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2010-07-01: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Curve-billed Thrasher
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting again on last spring's nest! Are these big guys commonly double-brooded?
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting again on last spring's nest! Are these big guys commonly double-brooded?

2010-07-02: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-07-04: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-07-05: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

Notable:  domestic goose sp.; Neotropic Cormorant
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
domestic goose sp. 
12 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Quite high for this location. More recently there were only four or five.
12 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Quite high for this location. More recently there were only four or five.
Wigeon, American 
10 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
10 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ring-necked 
1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Cormorant, Neotropic 
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Standing on the jet d'eau in the exact middle of the pond. Not at all common here.
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Standing on the jet d'eau in the exact middle of the pond. Not at all common here.
Heron, Green 
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Dove, White-winged 
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Phoebe, Black 
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Swallow, Cliff 
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Robin, American 
1i @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1i @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Starling, European 
2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Phainopepla 
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Grackle, Great-tailed 
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2010-07-06: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca 
1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-07-07: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting on the nest.
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting on the nest.

2010-07-11: NM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Killdeer 
@Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
@Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Stilt, Black-necked 
# @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Breeding: Several runty brownish juveniles about. Probably bred here (again).
# @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Breeding: Several runty brownish juveniles about. Probably bred here (again).
Avocet, American 
# @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
# @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Sandpiper, Western 
1 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
1 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

2010-07-11: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-07-12: NM: Socorro County

@EL: Escondida Lake
@Lem: Lemitar area
@SNA: Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Saw a fox (not sure which species) crossing Calle de Lago at about 10:15pm. Numerous people have seen one or two foxes in town recently; there was a picture of one on the front page of the local paper.
Heron, Green 
1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
At the Nature Pond, a first for me at this location.
1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
At the Nature Pond, a first for me at this location.
Vulture, Turkey 
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Dove, Mourning 
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Roadrunner, Greater 
1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Hummingbird, Black-chinned 
1♂ @Lemitar area
1♂ @Lemitar area
Phoebe, Say's 
@Lemitar area
@Lemitar area
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 
2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Kingbird, Western 
@Lemitar area
@Lemitar area
Raven, Chihuahuan 
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Thrasher, Curve-billed 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting.
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Sitting.
Phainopepla 
1 @Escondida Lake
1 @Escondida Lake
Yellowthroat, Common 
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: '{wee-chiddle-oo}^{3-4}'
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: '{wee-chiddle-oo}^{3-4}'
Sparrow, Lark 
# @Lemitar area
# @Lemitar area
Blackbird, Red-winged 
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Meadowlark, Western 
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: By song.
@Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: By song.

2010-07-14: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-07-15: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2010-07-17: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Heard their 'whick-whick' call today after not hearing it for at least a few weeks.
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Heard their 'whick-whick' call today after not hearing it for at least a few weeks.

2010-07-21: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Two adults feeding at least one large nestling.
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Two adults feeding at least one large nestling.

2010-07-24: NM: Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area

@SNA: Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
2010-07-24-1928
1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
2010-07-24-1928
Dove, White-winged 
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Dove, Mourning 
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 
1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Kingbird, Western 
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Raven, Chihuahuan 
2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
2010-07-24-19302010-07-24-1931
One of a pair that was sitting together.
2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
2010-07-24-19302010-07-24-1931
One of a pair that was sitting together.
Phainopepla 
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Sparrow, Lark 
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Numerous in alfalfa fields now.
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Numerous in alfalfa fields now.
Tanager, Summer 
1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Grosbeak, Blue 
1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: Wheezy song.
2010-07-24-1923
Confused me at the time; had no idea what it was, although I saw it had a heavy conical bill. Fortunately the photo turned out well enough.
1♀ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Vocalizations: Wheezy song.
2010-07-24-1923
Confused me at the time; had no idea what it was, although I saw it had a heavy conical bill. Fortunately the photo turned out well enough.

2010-07-27: NM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Egret, Cattle 
4 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
4 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Stilt, Black-necked 
# @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
# @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Avocet, American 
# @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
# @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Sandpiper, Least 
@Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
@Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

2010-07-27: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Adult standing over the nest.
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Adult standing over the nest.

2010-07-29: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Two Striped Skunks observed from uncomfortably close range. As I emerged from the north door of Speare Hall after dark, I saw what I thought were two cats walking toward the loading ramp (where I was about to walk down to my car). They were not cats. They disappeared into a drainpipe and did not trouble me further, thankfully.

