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2011-07-02: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Verdin 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2011-07-04: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
No special birds, but I spotted a healthy-looking fox strolling along just south of the MSEC-III building on campus, about thirty minutes after the fireworks were over. Perhaps the hundreds of spectators disrupted his usual rounds.

2011-07-13: NM: Springer-Raton

@Spr: Springer-Raton
Hawk, Ferruginous 1 @Springer-Raton

2011-07-14: CO: Denver-Avon via I-70

@Avon: Avon
@road1: Denver-Avon via I-70
Hawk, Ferruginous 1 @Denver-Avon via I-70
Magpie, Black-billed # @Avon

2011-07-17: CO: Avon-Denver

@road1: Avon-Denver
Cormorant, Double-crested # @Avon-Denver
Flying over 470-W near some reservoirs.
Jay, Steller's 1 @Avon-Denver

2011-07-18: NM: Maxwell NWR

@Max: Maxwell NWR
Route 1410-1620: Exited I-25, drove to the refuge, drove around, drove out.
Missed Hoping to repeat my sightings of Grasshopper Sparrow on my last (and only) visit. Lots of weird-looking sparrows all turned out to be immature Vesper and Lark sparrows.
Goose, Canada # @Maxwell NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Maxwell NWR
Ibis, White-faced 4 @Maxwell NWR
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Maxwell NWR
Harrier, Northern 1♂ @Maxwell NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Maxwell NWR
Eagle, Golden 1 @Maxwell NWR
Behavior: Just trundling along minding its own business when a Swainson's Hawk started making strafing passes at it from above.
Kestrel, American # @Maxwell NWR
Gull, Ring-billed # @Maxwell NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Maxwell NWR
Wood-Pewee, Western # @Maxwell NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Maxwell NWR
Immature, judging by the soft mouth corners.
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Maxwell NWR
Kingbird, Cassin's # @Maxwell NWR
Kingbird, Western # @Maxwell NWR
Kingbird, Eastern # @Maxwell NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Maxwell NWR
Vocalizations: 'rack'
Lark, Horned 1 @Maxwell NWR
First photo actually shows the “horns.”
Swallow, Cliff # @Maxwell NWR
Robin, American 1i @Maxwell NWR
Mockingbird, Northern # @Maxwell NWR
Sparrow, Vesper # @Maxwell NWR
Lots of birds that I'm calling this species did not show the complete eyering; perhaps these are younger birds. In any case, the rusty shoulder patches on several of these, as well as the white outer rectrices, make me fairly sure of the ID of at least these photos.
Sparrow, Lark # @Maxwell NWR
Grosbeak, Blue # @Maxwell NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Maxwell NWR
Meadowlark, Western # @Maxwell NWR

2011-07-22: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kingbird, Cassin's @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Normally I don't see these migrants in my yard until the second half of August or early September, so this is early. The ID is a bit soft, but I call it a Cassin's based on the sharp division between the white chin and the gray throat.

2011-07-30: NM: Bosque del Apache NWR

Notable:  Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
Finally, my state Yellow-crowned Night-Heron! Thanks to Gary Froehlich for finding this bird.
Cormorant, Neotropic 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Night-Heron, Black-crowned @Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the “old rookery” at the east end of the central road.
The last photo shows the bird scratching direct.
2i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Two other immatures were near the Yellow-crowned Night-heron.
Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
On the seasonal road, proceed past the pump station to the second flooded unit on the right. The bird and other night-herons were along the north dike.
Description: Conveniently located foraging very close to an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron, this bird was conspicuously lankier in the body and longer-legged, and darker overall. Bill heavier, rounded at the tips compared to the straight taper of BCNHER's more pointed bill. Tiny white spots along the margin of the folded wing, compared to broader white blobs on a paler tan background of the BCNHER. Actively feeding in a marshy spot.
The last photo shows three birds, two BCNHER and one YCNHER.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
raven sp. @Bosque del Apache NWR
Another raven whose ID I am unwilling to tackle.
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Chipping # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grosbeak, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Yellow-headed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Conspicuous component of a mixed flock of at least 1000 birds, I'd guesstimate that males of this species made up at least 20% of the flock.
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Probably a significant component of the mixed flock.
Cowbird, Brown-headed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Many hundreds in the mixed flock.
Finch, House 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR

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