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2015-07-05: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Bell's Vireo; Carolina Wren
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@road1: Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Boardwalk pond.
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Both Clark's and Western grebes frequent this pond, but often they are all the way out at the north end, and separating them even with 10x binoculars from the Boardwalk is iffy. I took this shot and the one below of Clark's with the 600mm rig and wasn't sure if they would show enough to separate the species, but the photos are pretty clear. I hauled out the Questar and verified the ID: two Westerns, one Clark's.
Grebe, Clark's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Boardwalk pond.
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See note under Western Grebe.
Cormorant, Neotropic 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Vulture, Turkey # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Not a great shot, but I don't have many overwing flight shots of Coops.
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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This coot, moving slowly through a great floating mass of some reddish-brown vegetation, reminded me of woodcuts of sailing ships becalmed in the Sargasso Sea.
Killdeer 1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Least 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, White-winged # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Hummingbird, Black-chinned 
1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
#♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
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The first photo shows a feature that is not easy to catch: the contrast between the black chin feathers, which never iridesce, and the purple iridescence of the lower gorget. These photos look like they were taken “in the wild,” but I was comfortably seated on a bench at the Bosque del Apache visitor center when I took them. These birds were waiting their turn at the crowded feeders nearby.
#♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
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In the last shot, note that the little darling is sticking her tongue out at me.
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
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Vireo, Bell's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Note that the upper mandible is a bit longer than the lower, and slightly decurved.
Vocalizations: The characteristic song I know so well from Rattlesnake Springs.
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Although they are shown on the official refuge checklist as “occasional,” I can remember only one other record, from last summer, and I never saw that bird, just heard it from the depths of a thicket at Catbird Corner. This bird was uncharacteristically visible and cooperative.
Swallow, Cliff # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Wren, Carolina 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Robin, American # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Mockingbird, Northern # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Thrasher, Crissal 
1 @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
On Miera Road a short hop south of the entrance to the San Antonio dump, a narrow streambed crosses the road, and you can see a sign upstream warning people not to take ATVs there. The mesquites around here have always been one of my more likely spots for Crissal Thrashers.
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All the photos show at least a bit of the brick-red vent color. The last photo shows the entire undertail and vent. The first photo was taken with my old 900m rig (manual focus), the rest with the new 600mm rig (autofocus).
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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My standard advice for people who want to see a Crissal Thrasher is to drive the San Antonito – El Alto – Miera – Eleventh St. loop south of San Antonio, but there's always a good chance to see some relatively tame birds roaming around the immediate area of the Bosque del Apache visitor center restrooms. This bird and his friend were wandering around the bushes immediately west of the hummingbird feeders on the west side of the visitor center; note the drip irrigation line in the background.
Starling, European # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Phainopepla # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowthroat, Common # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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One hears these singing all summer all over the refuge. One rarely gets a look at them, though.
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lark # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Meadowlark, Western 
# @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Singing.
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That last photo really cries out for a silly caption.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
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The first photo shows the bird's nictitating membrane mostly pulled over the eye, but you can see a thin sliver of uncovered eye at the posterior edge. The second photo shows the eye uncovered.
Cowbird, Brown-headed 
# @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Finch, House # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, House # @Luis Lopez to Bosque del Apache NWR

2015-07-08: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Quail, Gambel's 1♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2015-07-12: NM: Socorro County

