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2011-08-01: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
The Pogonomyrmex ants in my driveway were swarming today. I wonder if that's a response to the first really good rain of the monsoon season, which was yesterday.

2011-08-12: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Lark Bunting
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Route
0920, leave Socorro.
0935, Water Canyon Road in.
1015-1415, on foot from new Water Canyon Campground (family site) up the Copper Canyon road and then Copper Canyon trail, about 1.2 miles total. Final turnaround at 34°0'58.7"N, 107°8'52.1"W, elevation range about 6920–7280'.
Also photographed an enormous moth, most likely a Polyphemus moth, Antheraea polyphemus.
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Eagle, Golden 1a @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2011-08-12-4194
Soaring near the end of the pavement, even screamed at me. I felt special.
Empidonax sp. 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Near the ruined house in the private inholding.
Behavior: Flicks tail up.
Kingbird, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2011-08-12-4149
I love birds that just sit on the fence and stare back at me as I blaze away. This is the best of 49 exposures.
Vireo, Plumbeous 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Scrub-Jay, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
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These two scruffy birds were foraging within a few feet of a man sitting in his tent at the new Water Canyon Campground. Juveniles, from the soft pink mouth corners.
raven sp. 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Robin, American 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Sparrow, Chipping # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Sparrow, Lark @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Bunting, Lark @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
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4♀ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
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Finch, House # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road

2011-08-13: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Sparrow, Lark 12+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Not previously on my cumulative list of birds seen outside my office window in Speare Hall, but today there were at least a dozen feeding on the lawn. There's a cold front expected in the next day or two, first of the fall, that may have pushed some through.

2011-08-21: NM: Socorro County

@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@us60: US-60 E of I-25
Dove, Mourning @US-60 E of I-25
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

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