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2009-09-01: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch St.

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch St.
Kingbird, Western 
On wires at home, late in the day.
3a @Socorro: 507 Fitch St.
On wires at home, late in the day.
1a @Socorro: 507 Fitch St.
On wires at home, late in the day.

2009-09-04: NM: Socorro-Roswell-Carlsbad

Notable:  Olive-sided Flycatcher; Lark Bunting
@BL: Bitter Lake NWR
@Champ: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
@day: Socorro-Roswell-Carlsbad
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch St.
@road1: Socorro-San Antonio
@road2: San Antonio-Carrizozo
@road3: Carrizozo-Capitan
@road4: Capitan-Salazar Canyon
@road5: Salazar Canyon-Lincoln
@road6: Lincoln-Riverside
@road7: Riverside-Roswell
@road8: Brantley Lake-Carlsbad
11:05, leave Socorro via Luis Lopez and A-101.
11:35, US-380^W.
12:30, Carrizozo.
12:50, Capitan.
13:00–13:10, Baca Campsite and very little of Salazar Canyon.
13:20, Lincoln.
13:45, Riverside.
14:55, arrive Bitter Lake, drive the loop.
15:50, leave the loop.
16:45, Artesia.
17:10–17:25, Champion Cove Road.
17:40, arrive Carlsbad.
Gadwall @Bitter Lake NWR
Mallard @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Blue-winged @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Cinnamon @Bitter Lake NWR
Pintail, Northern @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, American Green-winged @Bitter Lake NWR
Duck, Ruddy 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Pelican, American White @Bitter Lake NWR
Heron, Great Blue @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy @Bitter Lake NWR
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 1i @Bitter Lake NWR
Ibis, White-faced @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey 
@Socorro-San Antonio
@Salazar Canyon-Lincoln
@Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
@Brantley Lake-Carlsbad
Hawk, Swainson's @San Antonio-Carrizozo
Hawk, Red-tailed 
@San Antonio-Carrizozo
Kestrel, American 
@Socorro-San Antonio
@San Antonio-Carrizozo
Coot, American @Bitter Lake NWR
Killdeer 2 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Stilt, Black-necked @Bitter Lake NWR
Avocet, American @Bitter Lake NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Socorro-San Antonio
Dove, White-winged 
@Bitter Lake NWR
Dove, Mourning 
@Socorro-San Antonio
Roadrunner, Greater @Bitter Lake NWR
Nighthawk, Common @Riverside-Roswell
Pine Lodge Road, not far west of the Bitter Lake refuge entrance.
Kingfisher, Belted @Bitter Lake NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted @Salazar Canyon-Lincoln
Flycatcher, Olive-sided @Bitter Lake NWR
Wood-Pewee, Western @Bitter Lake NWR
Kingbird, Western 
@Socorro-San Antonio
@Capitan-Salazar Canyon
@Bitter Lake NWR
Scrub-Jay, Western 
@Capitan-Salazar Canyon
@Salazar Canyon-Lincoln
raven sp. 
@San Antonio-Carrizozo
@Capitan-Salazar Canyon
@Salazar Canyon-Lincoln
Crow, American 100 @Socorro-San Antonio
First of the season.
Swallow, Barn 
# @Socorro: 507 Fitch St.
@Salazar Canyon-Lincoln
Sparrow, Chipping @Bitter Lake NWR
Sparrow, Lark 
@Socorro-San Antonio
@Bitter Lake NWR
Bunting, Lark 
# @Bitter Lake NWR
1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Grosbeak, Blue 
@Socorro-San Antonio
@Bitter Lake NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed @Riverside-Roswell
Finch, House @Bitter Lake NWR

