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2012-08-05: NM: Socorro County: Nogal-Box-Bosque del Apache

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@NB: Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
@SocCo: Socorro County: Nogal-Box-Bosque del Apache
@WG: Socorro Co.: Nogal Canyon: Walnut grove
Same one I worked on 1985-05-17 and last week.
@road1: Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Route
0800, pick up John Bertrand in Luis Lopez.
0900, out of the slot canyon, worked the walnut grove on foot.
1050-1205, drive back to Luis Lopez; lunch at the San Antonio Crane.
1315-1610, Bosque del Apache: South Loop (formerly known as the Marsh Loop) and the Seasonal Road.
Goose, Canada 140 @Bosque del Apache NWR
All in one group, grazing in the middle of a unit.
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Boardwalk pond.
Grebe, Clark's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Boardwalk pond.
2012-08-05-6293
The photo shows the Clark's on the left and the Western on the right. Note how the lower margin of the dark on the Western's face angles down to the bill much further back, while on the Clark's it turns sharply just anterior to the eye. I doubt that the differences in neck or body color are diagnostic, and they may be due to lighting (the birds were backlit).
Cormorant, Neotropic 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-08-05-6333
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
The “rookery” at the east end of the center road.
2012-08-05-63162012-08-05-63042012-08-05-63052012-08-05-6322
The long thin spots on the folded wing indicate this species, not the tiny round spots seen on immatures of Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. The last photo shows the flat pale tan primaries, proving that it is not a bittern.
Vulture, Turkey # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Ferruginous 1 @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
2012-08-05-6225
Feeding on a small mammal.
Kestrel, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sora 1[fide unknown] @Bosque del Apache NWR
While peering at the clumps of cattails on the east side of the first section of the seasonal road, I was chatting with a lady about how this was the ideal time of year and location to see young Soras that were old enough to move around but not old enough to be wary. I left, but later she told me she had indeed seen one there.
Coot, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-08-05-6330
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Nighthawk, Common 1 @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed @Socorro Co.: Nogal Canyon: Walnut grove
1♂ @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
1♀ @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Cassin's 1 @Socorro Co.: Nogal Canyon: Walnut grove
2012-08-05-6265
Kingbird, Western # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
2012-08-05-6228
One near the walnut grove; another west of the BLM sign marking the midpoint of the route.
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wren, Rock # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Catbird, Gray 3+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
We call it Catbird Corner for good reason: right where the seasonal road turns from eastbound to northbound.
Vocalizations: 'rayer'; heard only.
Mockingbird, Northern 
# @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
# @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Phainopepla 1 @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
Warbler, Virginia's 2 @Socorro Co.: Nogal Canyon: Walnut grove
2012-08-05-62522012-08-05-6253
Yellowthroat, Common 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Chipping 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Walnut grove.
Description: Adult with solid rusty cap, pale gray superciliary, strong dark eyeline.
Sparrow, Black-throated # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
2012-08-05-6240
Grosbeak, Black-headed # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
2012-08-05-6232
Grosbeak, Blue 
1♂ @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
2012-08-05-6272
1♀ @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon
2012-08-05-6251
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-08-05-6328
I was fascinated by the detail in the feather patterns around the vent and tail.
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Luis Lopez-San Antonio
Oriole, Bullock's 1♀ @Socorro Co.: Nogal Canyon: Walnut grove
Finch, House # @Socorro Co.: San Antonio-Nogal Canyon-Box Canyon

2012-08-09: NM: Albuquerque

@ABQ: Albuquerque
Crow, American @Albuquerque
On Garfield near Columbia.
First of the year.

2012-08-11: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Dove, Inca @Socorro
On Neel Avenue near Houghton.
Vocalizations: By call: 'cow-cook'

2012-08-11: NM: Magdalenas: Copper Canyon

@Cop: Magdalenas: Copper Canyon
Redstart, Painted [fide Josef Brown] @Magdalenas: Copper Canyon
Josef is a relatively inexperienced birder, but we discussed the field marks, and he eliminated any other possibilities.

