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2014-01-01: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Route
1525, Miera loop counterclockwise, then Bosque del Apache.
1710, the light is gone now.
New 80-400mm lens on the D80 body.
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
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 1♀ @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR

2014-01-02: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goose, Canada @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-0123
Gadwall @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-0135
Pintail, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-0018
Scaup, Lesser @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-00982014-01-02-01092014-01-02-00882014-01-02-0089
Bufflehead @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-0147
Duck, Ruddy @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-0045
Hawk, Red-tailed @San Antonio area
2014-01-02-01732014-01-02-0176
Hawk, Ferruginous @San Antonio area
On a pole on San Antonito Road.
2014-01-02-01512014-01-02-01562014-01-02-01592014-01-02-0160
Kestrel, American @San Antonio area
2014-01-02-01612014-01-02-0181
Coot, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-0022
Crane, Sandhill @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-01402014-01-02-0141
Crow, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-02-00482014-01-02-00532014-01-02-0063
Sparrow, House @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2014-01-04: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio
@road2: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
@road3: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Route
0930, leave Socorro.
0945, Luis Lopez.
1055, San Antonito loop.
1120, Bosque del Apache.
1205, Marsh Deck.
1230, afoot on Marsh View Trail.
1400, rolling.
1620, a few shots on Chaparral and Hope Farms roads in Socorro.
Field test of new-to-me Nikkor 80-400mm and second D300 body. Several sequences included shots of the same bird from the same vantage point with this lens and my current 600mm rig.
Note: Clock on D300b was about 1032 when it was 0948 on my watch, probably MDT.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-24532014-01-04-17902014-01-04-17932014-01-04-1869
First photo, 600mm; rest from the 80-400mm.
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-17962014-01-04-18052014-01-04-18102014-01-04-18122014-01-04-18202014-01-04-1859
For big, slow-moving birds like these and cranes, the 80-400mm autofocus does a nice job. There were a number of dust spots on the sensor when I got it; a good professional cleaning (APT Camera, Albuquerque) took care of them.
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-2451
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-1871
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-24432014-01-04-24462014-01-04-17662014-01-04-17682014-01-04-17702014-01-04-17722014-01-04-18742014-01-04-18782014-01-04-1884
First two photos, 600m; rest 80-400mm.
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-16982014-01-04-1704
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2014-01-04-1712
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-04-1738
1i @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-04-24232014-01-04-16792014-01-04-16812014-01-04-17442014-01-04-1747
First photo, 600mm; rest 80-400mm.
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-17482014-01-04-1751
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-04-24302014-01-04-1688
First photo, 600mm; rest 80-400mm.
1♀ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-04-1702
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-17952014-01-04-18232014-01-04-18282014-01-04-1838
Dove, White-winged 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Dove, Mourning 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Phoebe, Black 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Crow, American # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Nuthatch, White-breasted # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-04-24022014-01-04-23992014-01-04-16542014-01-04-1658
First two photos, 600mm; rest 80-400mm.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 
1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-1669
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Bluebird, Mountain # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-04-16362014-01-04-1641
Starling, European # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-04-16222014-01-04-18912014-01-04-1893
See also under Brewer's Blackbird.
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Sparrow, Savannah 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2014-01-04-1758
Sparrow, Song # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Junco, Oregon 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2014-01-04-17292014-01-04-1730
Any flight shot of a passerine is a miracle, even if it's not large or sharp.
Blackbird, Red-winged 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-04-1888
Meadowlark, Western # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-04-16842014-01-04-1685
Blackbird, Brewer's 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-04-1650
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR

2014-01-11: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio
@road2: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
@road3: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Route
1030, leave Socorro.
1040, Luis Lopez.
1110, Farm-Market Road south of US-380.
1140, San Antonito loop.
1210, Bosque del Apache NWR.
1345, afoot on the Rio Viejo Trail.
1505, rolling.
1600, leave the refuge.
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
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-11-25142014-01-11-25072014-01-11-25082014-01-11-25212014-01-11-2524
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 
1ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2i @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
3i @Bosque del Apache NWR
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
1u @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
2♂ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2♀ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-11-2533
Dowitcher, Long-billed 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Dove, White-winged 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning 50 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
4 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Same field where I had two recently.
Kingfisher, Belted 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Phoebe, Black 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shrike, Loggerhead 
1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-11-2499
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crow, American # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Bluebird, Eastern 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-11-2482
Bluebird, Mountain 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Robin, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Starling, European # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Phainopepla 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Sparrow, Savannah 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-11-24732014-01-11-2477
Sparrow, White-crowned 
3 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Blackbird, Red-winged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
meadowlark sp. 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Finch, House 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Sparrow, House # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio

