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2012-05-12: NM: Socorro County: North American Migration Count

Notable:  Downy Woodpecker; Gray Catbird
@NAMC: Socorro County: North American Migration Count
@Riv4: Socorro: Riverine Park #4
@Soc: Socorro
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Route
This group of records from my official territory, the city of Socorro and environs.
Official effort: by foot, 4.17 hours and 1.60 miles; by car, 2.63 hours and 32.60 miles; total, 6.80 hours and 34.20 miles.
0546, drove to Turtle Bay.
0552, on foot at Turtle Bay. Greeted the dawn at this spot, which is a sorry sight after their recent pogrom against all understory vegetation within 8′ of the ground. Fortunately there is still some cover along the chain-link fence west of the new childcare center.
0744, driving: Lopezville Road, the north end of Chaparral Drive, and Riverine Park #5, “Confluence.”
0834, on foot at Riverine Park #4, always my favorite of these.
1012, driving the rest of Chaparral Drive, Hope Farms Road, and Evergreen Drive.
1224, back at Turtle Bay for another look; stop at 1304.
Wigeon, American 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ruddy 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Quail, Gambel's 7 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
2012-05-12-5748
Vulture, Turkey 2 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Blasted through the clearing. Suddenly everything got very quiet.
Dove, Rock 3 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 23 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Dove, White-winged 7 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Dove, Mourning 8 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Roadrunner, Greater 2 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Hummingbird, Black-chinned 1 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Woodpecker, Downy 1 @Socorro: Riverine Park #4
Directly over the picnic tables at the end of the road.
Description: Medium-small woodpecker, plain white back, tiny bill.
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Wood-Pewee, Western 1 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Phoebe, Black 2 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Socorro: Riverine Park #4
Kingbird, Western 36 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Raven, Chihuahuan 2 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Just about impossible to miss this species at the pig farm on Chaparral Loop.
Vocalizations: 'rack' call
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 1 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Swallow, Cliff 3 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Swallow, Barn 8 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Robin, American 34 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Catbird, Gray 1 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
In the thickest part of the cover along the chain-link fence west of the new childcare center, only about 10 yards from the road that goes out to the pro shop.
Description: When I could see only the small, straight bill, I was guessing Hermit Thrush. It emerged for a few seconds and allowed me to observe the generally medium-gray plumage, black cap, and rusty vent.
Mockingbird, Northern 8 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro
Lopezville Road near its junction with Newberry Road.
Starling, European 5 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Phainopepla 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Near the location of the catbird. It was apparently gleaning Russian Olive fruits from the very tops of the tree.
The bird seemed to be deliberately staying out of my line of sight as I jockeyed for position. This whole dance reminded me quite a bit of a former year's Scarlet Tanager, with the same exact location and behavior. Took me several minutes to get a decent look.
Warbler, Lucy's 1 @Socorro: Riverine Park #4
From the picnic tables at the end of the road, there is a trail that winds north in the salt cedar and willow.
Description: Tiny gray job zipping around.
Vocalizations: 'swayt^2 sweet^3'
Warbler, Yellow 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Towhee, Spotted 4 @Socorro: Riverine Park #4
Vocalizations: Typically, saw none, constantly heard them giving out their 'chep^3 tweee'.
Tanager, Summer 6 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Tanager, Western 1♂ @Socorro: Riverine Park #4
Grosbeak, Black-headed 11 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Blackbird, Red-winged 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Meadowlark, Western 2 @Socorro
Vocalizations: Heard the complex song.
Grackle, Great-tailed 24 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Oriole, Bullock's 1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Only one bird working what looked lots of ripe mulberries.
Finch, House 16 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count
Sparrow, House 23 @Socorro County: North American Migration Count

2012-05-12: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Common Gallinule
@A101: Socorro County Road A-101
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swan, Mute 1 [uncountable] @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-05-12-57962012-05-12-5799
Not countable, of course, but there was an authentic Tundra Swan elsewhere (the Phil Norton Blind, according to Gary Froehlich), so worth mentioning just for the benefit of tyros who might not look closely.
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged # @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 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Seen from the Flight Deck.
Turkey, Wild 7 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Six crossed the road just north of the point where the seasonal road rejoins it. One more at the south end of the Marsh Loop.
2012-05-12-57892012-05-12-5792
Grebe, Western 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Cormorant, Neotropic 6 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 20 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Abundant and conspicuous.
Egret, Snowy 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Socorro County
Kestrel, American 1 @Socorro County Road A-101
2012-05-12-58192012-05-12-5817
As of the countdown at 1430, nobody had seen this species yet, so I asserted that A-101, also known as Farm-Market Road, would produce, and it did indeed.
Gallinule, Common 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the “old rookery”, the triangular pond south of the center road just west of where the Marsh Loop returns to it. Close to the wall of reeds on the west side of this pond, wandering into and out of cover.
2012-05-12-5777
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed 11 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowthroat, Common 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lark # @Socorro County Road A-101
Cowbird, Brown-headed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR

2012-05-14: NM: Albuquerque: 430 Washington NE

@ABQ: Albuquerque: 430 Washington NE
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Albuquerque: 430 Washington NE
Flying across Washington, a minor thoroughfare, just a block or so south of Lomas.
It is a matter of constant fascination to me how these birds seem to have adapted to these urban habitats. This is an older neighborhood with nice yards and no small amount of vehicle traffic.