2010-07-30: NM: Socorro County

@A101: Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route
15:20, leave San Antonio southbound. Drove down to the site of the recent railroad derailment to inspect the cleanup process. BNSF was a lot more prepared than BP, and I'm reasonably satisfied that they have done little or no damage to the refuge.
15:55, on the loop.
16:55, start the seasonal road.
17:30, leave the main tour loop.
17:45, county A-101 north.
18:15, look at Chaparral and Hope Farms Roads in Socorro.
Gadwall 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 
3a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Other than the cormorants, these guys were the only ones home on the pond north of the Boardwalk.
3a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Other than the cormorants, these guys were the only ones home on the pond north of the Boardwalk.
Cormorant, Neotropic 
9 @Bosque del Apache NWR
9 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2010-07-30-1986
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2010-07-30-1986
Vulture, Turkey 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: A snake about five feet long was in the road, and the vulture was picking at it. As I approached, the bird picked the snake up in its bill and carried it a few yards. At that point he dropped it into some tall Kochia plants, whether intentionally or accidentally. As I passed by I saw him circling back to get it.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: A snake about five feet long was in the road, and the vulture was picking at it. As I approached, the bird picked the snake up in its bill and carried it a few yards. At that point he dropped it into some tall Kochia plants, whether intentionally or accidentally. As I passed by I saw him circling back to get it.
Harrier, Northern 
@Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
Description: Remex molt.
@Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
Description: Remex molt.
Sora 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Grunting noises emerging from a riparian thicket near the seasonal road.
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Grunting noises emerging from a riparian thicket near the seasonal road.
Coot, American 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 
@Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
@Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
Pigeon, Rock 
# @Socorro
# @Socorro
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Dove, White-winged 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Dove, Mourning 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western 
1 @Socorro County
A sizeable outbreak of Cabbage Looper butterflies in the alfalfa fields attracted good numbers, at least 30 of them along county A-101.
1 @Socorro County
A sizeable outbreak of Cabbage Looper butterflies in the alfalfa fields attracted good numbers, at least 30 of them along county A-101.
raven sp. 
3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Tree 
3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2010-07-30-19712010-07-30-19992010-07-30-1995
3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2010-07-30-19712010-07-30-19992010-07-30-1995
Swallow, Violet-green 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2010-07-30-1988
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2010-07-30-1988
Swallow, Bank 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2010-07-30-2002
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2010-07-30-2002
Swallow, Cliff 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
At least 90% of the swallows I saw today were of this species. Most of today's swallow photos show many individuals, but I've tried to post at least one photo of each species under its entry. Didn't find any images of the one Violent-green that I saw, though.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
At least 90% of the swallows I saw today were of this species. Most of today's swallow photos show many individuals, but I've tried to post at least one photo of each species under its entry. Didn't find any images of the one Violent-green that I saw, though.
Swallow, Barn 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Thrasher, Curve-billed 
1i @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Finally observed a downy young on the nest, and stole one quick photo. I thought I might have seen a second chick, but this is the only time this breeding cycle that I was sure of even one. No doubt some people would have gotten a mirror or stood on a ladder to count eggs or young at some point (the nest is six feet off the ground in the crown of a cholla), but I am trying to avoid completely any moves that might disturb the breeding. After all, the nest is about six feet from the car door. So I avert my eyes when close and try not to get in the birds' faces.
2010-07-30-0792
1i @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Breeding: Finally observed a downy young on the nest, and stole one quick photo. I thought I might have seen a second chick, but this is the only time this breeding cycle that I was sure of even one. No doubt some people would have gotten a mirror or stood on a ladder to count eggs or young at some point (the nest is six feet off the ground in the crown of a cholla), but I am trying to avoid completely any moves that might disturb the breeding. After all, the nest is about six feet from the car door. So I avert my eyes when close and try not to get in the birds' faces.
2010-07-30-0792
Starling, European 
# @Socorro
# @Socorro
Phainopepla 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowthroat, Common 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: '{lissy-ak}^3'
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: '{lissy-ak}^3'
Towhee, Spotted 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Actually saw it. Generally I hear them all day and see none of them.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Actually saw it. Generally I hear them all day and see none of them.
Grosbeak, Blue 
@Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
@Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
Blackbird, Red-winged 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
meadowlark sp. 
@Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
@Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
Meadowlark, Western 
@Socorro
Vocalizations: By song.
2010-07-30-2003
@Socorro
Vocalizations: By song.
2010-07-30-2003
Grackle, Great-tailed 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Cowbird, Brown-headed 
2 @Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
2 @Socorro Co. A-101 (Farm-Market)
Sparrow, House 
@Socorro
@Socorro

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