2014-01-14: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2014-01-18: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  (Yellow) Palm Warbler
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Route
1110, leave Socorro.
1125, San Antonio and south Farm-Market Road.
1315, Bosque del Apache NWR.
1345, Marsh Deck.
1410, Marsh View Trail.
1535, rolling.
1615, south Farm-Market again.
Ran into Terry Hodapp and Steve Fettig at the Palm Warbler spot.
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
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Eagle, Bald 1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-18-2613
Harrier, Northern 
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Ferruginous 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Kestrel, American 1♀ @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Coot, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-18-2620
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-18-26232014-01-18-2622
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-18-2557
Stealing two bits of kibble from the dogs.
Crow, American # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Bluebird, Eastern # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-18-25732014-01-18-2579
Bluebird, Mountain # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Warbler, (Yellow) Palm 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-18-25672014-01-18-2568
Sparrow, Chipping 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Sparrow, Savannah 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-18-25982014-01-18-26012014-01-18-26112014-01-18-25822014-01-18-2585
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2014-01-18-26492014-01-18-2651
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2014-01-18-26382014-01-18-26332014-01-18-2629
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Junco, Oregon 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Meadowlark, Eastern # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-18-2563
Meadowlark, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: 'brrip'
Finch, House 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Goldfinch, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail

2014-01-20: NM:

Notable:  (Yellow) Palm Warbler
@Bern: Bernardo WMA
@SocCo:
@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
@road1: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Route
1145, revisit south Farm-Market Road.
1215, leave.
1350, Bernardo WMA.
1445, Taco Bell Marsh.
Mallard # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Shoveler, Northern # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, American Green-winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
2014-01-20-18992014-01-20-1906
Hawk, Red-tailed 1a @Bernardo WMA
Bluebird, Eastern # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-20-2683
Phainopepla # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Warbler, (Yellow) Palm 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-20-29242014-01-20-29222014-01-20-29182014-01-20-29192014-01-20-29122014-01-20-29052014-01-20-29032014-01-20-29002014-01-20-28972014-01-20-28942014-01-20-28892014-01-20-2875
Warbler, Audubon's # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Sparrow, Savannah # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-20-2687
Meadowlark, Western @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-20-26792014-01-20-2682
Finch, House 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380

2014-01-22: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Right by Fidel Center.
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2014-01-25: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  (Yellow) Palm Warbler
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@BdAInt: Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
@Unit8: Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
Last year around this season, the three new observation blinds here fronted on a large body of water. This winter, it is almost completely gone. A smallish puddle remained in the very north end of the former extent. I couldn't see all of it, as it was behind a low ridge, but it was at least thirty meters long and probably a few meters wide.
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio
@road2: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
@road3: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Route
1030, leave Socorro.
1040, Luis Lopez.
1130, south Farm-Market.
1150, San Antonito Loop.
1215, Bosque del Apache NWR.
1250, North Loop.
1345, Intermittent Road.
1400, afoot, all Unit 8 trails.
1525, rolling on the Intermittent Road.
1610, leave Bosque del Apache, visit Hodapp property.
Saw a Javelina off the North Loop.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Teal, American Green-winged 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Eagle, Bald i @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-25-19362014-01-25-19402014-01-25-19452014-01-25-19492014-01-25-27702014-01-25-2772
First four photos: Questar 700mm/8 catadioptric. Next two: standard rig, the 300mm x2.
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1i @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-25-19282014-01-25-19292014-01-25-27482014-01-25-19102014-01-25-1915
This unfortunate hawk has a deformed left foot. It patiently waited while I took long series of shots with three different lenses for comparison purposes. The first two used a Questar 700mm f/8 catadioptric. The third is the best of a series from my standard 300mm x2. The fourth and fifth used my backup 80-400mm rig. All were taken out the car window from the same position.
3i @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-01-25-19582014-01-25-27772014-01-25-2787
Another lens comparison series, a cooperative subject at fairly close range. First shot, Questar 700mm/8. Second and third, 300mm x2.
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Hawk, Harlan's 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
1♀ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2014-01-25-2740
3♀ @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Crane, Sandhill 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Intermittent Road
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
2014-01-25-28092014-01-25-2821
Sandpiper, Least 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
2014-01-25-2825
Snipe, Wilson's 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
2014-01-25-28342014-01-25-2842
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Dove, Mourning 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted 
10 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
All ten in one small lot on the north side of the east leg of Farm-Market road.
2014-01-25-2690
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
Phoebe, Black 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Crow, American 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Verdin 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache NWR
Bluebird, Eastern # @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Bluebird, Mountain # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Starling, European # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Phainopepla 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Warbler, (Yellow) Palm 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-25-2861
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Chipping # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
2014-01-25-2789
Sparrow, Song 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
2014-01-25-2795
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Unit 8 trails
Junco, Gray-headed 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Junco, Oregon 
1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Meadowlark, Eastern # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Vocalizations: 'petey-err'
2014-01-25-27262014-01-25-27132014-01-25-27062014-01-25-2710
Finch, House 1 @Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Sparrow, House # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio

2014-01-26: NM: San Antonio: Farm-Market Road south of US-380

@day: San Antonio: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
Warbler, (Yellow) Palm 1 @San Antonio: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
2014-01-26-29282014-01-26-29242014-01-26-29222014-01-26-29192014-01-26-29182014-01-26-29052014-01-26-29032014-01-26-29002014-01-26-28972014-01-26-28942014-01-26-28892014-01-26-28822014-01-26-28752014-01-26-2871

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