2012-08-17: NM: Socorro-Clovis

Notable:  Orchard Oriole
@Mel: Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@day: Socorro-Clovis
@road1: Bernardo to Abo
@road2: Abo to Mountainair
@road3: Mountainair to Willard
@road4: Willard to Encino
@road5: Vaughn to DeBaca County
@road6: US 60^E, DeBaca County line to Fort Sumner
@road7: US 60^E, Fort Sumner to Taiban
Route
Leave Socorro 1145, US 60^E.
1535–1810, in Melrose Woods.
Vulture, Turkey 
# @Bernardo to Abo
@Willard to Encino
# @US 60^E, DeBaca County line to Fort Sumner
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @US 60^E, DeBaca County line to Fort Sumner
Kestrel, American 
1 @Bernardo to Abo
1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
@Vaughn to DeBaca County
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Dove, Mourning 
# @Bernardo to Abo
6 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Hummingbird, Rufous 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Woodpecker, Red-headed 
1a @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-6380
1i @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Wood-Pewee, Western @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Empidonax sp. @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-63382012-08-17-6340
Individual #1.
@Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-63562012-08-17-6358
Individual #2. Willow?
Flycatcher, Least @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-64412012-08-17-64502012-08-17-64442012-08-17-6448
I sent these photos to several of my favorite experts, and the general consensus was Least. When I first saw the photos I was leaning toward “Western” because of the almond-shaped eyering, but the experts say it was nowhere near yellow enough. The small bill suggests Least.
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Kingbird, Western 
@Willard to Encino
# @US 60^E, DeBaca County line to Fort Sumner
Vireo, Warbling 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-63342012-08-17-6335
raven sp. # @Bernardo to Abo
Raven, Chihuahuan @Mountainair to Willard
Raven, Common @Abo to Mountainair
Swallow, Barn 
@Abo to Mountainair
@US 60^E, Fort Sumner to Taiban
Mockingbird, Northern 
@Mountainair to Willard
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Starling, European # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Yellow @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
♂ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-6372
♀ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-64082012-08-17-64092012-08-17-64102012-08-17-6415
I called the pale streaky individual an Orange-crowned at the time, but the face is wrong. The eye is in a flat yellow field, but an Orange-crowned would have a broken eyering.
Sparrow, Cassin's 1 @Willard to Encino
Sparrow, Lark # @Willard to Encino
Bunting, Lark 
1 @Bernardo to Abo
# @Willard to Encino
# @US 60^E, DeBaca County line to Fort Sumner
Tanager, Summer 1♀ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-64182012-08-17-6422
Sibley says the warmer color on the female is characteristic of eastern birds. I haven't seen females in the Rio Grande Valley with this much warm color.
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Bunting, Painted 1♀ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-17-63522012-08-17-63852012-08-17-6389
meadowlark sp. # @Bernardo to Abo
Oriole, Orchard 1♀ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods

