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2015-08-08: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Wood Duck
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@Seas: Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
@sito: San Antonio: 11th St, Miera Road, San Antonito Road
Route
1105, Luis Lopez.
1135, San Antonio.
1200, Bosque del Apache.
1220, afoot on the Seasonal Road.
1330, rolling.
1535, San Antonito loop.
Duck, Wood 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
By the Seasonal Road, in the large east-west channel just a short hop north of the pump house.
2015-08-08-14512015-08-08-14502015-08-08-1452
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
2015-08-08-1490
Quail, Gambel's # @San Antonio area
Turkey, Wild 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
2015-08-08-14822015-08-08-1485
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the Old Rookery, in the reeds on the west side.
2015-08-08-7702
Vulture, Turkey # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Hawk, Swainson's 
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Kestrel, American 
2♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Sora # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Killdeer 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Sandpiper, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
2015-08-08-1490
The sandpiper is just behind the duck.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Roadrunner, Greater 
# @San Antonio area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-08-1430
I saw at least four different individuals that all had the same oddly forked tail. Perhaps their rectrix molts are all happening at the same time.
Kingbird, Western # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
raven sp. # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Swallow, Cliff # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Swallow, Barn 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
2015-08-08-7691
Robin, American # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Mockingbird, Northern # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Starling, European # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Yellowthroat, Common 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
2015-08-08-14472015-08-08-14482015-08-08-1449
In addition to the many birds I heard singing, I actually found this one by looking at the reeds near the pump house on the Seasonal Road. I rarely see this species; I felt lucky.
Towhee, Spotted # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Sparrow, Lark 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
2015-08-08-77012015-08-08-7699
Sparrow, Black-throated # @San Antonio: 11th St, Miera Road, San Antonito Road
Grosbeak, Blue 
1 @San Antonio area
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
2015-08-08-14722015-08-08-14692015-08-08-1446
The first two photos show the bird holding a tiny yellow spider.
Meadowlark, Western # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Vocalizations: 'hey keed wyko-wykit'
2015-08-08-76852015-08-08-7687
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Seasonal Road
Finch, House # @San Antonio: 11th St, Miera Road, San Antonito Road
Sparrow, House # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road

2015-08-12: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Wood Duck; Willet
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route
1745, Luis Lopez.
1820, Bosque del Apache.
Battle of the Antiques: I bought my 900mm rig (actually 600m with the DX multiplier) in 1980; my Questar 700mm f/8 mirror is even older, 1978. The latter has been a disappointment: it is sharp enough, but quite slow (more like f/11 due to the central obstruction), and does not deliver a lot of contrast.
Today's contest was between the 900mm rig with a D300 at 12Mpx, and the Questar which is effectively 1050mm with the DX multiplier, on a 24Mpx (D7200) body. There are a number of direct comparison sets, shots of the same bird from the same position. Mouse over the thumbnails: frame numbers in the 2015-08-12-0xxx series are the 1050mm rig and the -7xxx series are the 900mm rig. Does the extra 17% focal length on twice as many pixels give a better image? You be the judge.
Duck, Wood 2♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Where the North Loop changes from one-way to two-way, at the near end of the channel that extends eastward from there. Same place I saw one female on 2015-08-08.
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-12-00862015-08-12-7755
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Southwest corner of the Display Pond, close to the entrance booth.
Ibis, White-faced 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 1a @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-12-00172015-08-12-00212015-08-12-00232015-08-12-77142015-08-12-77172015-08-12-77092015-08-12-7715
First three photos, 1050mm rig; rest, 900mm rig.
Kestrel, American 
1♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Killdeer 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-12-0043
A nearly full-frame, backlit shot from the 1050mm rig. Note the classic mirror-lens donuts.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-12-7759
Willet 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Southwest corner of the Display Pond, close to the entrance booth.
2015-08-12-00512015-08-12-00502015-08-12-77342015-08-12-7736
First two shots, 1050mm; rest 900mm.
Yellowlegs, Lesser 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Southwest corner of the Display Pond, close to the entrance booth.
2015-08-12-00602015-08-12-00632015-08-12-00702015-08-12-00712015-08-12-77442015-08-12-77462015-08-12-7742
First four shots 1050mm, rest 900mm.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-12-0048
Roadrunner, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-12-77072015-08-12-7708
Kingbird, Western 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-12-00422015-08-12-7723
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-12-00732015-08-12-00752015-08-12-00782015-08-12-77502015-08-12-7749
First three shots 1050mm, rest 900mm. I'm not convinced on this bird's ID. It's awfully yellow below and the bill seemed large for a Western. The tail doesn't seem to have the classic white outer rectrices, but the flight shot shows one feather that might be white but it might be a trick of the light.
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-12-01042015-08-12-7764
Grosbeak, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-12-0005
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-12-0079
I belive this is a juvenile Red-winged Blackbird based on its habitat (cattails) and the generally streaky plumage. The bill is still growing.

