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2012-11-03: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Dunlin; Eastern Bluebird; Slate-colored Fox Sparrow
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@JOWR: Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
@road2: San Antonio: Miera Road
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @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
2012-11-03-7642
Duck, Ring-necked 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Socorro
Grebe, Eared 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Extreme southwest corner of the Display Pond, the flooded unit where the Flight Deck is located.
2012-11-03-76302012-11-03-76112012-11-03-76182012-11-03-76232012-11-03-7622
Grebe, Western 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-03-7658
The last photo shows the grebe in what Leonard Compagno dubbed the “tape dispenser” posture. For distant birds this posture makes it nearly impossible to determine the species. Fortunately this bird pulled his head out.
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Eagle, Bald 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-03-7690
Harrier, Northern 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Dark phase.
Kestrel, American 1♀ @Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-03-77092012-11-03-7764
One of the birds was missing a leg. It continued to hop along on the other one, feeding actively. Good luck, fella.
Dunlin 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-03-77202012-11-03-77252012-11-03-77222012-11-03-7740
Thanks to Celestyn Brozek who found two here the previous day and was kind enough to let the hotline know.
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Snipe, Wilson's 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-03-77132012-11-03-7705
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
At the last remnant of the Boardwalk Pond.
2012-11-03-7667
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Socorro
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 
1♂ @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
2012-11-03-7587
1♀ @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
2012-11-03-7592
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @San Antonio: Miera Road
Scrub-Jay, Western 
3 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
2012-11-03-7580
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Near NM-1 between the headquarters and the north refuge boundary.
Crow, American 100 @Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
Raven, Chihuahuan @Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
2012-11-03-7607
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
2012-11-03-7585
Bluebird, Eastern 2 @Socorro Co. A-101: Luis Lopez to US-380
2012-11-03-7773
Warbler, Audubon's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Slate-colored Fox 1 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
2012-11-03-77952012-11-03-7804
A cooperative stakeout bird.
Sparrow, White-throated 1 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
Sparrow, White-crowned @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
i @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
2012-11-03-7582
i @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-03-76802012-11-03-76812012-11-03-7678
This immature bird shows the golden color in the forecrown that gave me so much trouble in California telling this species from Golden-crowned Sparrow. This color is always between rufous stripes, never between black stripes like in the Golden-crowned.
Junco, Pink-sided 1 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @San Antonio: Miera Road
Blackbird, Red-winged 
# @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
# @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge
Near the bend at the NE corner of A-101.
Vocalizations: By song.
Finch, House # @Socorro

2012-11-06: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2012-11-08: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Observed a Gray Fox near the end of Calle de Lago around 2230 MST. Fine-looking adult.

2012-11-10: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2012-11-16: NM: Bosque del Apache NWR

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
Route Interpreter duty on the Marsh Deck 1200-1600. Afterwards drove around the loop including the new Intermittent Road that branches off the North Loop at its northeast corner and meanders around the north end of the refuge, rejoining the North Loop before the blind.
Goose, Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Green-Winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Eared 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-16-78152012-11-16-78142012-11-16-7813
Harrier, Northern #i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-16-78192012-11-16-7821
Eagle, Golden 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crow, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pipit, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR

2012-11-17: NM: Bosque del Apache NWR

Notable:  Eastern Phoebe
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
Route Interpreter duty on the Chupadera Deck 1200-1600. I couldn't answer this common question at the time, but apparently Chupadera means “hummingbird.”
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Eagle, Bald 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
#i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Eastern 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-17-78342012-11-17-7836
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crow, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR

2012-11-25: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Northern Shrike; Western Scrub-Jay
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Socorro Co. A-101, NM-1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Route
1230, Luis Lopez.
1305, at the refuge.
1330-1520, hiked the so-called Marsh Overlook Trail clockwise from the Boardwalk. More like the Mud Overlook trail, as they have drained the entire area inside this trail. They're just starting to put water back in Boardwalk pond; at the moment it covers maybe 15% of the mudflat there.
1520-1650, drove the South Loop and bailde out around sundown.
Missed Not a single Gadwall today, and several missing divers: Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, and Canvasback.
Found a beehive embedded in the cliff face at the south end of the trail, just packed with honeycombs and bees.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-25-79492012-11-25-7953
The photo of the drake shows a double highlight in the eye: one for the direct sun, one for its reflection in the water.
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
By far the most numerous puddle duck, with numbers far beyond the sum of all other dabblers.
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-25-7997
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-25-7999
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Eared 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-25-7991
The red light of late afternoon really lights up the red eye of this beast.
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-25-7887
Harrier, Northern 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1i @Socorro Co. A-101, NM-1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
2012-11-25-78572012-11-25-78642012-11-25-7869
Darker than usual, but not a true dark-phase bird.
2a @Socorro Co. A-101, NM-1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-25-7899
Kestrel, American 
1 @Socorro Co. A-101, NM-1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the east end of the large flooded unit just west of the Old Rookery at the east end of the center road.
2012-11-25-7984
Dowitcher, Long-billed 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
One of the large flooded units north of the center road at about that road's midpoint.
2012-11-25-7988
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Socorro Co. A-101, NM-1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shrike, Loggerhead 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-25-79152012-11-25-7924
Shrike, Northern @Socorro County
Description: Compared to Loggerhead, black mask is narrower behind the eye and does not extend before or above the eye. White superciliary. Basal half of the bill is a pale horn color, and the hook at the end is longer. Fine scalloped barring on the underparts.
2012-11-25-78772012-11-25-78782012-11-25-7882
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Near the south end of the Marsh Overlook Trail.
Crow, American 
# @Socorro Co. A-101, NM-1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wren, Marsh 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2012-11-25-79702012-11-25-79722012-11-25-7979
It's been a long time since I've seen or even heard one of these! I had to play back the call to make sure I had it right; at that point I put it down as IV (Identified by Voice). Then by virtue of sitting around for a while I got some looks at it.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: By its 'beerp' call.
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Socorro Co. A-101, NM-1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
meadowlark sp. 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR

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