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2014-05-10: NM: Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count

@NAMC: Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Route
Effort: by car, 2.80 hours and 23.1 miles; by foot, 4.73 hours and 2.3 miles; total, 7.53 hours and 25.4 miles.
Started at Turtle Bay just before dawn, worked it fairly thoroughly, then drove briefly out into the scrublands west of town. Thence across I-25 to Riverine Parks #5 and #4, walking most of a mile around the latter.
Duck, Ring-necked 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Quail, Gambel's 7 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Vulture, Turkey 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Sandpiper, Spotted 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Riverine Park #4.
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Pigeon, Rock 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 6 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Dove, White-winged 9 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Dove, Mourning 14 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Hummingbird, Black-chinned 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Turtle Bay.
Breeding: Sitting on a nest.
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Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Wood-Pewee, Western 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Empidonax sp. 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Phoebe, Black 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Phoebe, Say's 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Kingbird, Western 17 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Vireo, Plumbeous 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Originally called a Cassin's but the photos clearly show the plain white edges to the secondaries, not greenish.
Vireo, Warbling 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Raven, Chihuahuan 7 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Swallow, Cliff 20 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Swallow, Barn 14 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Wren, Bewick's 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Thrush, Hermit 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Robin, American 20 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Mockingbird, Northern 6 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Starling, European 13 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Waxwing, Cedar 5 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Phainopepla 3 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Waterthrush, Northern 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Warbler, Orange-crowned 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Warbler, MacGillivray's 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Yellowthroat, Common 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Warbler, Yellow 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Warbler, Audubon's 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Warbler, Myrtle 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Warbler, Wilson's 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Sparrow, Chipping 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Sparrow, Brewer's 5 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Sparrow, Lark 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Sparrow, Black-throated 3 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Sparrow, Song 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Sparrow, White-crowned 13 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Tanager, Summer 3 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Tanager, Western 3 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
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Grosbeak, Black-headed 2 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Blackbird, Red-winged 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Grackle, Great-tailed 14 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Cowbird, Brown-headed 3 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Oriole, Bullock's 4 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Finch, House 18 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Goldfinch, Lesser 1 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count
Sparrow, House 11 @Socorro Co.: North American Migration Count

2014-05-10: NM: Socorro County (non-NAMC)

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@Soc: Socorro (city)
@SocCo: Socorro County (non-NAMC)
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Vermilion 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Tree # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, Black-throated 1 @Socorro (city)
Tanager, Summer 1 @Socorro (city)

2014-05-18: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Cordilleran Flycatcher; American Redstart
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMS: San Antonio: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@Seas: Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route
(partial route)
1400, afoot in Seasonal Road.
1520, rolling from the Pump House.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
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1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's 
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Turkey, Wild 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 8 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Vulture, Turkey 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
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Kestrel, American 1♀ @San Antonio: Farm-Market Road south of US-380
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Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
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First photo with the 300mm x 2; second with the 80-400mm.
Sandpiper, Spotted # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Sandpiper, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Sandpiper, Least # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Dowitcher, Long-billed 7 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Mourning 
# @San Antonio area
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hummingbird, Black-chinned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Sapsucker, Red-naped @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Flycatcher, Cordilleran 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
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These Empidonax with the big almond-shaped eyering always give me trouble. The lower mandible, orange to the tip, suggests Willow, but that's way too much eyering. Least can have a lavish eyering but one would expect a dark tip to the lower mandible. The shaggy crest and somewhat yellow general cast say Cordilleran to me.
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Phoebe, Say's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Vermilion 
1♂ @San Antonio area
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4♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
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1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Kingbird, Western 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vireo, Warbling 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @San Antonio area
Robin, American # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Catbird, Gray 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Catbird Corner, where the second leg of the Seasonal Road turns from eastbound to northbound.
Mockingbird, Northern 
# @San Antonio area
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phainopepla # @San Antonio area
Waterthrush, Northern 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, MacGillivray's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Yellowthroat, Common 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Redstart, American 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
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Warbler, Yellow 
1♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Warbler, Wilson's 
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Towhee, Spotted # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Sparrow, Lincoln's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Summer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Tanager, Western 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Grosbeak, Blue 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Bunting, Lazuli 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Cowbird, Brown-headed # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Oriole, Bullock's 1 @San Antonio area
Finch, House 
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goldfinch, Lesser 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Sparrow, House 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2014-05-20: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

Notable:  Gray Catbird
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Catbird, Gray 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
South end of the Turtle Bay Bridge.
Vocalizations: Singing!