2009-09-05: NM: Rattlesnake Springs-Hobbs

Notable:  Harris' Hawk; Ferruginous Hawk; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Rock Wren; Virginia's Warbler; Black-and-white Warbler
@Brin: Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
@CotDU: Carlsbad Caverns NP: Cottonwood Day-Use Area
@Eun: Eunice area
@Lea21: Lea Co.: Lea-21
@LeaCo: Lea Co.
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@WashRRd: Washington Ranch Road
@day: Rattlesnake Springs-Hobbs
@road1: Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
07:35, turn off US 62-180 to Rattlesnake Springs.
08:15, on foot past the fence.
09:00, inside the fence.
11:05, leave Rattlesnake, quick look at Washington Ranch.
11:40, look at Cottonwood Day Use Area, new site.
12:20–13:10, explore a few miles north on Eddy-418 = Washington Ranch Road, turn around at the junction with Eddy-422.
14:15–14:30, Champion Cove Road, no birds.
15:00, leave Carlsbad on Loving Highway = NM-128. No birds at Laguna Grande.
15:40, enter Lea County, drive north from NM-128 a few miles on Brininstool Road, looking for the real Bell Lake, couldn't find it.
16:50, take Lea-21 north and then east to Eunice.
17:45–18:00, cemetery in Eunice, then north on NM-18.
Quail, Gambel's @Rattlesnake Springs
Turkey, Wild # @Rattlesnake Springs
Vulture, Turkey 
@Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
@Rattlesnake Springs
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Carlsbad Caverns NP: Cottonwood Day-Use Area
Hawk, Harris' @Lea Co.: Lea-21
Hawk, Swainson's 
@Washington Ranch Road
@Lea Co.
@Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
@Lea Co.: Lea-21
@Eunice area
Hawk, Red-tailed 
@Washington Ranch Road
Description: White scapulars not evident.
@Lea Co.
Hawk, Ferruginous 1 @Lea Co.: Lea-21
Near the straight segment of Lea-21 that runs right into Eunice.
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
1♀ @Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, White-winged @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning 
@Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
@Lea Co.
Roadrunner, Greater @Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
Wood-Pewee, Western @Rattlesnake Springs
Phoebe, Black @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Vermilion 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Carlsbad Caverns NP: Cottonwood Day-Use Area
Kingbird, Cassin's @Carlsbad Caverns NP: Cottonwood Day-Use Area
Kingbird, Western @Washington Ranch Road
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 
@Washington Ranch Road
Near the intersection with Ballard Ranch Road.
@Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
@Lea Co.: Lea-21
Shrike, Loggerhead @Lea Co.: Lea-21
Vireo, Bell's @Rattlesnake Springs
Swallow, Cave @Rattlesnake Springs
Swallow, Barn @Rattlesnake Springs
Wren, Cactus @Lea Co.
South end of Lea County 21, right at the Jal-Loving Highway.
Wren, Rock @Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
Robin, American @Eunice area
Mockingbird, Northern 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Lea Co.: Lea-21
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
Waxwing, Cedar @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Virginia's @Carlsbad Caverns NP: Cottonwood Day-Use Area
Hopping around the mesquite near the restroom.
Warbler, Black-and-white 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Wilson's @Rattlesnake Springs
Chat, Yellow-breasted @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Cassin's @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Chipping @Washington Ranch Road
Sparrow, Brewer's @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Black-throated @Rattlesnake Springs
Bunting, Lark 100+ @Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
Tanager, Summer @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Western @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern @Rattlesnake Springs
Pyrrhuloxia @Eunice area
Grosbeak, Black-headed @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Blue @Rattlesnake Springs
meadowlark sp. @Lea Co.: Brininstool Road
Grackle, Great-tailed @Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
Cowbird, Brown-headed 8+ @Washington Ranch Road
Oriole, Bullock's @Lea Co.: Lea-21
Finch, House @Rattlesnake Springs
Goldfinch, Lesser @Carlsbad Caverns NP: Cottonwood Day-Use Area
Vocalizations: 'tear-der'

