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2015-02-02: NM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

2015-02-03: NM: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center

Notable:  Red-breasted Nuthatch
@NRAO: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 2 @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
Vocalizations: Single 'yak' notes.

2015-02-04: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Scaup, Lesser # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ruddy # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

2015-02-07: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route
1000, leave Socorro.
1025, Luis Lopez.
1105, San Antonio.
1120, Farm-Market Road south of US-380.
1150, looked at what later turned out to be the Chupadera Mountain RV Park and Gallery, on NM-1 a bit north of the refuge. A few waterbirds and a few duck and teal decoys that might fool a bird at 10,000' AGL.
1205, Bosque refuge proper.
1305, walked the Marsh View Trail counterclockwise.
1425, rolling.
Primarily testing the Fuji Finepix S1. Verdict: a decent emergency camera but not for serious photography. Slow to focus, slow to shoot, and down at the pixel level gives a somewhat impressionistic rendering. The shots of Blue Goose, Northern Pintail, and American Kestrel show that it performs decently if you can fill the frame, but these were all subjects that permitted close approach. In particular, the kestrel is the nearly tame one who hangs out on the sign near the entrance booth: note the band. All shots with the S1 except the second Bald Eagle, which was with my standard 900/5.6 rig.
Goose, Snow # @San Antonio area
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2015-02-07-0630
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Goose, Canada 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Gadwall 
1 @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Wigeon, American 
# @San Antonio area
# @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
2015-02-07-0661
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-07-0682
Heron, Great Blue 1 @San Antonio area
Eagle, Bald 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-07-06492015-02-07-7191
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @San Antonio area
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-07-07052015-02-07-0707
This bird was not in good shape. I think the problem was more than just molt.
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1 @San Antonio area
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-07-07582015-02-07-0764
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Coot, American # @San Antonio area
Crane, Sandhill # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-02-07-0642
Yellowlegs, Greater 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Dove, Mourning 
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-07-0697
Flicker, Red-shafted # @San Antonio area
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @San Antonio area
Southeast corner of Farm-Market Road south of US-380.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Bluebird, Western # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-02-07-06052015-02-07-06092015-02-07-0610
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Phainopepla 1 @San Antonio area
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Warbler, Audubon's 
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Junco, Oregon 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-07-06542015-02-07-06532015-02-07-0660
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Meadowlark, Western 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @San Antonio area
Vocalizations: Western song type.
2015-02-07-06002015-02-07-0616
Grackle, Great-tailed # @San Antonio area
Finch, House # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Siskin, Pine # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-02-07-0596
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-02-07-0592
Sparrow, House # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road

2015-02-08: NM: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Science Operations Center

@day: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Science Operations Center
Nuthatch, Red-breasted @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Science Operations Center
2015-02-08-0776

2015-02-10: NM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Mallard # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, American Green-winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
2015-02-10-%

2015-02-11: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Owl, Great Horned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
In trees west of the NM Tech President's Residence.
Vocalizations: Hooting.

2015-02-12: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

Notable:  Brown Creeper
@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ring-necked 
3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Scaup, Lesser 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Phoebe, Black 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Creeper, Brown 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Myrtle 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Blackbird, Red-winged 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2015-02-14: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Bald Eagle
@SocCo: Socorro County
@VLA: NRAO Very Large Array
@road1: US-60^W, Socorro to VLA
Route Drove out to the VLA around midday.
Eagle, Bald 1a @NRAO Very Large Array
2015-02-14-0792
Saw the bird flying northbound parallel to and west of the north-south part of the VLA access road. It was behind a small ridge so I couldn't see for sure, but it looked like it lit near a cow there lying on its belly, ringed by birds, perhaps waiting for it to die. Rather a long way from water for a Bald Eagle, in my experience.
Flicker, Red-shafted # @US-60^W, Socorro to VLA
raven sp. 
# @US-60^W, Socorro to VLA
# @NRAO Very Large Array
A group near the eagle.

