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2011-10-01: NM: Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake-Brantley Lake

Notable:  Ring-necked Duck; Flammulated Owl; White-eyed Vireo; Brown Thrasher; Nashville Warbler; Black-throated Gray Warbler; Townsend's Warbler; Blackburnian Warbler; American Redstart
@BLNWR: Bitter Lake NWR
@Mel: Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@RBR: Roswell: Red Bridge Road
This road connects US-380 with Pine Lodge Road, which terminates at the entrance to Bitter Lake NWR. I always take this route when I'm heading south.
GPS: 332433n 1042812w The eponymous red bridge.
@day: Melrose Woods-Bitter Lake-Brantley Lake
@road1: NM-267, Melrose to NM-330
@road2: NM-330, NM-267 to Elida
@road3: US-70, Elida to Roswell
0825-1240, Melrose Woods.
1500-1630, Bitter Lake N.W.R. Spent a good while at the southeast corner of the main loop picking through the large flock of waterfowl with the scope. Also scoped a few birds in the northeast corner.
teal sp. # @Bitter Lake NWR
Description: Eclipse plumage.
Wigeon, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Mallard # @Bitter Lake NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bitter Lake NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bitter Lake NWR
Duck, Ring-necked 
5♂ @Bitter Lake NWR
A bit early?
2♀ @Bitter Lake NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bitter Lake NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Great 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Ibis, White-faced 2 @Bitter Lake NWR
Maybe a tad late.
Vulture, Turkey 1 @US-70, Elida to Roswell
Osprey @Roswell: Red Bridge Road
I pulled off the road just south of the bridge and this monster loomed up out of the watercourse and flew right over my head. Too close for a good shot, but this photo was the best of what I got as the bird flew off east down the channel.
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @NM-267, Melrose to NM-330
Kestrel, American 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Coot, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Several notably large and dense flocks.
Crane, Sandhill 24 @Bitter Lake NWR
Somewhat early.
Avocet, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Lesser # @Bitter Lake NWR
Sandpiper, Least # @Bitter Lake NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bitter Lake NWR
I was hoping to spot the distinctive tertials of the Short-billed Dowitcher on this trip, but these birds didn't show it. There were only a half-dozen or so.
Phalarope, Wilson's # @Bitter Lake NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Owl, Flammulated 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 1 @US-70, Elida to Roswell
Near mile marker 373.
Vireo, White-eyed 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Raven, Chihuahuan 2 @NM-330, NM-267 to Elida
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Thrush, Hermit # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Thrasher, Brown 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Orange-crowned # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Nashville 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Black-throated Gray 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Townsend's 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Blackburnian 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Description: Rear margin of facial triangle crisp. Some warm orange color all down the throat eliminates a Townsend's Warbler that was diving around in the same general area.
Many birders searched much upperstory today, all over the woods, and a few got looks at this rarity. My look was about two seconds long, just enough to be sure of a couple of ID points.
Redstart, American 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Wilson's # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Brewer's @Roswell: Red Bridge Road
ID is tentative and based on the streaked nape, finely streaked crown with light median stripe, and fairly short bill.
Sparrow, Vesper # @Roswell: Red Bridge Road
Bunting, Lark @Roswell: Red Bridge Road
There were scores of sparrows flying around between the east side fences and the adjacent fields. At this time of year the plumages can be cryptic, with none of those striking alternate males mixed in. When it came time to sort the photos, the massive, bluish-gray bill was probably the best first mark to look for. However, note the white features on the undertail that show well in the first photo: I kept thinking this was just a shadow, but it's an actual white patch.
Sparrow, Lincoln's # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bitter Lake NWR
meadowlark sp. @Bitter Lake NWR

2011-10-02: NM: Rattlesnake-Cheapskate-Roswell-Bosque del Apache-Socorro

Notable:  Brown Thrasher; Nashville Warbler; Dickcissel
@BL: Bitter Lake N.W.R.
@BdA: Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Did not drive the loop; it was getting late.
@Cap: Helen Hinch Memorial Park, Capitan
New site for me. This is a smallish pond ringed with cattails, possibly part of the town's water treatment system, and fenced off, but there is a viewing platform on the east side that gets you above the fence, with a nice handicap-accessible ramp.
@Cheap: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
@Cot: Carlsbad Caverns N.P.: Cottonwood Day Use Area
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs and environs
@day: Rattlesnake-Cheapskate-Roswell-Bosque del Apache-Socorro
@road1: US 62-180, Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
@road2: Cheapskate to Bitter Lake NWR
@road3: US 380^W through Lincoln County
@road4: US 380^W through Socorro County
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Turkey, Wild 35 @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Cormorant, Neotropic # @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Heron, Great Blue 
# @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
1 @Helen Hinch Memorial Park, Capitan
# @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Egret, Snowy # @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
Vulture, Turkey 
# @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
@Cheapskate to Bitter Lake NWR
Crane, Sandhill 3 @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Yellowlegs, Lesser # @Bitter Lake N.W.R.
Sandpiper, Least # @Bitter Lake N.W.R.
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Sapsucker, Red-naped 1 @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Flicker, Red-shafted # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Empidonax sp. 1 @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Kingbird, Cassin's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
raven sp. 2 @US 380^W through Lincoln County
Raven, Common 
1 @US 380^W through Lincoln County
@US 380^W through Socorro County
Swallow, Barn 
# @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate Point)
# @Bitter Lake N.W.R.
Verdin # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 1 @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Vocalizations: Single 'kek' notes, like the ones I just heard (and saw the perpetrator) in Melrose Woods.
Thrush, Hermit # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Thrasher, Brown 1 @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Starling, European # @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Warbler, Nashville 1 @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Warbler, Audubon's # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Sparrow, Chipping # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Sparrow, Vesper 
@Rattlesnake Springs and environs
1 @Carlsbad Caverns N.P.: Cottonwood Day Use Area
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Vocalizations: By its distinct 'beerp' call.
Sparrow, Lincoln's # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
# @Bitter Lake N.W.R.
Tanager, Summer # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Tanager, Western # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Cardinal, Northern # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
Dickcissel 1 @Rattlesnake Springs and environs
The first photo is a good quiz subject, as none of the striking yellow color is evident. I was pretty well out of ID ideas early on, so it was awfully nice of the bird to turn around and continue to pose.
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Helen Hinch Memorial Park, Capitan
Blackbird, Yellow-headed # @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Grackle, Great-tailed @US 62-180, Carlsbad-Rattlesnake Springs
Cowbird, Brown-headed # @Bosque del Apache N.W.R.
Finch, House # @Rattlesnake Springs and environs

2011-10-03: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Heard the 'whick' alarm call, possibly for one of the current crop of feral cats. Haven't heard this call for months.
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2011-10-05: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Robin, American 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

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