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2011-04-02: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Stilt Sandpiper
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@US60: US-60, Socorro to Water Canyon Road
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
@WCyn: Water Canyon
@road2: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
0930, leave Socorro westbound on US-60.
0950, turn off on Water Canyon Road.
1015, in Water Canyon proper.
1030, walk from the end of the pavement up Copper Canyon Road and all the way to the private inholding at the end of the road.
1345, rolling.
1405, mouth of Water Canyon.
1425, back to US-60.
1515, south from San Antonio on NM-1.
1520, Bosque refuge, Marsh Loop.
1640, Seasonal Road and Farm Loop.
1700, leave the refuge.
Missed Not seeing any Canvasbacks at the refuge this time of the year is not surprising, but considering that Northern Pintails were the most numerous duck last winter, I was surprised not to see a single one today.
At least 26 Pronghorn along Water Canyon Road.
Goose, white Snow 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: ID presumptive by size with adjacent Mallards, it had its head tucked in.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Second most numerous dabbler at the refuge today.
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
All three teal species in one frame. Woot.
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
See photo under Blue-winged Teal.
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Most numerous dabbler at the refuge today.
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
See photo under Blue-winged Teal.
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser @Bosque del Apache NWR
3♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 11 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced 40 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Vulture, Turkey 
1 @Water Canyon
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Stilt 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Notably smaller and slimmer than adjacent dowitchers. Bill 2/3 as long, slim, slightly decurved.
dowitcher sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, White-winged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Woodpecker, Acorn 2-3 @Water Canyon
Sapsucker, Red-naped 1 @Water Canyon
Flicker, Northern 1 @Water Canyon
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @US-60, Socorro to Water Canyon Road
Just east of the old Water Canyon Lodge.
Jay, Steller's 1 @Water Canyon
Vocalizations: One by rapid 'quoy' notes.
Scrub-Jay, Western 6+ @Water Canyon
Behavior: Atop one tree by the Copper Canyon Road, five jays cavorted and grappled noisily.
Raven, Chihuahuan 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Pair seen allopreening at range of 25 yards or so. One showed a flash of white underfeathers at the neck.
Raven, Common # @Water Canyon
Swallow, Tree 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Titmouse, Juniper # @Water Canyon
Bushtit # @Water Canyon
Robin, American @Water Canyon
Sparrow, Chipping # @Water Canyon
Sparrow, Vesper # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Description: Largeish sparrows, much fine streaking around the throat, white eyering, plain rusty patch just at the shoulder. A dozen or two of these bedeviled me on the road in, not really resolving the ID, but got much better looks and photos on the way out.
The first photo was my shot of the day.
Junco, Gray-headed # @Water Canyon
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House @Water Canyon

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

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

2010-04-10: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Greater Scaup; Osprey; Sandhill Crane
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
@road2: Bosque del Apache to San Antonio
Goose, Canada @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 
2♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Greater 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
North of Audio Stop 6.
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy 7 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 
3a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Second picture shows the immature cowering behind the right-hand adult.
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey @Bosque del Apache NWR
Osprey 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Coot, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill 2 @Bosque del Apache to San Antonio
South of San Antonio about a mile, on the west side of NM-1.
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Stilt, Black-necked 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Phoebe, Black @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Swallow, Tree @Bosque del Apache NWR
a @Bosque del Apache NWR
i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Bank @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Cliff @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Sparrow, Chipping # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Lots of little flocks all over the place, especially along NM-1.
Sparrow, Vesper # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
meadowlark sp. # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache

2011-04-22: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kingbird, Western @Socorro: 507 Fitch
First of the year.
Phainopepla 1♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, Chipping 3 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, White-crowned @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2011-04-27: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Myrtle 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Near Speare Hall.

2011-04-30: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Mockingbird, Northern @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing.

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