2009-09-06: NM: Hobbs-Melrose Woods

Notable:  Long-billed Curlew; Red-headed Woodpecker; House Wren; Painted Bunting
@Hob: Hobbs
@Lov: Lovington: Chaparral Park
@Mel: Melrose Woods
@Oco: Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
@Pep: Pep area
@TPot: Pothole 2.5 mi N of Tatum
@day: Hobbs-Melrose Woods
@road1: Hobbs-Lovington
@road2: Lovington-Tatum
@road3: Dora-Elida
@road4: Elida-Melrose
09:55, Hobbs City Park, pretty dead.
10:40–12:30, Ocotillo Park.
13:00–13:15, Lovington, Chaparral Park, then continue north on NM-206.
13:50, brief stop at the pothole north of Tatum.
14:30, Pep.
14:40, Dora; NM-114 west to Elida. There is some interestingly wrinkled terrain on the midpoint of this road, roughly 33°56'N, 103°29'W, or around mile marker 11 (decreasing westbound); is this a continuation of the Caprock?
15:00, Elida, north on NM-330, then NM-267.
15:45, US-60 west.
16:00–17:20, at Melrose Woods.
Two hummingbird feeders were filled at Melrose, a small spherical one near the north fence, and a big cylindrical one a few yards southeast of the parking area.
duck sp. @Lovington: Chaparral Park
Description: Eclipse plumage. No reason they couldn't be Mallards, and there was a group of these separate from the more obviously domestic quackers.
Quail, Scaled 3 @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Kite, Mississippi 10 @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Hawk, Swainson's @Elida-Melrose
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1i @Melrose Woods
i @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Hawk, Ferruginous @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Description: Tail white basally; distal half is dark.
Kestrel, American 
@Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Killdeer 1 @Pothole 2.5 mi N of Tatum
Sandpiper, Solitary 
@Pothole 2.5 mi N of Tatum
1 @Pothole 2.5 mi N of Tatum
Curlew, Long-billed 500 @Pothole 2.5 mi N of Tatum
A conservative count. There were probably more whose heads were not sticking out of the vegetation. The first photo is a wide-angle view; the rest are a left-to-right panorama. See also the photo under Solitary Sandpiper.
Pigeon, Rock @Hobbs-Lovington
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Hobbs
Dove, Mourning 
# @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Roadrunner, Greater @Elida-Melrose
hummingbird sp. 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Woodpecker, Red-headed 
1a @Melrose Woods
1i @Melrose Woods
Wood-Pewee, Western @Melrose Woods
Kingbird, Western @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 
@Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
@Pep area
Raven, Chihuahuan 
Swallow, Barn @Lovington: Chaparral Park
Wren, House 2 @Melrose Woods
Robin, American 
@Lovington: Chaparral Park
Thrasher, Curve-billed 2 @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Starling, European @Hobbs
Warbler, Wilson's @Melrose Woods
Bunting, Lark 
Bunting, Painted 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Description: Unicolored but back shows some blue-green iridescence. The pink bill didn't seem to fit the field guides, which show a darker bill.
A highly uncooperative skulker. Shoot it through intervening foliage or not at all.
meadowlark sp. 
Grackle, Great-tailed @Lovington: Chaparral Park
Sparrow, House @Hobbs

2009-09-07: NM: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Clovis

Notable:  Black Phoebe; Red-breasted Nuthatch; House Wren; Orange-crowned Warbler; Townsend's Warbler; Black-and-white Warbler; American Redstart
@Mel: Melrose Woods
@day: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Clovis
@road1: Clovis-Melrose
@road2: Melrose-Melrose Woods
@road3: Melrose-Taiban-Melrose
08:20, leave Clovis.
09:10, in Melrose.
12:15–13:00, drove a few miles west on US-60, as far as Taiban, then returned to Melrose.
15:25, left Melrose, back to Clovis.
Sometime between last night at 17:20 when I left Melrose and very early this morning when Oldenettel and others appeared, someone blew the more southerly hummingbird feeder into bits with a shotgun, and left an angry note implying that they did not care for birdwatchers.
Hawk, Swainson's @Clovis-Melrose
Kestrel, American @Melrose Woods
Wood-Pewee, Western @Melrose Woods
Empidonax sp. @Melrose Woods
Phoebe, Black @Melrose Woods
raven sp. 2 @Melrose-Melrose Woods
Raven, Chihuahuan 40 @Melrose-Taiban-Melrose
About 40 birds at Valley Sand & Gravel's Tolar Pit near Taiban.
Nuthatch, Red-breasted @Melrose Woods
Wren, House @Melrose Woods
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @Melrose Woods
Thrush, Hermit @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Orange-crowned 1 @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Yellow 1♀ @Melrose Woods
The photo shows the distinctive undertail pattern, with a Y-shaped yellow feature reaching to the tail tip.
Warbler, Audubon's @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Townsend's 3-5 @Melrose Woods
At one point I had at least three in view at once, and two more had gone by just previously. Some of them were pretty tame; a bird right in the middle of the woods was too close for my lens to focus, maybe eight feet away.
Warbler, Black-and-white 1 @Melrose Woods
Redstart, American 2 @Melrose Woods
Warbler, MacGillivray's @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Wilson's @Melrose Woods
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Melrose Woods
Grackle, Great-tailed @Clovis-Melrose
Sparrow, House @Clovis-Melrose

