area: Green Meadow Lake
@Hob: Hobbs area
@Oco: Hobbs area: Ocotillo Park
@Park: Hobbs City Park
1000, work City Park. Drive to Green Meadow lake on the Lovington Highway (NM-18) around 1100.
1110-1225, work the margins of Ocotillo Park, a few miles north of town.
domestic goose sp. # @Hobbs area: Green Meadow Lake
domestic duck sp. # @Hobbs area: Green Meadow Lake
Kite, Mississippi 
5 @Hobbs City Park
7 @Hobbs area: Ocotillo Park
Conspicuous and active at both locations. In the city park, the roost tree is near the south center of the park area, a bit northwest of the Headstart complex. At Ocotillo Park, common and active near the entrance to Harry McAdams Park, and two in another location near the southeast corner of the golf course. Some immatures.
Hawk, Swainson's @Hobbs area
Killdeer # @Hobbs area: Green Meadow Lake
Pigeon, Rock @Hobbs area: Green Meadow Lake
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 3 @Hobbs City Park
Kingbird, Western @Hobbs area: Ocotillo Park
Photo shows direct size and shape comparison with a nearby Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 9 @Hobbs area: Ocotillo Park
Jay, Blue 2 @Hobbs City Park
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Hobbs area: Ocotillo Park
Mockingbird, Northern # @Hobbs area: Ocotillo Park
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1-2 @Hobbs area: Ocotillo Park
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Hobbs City Park
Sparrow, House # @Hobbs City Park

2009-08-10: NM: Hobbs-Melrose Woods-Socorro

Notable:  Sora; Marbled Godwit; Olive-sided Flycatcher
@Mel: Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@Oco: Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
@Tatum: Tatum: pothole 2.5 N
Recent rains have left this sizeable pothole, just west of NM-206, with plenty of water.
GPS: 331738.5n 1031900.2w None
@day: Hobbs-Melrose Woods-Socorro
10:30--11:00, brief look around Ocotillo Park.
12:00, stopped at the Tatum pothole for a few minutes.
14:00--16:45, worked around Melrose Woods.
Missed Ten minutes late to get a glimpse of the male Prairie Warbler in Melrose. Jerry Oldenettel saw it, and Jim Black got there just in time.
Egret, Great 1 @Tatum: pothole 2.5 N
Ibis, White-faced # @Tatum: pothole 2.5 N
Also documented in the photo above under Great Egret.
Kite, Mississippi @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Kestrel, American @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sora @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Heard only, grunting from cover in the northwest corner.
Avocet, American 10+ @Tatum: pothole 2.5 N
Curlew, Long-billed 125+ @Tatum: pothole 2.5 N
Godwit, Marbled 1 @Tatum: pothole 2.5 N
Dove, Mourning @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Flycatcher, Olive-sided 1 @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Wood-Pewee, Western 
@Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Flycatcher, "Western" @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Flycatcher, Willow @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Kingbird, Western 
@Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Vireo, Plumbeous @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Vireo, Warbling @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Swallow, Barn @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Robin, American @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Mockingbird, Northern @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Warbler, Yellow @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Chipping @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Lark @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Tanager, Western @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Grosbeak, Black-headed @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Grosbeak, Blue @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
meadowlark sp. @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Grackle, Great-tailed @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Sparrow, House @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park

2009-08-12: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: 'whick-whick' call.

2009-08-20: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Wilson's 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Working around the big salt cedar by the stairs down to Speare basement.

2009-08-22: NM: Socorro: Hope Farms Road

Notable:  Solitary Sandpiper
@Hope: Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Route This was going to be just a quick look to see if the sparrows were starting to move, but the field by the "Diagonal" had just been irrigated and was hopping with ibis and some shorebirds.
Ibis, White-faced 150+ @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Killdeer # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Sandpiper, Solitary 1 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Description: Roughly the size of a Lesser Yellowlegs. Head and shoulders plain brown. Complete, distinct white eyering. Bill about Lesser Yellowlegs length.
With the yellowlegs group. Flew before I got get a photo.
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Yellowlegs, Lesser 7 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Kingbird, Cassin's 1 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Kingbird, Western # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Swallow, Barn # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Starling, European # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Sparrow, Chipping 1 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Sparrow, Lark # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
There were plenty of adult Lark Sparrows around. However, I'm not completely sure about the ID of any of these photos.
Bunting, Lark ? @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
This bird didn't look that different than the ones I was calling Lark Sparrows, but the white patch at the edge of the folded wing suggested Lark Bunting to me. I never did see whether it had a dark malar stripe, though.
Blackbird, Yellow-headed 30+ @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Grackle, Great-tailed @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Cowbird, Brown-headed # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road

2009-08-28: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kingbird, Cassin's 3 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
On wires over the alley.
Description: Two regrowing rectrices.

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