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2010-04-02: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

Notable:  Juniper Titmouse
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Titmouse, Juniper 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Near the Tech Swim Center.
Verdin 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Near the Tech Swim Center.
Vocalizations: 'tseert', not the usual 'snap' call.
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2010-04-03: NM: Socorro County

@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route Spent from 15:00 to 18:30 in Water Canyon. It was a social occasion, not primarily birding, so of course I got twice as many species as my last visit here.
Vulture, Turkey @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Scrub-Jay, Western @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
raven sp. @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Nuthatch, White-breasted @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Bluebird, Western @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Robin, American @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting.
Towhee, Canyon 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Water Canyon Road, somewhat closer to US-60 than to the canyon.
Sparrow, Vesper @Magdalenas: Water Canyon

2010-04-04: NM: Socorro

Notable:  Inca Dove; Barn Owl
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Heard only: 'coo-cook' call.
Owl, Barn @Socorro
Looking northeast from the corner of Fisher and Fraissinet, which is only a block away from the Socorro Plaza, I saw this owl fly into a large conifer and perch there.
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The first photo shows the general location; the owl is visible in the upper right corner.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting.

2010-04-06: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting.
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-04-07: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

Notable:  Mountain Chickadee
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Speare: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Breeding: Sitting tight on the nest above the downstairs ramp to Speare Hall.
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Only my third record since April 2008.

2010-04-08: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Pyrrhuloxia
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: I heard this anomalous song in my yard a few times a day or two ago. Today I finally spotted the culprit in the act. It's not a song I knew, but the clear whistled tones reminded me of a cardinal. I transcribe it as 'teery terry tory'.
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-04-09: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
@Speare: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Adult bringing food to the nest.
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Sparrow, White-crowned 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-04-11: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Blue-winged Teal; Greater Scaup; Swainson's Hawk; Franklin's Gull; Vermilion Flycatcher
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@road1: Luis Lopez-San Antonio
@road2: San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American 
@Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Far and away the most abundant waterfowl on the refuge today.
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked 2♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Scaup, Greater @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
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1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Broadly rounded head; wide white band at base of bill.
Scaup, Lesser 6♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Clark's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Cormorant, Neotropic 14 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Heron, Great Blue 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 1 @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Egret, Snowy 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 9 @San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Behavior: Close to NM-1 in a flooded field, standing around looking like they had eaten too much.
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Kestrel, American @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Coot, American 
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Lots and lots of them.
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Franklin's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: All-black head, black wingtips with large white spots.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Roadrunner, Greater 6 @Socorro County
Phoebe, Black 7 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Flycatcher, Vermilion 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Just a quick look as it flew by. Unmistakable when the sun hits it full on.
Kingbird, Western @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
First of the year.
raven sp. # @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Swallow, Barn @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Robin, American @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Starling, European @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Waxwing, Cedar 3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
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These birds were ripping into some spring buds. The first photo shows the shower of yellow dust that accompanied this process.
Warbler, Audubon's 
@Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Siskin, Pine @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-04-12: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
2a @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Feeding the chicks in the nest.
2i @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-04-13: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-04-14: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-04-15: NM: Socorro

@HFR: Hope Farms Road
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kingbird, Western 2 @Hope Farms Road
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1i @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: Downy chick in the nest.

2010-04-16: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-04-19: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sitting together on a wire.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1i @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-04-21: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-04-24: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-04-25: NM: Socorro

Notable:  Cassin's Vireo
@Soc: Socorro
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Quail, Gambel's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Vulture, Turkey @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Pigeon, Rock 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Rare in the actual yard.
Dove, Inca 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vireo, Cassin's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Robin, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Starling, European 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Myrtle 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Wilson's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Sparrow, Chipping # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2010-04-27: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Phoebe, Say's 
1a @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Breeding: Feeding young at previously noted nest over the ramp to Speare Hall downstairs.
1i @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2010-04-30: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  American Goldfinch
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goldfinch, American 1♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: Male in bright alternate plumage.

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