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2012-03-01: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Lurking around the same chollas where they have nested in former years.

2012-03-04: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Vocalizations: Low, flat croaks.
Raven, Common 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Vocalizations: 'rack'

2012-03-05: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route New thistle feeder, instantly popular. Pogonomyrmex ants out for the first time this year in the beautiful weather.
Siskin, Pine # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goldfinch, American # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2012-03-06: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Hawk, Cooper's 1a @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2012-03-09: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Hawk, Cooper's 1a @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2012-03-10: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ruddy # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Phainopepla 1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2012-03-14: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Greater White-fronted Goose; blue phase Ross' Goose; Greater Scaup
@A101: Socorro Co.: Farm-Market Road
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
0820, leave Socorro.
0840, Water Canyon Road.
0910, on foot. Up Langmuir Road to #13 trailhead; down from the picnic area a short hop; and a short walk up the North Fork Road, which looks passable to the picnic area now.
1205, rolling.
1220, US-60^E.
1400, Bosque del Apache Marsh Loop.
1510, leaving the refuge.
D300 time hacks: this camera has been on daylight time since I got it in spring 2008. Today it was running about 2:30 fast. Set against my Casio watch (which synched with WWVB last night) at 08:43:00.
First Mourning Cloak butterfly of the year.
Goose, Greater White-fronted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Blue 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow 45 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' 500 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Where the routes divide at the south end, in the flooded unit that I called Happy Mallard Corner in previous years.
Once again we see this pattern: late in the winter, Ross's outnumber Snows.
Goose, blue phase Ross' @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
The first bird never pulled his head out of his wing. It was right in the middle of a group of Ross's and looked to be the same size.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
The bill seems a bit longer than a Ross's but shorter than a blue. Maybe an intergrade?
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @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
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Greater 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 8 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue @Socorro Co.: Farm-Market Road
Behavior: I've frequently seen these herons standing on a tall tree. This one was about 15' off the ground.
Harrier, Northern 2ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: Soaring in a thermal. It always throws me when I see this species more than ten feet off the ground: what is this long-tailed, stripey bird of prey up there?
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Socorro Co.: Farm-Market Road
1 @Socorro Co.: Farm-Market Road
Kestrel, American # @Socorro Co.: Farm-Market Road
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Socorro Co.: Farm-Market Road
Sapsucker, Red-naped # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
The second photo shows well the nape patch after which this species is named.
Woodpecker, Hairy 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
This was one of a pair working close together.
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Socorro Co.: Farm-Market Road
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Scrub-Jay, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Crow, American 12 @Socorro Co.: Farm-Market Road
Raven, Common 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: I have no proof that this species was doing it, but I heard a strange low gurgling call that sounded like the gurgle call that Chihuahuan Ravens give, but much lower in pitch and with flat intonation.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Nuthatch, Red-breasted # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Several near the restrooms.
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: Rapid 'yatta-yatta' sequence.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Bluebird, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: 'byerp' while flying overhead.
Robin, American # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: In full song mornings and sometimes evenings.
Sparrow, Vesper 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR

2012-03-17: NM: Bosque del Apache NWR

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
Route Only new records since visiting here March 14.
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Stilt, Black-necked 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Owl, Great Horned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Tree # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1[fide Raymond van Buskirk] @Bosque del Apache NWR

2012-03-24: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Route Sitting outside Speare Hall.
Phoebe, Black 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Finch, House # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2012-03-25: NM: Socorro County

@SocCo: Socorro County
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Socorro County
From I-25 near the San Acacia exit.
First of the year for me.

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