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2010-05-01: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Redhead; Osprey
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Somewhat late.
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, White-winged 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Standing on a snag over a pond, this bird was where I'd expect a Snowy.
Ibis, White-faced 
# @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Osprey 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
The white spots in the photo are raindrops.
Hawk, Sharp-shinned @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Kestrel, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 1 @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
dowitcher sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Swallow, Tree # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
The first photo shows a white notch lateral to the rump. At first blush I thought it was a Violent-Green, but the back color shows it is clearly a Tree.
Swallow, Violet-green # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Bank # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Starling, European # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Warbler, Audubon's 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowthroat, Common 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Towhee, Spotted @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: By 'per-eer' call.
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Song @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache

2010-05-02: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Willet; Ruff
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Willet 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Between Audio Stops 1 and 2, the northern end of the second flooded unit on the Marsh Loop. A mudflat on the far side of the water had a small but active mixed group of shorebirds.
Description: Mostly in the flat gray plumage, but some texture in the folded wing. Long straight somewhat thick bill.
Observed for several minutes in a scope at 50x.
Sandpiper, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ruff 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Chunky build makes head appear small; short, quite straight, medium-heavy bill.
Seen through my scope at about 120-yard range at 80x for a minute or so. A well-known star attraction, one of two birds seen by multitudes yesterday and today. I left the refuge roughly one hour before Christopher Rustay found this bird yesterday, but had to prepare to perform in a chorus concert. I had to leave early again today for another performance, missing an incredible array of additional rarities including Elegant Tern, Clapper Rail, and Ruddy Turnstone, all of which would have been state birds. I hate it when my hobbies fight.
Wood-Pewee, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wren, Bewick's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Summer 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR

2010-05-03: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1i @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: Young of the year, scuttling around on the ground.

2010-05-04: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Phoebe, Say's 4i @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Breeding: Four screaming juveniles on the nest above the ramp to downstairs Speare Hall.
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-05-06: NM: Socorro-Melrose Woods

Notable:  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
@Mel: Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@day: Socorro-Melrose Woods
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@road1: Socorro-Mountainair
@road2: Mountainair-Willard
@road3: Willard-Encino
@road4: Encino-Fort Sumner
@road5: Fort Sumner-Melrose Woods
Route 17:30–19:40 at Melrose.
Hawk, Swainson's @Fort Sumner-Melrose Woods
Kestrel, American 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
Dove, Mourning 
@Fort Sumner-Melrose Woods
@Fort Sumner-Melrose Woods
Owl, Great Horned 1i @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Perched on a limb of one of the huge cottonwoods just north of the fence.
Description: ID is presumptive based on the large size of this scruffy, fluffy bird.
Hummingbird, Rufous 1♂ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Wood-Pewee, Western # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Empidonax sp. # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Flycatcher, Dusky 
? @Socorro-Melrose Woods
Individual #1. Before he left, I heard John Parmeter say that he had seen no Empids except Dusky today.
@Socorro-Melrose Woods
Individual #2.
Flycatcher, Ash-throated # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Kingbird, Western 
@Fort Sumner-Melrose Woods
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
raven sp. 
@Encino-Fort Sumner
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Raven, Chihuahuan @Encino-Fort Sumner
Lark, Horned @Willard-Encino
Swallow, Barn 
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
In the chaparral scrub east of the grove proper.
Thrush, Hermit # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Mockingbird, Northern 2 @Encino-Fort Sumner
Warbler, Audubon's # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, MacGillivray's 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Towhee, Green-tailed 2 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
In the scrub east of the grove.
Sparrow, Lark # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Bunting, Lark @Socorro-Mountainair
Sparrow, White-crowned @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♂ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
grackle sp. @Fort Sumner-Melrose Woods
Grackle, Great-tailed @Mountainair-Willard
Cowbird, Brown-headed # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Oriole, Bullock's 1♀ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods

2010-05-07: NM: Clovis-Melrose-Bitter Lake-Brantley

Notable:  Franklin's Gull; House Wren; Gray Catbird; Indigo Bunting
@BLNWR: Bitter Lake NWR
@CCR: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Better known in birder circles as Cheapskate Point.
@Mel: Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@day: Clovis-Melrose-Bitter Lake-Brantley
@road1: Clovis-Melrose Woods
@road2: Melrose Woods-Elida
@road3: Elida-Bitter Lake NWR
Gadwall @Bitter Lake NWR
Mallard @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Blue-winged # @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Cinnamon @Bitter Lake NWR
Shoveler, Northern @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Great @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy @Bitter Lake NWR
Ibis, White-faced @Bitter Lake NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 
@Clovis-Melrose Woods
@Melrose Woods-Elida
@Elida-Bitter Lake NWR
Kestrel, American @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Coot, American @Bitter Lake NWR
Killdeer @Bitter Lake NWR
Stilt, Black-necked @Bitter Lake NWR
Sandpiper, Spotted @Bitter Lake NWR
Gull, Franklin's 1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
@Clovis-Melrose Woods
@Elida-Bitter Lake NWR
Dove, Mourning 
@Clovis-Melrose Woods
@Melrose Woods-Elida
@Elida-Bitter Lake NWR
Empidonax sp. @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Flycatcher, Least ? @Clovis-Melrose-Bitter Lake-Brantley
Flycatcher, Dusky 
? @Clovis-Melrose-Bitter Lake-Brantley
Individual #1.
@Clovis-Melrose-Bitter Lake-Brantley
Individual #2.
Kingbird, Western 
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@Elida-Bitter Lake NWR
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed @Melrose Woods-Elida
vireo sp. @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Vireo, Plumbeous @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Vireo, Cassin's @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Raven, Chihuahuan 
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@Melrose Woods-Elida
Swallow, Barn 
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@Bitter Lake NWR
Wren, House @Clovis-Melrose-Bitter Lake-Brantley
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Thrush, Hermit @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Robin, American @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Catbird, Gray @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
The last photo shows the rufous vent.
Mockingbird, Northern @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Starling, European @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Wilson's @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Towhee, Green-tailed @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Chipping @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Clay-colored ? @Clovis-Melrose-Bitter Lake-Brantley
Sparrow, Lark 
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@Melrose Woods-Elida
@Bitter Lake NWR
Bunting, Lark @Melrose Woods-Elida
Sparrow, White-crowned 
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@Bitter Lake NWR
Grosbeak, Blue @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Bunting, Indigo 2♂ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Blackbird, Red-winged @Bitter Lake NWR
meadowlark sp. @Melrose Woods-Elida
Meadowlark, Western @Bitter Lake NWR
Grackle, Common @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Grackle, Great-tailed @Clovis-Melrose Woods
Cowbird, Brown-headed @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, House @Bitter Lake NWR

