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2010-12-02: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Canvasback # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Redhead # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Scaup, Lesser 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ruddy # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

2010-12-03: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Blackbird, Red-winged 20+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
As often before, this flock was working in and under the row of trees between the MSEC-III and ISD buildings. No cattail habitat anywhere in that area.

2010-12-07: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Owl, Great Horned 1 @Socorro
1236 Calle de Lago, time 20:00, flushed from the adjacent front yard and stood in the street giving me a dirty look.

2010-12-08: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Vocalizations: ID by characteristic 'reeyow' note issuing from the thick bushes just south of the ramp to Speare Hall.

2010-12-10: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: 'rack'

2010-12-11: NM: San Antonio area

Notable:  Yellow-throated Warbler
@SAnt: San Antonio area
Kestrel, American # @San Antonio area
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @San Antonio area
Phoebe, Say's 1 @San Antonio area
Crow, American # @San Antonio area
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @San Antonio area
Starling, European 1 @San Antonio area
Warbler, Yellow-throated 1 @San Antonio area
From the intersection of NM-1 and Fifth St. in San Antonio, go 75 yards south and inspect the large but scraggly juniper in the front yard of the house on the west side.
Description: Black mask; white patch just below auriculars; bright yellow throat.
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As seen by many over many days. A most obliging bird, though constantly active. Photos are poor because my good rig was in the shop; shot with an 18-200mm zoom.

2010-12-14: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Escondida Cutoff
@Soc: Socorro
@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Canvasback # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Redhead # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Scaup, Lesser 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Escondida Cutoff
Perched on a road sign halfway between the Escondida exit from I-25 and Tech's research park.
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Kingfisher, Belted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

2010-12-15: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Robin, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Starling, European # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall

2010-12-19: NM: Santa Fe

@SF: Santa Fe
Crow, American # @Santa Fe
Raven, Common # @Santa Fe
Bluebird, Western # @Santa Fe
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Santa Fe

2010-12-20: NM: Albuquerque

Notable:  Peregrine Falcon
@ABQ: Albuquerque
I received a reliable report of three Collared Peccary, Tayassu tajacu, in the Magdalena Mountains on this date. Location was at the head of Trail 13, which is on the Langmuir Road a half-mile or so above the end of the pavement. Reported by Dan Klinglesmith, who drives this road often and is familiar with the species.
Falcon, Peregrine 1 @Albuquerque
There are two lines of high-tension towers in the median of Paseo del Norte between San Pedro and Louisiana. Starting from Louisiana, count two tower sets west; perched on the crossarm of the southerly tower.

2010-12-21: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Although it was the first day of winter, some of the Pogonomyrmex ants in my yard were in evidence just outside their entrance. Temperature was 65F in the afternoon.
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Finch, House # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2010-12-22: NM: Socorro: Chaparral Drive

@Soc: Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Pogonomyrmex ants in my yard were out again today; temperature was 54F, hazy clouds.
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
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Kestrel, American 
#♂ @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
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#♀ @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Crow, American # @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Socorro: Chaparral Drive
2010-12-22-2471

2010-12-26: NM: Santa Fe: Mansion Road

@SF: Santa Fe: Mansion Road
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Santa Fe: Mansion Road
Crow, American # @Santa Fe: Mansion Road
Raven, Common # @Santa Fe: Mansion Road
Chickadee, Mountain # @Santa Fe: Mansion Road
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 1 @Santa Fe: Mansion Road

2010-12-26: NM: Box Canyon

@SocCo: Box Canyon
Pheasant, Ring-necked 1♂[fide Eric Heatwole] @Box Canyon
Box Canyon is a well-known rock-climbing venue right off US-60 a few miles west of Socorro.
This is pretty far out of the Rio Grande Valley bottoms. No idea how it got all the way out here. Although Eric is not a birder, he described it well enough, not that pheasants are that tough an ID challenge.

2010-12-29: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Yellow-throated Warbler
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SAnt: San Antonio
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route
11:30, in San Antonio.
12:20, enter the refuge, on to the Marsh Loop.
13:00, walk out the Boardwalk and then a quarter-mile or so south on the Marsh Trail and back.
13:50, rolling, completed the Marsh Loop and then drove the Farm Loop.
15:50, back to San Antonio for about 20 minutes.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Merganser, Common 
5♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
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2♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Eagle, Bald 
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
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1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Harrier, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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The first photo shows how very owl-like this species can appear. I was stumped on the plumage until I saw it fly: a late immature male, with still a lot of brown color in the mantle.
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Kestrel, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Collared-Dove, Eurasian @San Antonio
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @San Antonio
Hovering a few feet above a grassy field on a stiff breeze out of the south.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
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raven sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crow, American # @San Antonio
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @San Antonio
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @San Antonio
Warbler, Yellow-throated 1 @San Antonio
Same location as before: 75 yards south of the intersection of Fifth Street and NM-1, mostly in the large juniper in front of the house there on the west side, but also in the elms across the road, on the ground in the yard and under the elms, and on the barbed-wire fence across the road, as pictured here.
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Sparrow, Song # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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meadowlark sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goldfinch, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR

2010-12-30: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♀ @Socorro

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