2012-08-18: NM: Clovis to Carlsbad

Notable:  Red-eyed Vireo
@Bit: Bitter Lake NWR
@Cheap: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
@Mel: Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@day: Clovis to Carlsbad
@road1: Clovis to Melrose Woods
@road10: Artesia: Atoka Road area
@road2: US 60^E, Roosevelt Co.
@road3: NM 267^S, Curry Co.
@road4: NM 267^S, Roosevelt Co.
@road5: NM 330^S
@road6: Elida Cemetery
@road7: US 70^W, Elida to Chaves Co.
@road8: US 70^W, Chaves Co. to Roswell
@road9: Roswell to Artesia
Route
0845, leave Clovis.
0915–1100, Melrose Woods.
1335–1500, Bitter Lake NWR.
1645–1740, agricultural areas south of Artesia in and around Atoka Road.
Quail, Scaled 2 @Artesia: Atoka Road area
2012-08-18-66022012-08-18-66042012-08-18-6605
The third photo shows a different individual with more blue color. Around Hobbs this species is colloquially known as “blue quail.”
Egret, Great # @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey 
@US 70^W, Chaves Co. to Roswell
# @Bitter Lake NWR
@Roswell to Artesia
Kite, Mississippi 1 @Clovis to Melrose Woods
Not far west of Clovis, right on US-60.
Hawk, Swainson's 
1 @NM 267^S, Roosevelt Co.
2012-08-18-6501
# @NM 330^S
2012-08-18-6502
Hawk, Red-tailed @NM 330^S
Kestrel, American 
1 @US 60^E, Roosevelt Co.
1 @Artesia: Atoka Road area
Plover, Snowy 2 @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-18-6565
Plover, Semipalmated # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-18-65582012-08-18-6557
Killdeer 
# @Bitter Lake NWR
# @Artesia: Atoka Road area
# @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 
# @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-18-6578
# @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
Yellowlegs, Lesser # @Bitter Lake NWR
Sandpiper, Upland # @Artesia: Atoka Road area
2012-08-18-65902012-08-18-6585
Sandpiper, Western # @Bitter Lake NWR
Sandpiper, Baird's # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-18-6562
Phalarope, Wilson's # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-18-6549
Tern, Black 5 @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-18-65312012-08-18-65412012-08-18-6524
Dove, White-winged 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Dove, Mourning 
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
# @NM 267^S, Roosevelt Co.
# @Bitter Lake NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
Nighthawk, Common 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Roosting and preening in a tree over a residence.
2012-08-18-65122012-08-18-6513
hummingbird sp. @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-18-6487
My best guess is that it's a female Calliope, but the gorget pattern seems entirely different than the one I'm calling a Calliope.
Hummingbird, Calliope 1♀ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-18-6456
Woodpecker, Red-headed 
1a @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-18-6473
1i @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
2012-08-18-6479
Wood-Pewee, Western # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Empidonax sp. @Clovis to Carlsbad
2012-08-18-64662012-08-18-6467
Even calling this an Empidonax is guesswork. I really don't have any idea what it is. Maybe a young or leucistic phoebe or pewee?
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Kingbird, Western 
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
@NM 267^S, Curry Co.
@US 70^W, Chaves Co. to Roswell
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 1 @US 70^W, Elida to Chaves Co.
Vireo, Red-eyed 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Description: Bolder face pattern than Warbling Vireo; dark line through the eye; light superciliary contrasts with darker cap.
2012-08-18-6464
State bird for me. I was lucky to get even this one photo. The bird was hiding inside the foliage of a large cottonwood and vanished just after I got this shot. Thanks to Jerry Oldenettel who told me where to look.
Raven, Chihuahuan 
@NM 267^S, Curry Co.
@NM 267^S, Roosevelt Co.
Swallow, Cliff 
# @Clovis to Melrose Woods
# @Bitter Lake NWR
Mockingbird, Northern # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Vocalizations: 'chup'/'whee' duetting, probably parent and nestling.
Warbler, Wilson's 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Chipping # @Elida Cemetery
Sparrow, Brewer's # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Lark # @Artesia: Atoka Road area
Bunting, Lark # @NM 267^S, Roosevelt Co.
Near Elida.
2012-08-18-6490
Tanager, Summer # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Grosbeak, Blue # @Artesia: Atoka Road area
Grackle, Great-tailed 
# @Clovis to Melrose Woods
# @Artesia: Atoka Road area
Cowbird, Brown-headed # @Artesia: Atoka Road area
Abundant at the dairy form just south of Atoka Road near Artesia.
2012-08-18-6595
Oriole, Orchard 1♀ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods

