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2013-10-09: NM: Socorro County

@Bern: Bernardo WMA
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road01: I-25, Socorro to Bernardo WMA
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bernardo WMA
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Bernardo WMA
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Bernardo WMA
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @I-25, Socorro to Bernardo WMA
1a @Bernardo WMA
Dove, Mourning 1 @Bernardo WMA
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bernardo WMA
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @I-25, Socorro to Bernardo WMA
1 @Bernardo WMA
Crow, American 2 @Bernardo WMA
Swallow, Barn 1 @Bernardo WMA
Sparrow, Chipping 1 @Bernardo WMA
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bernardo WMA
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Bernardo WMA

2013-10-15: NM: Socorro to Clovis

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@day: Socorro to Clovis
@road01: Mountainair to Willard
@road02: Willard to Encino
@road03: US-60^E, Vaughn to De Baca County line
@road04: US-60^E, De Baca County line to Yeso
@road05: US-60^E, Yeso to Fort Sumner
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
On the North Road between IRIS/PASSCAL and Escondida.
Buteo sp. 1 @US-60^E, Yeso to Fort Sumner
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @US-60^E, De Baca County line to Yeso
Raven, Chihuahuan 
# @Mountainair to Willard
# @Willard to Encino
1 @US-60^E, Vaughn to De Baca County line

2013-10-16: NM: Melrose Woods to Hobbs

Notable:  Osprey; Eastern Phoebe; Blue Jay; Mountain Chickadee; American Redstart
@CV: Clovis
@CWWTP: Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
@Chap: Lovington: Chaparral Park
@EC: Elida area
@Hob: Hobbs
@Lov: Lovington
@Mel: Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Gate is 9.3 miles west of the town of Melrose.
@Oco: Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
@day: Melrose Woods to Hobbs
@road01: US-60^W, Clovis to Melrose Woods
@road02: Portales-Elida
@road03: Pep to Milnesand
@road04: Milnesand to Lea County line
@road05: Tatum to McDonald
@road06: McDonald to Lovington
@road07: Lovington to Ocotillo Park
Tried to bird the Tatum sewage ponds but their hours are 1300-1600 Tue/Thu and 0800-1600 Saturday. Also, the large low spot two miles north of Tatum has already dried out since the big rains last month. For future reference, the sewage ponds are at the corner of Second, which runs east-west, and Odell, which runs north-south. Also, Lovington has a new wind farm.
Wigeon, American # @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Mallard # @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Shoveler, Northern # @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Pintail, Northern # @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Duck, Ruddy 
# @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
1 @Lovington: Chaparral Park
Grebe, Pied-billed 
1 @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
3 @Lovington: Chaparral Park
Grebe, Eared 1 @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Cormorant, Double-crested 2 @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 2 @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Initially miscalled them as American Bittern because the primaries looked blackish to me. However, the pictures show the characteristic thin white spots on the folded wing.
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Osprey 1 @Lovington: Chaparral Park
In the fields southeast of the park.
Harrier, Northern 1 @Milnesand to Lea County line
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
1 @Elida area
1 @Tatum to McDonald
1 @McDonald to Lovington
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
1 @Lovington
Coot, American 
# @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
# @Lovington: Chaparral Park
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Sandpiper, Least # @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
Dove, Rock # @Hobbs
Pigeon, Rock 
# @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
# @Lovington
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
# @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
# @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Dove, White-winged 
1 @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
1 @Hobbs
Dove, Mourning 
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
# @Portales-Elida
# @Elida area
# @Pep to Milnesand
# @Tatum to McDonald
# @Lovington to Ocotillo Park
# @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
# @Hobbs
Flicker, Red-shafted # @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Phoebe, Eastern 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Kingbird, Cassin's 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 1 @McDonald to Lovington
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Elida area
Jay, Blue 1 @Clovis
In a large oak tree, with copious acorns, immediately northwest of the Red Lobster in Clovis.
Raven, Chihuahuan 
# @US-60^W, Clovis to Melrose Woods
1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
1 @Elida area
1 @Lovington to Ocotillo Park
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Solitaire, Townsend's # @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Thrush, Hermit 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Starling, European # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Redstart, American 1♀ @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Audubon's # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Warbler, Myrtle 1 @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Sparrow, Brewer's 1 @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Bunting, Lark 1 @McDonald to Lovington
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
Grackle, Great-tailed 
# @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant
# @Lovington
# @Lovington to Ocotillo Park
# @Hobbs
Goldfinch, Lesser 
# @Roosevelt Co.: Melrose Woods
1 @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Sparrow, House # @Clovis Waste Water Treatment Plant

