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2013-11-01: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Waxwing, Cedar 3 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2013-11-02: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@SAP: San Antonio Park
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Route
1135, visit San Antonio Park, then south.
1145, my usual loop: San Antonito road east, El Alto north which turns into Miera, Eleventh east, then continue south on NM-1.
1200, Bosque del Apache, first visiting the headquarters.
1235, refuge loop.
1245-1345, afoot at the Marsh Deck.
1345, Boardwalk.
1415-1545, Marsh View Trail, counterclockwise.
1545, rolling out.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Goose, Canada # @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
Teal, American Green-winged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Eared 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2013-11-02-2017
Grebe, Western 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Harrier, Northern 
1ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2013-11-09-2111
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
2 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Behavior: Buzzing a Red-tailed Hawk.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill 
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed 14 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Flicker, Red-shafted @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
2013-11-02-2011
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @San Antonio Park
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2013-11-02-2065
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
On NM-1 south of the loop.
Crow, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: The white underfeathering at the neck made me wonder if this was a Chihuahuan Raven, but it was with a group of birds cawing, and its tail feathers were even in length.
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Wren, Rock 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
The very southwest corner of the trail, at its closest point to where NM-1 passes under the BNSF railway at Elmendorf Switch.
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I have seen this species several times at this corner, but this is the first time I can recall seeing this species at the top of a tree.
Wren, Marsh 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the cattails just south of the Dabbler (Marsh) Deck.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2013-11-02-2049
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Ten feet from the intersection of San Antonito and El Alto, in a tall mesquite where I've seen Crissals before.
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Of course, because I'd seen Crissals here before, when I saw the dark moustachial stripe and plain throat, I immediately miscalled it as a Crissal. But the photos clearly show the mottled breast pattern, the not terribly long bill, and the complete lack of brick-red vent feathering. Bitten again by calling it on the first observed field mark!
Warbler, Audubon's # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Towhee, Spotted 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2013-11-02-2063
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
2013-11-02-1994
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Junco, Oregon # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Common 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the headquarters parking lot just opposite the front door.
Description: Yellow eye, bronze iridescence on the body.
2013-11-02-2002
Goldfinch, Lesser 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR

2013-11-09: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@HQ: Bosque del Apache NWR: Headquarters
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio
@road2: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Route
1050-1110, Luis Lopez to San Antonio.
1130, Bosque del Apache, headquarters, then the South loop.
1315-1450, Marsh View Trail, counterclockwise from the west end of the Boardwalk.
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
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Headquarters
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Eared 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2013-11-09-2103
Grebe, Western 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Hawk, Red-tailed 1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Harlan's 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
At the customary spot, where A-101 bends from eastbound to southbound, near the Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge.
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The smaller bird in the first photo is a kestrel.
Kestrel, American 
1♀ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
See above for a photo of this bird strafing a Harlan's Hawk.
1u @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Dove, White-winged 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Crow, American # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Wren, Marsh 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bluebird, Mountain # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2013-11-09-2085
Sparrow, Song # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
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Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Headquarters
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Sparrow, House # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Headquarters

2013-11-16: NM: Socorro County

@Bern: Bernardo WMA
@Lem: Lemitar
@SNA: Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route
1120, Lemitar.
1140-1320, Socorro Nature Area.
1400-1500, Bernardo WMA, including entire trail system which yielded zero birds.
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Bernardo WMA
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Hawk, Red-tailed 1i @Bernardo WMA
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1♂ @Bernardo WMA
Crane, Sandhill 
# @Lemitar
# @Bernardo WMA
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Dove, White-winged # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Flicker, Red-shafted 2 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Crow, American # @Bernardo WMA
Verdin 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Wren, Bewick's 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Bluebird, Mountain # @Lemitar
2013-11-16-2130
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
meadowlark sp. 1 @Bernardo WMA
Sparrow, House @Socorro: 507 Fitch
2013-11-16-2121

2013-11-17: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Crane, Sandhill # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Flyover above Fidel Center.
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Nuthatch, White-breasted # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Myrtle 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Finch, House # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2013-11-23: NM: Bosque del Apache NWR

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
Route
0805-1200, volunteer duty at the Boardwalk during Festival of the Cranes. Temps around 34F, wind chill from the north more like 15F. The first three hours I mostly stayed at the gap in the line of willows right at the east end of the boardwalk. More than about ten minutes out at the first set of benches led to serious hand cramps. I'm not ashamed to say I spent the last hour mostly in the car with the heater on. Attendance was about 10 individuals and two smallish busloads of about 15 each. Compare that to some former years when I've seen 300 people during a deck shift.
1200, a quick trip around the balance of the South Loop.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2013-11-23-2156
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 
2ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Herring 1i? @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flew south over the flood unit across the road from the Boardwalk.
Description: Medium dark gray. At the time I thought it was about the right shade to be an immature Herring Gull, but it was too far to see any other details. Later one of the ace young birders of the Intensive Tour said that he'd gotten a very good look at an immature Herring Gull the previous day.
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: Scampered across the gap in the willows at the east end of the Boardwalk not five yards away from where I was sitting.
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR

2013-11-29: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Hairy Woodpecker
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@BdAIR: Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio
@road2: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
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
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2013-11-29-2221
Bufflehead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2013-11-29-2194
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1i @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2013-11-29-2215
Hawk, Ferruginous 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
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Kestrel, American 
1u @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1♂ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2013-11-29-2207
Pigeon, Rock # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Dove, White-winged # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Dove, Mourning 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Woodpecker, Hairy 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Last winter I saw a bird of this species at the exact same spot. From the Unit 8 parking lot at the midpoint of the Intermittent Road, take the trail north, right at the first fork and right again at the second fork. Not too much further there is a cleared space to your right occupied by a large pile of dead wood, maybe five feet high. The bird was a few yards behind the woodpile moving around some fairly tall trees.
2013-11-29-2201
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Crow, American 
1 @Socorro
A group circulating around Parkview Elementary School and Sedillo Park.
Description: One with some white at the bases of its remiges and rectrices.
2013-11-29-2184
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bluebird, Mountain # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio

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