@NF: Magdalenas: North Fork
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
@road1: US-60^W, Socorro to Water Canyon Road
Route
0625, leave Socorro.
0650, Water Canyon Road.
0710, Water Canyon.
0735, afoot at Group Camp, up North Fork road.
1030, turnback above the El Tigre fork.
1215, rolling.
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @US-60^W, Socorro to Water Canyon Road
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Dove, Mourning # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
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Another direct comparison of the 600mm rig (first photo) and the 900mm rig (second photo) from the same position.
Roadrunner, Greater # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
hummingbird sp. 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
Woodpecker, Acorn # @Magdalenas: North Fork
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
Flycatcher, Gray # @Magdalenas: North Fork
Behavior: Dipping its tail frequently.
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Phoebe, Say's 
1 @US-60^W, Socorro to Water Canyon Road
1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Flycatcher, Ash-throated # @Magdalenas: North Fork
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In my view, any flight shot of a small passerine is a good shot, even a horrible one like this one.
Kingbird, Cassin's 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
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Kingbird, Western 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Vireo, Plumbeous # @Magdalenas: North Fork
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
raven sp. # @US-60^W, Socorro to Water Canyon Road
Raven, Chihuahuan 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Right at the junction of Water Canyon Road and US-60.
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Raven, Common # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Swallow, Violet-green # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
On the wires right at the mouth of Water Canyon, near all the residences.
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Swallow, Barn 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Nuthatch, White-breasted 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
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Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray # @Magdalenas: North Fork
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Bluebird, Western 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
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The first photo shows the bird scratching indirect, that is, over the wing.
Thrush, Hermit 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
Robin, American 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
Mockingbird, Northern 
1 @US-60^W, Socorro to Water Canyon Road
1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Vocalizations: 'whick-whick'
Warbler, Black-throated Gray 1 @Magdalenas: North Fork
Towhee, Spotted # @Magdalenas: North Fork
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Not bad for ISO 16,000!
Sparrow, Chipping # @Magdalenas: North Fork
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Sparrow, Lark # @US-60^W, Socorro to Water Canyon Road
Sparrow, Black-throated # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
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Grosbeak, Black-headed # @Magdalenas: North Fork
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Meadowlark, Eastern # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Vocalizations: Call 'bzench'. Song 'tear-der' or 'tear-da-der'.
Sparrow, House # @US-60^W, Socorro to Water Canyon Road

2015-07-20: NM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Mallard # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, American Green-winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Egret, Snowy # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Egret, Cattle # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
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Coot, American # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Stilt, Black-necked # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

2015-07-26: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Least Bittern; Burrowing Owl; Carolina Wren; White-crowned Sparrow
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@Box: Socorro Co.: The Box
@SocCo: Socorro County
@TFWC: Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
@road1: Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Guests David and Karen.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bittern, Least 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
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Second one I've ever seen. Thanks to Karen for spotting this bird perched in reeds a meter above the ground; I never would have scanned that area otherwise.
Egret, Cattle # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Can't remember ever seeing so many Green Herons in one lap around the Bosque.
Ibis, White-faced # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 1♂ @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Sora # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: 'whinny' call
Didn't see any of them well, but we saw two or three thrashing around in a flooded area off the Seasonal Road, and heard a number of their calls.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Owl, Burrowing 1 @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Same location as last time, 34d 10' 22" N Lat, 107d 37' 58" W Long. On the Lion Mountain NW 7.5' topo, this is right by a well named East Chavez Windmill, and it is just west of the VLA North Arm.
Phoebe, Say's # @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Lark, Horned # @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Swallow, Cliff # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Wren, Rock # @Socorro Co.: The Box
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Wren, Canyon 1 @Socorro Co.: The Box
Vocalizations: One song heard briefly.
Wren, Carolina 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Near “Catbird Corner,” the second bend in the Seasonal Road.
Vocalizations: Sang once.
Robin, American # @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Starling, European # @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Yellowthroat, Common # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Singing everywhere.
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lark 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Bunting, Lark # @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
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Sparrow, White-crowned 1i @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Description: Classic juvenile plumage, with a gold crown stripe between two rusty stripes.
Early return from breeding.
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Socorro Co.: Torstenson Family Wildlife Center
Vocalizations: Singing.
Just after I told my guests that any meadowlark out here was probably Eastern, the unmistakable complex song of the Western drifted in the car window.
Finch, House # @Socorro to Bosque del Apache
Sparrow, House # @Socorro to Bosque del Apache

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