2013-10-17: NM: Hobbs-Carlsbad-Roswell

Notable:  Willet; Blue Jay
@AT: Lea County: Allred Tank
The upper (southern) tank is full to the brim, which I haven't seen in many years. I was hoping to get into Bell Lake afterwards, but Brininstool Road is a morass of mud from recent rains, and passage at one point was blocked by a parked convoy of oilfield production trucks.
@Cheap: Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
@DBR: Delaware Basin Road (Lea-21)
@EDCO: Eddy County
@HCP: Hobbs City Park
@Oco: Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@day: Hobbs-Carlsbad-Roswell
@road01: Hobbs-Eunice
@road02: NM-128^W, from Lea-21 to Eddy County
Teal, Blue-winged # @Lea County: Allred Tank
Turkey, Wild # @Rattlesnake Springs
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Rattlesnake Springs
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Hobbs-Eunice
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1 @Hobbs-Eunice
1a @NM-128^W, from Lea-21 to Eddy County
Kestrel, American 
1 @Lea County: Allred Tank
1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Coot, American # @Lea County: Allred Tank
# @Lea County: Allred Tank
1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Yellowlegs, Greater 2 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Willet 1 @Brantley Lake: Champion Cove Road
Description: Transitional plumage. Missing left foot.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
# @Hobbs City Park
# @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Dove, White-winged 
# @Hobbs City Park
# @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
# @Hobbs-Eunice
Dove, Mourning 
1 @Delaware Basin Road (Lea-21)
# @Eddy County
# @Rattlesnake Springs
Flicker, Red-shafted 
# @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Vermilion 1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Cassin's 2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Western 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 2 @Lea County: Allred Tank
Jay, Blue 3 @Hobbs City Park
Seen together in one tree.
Scrub-Jay, Western 5 @Rattlesnake Springs
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Hobbs-Eunice
Swallow, Barn 2 @Delaware Basin Road (Lea-21)
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Hobbs-Eunice
Thrush, Hermit 1 @Lea County: Allred Tank
Robin, American # @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
Warbler, Audubon's 
1 @Lea County: Allred Tank
# @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Myrtle # @Rattlesnake Springs
Bunting, Lark # @Delaware Basin Road (Lea-21)
On the first westbound leg of this road after leaving the Eunice area.
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Lea County: Allred Tank
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Lea County: Allred Tank
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Hobbs City Park
Finch, House 
# @Hobbs: Ocotillo Park
# @Delaware Basin Road (Lea-21)

2013-10-24: NM: Luis Lopez

@LL: Luis Lopez
Eagle, Golden 1a @Luis Lopez

2013-10-26: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@RVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio
@road2: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
1120, leave Luis Lopez.
1135, San Antonio.
1150, Bosque del Apache.
1235–1250, Boardwalk.
1320–1455, Rio Viejo Trail.
1515, leave the refuge.
TC-300 2x teleconverter disassembled itself; back to the TC-14 1.4x after today.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white 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
Canvasback # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Eared # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Harlan's 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Dove, Mourning 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Flicker, Red-shafted 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Crow, American 
400 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Junco, Pink-sided # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Blackbird, Red-winged # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Meadowlark, Western # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache

2013-10-27: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 4 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sailed over my house in a group, headed toward campus.

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