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2013-02-02: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Western Scrub-Jay
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@MOT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
@road2: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
Route
1245, leave Socorro.
1300, Luis Lopez to San Antonio.
1325, NM-1 south to San Antonito Road, then clockwise around the Miera Road loop and back to NM-1.
1355, Bosque del Apache, South Loop.
1435, walk the Marsh Overlook Trail clockwise.
1620, rolling: finished the South Loop, drove the Center Road, then clockwise up to the end of the two-way section north of the Flight Deck and then back out the same way; leave at 1730.
An early butterfly: Spring White, Pontia sisymbrii.
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
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Teal, Cinnamon 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
Pheasant, Ring-necked 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Near the southeast corner of the trail.
Vocalizations: The familiar 'cow-cuck' call.
In years past I would expect to see several pheasants in a trip around the loop. This single bird reminded me how rare it is in the last few years that I'd see one at all.
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 
In the “old rookery” on the south side of the east end of the Center Road.
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the “old rookery” on the south side of the east end of the Center Road.
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1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the “old rookery” on the south side of the east end of the Center Road.
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Eagle, Bald 2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
Description: Close to the “intermediate adult” illustrated in the western Sibley guide, with a red breast and underparts that are a dark brown but a bit lighter than the blackish of a dark-phase bird.
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2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Harlan's 2 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
Just south of the bend in A-101.
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Kestrel, American 
3 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
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The photo shows the “false eyes” at the back of his head.
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Sandpiper, Least # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Snipe, Wilson's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sitting on a bar just N of the Flight Deck.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
Dove, Mourning 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
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Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shrike, Loggerhead 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
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1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
In the tallest trees at the very south of the interior of the trail loop.
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Crow, American 
500+ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
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Starling, European 
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Warbler, Audubon's # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Blackbird, Red-winged # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
meadowlark sp. 
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House 1♂ @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache including Miera Road
Vocalizations: Singing like mad.
Goldfinch, American 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
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For some reason the ID of this bird completely baffled me, possibly because all the illustrations in the Sibley western guide show two wide wingbars, but this bird had only one. Perhaps it was just the way her feathers were arranged.

2013-02-06: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2013-02-08: NM: Albuquerque

@ABQ: Albuquerque
Falcon, Peregrine 1 @Albuquerque
San Antonio Road between I-25 and Wyoming.
Bluebird, Western 3 @Albuquerque
Next to the buffalope enclosure at Bien Mur on the Sandia Reservation.

2013-02-10: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@MOT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
@road2: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Route
1125, leave Socorro.
1205, San Antonio.
1225, on the refuge proper.
1335, walk what is officially called the Marsh Overlook Trail, only at the moment I think Dirt Overlook Trail is closer to the facts.
1630, rolling out (clockwise, with light failing); 1655, out.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Eagle, Bald 
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
1i @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
Hawk, Harlan's 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
Opposite the Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge.
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Kestrel, American 1♀ @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 8 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Least # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Snipe, Wilson's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Ring-billed 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
40 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Behavior: Flew over in a single group.
Dove, White-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Crow, American # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Raven, Chihuahuan 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Bluebird, Western # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
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Thrasher, Crissal 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
In a front yard along El Alto Road.
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Starling, European # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Warbler, Audubon's # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio via A-101
Sparrow, Song 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail
Blackbird, Red-winged # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
meadowlark sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh Overlook Trail

2013-02-11: NM: Socorro to Albuquerque

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
@day: Socorro to Albuquerque
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Shoveler, Northern 1 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, American Green-winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Robin, American 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: 'Squeeee-zeee, squirpadaburp!': the first given in alarm whilst stationary, the second while fleeing. Robins are so entertaining.

2013-02-13: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
On the water feature.
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Blackbird, Red-winged 50 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
At least fifty visiting my water feature and feeders.

2013-02-16: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Downy Woodpecker
@Chap: Socorro: Chaparral Road
@HF: Socorro: Hope Farms Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WCF: Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
@road1: Socorro to Water Canyon Road via US-60
Route
1115, leave Socorro via US-60^W.
1135, turn off on Water Canyon Road.
1215, in the canyon proper.
1305, afoot. Walk downstream to the private property fence line. Walk back upstream, off the Langmuir road until only the last quarter mile or so, turnback at the Trail 13 parking lot, walk back down.
1530, rolling out of the canyon; 1540, canyon mouth; 1605 back east on US-60.
1625–1700, drove along Chaparral and Hope Farms roads to survey the suburban to agricultural scene.
First Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) of the year.
Hawk, Red-tailed 
2 @Socorro to Water Canyon Road via US-60
2a @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
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Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
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1 @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Crane, Sandhill # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Pigeon, Rock # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Roadrunner, Greater 
1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
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1 @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Woodpecker, Acorn 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
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Woodpecker, Downy 1 @Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
Just above the first stream crossing on the Langmuir Road.
Description: Bill about 1/2". Plain white back.
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Phoebe, Say's # @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
Jay, Steller's 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
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Raven, Chihuahuan 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Description: Pair on a power pole, white underfeathering showing clearly on both.
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Raven, Common # @Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
Chickadee, Mountain 3 @Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
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Nuthatch, White-breasted 2 @Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
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Creeper, Brown 1 @Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
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The second photo shows how well-camouflaged these birds can be on the right trunk.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
Robin, American 
1 @Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
1i @Socorro: Chaparral Road
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Starling, European # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Junco, Gray-headed # @Magdelanas: Water Canyon on foot
Junco, Oregon # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Socorro: Chaparral Road
Meadowlark, Eastern 40 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
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Unless I heard them sing, I seldom try to split the meadowlarks in the field. However, in this photo, note the strong dark line behind the eye; the pure white malar; and the long dark streaks on the flanks.
Meadowlark, Western 
# @Socorro: Chaparral Road
# @Socorro: Hope Farms Road
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ID based on: more yellow in the malar; dark line through the eye is not as solid or as dark; and the flanks are marked with small, nearly round spots.
Sparrow, House # @Socorro: Chaparral Road

2013-02-17: NM: Albuquerque

@ABQ: Albuquerque
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Albuquerque
Another healthy-looking urban cuckoo, corner of McEarl and Princeton.

2013-02-22: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
First emergence of the Pogonomyrmex ants in my driveway this year.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2013-02-25: NM: Socorro to Albuquerque

@BWMA: Bernardo WMA
@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
@day: Socorro to Albuquerque
Zeiss replaced my thirty-year-old unrepairable pocket mini binoculars with the current equivalent, free except for the shipping. [Standard disclaimer: I have no financial interest in Zeiss] I'm impressed that they honored their lifetime warranty when I'd forgotten what warranty (if any) I had.
Shoveler, Northern # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, American Green-winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1 @Bernardo WMA
1a @Bernardo WMA
Hawk, Ferruginous 1 @Bernardo WMA
Killdeer 30 @Bernardo WMA
A banner day for Killdeer in short dry grassy fields here, standing around in what I'd consider good habitat for longspurs and Horned Larks.
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bernardo WMA
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Bernardo WMA
Description: Feathering along the upper mandible extends well beyond halfway.
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bernardo WMA
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bernardo WMA

2013-02-27: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
raven sp. 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Robin, American 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Junco, Oregon # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2013-02-28: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Robin, American 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Junco, Oregon # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

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