2010-05-08: NM: -Rattlesnake-Holloman-Socorro

Notable:  Gray Hawk; Sanderling; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Northern Waterthrush; Gray-headed Junco; Orchard Oriole
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@CCR: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
@Carlsbad: -Rattlesnake-Holloman-Socorro
@Hol: Holloman Lake
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@road1: Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake
@road2: Brantley Lake-Eddy/Chaves Co. Line
@road3: Eddy/Chaves Co. line-Alamogordo
@road4: San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Scaled 2 @Brantley Lake-Eddy/Chaves Co. Line
Pheasant, Ring-necked @Bosque del Apache NWR
Turkey, Wild 
@Rattlesnake Springs
Washington Ranch grounds today.
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey @Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake
Hawk, Gray 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Hawk, Swainson's @Rattlesnake Springs
Hawk, Red-tailed 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Eddy/Chaves Co. line-Alamogordo
Rail, Virginia @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Plover, Snowy 1 @Holloman Lake
@Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
1 @Holloman Lake
Stilt, Black-necked 2 @Holloman Lake
Avocet, American 
2 @Holloman Lake
Swimming, apparently.
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Spotted 
@Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sanderling 1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Phalarope, Wilson's @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Franklin's 1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, White-winged @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater @Bosque del Apache NWR
Nighthawk, Lesser @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wood-Pewee, Western 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Phoebe, Black @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Vermilion # @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Ash-throated @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Cassin's @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Western 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed @Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake
Vireo, Bell's # @Rattlesnake Springs
raven sp. @Eddy/Chaves Co. line-Alamogordo
Swallow, Tree @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Violet-green @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Bank @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn 
@Rattlesnake Springs
@San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
Robin, American @Eddy/Chaves Co. line-Alamogordo
Mockingbird, Northern 
1 @Rattlesnake Springs
@Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
@San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
Waxwing, Cedar @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Yellow @Rattlesnake Springs
♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Audubon's @Rattlesnake Springs
Waterthrush, Northern 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
At the secluded pool in the grove on the west side of the pond, always good for migrants quietly coming in to drink.
Warbler, MacGillivray's @Rattlesnake Springs
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Chipping # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Lark @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, White-crowned @Rattlesnake Springs
Junco, Gray-headed @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Summer @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Western @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Blue @Rattlesnake Springs
Bunting, Painted 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Blackbird, Red-winged @Rattlesnake Springs
Meadowlark, Western @Rattlesnake Springs
Grackle, Great-tailed 
@Rattlesnake Springs-Brantley Lake
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Cowbird, Brown-headed @Rattlesnake Springs
Oriole, Orchard #♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Oriole, Bullock's @San Antonio-Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House @Rattlesnake Springs
Siskin, Pine @Rattlesnake Springs

2010-05-11: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-05-12: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Many 'whick-whick' calls. I don't recall hearing this call during the breeding cycle.

2010-05-13: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: 'coo-cook'

2010-05-14: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Tanager, Summer 1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2010-05-15: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

Notable:  Cactus Wren
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Seen just after Commencement near Macey Center.
Wren, Cactus 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Northwest of town, near Newberry x Lopezville, in typical local scrub habitat with mesquite, four-winged saltbush, and creosote.
Vocalizations: Heard only, the classic gurgling call in two short bursts. There was a Mockingbird operating in the area, but it did not start up until several minutes later, and the gurgles I heard were not interspersed with other calls.

2010-05-16: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Phoebe, Say's @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
No birds in the nest today over the ramp at Speare Hall, vs. the four fledglings observed May 4. Adults around on the lawn as usual.

2010-05-20: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 3 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-05-23: NM: Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE

@ABQ: Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE
Records during the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus's end-of-season party.
Quail, Scaled 1 @Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE
Dove, Rock # @Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE
Dove, Mourning # @Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE
raven sp. # @Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE
Swallow, Barn # @Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE
Robin, American # @Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE
Finch, House # @Albuquerque: Pino Dr. NE

2010-05-25: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Mockingbird, Northern @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing.
Phainopepla 1♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: Molting: back and uppertail dun-brown basic, rest glossy black alternate.

2010-05-29: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Heard only: 'coo-cook'
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

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