2012-08-19: NM: Carlsbad-Roswell-Socorro

Notable:  Louisiana Waterthrush
@Bit: Bitter Lake NWR
@Cheap: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@WR: Washington Ranch
@day: Carlsbad-Roswell-Socorro
@road1: Carlsbad to Rattlesnake Springs
@road2: Rattlesnake Springs to Carlsbad
@road3: Artesia: Atoka Road area
@road4: Roswell to Bitter Lake NWR
Route
0800, leave Carlsbad.
0835-1300, Rattlesnake Springs.
1445-1530, agricultural areas south of Artesia in and around Atoka Road.
1625-1725, Bitter Lake NWR.
Shoveler, Northern # @Bitter Lake NWR
Turkey, Wild 15 @Rattlesnake Springs
Heron, Great Blue # @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Great 
# @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
# @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Snowy 
# @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
# @Bitter Lake NWR
Heron, Green 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @Carlsbad to Rattlesnake Springs
Plover, Semipalmated # @Bitter Lake NWR
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-6812
Avocet, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-6856
Yellowlegs, Lesser # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-68592012-08-19-68612012-08-19-6870
The last photo shows how easy it is to key out these two species when they are together. It is solitary birds that are problematic. I look at the bill. For a Lesser, the bill is straight and shorter than 120% of the extension of the gape line to the back of the head. Greaters have a decurved bill that is longer than 120% of that line.
Sandpiper, Upland # @Artesia: Atoka Road area
2012-08-19-67272012-08-19-6729
Sandpiper, Western # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-68432012-08-19-68462012-08-19-68362012-08-19-68232012-08-19-6792
Sandpiper, Least # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-68392012-08-19-68052012-08-19-6828
Last two photos shows size difference vs. Baird's.
Sandpiper, Baird's # @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-68162012-08-19-6802
Gull, Ring-billed 
2a @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
2 @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-6809
Tern, Black 3 @Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-6834
Pigeon, Rock # @Roswell to Bitter Lake NWR
Dove, White-winged # @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning 
# @Carlsbad to Rattlesnake Springs
# @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road (Cheapskate)
# @Roswell to Bitter Lake NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Rattlesnake Springs to Carlsbad
Nighthawk, Common 1 @Artesia: Atoka Road area
Roosting and preening on a wire off US-285 south of Artesia.
2012-08-19-67652012-08-19-67702012-08-19-67732012-08-19-6755
Flycatcher, Vermilion 1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
2012-08-19-6644
A good quiz photo: not much to go on!
Kingbird, Cassin's # @Rattlesnake Springs
2012-08-19-6639
Kingbird, Western # @Rattlesnake Springs
2012-08-19-6716
Vireo, Bell's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Swallow, Tree 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Swallow, Cliff 
# @Rattlesnake Springs
# @Bitter Lake NWR
Swallow, Cave # @Rattlesnake Springs
2012-08-19-66552012-08-19-6670
Swallow, Barn 
# @Rattlesnake Springs
# @Bitter Lake NWR
Mockingbird, Northern # @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Yellow # @Rattlesnake Springs
Waterthrush, Louisiana 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: White superciliary stripe is wide and long posterior to the eye. Buff color on the flanks. Unstreaked throat.
2012-08-19-66872012-08-19-66892012-08-19-6688
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Cassin's @Rattlesnake Springs
2012-08-19-6612
Sparrow, Chipping 
# @Rattlesnake Springs
2012-08-19-6616
# @Roswell to Bitter Lake NWR
Sparrow, Lark 
1 @Washington Ranch
# @Roswell to Bitter Lake NWR
2012-08-19-6777
Tanager, Summer # @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern 1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Blue 
# @Rattlesnake Springs
2012-08-19-66262012-08-19-6628
The first photo shows the massive width of the bill.
# @Bitter Lake NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Artesia: Atoka Road area
Oriole, Orchard 1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Finch, House # @Rattlesnake Springs
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Rattlesnake Springs

2012-08-25: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Bell's Vireo
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
@road2: San Antonio: San Antonito Road
Quail, Gambel's # @San Antonio: San Antonito Road
Cormorant, Neotropic 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Coot, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Dove, White-winged @San Antonio: San Antonito Road
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Cassin's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western 
@Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Vireo, Bell's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
About 100 yards north of Catbird Corner (where the Seasonal Road turns back to the north), heard from behind the wall of willows and other vegetation.
Vocalizations: The same unmistakable twinned phrases I heard so often recently at Rattlesnake Springs.
Check sound recording #25 on the digital voice recorder.
Swallow, Cliff @San Antonio: San Antonito Road
Swallow, Barn 
@Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
@San Antonio: San Antonito Road
Warbler, Wilson's @Bosque del Apache NWR
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Chipping # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Summer 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House 
@Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Goldfinch, Lesser @Bosque del Apache NWR

2012-08-27: NM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
duck sp. @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
teal sp. @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Killdeer @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Stilt, Black-necked @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Avocet, American @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

2012-08-29: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: 'whick-whick'

2012-08-31: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Warbler, Wilson's 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

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