2009-09-08: NM: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Socorro

Notable:  Red-breasted Nuthatch; Townsend's Warbler; Black-and-white Warbler; Painted Bunting
@Mel: Melrose Woods
@day: Clovis-Melrose Woods-Socorro
@road1: Clovis-Melrose Woods
@road2: Melrose Woods-Socorro
06:10, leave Clovis, westbound on US-60.
06:50–09:30, in Melrose.
10:00, Fort Sumner.
10:20, Yeso.
11:00, Vaughn.
11:40, Encino.
12:20, Willard.
12:35, Mountainair.
13:25, Bernardo.
14:15, back to Socorro.
Vulture, Turkey @Melrose Woods-Socorro
Socorro County.
Hawk, Swainson's @Melrose Woods-Socorro
Hawk, Red-tailed @Clovis-Melrose Woods
Dove, Mourning @Melrose Woods-Socorro
Socorro County.
Woodpecker, Red-headed 1a @Melrose Woods
Raven, Chihuahuan @Clovis-Melrose Woods
Swallow, Barn @Melrose Woods-Socorro
Mountainair area.
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 1 @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Townsend's 1 @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Black-and-white 1 @Melrose Woods
Warbler, MacGillivray's @Melrose Woods
Warbler, Wilson's @Melrose Woods
I wish I hadn't left the camera set on ISO 1600 this whole time, but I had set it that way in the middle of the woods for some birds that were in deep shade. For this shot, though, there was plenty of light for ISO 200. Note the sparse dark crown feathers.
Bunting, Lark @Melrose Woods-Socorro
Yeso-Vaughn leg.
Tanager, Summer @Melrose Woods
Bunting, Painted 1♀ @Melrose Woods
meadowlark sp. @Clovis-Melrose Woods-Socorro
Encino-Willard leg.

2009-09-11: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch St.

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch St.
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch St.

2009-09-19: NM: Socorro

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch St.
Swallow, Barn @New Mexico Tech
Thrasher, Curve-billed 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch St.
Behavior: Late in the day (19:30 MST), one calling in my orchard, while another stood motionless on top of the nest where this species bred this summer, as I exited my car five feet away.
Warbler, MacGillivray's @New Mexico Tech
In the bushes near the Tech Swim Center.

2009-09-26: NM: Socorro-Alamogordo-Socorro

Notable:  Black Tern; Barn Owl
@Hol: Holloman Lakes
@day: Socorro-Alamogordo-Socorro
@road1: Socorro-Alamogordo
@road2: Alamogordo-Socorro
Route Purpose of the trip was the Oktoberfest held on Holloman AFB. However, I did get a quick look into Holloman Lakes.
Gadwall @Holloman Lakes
Shoveler, Northern @Holloman Lakes
Teal, Green-Winged @Holloman Lakes
Grebe, Eared @Holloman Lakes
Vulture, Turkey @Socorro-Alamogordo
Coot, American @Holloman Lakes
Killdeer @Holloman Lakes
Stilt, Black-necked @Holloman Lakes
Avocet, American @Holloman Lakes
Yellowlegs, Lesser @Holloman Lakes
Phalarope, Wilson's @Holloman Lakes
Tern, Black @Holloman Lakes
Owl, Barn @Alamogordo-Socorro
A few miles north of Tularosa at 20:00MDT.
Behavior: Flushed from the highway shoulder.
raven sp. @Socorro-Alamogordo
Sparrow, Savannah @Holloman Lakes

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