2012-05-15: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2012-05-19: NM: Magdalenas: Water Canyon area

@NF: Magdalenas: North Fork Road
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
@day: Magdalenas: Water Canyon area
Route
0925, leave Socorro.
0940, Water Canyon Road. No birds.
0950, Water Canyon proper.
1010, walking up North Fork Road from the Water Canyon Group Camp (the old North Fork party site).
1530, back to the car, briefly up to Trail 13 trailhead, then back to town.
Reptiles: new to me was a Short-horned Lizard, Phrynosoma dougallii, about 4cm snout-vent; also two Western Fence Lizards, Sceloporus occidentalis. Butterflies: new species identified included Weidemeyer's Admiral, Limenitis weidemeyerii; Sleepy Orange, Abaeis nicippe; and lots of the usual Mourning Cloaks, Nymphalis antiopa, and Two-tailed Swallowtails, Papilio multicaudata.
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork Road
Dove, White-winged 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Woodpecker, Acorn 
1 @Magdalenas: North Fork Road
Vocalizations: '(rat, chet)+' with a pause between syllables
2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2012-05-19-58912012-05-19-58922012-05-19-5924
Wood-Pewee, Western 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork Road
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 
1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vireo, Plumbeous 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork Road GPS: 340149.0n 1070856.3w
Breeding: The bird was carrying what might have been nest material and seemed to be waiting for me to leave; so it could visit the nest?
2012-05-19-58702012-05-19-36972012-05-19-58592012-05-19-58572012-05-19-58612012-05-19-58482012-05-19-58522012-05-19-5862
Vireo, Warbling 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Near the base of the Langmuir Road, in the big trees by the old campground.
raven sp. 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2012-05-19-59522012-05-19-59532012-05-19-5947
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork Road
Bluebird, Western # @Magdalenas: North Fork Road
2012-05-19-58342012-05-19-5821
Thrush, Hermit 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork Road
Robin, American # @Magdalenas: North Fork Road
Sparrow, Chipping @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2012-05-19-5825
Sparrow, Lark 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Grosbeak, Black-headed # @Magdalenas: North Fork Road
Cowbird, Brown-headed 1♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Just above buildings of the Hall Ranch, by the paved road.
Description: Medium-sized bird, sharp bill, black body, coffee-brown head.

2012-05-27: NM: Magdalenas: Water Canyon area

@Box: Socorro Co.: US-60: Box Canyon
@US60: Socorro Co: US-60 near Water Canyon Road
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@day: Magdalenas: Water Canyon area
Route
0845, leave Socorro on US-60^W.
0910, Water Canyon Road.
0920, Water Canyon proper.
0935, walked straight up the Langmuir Road to the #20 blue sign, then back down at 1230. Over three miles, a post-knee-replacement record for me. (Ow.)
1530, drive back to town.
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Hawk, Swainson's 1i @Socorro Co: US-60 near Water Canyon Road
2012-05-27-59612012-05-27-59642012-05-27-59672012-05-27-59682012-05-27-59742012-05-27-59752012-05-27-5983
Dove, White-winged 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
One near the end of the pavement, but another nearly a mile further up, just above the first stream crossing on the Langmuir Road. This is further up-canyon than I've ever seen this species.
2012-05-27-6058
Dove, Mourning 2 @Socorro Co.: US-60: Box Canyon
Woodpecker, Acorn 3 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2012-05-27-59862012-05-27-59872012-05-27-5984
Flycatcher, Olive-sided 1? @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2012-05-27-60182012-05-27-60302012-05-27-6034
Flycatcher, Ash-throated # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2012-05-27-6041
Vireo, Plumbeous # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2012-05-27-59962012-05-27-5993
Jay, Steller's 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: Fussing notes, 'psssht'.
raven sp. 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Swallow, Violet-green 3+ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Near the Hall Ranch, over the paved road.
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2012-05-27-6036
Nuthatch, White-breasted # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2012-05-27-60512012-05-27-6045
Thrush, Hermit # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: By rolling song.
Warbler, Grace's 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: 'joo^4 JEE^4 juh^2', the middle part faster and higher, the end indistinct.
2012-05-27-5988
Towhee, Spotted # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Sparrow, White-crowned ? @Magdalenas: Water Canyon area
Vocalizations: 'dee-dah dah', the familiar three-note whistle. If I had heard it in town a month ago, I would say White-crown without a pause. But I didn't see it.
Tanager, Western 
2♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
1♀ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Grosbeak, Black-headed # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon

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