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2010-02-02: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Junco, Pink-sided 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, House # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-02-03: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Canvasback 3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Redhead # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

2010-02-05: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-02-10: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Robin, American # @Socorro
Numerous on Tech campus and along Hope Farms Road.

2010-02-11: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
My 300mm Nikkor lens, hors de combat since October, came back from Authorized Photo Service yesterday. The pictures tell me it's as sharp as when it was new in 1980.
Kestrel, American # @Socorro
Crane, Sandhill 25+ @Socorro
Fields along Chaparral Drive.
Dove, White-winged 
# @Socorro: 507 Fitch
# @Socorro
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Bluebird, Western # @Socorro
Bluebird, Mountain 100+ @Socorro
I'm not entirely sure about the ID of the pictured individual. What is the meaning of the flecks of buff color on the breast?
Robin, American # @Socorro
The photos are for acutance testing. I realize this species is not terribly rare.
Starling, European # @Socorro
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Junco, Oregon # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Blackbird, Red-winged 1 @Socorro
meadowlark sp. # @Socorro
Sparrow, House # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-02-13: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Hermit Thrush; Crissal Thrasher
@Chap: Socorro: Chaparral Dr.
@LJ: Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
Formerly La Joya State Game Reserve.
@Sev: Sevilleta NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@SocNA: Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@road1: Lemitar-Socorro via Escondida
11:30, visit Turtle Bay.
12:25–13:05 drive N on I-25 to Sevilleta NWR (exit 196). Drive to visitor center (closed). Thence back under the interstate to explore the claimed route to waterfowl viewing in the Ladd Gordon complex.
14:30, to Socorro Nature Area. Short walk to the pond and back.
15:25, drive the back roads to Escondida, then I-25 to Socorro.
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ring-necked 1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Crane, Sandhill # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Pigeon, Rock # @Lemitar-Socorro via Escondida
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Lemitar-Socorro via Escondida
Kingfisher, Belted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Flicker, Red-shafted # @Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
raven sp. 1 @Lemitar-Socorro via Escondida
Crow, American # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Raven, Chihuahuan @Socorro: Chaparral Dr.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
Bluebird, Western 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Bluebird, Mountain 
# @Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
Vocalizations: A flat, short 'jirp'.
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Thrush, Hermit 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Robin, American 
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
Thrasher, Crissal 1 @Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
Just east of I-25.
Vocalizations: Singing! Similar to Curve-bill song but many elements doubled.
Starling, European # @Socorro: Chaparral Dr.
Waxwing, Cedar 
3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Socorro: Chaparral Dr.
meadowlark sp. # @Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: La Joya Unit
Grackle, Great-tailed 1 @Socorro: Chaparral Dr.
Finch, House 1 @Sevilleta NWR

2010-02-14: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Inca Dove
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: 'coo-cook' call note, repeated.
Heard it calling in the morning, later saw it. First one of these I've seen in months.

2010-02-16: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-02-19: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-02-21: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Virginia Rail; Northern Mockingbird; Canyon Towhee
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@road1: Luis Lopez-San Antonio
@road2: San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
11:50, leave Socorro via NM-1 south.
12:10, take A-101 south from Luis Lopez.
12:30, San Antonio.
12:50, cross the BNSF-RR on NM-1.
13:10, start the Marsh Loop.
13:40, short walk on and around the Boardwalk.
14:05, rolling again, complete the Marsh Loop and traverse the center road in both directions.
15:20, on foot around the parking lot by the bridge over the Low Flow Channel.
16:00, Farm Loop.
16:55-17:10, short trip further south on NM-1.
17:25, San Antonio.
Goose, Blue 50+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow 1000+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
In addition to all the live birds, I counted eleven circular white patches in the fields on the north end, characteristic of locations where a predator has plumed a white goose.
Goose, Ross' 500+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
As I've noticed in previous years in late winter, Ross's geese are roughly equal in numbers to Snows and may even outnumber them.
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Green @Socorro County
Some time ago I met a fellow here who insisted that he had seen “Green Pheasants”. I think this may have been one of the birds he saw. It had a lot of green color and no trace of a neck ring or white wing patch.
Grebe, Pied-billed 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Four in the Boardwalk pond, six in the old “rookery” at the east end of the center road on the south side.
Heron, Great Blue 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Eagle, Bald 
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Terrible picture, but illustrates the immature plumage.
4a♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1 @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Intermediate phase.
4a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: One dark, two intermediate, one light phase.
I wouldn't consider the bird in the photos to be as light a bird as some I see in eastern NM, but the underparts were whiter with less streaking.
3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Rail, Virginia 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
A short walk down the Marsh Trail from the Boardwalk parking lot.
Vocalizations: By voice; grunting duet from reeds.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
dowitcher sp. 50 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Snipe, Wilson's 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
One just south of the BNSF crossing on NM-1, flushed when a harrier went over it. Another under the bridge over the low-flow channel.
Gull, Ring-billed 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, White-winged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Not a rarity, just happy with the way the photo turned out.
Flicker, Common 1 @San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Heard calling at the same time from opposite directions.
Crow, American # @San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: As it faced into the wind, I observed the white under-feathering on the front of the neck. Note in the photo that the visibility of this color depends on the wind, and in the second picture, taken seconds later, there is no white showing at all.
Wren, Marsh 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: By 'kek' notes issuing from deep within reeds.
Bluebird, Western 
# @San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bluebird, Mountain 350 @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
The fields near County A-101 were full of them.
Robin, American @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: Feeding actively at the edge of a refuge road.
Pipit, American # @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Where A-101 turns from east to south.
Group of at least 70.
Towhee, Canyon 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Lurking around the abutment at the east end of the bridge over the Low Flow Channel.
Sparrow, Song 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: 'beerp' notes
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Blackbird, Red-winged @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
meadowlark sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Brewer's 9 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Goldfinch, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR

2010-02-24: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-02-25: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

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