2015-02-17: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Gadwall 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Scaup, Lesser # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ruddy # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

2015-02-18: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Mountain Chickadee
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Saw a few torpid Pogonomyrmex ants out today, first since last fall. This is quite early, possibly the earliest I've seen them, but it came after a number of days over 70°F.
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2015-02-20: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2015-02-21: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Pyrrhuloxia
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2015-02-22: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route
1145, leave Socorro.
1200, Luis Lopez.
1235, San Antonio.
1305, Bosque refuge.
1545, leave the refuge, Farm-Market Road back north.
All photos except the first two of Common Goldeneye are with the Fuji S1. When you can fill up most of its 18Mpx, it can do nice work, as with the American Kestrel and the Sandhill Crane. It is not a camera for extreme distance, as the Bald Eagle shot shows: these are the pixels at 1:1, and they show what I call the “impressionistic” texture. The other major drawbacks of the S1 are in the handling. Focusing and shooting are very slow. Furthermore, with small subjects, the autofocus may not work at all, and the manual focus, using a tiny thumb-buster knob about the size of a shirt button, is not an option.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon 1 @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 # @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
2015-02-22-0840
Goldeneye, Common 3♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Two from the Dabbler Deck (formerly the Marsh Deck), one more at Audio Stop 10.
2015-02-22-72112015-02-22-72052015-02-22-08552015-02-22-0863
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-22-0847
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-22-0877
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Eagle, Bald 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-22-0878
Harrier, Northern 1u @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1u @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1i @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1a @San Antonio area
1u @Bosque del Apache NWR
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-22-08132015-02-22-0889
Kestrel, American 
1♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-02-22-0793
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @San Antonio area
Chupadero [sic] RV park and gallery.
2015-02-22-0816
Yellowlegs, Greater 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
First pond on the west of NM-1 coming in from the north.
2015-02-22-08382015-02-22-08342015-02-22-0826
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-22-0833
Lots of them, at least 100.
Dove, White-winged # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Dove, Mourning # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Crow, American # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Bluebird, Western # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @San Antonio area
Starling, European # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Towhee, Spotted 1 @San Antonio area
Sparrow, Savannah # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-22-0882
Sparrow, Song # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-throated 
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Oldenettel Wildlife Refuge.
2015-02-22-0806
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Junco, Pink-sided 1 @San Antonio area
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Meadowlark, Western 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Singing.
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-02-22-07982015-02-22-0803
Sparrow, House # @San Antonio area

2015-02-25: NM: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center

@NRAO: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 2 @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
Finch, House # @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
Vocalizations: Singing.

2015-02-26: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Scaup, Lesser # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ruddy 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Coot, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

2015-02-28: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Common Goldeneye; peep sp.; Downy Woodpecker
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route
1245, leave Socorro.
1255, Luis Lopez.
1330, Chupadero Mountain RV Park and Gallery; see 2015-02-07 for description.
1345, Bosque refuge.
1435, Marsh View Trail counterclockwise.
1545, rolling.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Goose, Canada 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @San Antonio area
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 
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-28-0921
Canvasback # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @San Antonio area
Scaup, Lesser # @San Antonio area
Bufflehead 
1 @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goldeneye, Common 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy 
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's 1 @San Antonio area
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-28-09502015-02-28-72522015-02-28-72542015-02-28-7260
Eagle, Bald 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-28-0933
A typical sight on the refuge: a harrier just standing around.
Hawk, Red-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-28-0936
Kestrel, American 
2♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
peep sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: 'tew^3'
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingfisher, Belted 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Woodpecker, Downy 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-02-28-09192015-02-28-0920
Miscalled as a Hairy in the field. Way not enough bill.
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2015-02-28-7233
Crow, American # @San Antonio area
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2015-02-28-7244
Sparrow, Chipping # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
2015-02-28-72392015-02-28-7241
Sparrow, Savannah 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-02-28-0946
Sparrow, White-throated @San Antonio area
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Just east of the Visitor Center.
2015-02-28-09262015-02-28-0928
Another example of how the Fuji S1 can do good work if you can just fill the frame.
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Meadowlark, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Singing.
2015-02-28-0942
Grackle, Great-tailed # @San Antonio area
Finch, House 15 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
In one tight flock along the cliffs at the south end of the loop. I saw this tight flocking behavior last winter too.

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