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2015-03-08: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
@Viejo: Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route
1155, leave Socorro.
1210, Luis Lopez.
1330, Bosque refuge.
Three full-grown Javelina loitering on the west side of the North Loop just a few yards north of that loop's entrance gate.
The docents report a pair of Vermilion Flycatchers near the southeast corner of the eastern route of the South Loop.
First Mourning Cloak butterfly of the year.
Time hacks: currently the D300a body is set to MST plus about 1:50; the Fuji S1 is set to MST minus about 2:00.
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @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
Compared to some times when these ducks are by far the most numerous on the refuge, at the moment their numbers are rather thin. I was well around the South Loop before I saw any at all.
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Hawk, Red-tailed 
3i @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1u @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2a @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
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1a @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
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The photo is what I've heard called “intermediate phase,” but I call it “red phase.” It's instructive to compare it with the dark phase Ferruginous photos. I've reduced the contrast in the flight shot, which shows the dark belly band better than it showed in the field. The tarsi are partially feathered in a flat red: compare the fully feathered, dark-barred tarsi of the Ferruginous.
Hawk, Harlan's 1a @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
As usual, along the southbound leg of Farm-Market Road not too far from the northeast corner.
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This is a pretty dark bird below, although the photo doesn't show that well. The white tail with the dark gradient at the end is characteristic of Harlan's.
Hawk, Ferruginous 1a @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
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Another hawk identified after the fact when reviewing the photos. The pure white tail shows no trace of red on either dorsal or ventral aspect. The dark red barring on the tarsi is a Ferruginous characteristic even though it is less obvious compared to the darker feathering in that area overall. I have never seen a Red-tail whose head is this shade of gray.
Kestrel, American 
1♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Stilt, Black-necked 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Working the bushes hard by the main entrance to the Visitor Center.
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Bluebird, Western # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
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Robin, American 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Thrasher, Curve-billed 
1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Silent.
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Vocalizations: Singing.
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Phainopepla # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Sparrow, Savannah 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
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Sparrow, White-crowned # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Junco, Oregon 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Junco, Pink-sided 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Rio Viejo Trail
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road

2015-03-09: NM: Socorro County

@NRAO: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
@SocCo: Socorro County
@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Mallard # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, American Green-winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Duck, Ruddy 1 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Coot, American # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Killdeer # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Avocet, American 1 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center

2015-03-10: NM: Socorro

Notable:  Common Poorwill; Pyrrhuloxia
@CdL: Socorro: Calle de Lago
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Poorwill, Common 1 @Socorro: Calle de Lago
Around 1935, I was driving west on Calle de Lago and the bird flew up from resting on the street.
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2015-03-15: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Canyon Wren
@Box: Socorro Co.: The Box
Better known locally in the past as just “Box Canyon,” and according to Joe Martinic known more accurately in historic times as “One Oxcart Wide Canyon,” this site has been developed as “The Box” with signage to that effect at the US-60 turnoff. The swarms of rock-climbers here appreciate the good road in, the huge parking lot, and the two-room outhouse. Today I walked from the parking lot north all the way to the US-60 bridge and back.
@NF: Magdalenas: North Fork
Impassable to anything but an ATV or a rockhopper jeep due to washouts right above the Group Camp. If you can negotiate that, a bit further up there is a nasty spot where the road is not only sharply downhill but also tilted sharply to the left. I saw an ATV get around this on April 5 by going uphill.
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
@road1: US-60^W: Socorro to Water Canyon Road
Route
1120, leave Socorro.
1140, Water Canyon Road.
1150, Water Canyon proper.
1210, afoot from the Group Camp up the North Fork “road”.
1315, turnaround, 34°01'47" N, 107°09'28"W.
1430, just leaving Group Camp.
1445, Water Canyon Road.
1510, The Box.
Mourning Cloak butterflies.
Swift, White-throated # @Socorro Co.: The Box
Woodpecker, Acorn 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
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Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro Co.: The Box
Jay, Steller's # @Magdalenas: North Fork
Vocalizations: 'kway^{3..6}' about 4/second.
raven sp. 
1 @US-60^W: Socorro to Water Canyon Road
1 @Socorro Co.: The Box
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
Vocalizations: 'yatta^3'
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Wren, Rock 2 @Socorro Co.: The Box
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Wren, Canyon 1 @Socorro Co.: The Box
This is a big rock-climbing destination, and the wren was not ten yards from a climber.
Vocalizations: The characteristic descending roller-coaster song is, to me, always one of the sweetest sounds in nature.
I was hoping for three species – this, Rock Wren, and White-throated Swift – and was delighted to get the hat trick!
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
Junco, Dark-eyed # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Junco, Oregon # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Finch, House 1 @Socorro Co.: The Box

2015-03-16: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Pyrrhuloxia
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: 'chuck chuck chuck' calls
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing!
Rare enough in my yard, I don't recall it singing before.

2015-03-17: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@NRAO: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
@Soc: Socorro
Vulture, Turkey # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
First of the year in the big roost at the southeast corner of campus.
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 1 @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
Warbler, Yellow-rumped 1 @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center

2015-03-23: NM: Socorro

@NRAO: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 1 @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center

2015-03-26: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Just north of Fidel Center.

2015-03-28: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Western Scrub-Jay
@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
@TFWC: Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Signs discourage traveles from leaving the county road, so I couldn't get very close to the substantial pond near the center-pivot farming sites. However, I could see lots of waterfowl.
GPS: 341520n 1073820w Approximate center of the pond.
@road1: US-60^W: Socorro to Magdalena
@road2: US-60^W: Magdalena to VLA
Route
1055, leave Socorro.
1105, Luis Lopez.
1130, San Antonio.
1200, Bosque del Apache NWR.
1240, afoot on the Marsh View Trail.
1415, rolling.
1640, leave Socorro on US-60^W.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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A few visible in the unscaled original.
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Teal, Cinnamon 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Shoveler, Northern 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
# @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
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At least one visible in the unscaled original.
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Green-Winged # @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
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A few visible in the unscaled original.
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 1 @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
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Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Intriguing food item.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Cormorant, Neotropic 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Hawk, Red-tailed 
1i @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
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1u @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
1a @US-60^W: Socorro to Magdalena
Near Box Canyon.
Hawk, Harlan's 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
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Kestrel, American 1♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Coot, American 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
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Barely visible in the unreduced original.
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Phoebe, Black 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Phoebe, Say's 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
1 @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
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Scrub-Jay, Western 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
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The embarrassment of Severe Remex Molt!
raven sp. 
# @US-60^W: Magdalena to VLA
# @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Crow, American # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Lark, Horned # @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
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Far and away the most abundant bird, often found in flocks of five or more.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Warbler, Myrtle 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
House at the south end of Farm-Market Road.
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Blackbird, Red-winged # @San Antonio area
Many immatures, silent, all in one nut tree at the midpoint of the southern extension of Farm-Market Road south of US-380.
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Meadowlark, Eastern # @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Vocalizations: 'zeet' call.
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Saw or heard maybe a handful.
Meadowlark, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: ID by song.
Grackle, Great-tailed # @San Antonio area

2015-03-31: NM: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center

@NRAO: Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center
Nuthatch, Red-breasted 2 @Socorro: NRAO Domenici Operations Center

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