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2009-10-02: NM: Socorro County-Sierra County

@Chap: Socorro: Chaparral Drive
@Esc: Socorro: Escondida exit area
@Harold: Socorro: Harold Drive
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@day: Socorro County-Sierra County
Wigeon, American 11 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ring-necked 2♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Dove, White-winged @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Roadrunner, Greater 2 @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Flicker, Red-shafted @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Phoebe, Say's @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Kingbird, Western 
@Socorro: Harold Drive
@Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Wren, Rock @Socorro: Escondida exit area
Just north of the road that goes west from I-25, in stony slopes.
Vocalizations: 'tuh-weee' call
Thrush, Hermit @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Robin, American @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Starling, European @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Warbler, Wilson's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
meadowlark sp. # @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Finch, House @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2009-10-03: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Ross' Goose; Sandhill Crane; Canyon Towhee
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@EBLSP: Sierra County: Elephant Butte Lake SP
@RRR: Socorro County: Red Rocks Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
@a101: Socorro County A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@road1: Socorro County: San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
10:15–11:10, Socorro-Bosque refuge. Worked the Marsh Loop, walked out on the Boardwalk and scoped the pond, then worked the Farm Loop, doing the center road both ways twice.
11:10–14:00, Bosque refuge, then south on I-25. Trying to find North Monticello Point but I had bad directions and hadn't done my map homework. Mapped all kinds of roads around South Monticello Point and various freeway exits.
Goose, Ross' 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Small compared to adjacent Canada Geese. Head round, bill more like a 45-degree triangle than a 30-60, no black grinning patch, small khaki-colored triangle on the sides.
Scoped at about 150 yards with the Questar 3.5" at about 90x.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Green-Winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Aechmophorus sp. # @Sierra County: Elephant Butte Lake SP
Scoped way out on the lake, at least a few score.
Grebe, Western 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Clark's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
cormorant sp. 1 @Sierra County: Elephant Butte Lake SP
Cormorant, Neotropic 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey @Socorro County A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
Harrier, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1i @Socorro County A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
First of the fall.
dowitcher sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
The southernmost pond visible from NM-1.
A small flock, at least ten.
Gull, Ring-billed 2 @Sierra County: Elephant Butte Lake SP
Near the old South Monticello Point boat ramp.
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Mourning 
@Socorro County A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater @Socorro County: Red Rocks Road
Flicker, Northern @Socorro County A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shrike, Loggerhead @Socorro County: San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
raven sp. @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crow, American 
500 @Socorro County A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
15 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Sierra County: Elephant Butte Lake SP
Robin, American # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Socorro County: Red Rocks Road
Not far west of NM-1.
Towhee, Canyon 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
I was headed out the back door with my camera rig, carrying some other equipment. As I opened the door, there were two birds on the bird bath a few feet away. Dropping the other equipment scared them away before I could get what might have been an amazing closeup.
Sparrow, Chipping # @Socorro County A-101 (Farm-Market Road)
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Socorro County: San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Finch, House @Sierra County: Elephant Butte Lake SP
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2009-10-04: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2009-10-11: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Gray Catbird
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Catbird, Gray 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: Robin-sized bird, completely dark gray except black cap; did not observe vent area.
Watched for about 30 seconds on my birdbath through the back door at 5m range. Catbird records have been rather more frequent lately, but this is certainly a first for my yard!
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2009-10-15: NM: Socorro: NM Tech: Terry Lake

@Terry: Socorro: NM Tech: Terry Lake
Wigeon, American 10+ @Socorro: NM Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ruddy # @Socorro: NM Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Socorro: NM Tech: Terry Lake
Coot, American 150 @Socorro: NM Tech: Terry Lake

2009-10-16: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Juniper Titmouse; Sage Sparrow
@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WCR: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
@road1: Socorro-US 60 to Water Canyon turnoff
11:00, leave Socorro westbound on US-60.
11:20, turn off on Water Canyon Road. Very slow, working the sparrows along the road.
11:50, in the canyon proper; on foot at the end of the pavement around 12:10, walking a half-mile or so up the canyon.
13:30, drive up Langmuir Road to Trail 13 head, then up the old North Fork Road to the Group Camp.
14:20, short walk upstream, just past the “gates” above the first stream crossing.
14:50, rolling back out, sat for a while right at the end of the pavement.
15:40, drove by the Kelly Ranch slowly.
15:55, back to Water Canyon Road.
16:25, US-60 back to town.
16:50–17:50, roads east and south of Socorro.
Butterfly note: Kaufman's Field guide to butterflies of North America calls it Arizona Sister; previously my notes have called it a California Sister. Perched on a Gambel's Oak.
Quail, Gambel's # @Socorro
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
1a @Socorro
Pigeon, Rock # @Socorro
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro
Sapsucker, Red-naped 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro
Jay, Steller's 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
raven sp. 2 @Socorro-US 60 to Water Canyon turnoff
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Socorro
Not in focus, but note the feathering extending more than half the length of the upper mandible.
Raven, Common 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: Low croaks heard.
Titmouse, Juniper 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Creeper, Brown 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Commonest bird in the canyon today. Quite challenging to photograph, since they seldom sit still for long.
Bluebird, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Bluebird, Mountain 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Robin, American # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Starling, European # @Socorro
Warbler, Audubon's 
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Behavior: Several dozen were assiduously crawling over the leggy sunflowers along the road.
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Sparrow, Chipping # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Sparrow, Sage 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
On the fence, closer to the US-60 end of the road than to the canyon.
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Behavior: Poking around the dry creek bed.
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Junco, Gray-headed # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
One of my better junco photos. Stopping down to f/11 really helps the depth of field.
Junco, Oregon # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Junco, Pink-sided 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Blackbird, Red-winged 20 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Behavior: In a tight flock, apparently feeding on sunflowers.
Meadowlark, Western # @Socorro
Vocalizations: By song, fields near Hope Farms Road.
Siskin, Pine 
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
# @Socorro
Goldfinch, American 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Behavior: Feeding on the small orange flowers along the road.

2009-10-27: NM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
On the east side of Don Felipe Road, just south of Business I-25.
teal sp. # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Gadwall # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Mallard # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Shoveler, Northern # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Duck, Ruddy # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Behavior: Feeding in tall grass.
Coot, American # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Meadowlark, Western # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

2009-10-28: NM: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall

Notable:  Juniper Titmouse
@nmt: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Titmouse, Juniper 1 @New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Not new to my office window list; seen previously 2006-10-03.

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