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2014-07-07: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Robin, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Tanager, Summer 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Sparrow, House # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2014-07-16: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Big hatch of Pogonomyrmex ants on July 4 and another one today.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2014-07-19: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Calliope Hummingbird
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@BdASeasN: Bosque del Apache NWR: North Seasonal Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Route
1130, leave Socorro.
1140, Luis Lopez.
1340, afoot at Catbird Corner on the north seasonal road.
1425, rolling.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-07-19-3113
This photo works as graphic art as well as ornithology. I like the texture of the ripples as this little guy goes full steam toward me.
Cormorant, Neotropic 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-07-19-5264
Here, as so often at the Bosque Boardwalk pond, keeping company with two Spiny Softshells, Apalone spinifera.
Egret, Cattle # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Vulture, Turkey # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Dove, Mourning 
# @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hummingbird, Black-chinned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hummingbird, Calliope 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2014-07-19-5290
A stakeout, photographed a few feet away from the feeder at the visitor center. Even in my standard 1024x768 Web crop, the photos show a satisfying amount of feather detail.
Hummingbird, Rufous # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: North Seasonal Road
Kingbird, Western 
6 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
2014-07-19-30972014-07-19-3099
These are good reference photos for midsummer Western Kingbirds. Note that a line drawn from the chin to the vent never crosses any abrupt color changes. That same line drawn on a Cassin's would suddenly go from white to medium-dark gray right at the top of the breast. Note also the ends of the rectrices show traces of wear, but nothing you'd call a light tail-tip.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
raven sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan 
1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: ID by voice.
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In the second photo, the foreground bird shows some pink color in the skin just below the lower mandible. Not sure if this is injury or just juvenal bill growth.
In the last photo, the left-hand bird is in mid-hop. Yes, I know it is unforgiveable anthropomorphization to infer concepts like “fun” here. Maybe a nematode bit him on a sensitive spot or something.
Swallow, Barn 
# @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mockingbird, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowthroat, Common # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Summer 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache
Vocalizations: ID by voice.
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Oriole, Bullock's # @Bosque del Apache NWR: North Seasonal Road
Sparrow, House # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache

2014-07-29: NM: Bernardo WMA

@Bern: Bernardo WMA
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Bernardo WMA
Dove, Mourning # @Bernardo WMA
Kingbird, Western # @Bernardo WMA
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bernardo WMA
meadowlark sp. 1 @Bernardo WMA
Finch, House # @Bernardo WMA

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