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2014-10-03: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Verdin 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2014-10-09: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Wigeon, American 4 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Coot, American 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Kingfisher, Belted @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2014-10-11: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Hawk, Cooper's 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Near the parking lot for the NRAO building.
Behavior:
I heard rising sequences of 'vip' notes coming from two directions: a mated pair, most likely. They took great exception to the Great Horned Owl they found roosting in a tall tree and were screaming and flying at it. One would distract it from the front while the other would try to rip chunks out of its back.
Really an unpleasant situation for all concerned. The owl had two bad choices, despite the fact that he outweighed the two hawks combined. Stay, and you are not going to get anything resembling rest. Move, and you're instantly under attack from a pair of powerful, agile predators who are used to working as a team.
Unfortunately, after watching this situation for about half an hour, I had to leave while it was still in progress.
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Owl, Great Horned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
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See notes under Cooper's Hawk.

2014-10-12: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Black-legged Kittiwake
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@BdaBoard: Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to San Antonio
@road2: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Route
1115, leave Socorro.
1125, Luis Lopez.
1205, San Antonio via Farm-Market Road.
1255, Bosque del Apache NWR via San Antonio and a new route suggested by Josef Brown: from NM-1^S, take San Antonito Rd ^E, then south on Zanja Road which dumps you back onto NM-1 just north of the refuge boundary.
1330, Boardwalk pond.
Goose, white Snow 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Shoveler, Northern 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Quail, Gambel's 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Grebe, Western 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
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Pelican, American White 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey 
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 2♀ @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
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The second shot shows the bird jumping out of the frame. Nice clear picture of what the famous red tail looks like from close up. And nice detail of its weaponry, too.
1i @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
1a @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
3♀ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1♂ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2♀ @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Crane, Sandhill 22 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Sandpiper, Least 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
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Kittiwake, Black-legged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Boardwalk Pond.
Description: A small gull I initially miscalled as a Ring-bill when it was at the far end of the pond. Bill short, entirely very light greenish-yellow. Black eyepit. Black mark behind eye extending onto nape. Light mantle, black wingtips with very narrow white margins visible at close range.
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A nice cooperative bird. The second frame is the only one that suggests the very narrow pale edgings on the folded primaries. Only direct viewing in the scope revealed this feature clearly.
Some of the shots were taken with my usual 900mm + D300 rig (5xxx frame numbers), but some were taken with my other D300 body on my 1975-vintage Questar 3.5" Field Model, which with the DX multiplier would make it roughly a 2200mm f/16 (frame numbers in the 3xxx series). I thought there was a clear winner, but what's your opinion?
Dove, Mourning 
1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Phoebe, Say's 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Kingbird, Cassin's 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
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I went back and forth on this between Cassin's and Western several times. My usual first rule is to draw an imaginary line between the base of the lower mandible and the vent: in Western the color changes along that line are generally gradual, while in Cassin's there seems always to be a sharp transition from white chin to dark upper breast.
The photos from the two angles show a very different picture of that color gradient. In some it looks quite sharp, but the ones with the bird facing left look very light, with no sudden changes along the midline. And in several frames the tail edges look white, but that's treacherous and can occur due to lighting, just as the light tail tip that one expects for Cassin's can also be treacherous, and occur due to wear.
I finally went with Cassin's because the upper breast color appears a bit darker, a bit greenish, which is uncharacteristic of Westerns. Also in the fifth shot it looks to me like there is a pretty sharp transition from white chin to gray upper breast, and that area is all getting the same light. Differing opinions gladly solicited!
Crow, American # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Vocalizations: 'caw'
Raven, Chihuahuan 50 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Description: Wedge-shaped tails.
Vocalizations: 'rack'
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Boardwalk
Verdin 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
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The first photo, showing the bird in mid-air as it jumps around inside the bush, and also showing the characteristic chartreuse head color and rust at the wrists, is one of my favorite shots of the year. Dumb luck is proportional to time in the field!
Warbler, Audubon's # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Where the first southbound leg of Zanja Road turns west.
Sparrow, White-crowned 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Finch, House 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Sparrow, House @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache

2014-10-15: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Wigeon, American 15 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Grebe, Pied-billed 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Coot, American 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2014-10-22: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Route
1035, leave Socorro.
1045, Luis Lopez, take Farm-Market Road.
1130, Bosque del Apache NWR.
1225, afoot at Boardwalk.
1300, rolling.
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pelican, American White 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
2♀ @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
1u @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Singing with gurgles and churr notes. Adorable.
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raven sp. # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Crow, American # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Near NRAO Domenici Science Operations Center.
Vocalizations: Long series of 'yak' notes about 2/second.
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Song 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR

2014-10-24: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Wigeon, American 21 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Grebe, Pied-billed 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Coot, American 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2014-10-25: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route Perfunctory notes, as I had guests at the refuge.
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pelican, American White 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crow, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Waxwing, Cedar # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Parking lot of the NRAO Domenici Science Operations Center.
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR

2014-10-26: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Socorro to Luis Lopez
@road2: Luis Lopez to San Antonio
@road3: San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Route
1010, leave Socorro.
1025, Luis Lopez, take Farm-Market Road.
1120, Farm-Market Road south of US-380, then El Alto loop.
1155, Bosque del Apache NWR.
1345, Marsh View Trail, clockwise.
1530, rolling.
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Pelican, American White 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
1ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1i @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1a @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Harlan's 1a @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Flying east from the famous Palm Warbler spot just south of US-380.
Description: Dark phase, mostly white tail with black gradient distal margin.
Kestrel, American 
2♂ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
1♀ @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
2♀ @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Coot, American 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Crane, Sandhill # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Least 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pigeon, Rock # @Socorro to Luis Lopez
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
# @Socorro to Luis Lopez
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro to Luis Lopez
Dove, Mourning 
1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Flicker, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
raven sp. # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Bluebird, Western # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Starling, European # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Phainopepla 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Black-throated 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Junco, Oregon # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Saw it from NM-1 a few blocks of US-380, in a thorny thicket on the east side of the road.
Vocalizations: A sequence of rapid 'jip' notes on various pitches.
Blackbird, Red-winged # @San Antonio to Bosque del Apache
Meadowlark, Western 15 @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
On the north side of Farm-Market Road between the rail crossing and its turn to the south, all in one field with sparse sunflowers.
Finch, House 25 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Southwest corner of the loop, in one group moving together through the taller trees.
Siskin, Pine # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio
Sparrow, House # @Luis Lopez to San Antonio

2014-10-28: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

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