2014-05-29: NM: Socorro County

@Lem: Lemitar area
@SocCo: Socorro County
@SocNA: Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Route
1540, Lemitar.
1545, Socorro Nature Area, walked the hiking loop.
1650, rolling.
See pictures elsewhere of flowers and attractive orange fruit of Pale Wolfberry, Lycium pallidum, according to one the nice interpretive plaques on the hiking loop.
Mallard # @Lemitar area
Quail, Gambel's # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Kestrel, American 
1u @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
1♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
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Collared-Dove, Eurasian 1 @Lemitar area
Dove, White-winged # @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Dove, Mourning 
1 @Lemitar area
# @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Hummingbird, Black-chinned 2♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Breeding: Shallow, symmetrical pendulum display.
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
2014-05-29-4995
Kingbird, Western 1 @Lemitar area
Swallow, Barn # @Lemitar area
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Phainopepla 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
Tanager, Summer 
1♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
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This one was way off and hard to key out in the field. It took looking at the photos to realize it was a male Summer Tanager in the mottled transitional plumage.
1♂ @Lemitar: Socorro Nature Area
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Blackbird, Red-winged # @Lemitar area
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Lemitar area
Sparrow, House # @Lemitar area

2014-05-31: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Zone-tailed Hawk
@Box: Box Canyon (off US-60 west of Socorro)
@SocCo: Socorro County
@US60: US-60, Water Canyon to Socorro
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
@WCyn: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Route
0830, leave Socorro.
0845, Water Canyon Road, which is also route FR 235.
0920, Water Canyon proper.
0930, walked around near the end of the pavement, above and below the road.
Vulture, Turkey 2 @US-60, Water Canyon to Socorro
Hawk, Zone-tailed 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Gliding down the canyon; it was around 1030 or so when it crossed the main road.
Description: My first impression: why is that vulture flying so directly? Then I saw the two white bands in the tail.
Dove, Mourning # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
Swift, White-throated # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Woodpecker, Acorn 4 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
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Wood-Pewee, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
Kingbird, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
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Until I looked over the photos very carefully, I was quite convinced this was a Cassin's Kingbird, mainly due to the quite dark head and breast, and the well-marked white chin patch that shows in the second photo. However, the white outer retrices show clearly in both photos, and the coverts were not as white-edged as shown in the new Sibley guide. A very good quiz photo of a quite fresh Western, I now think.
Vireo, Plumbeous # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
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Vireo, Warbling 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
Raven, Chihuahuan 4 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
Raven, Common # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Lark, Horned 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
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Swallow, Violet-green # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
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Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Wren, Rock 1 @Box Canyon (off US-60 west of Socorro)
Thrush, Hermit 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
Warbler, Grace's 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: churr^{3-5}, fast jit-jit-jit-jit-jit
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Towhee, Canyon 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
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Sparrow, Chipping # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Sparrow, Black-chinned 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Near the large group shelter there is a huge culvert that takes the flow of North Fork under the road. I walked through the culvert and heard the unmistakable song coming from the hillside at the far end.
Vocalizations: A few high chirps accelerating to a trill.
This is only the second of this species I've seen in my life, and I never actually saw it. The other was maybe a half-mile down the canyon on 1988-05-04.
Sparrow, Lark 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
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Tanager, Hepatic 
1♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Description: Duller red than a Summer Tanager.
1♀ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Tanager, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Grosbeak, Blue ♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)
2014-05-31-5025
Finch, House # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road (FR-235)

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