2015-08-15: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Solitary Sandpiper
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
Duck, Wood 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Today they were on the west side of the North Loop right where it goes from one-way to two-way.
2015-08-15-15042015-08-15-1508
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Turkey, Wild 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-15532015-08-15-1557
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 
The Old Rookery.
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
The Old Rookery.
2015-08-15-78012015-08-15-1550
4i @Bosque del Apache NWR
The Old Rookery.
Ibis, White-faced # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-1502
Harrier, Northern 1ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sora # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-1502
Sandpiper, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-1543
Sandpiper, Solitary 1-2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-77892015-08-15-15402015-08-15-77752015-08-15-77772015-08-15-77872015-08-15-15282015-08-15-77762015-08-15-7780
Yellowlegs, Lesser 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-1499
Sandpiper, Western 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-77902015-08-15-77682015-08-15-77722015-08-15-7778
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Roadrunner, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-15262015-08-15-15222015-08-15-1516
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Actually saw one bird, in addition to hearing many more calling.
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-15-15092015-08-15-1510
Grosbeak, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR

2015-08-16: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2015-08-22: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Ring-necked Pheasant; Solitary Sandpiper; Baird's Sandpiper; Olive-sided Flycatcher
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
@road1: US-60^W: Socorro to Water Canyon Road
@road2: US-60^E: Water Canyon to Socorro
Route
1020, leave Socorro.
1040, Water Canyon Road.
1115, Water Canyon.
1130, walked to Trail 13 parking lot and back.
1305, rolling out.
1330, Water Canyon Road.
1420, US-60^E.
1450, Luis Lopez and Farm-Market Road.
1510, San Antonio.
1520, Bosque del Apache NWR. South loop, using the “South Seasonal Road” which we used to call “the northbound part of the South Loop.” Almost all the shorebird action was here, except for a bit in the southwest corner of the Display Pond.
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-22-1795
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Near the Flight Deck.
Not rare thirty years ago, but pretty hard to find in the last ten.
Turkey, Wild # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-22-1803
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @US-60^E: Water Canyon to Socorro
Hawk, Swainson's 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2015-08-22-15762015-08-22-15732015-08-22-15742015-08-22-1580
Kestrel, American 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Sora # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Whinny call heard all over, but a lot less frequently than last week.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-22-17802015-08-22-17812015-08-22-1782
The first photo shows a size comparison with Baird's Sandpiper. In the third shot, the Baird's in the top right corner and a Least Sandpiper on the bottom left.
Sandpiper, Solitary 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-22-17562015-08-22-79002015-08-22-79012015-08-22-17532015-08-22-78742015-08-22-17542015-08-22-17602015-08-22-7883
Sandpiper, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-22-17622015-08-22-17632015-08-22-17662015-08-22-17722015-08-22-17852015-08-22-7907
In the fifth shot, the bird at the lower right is a Least Sandpiper. In the last frame, a Baird's Sandpiper is on the right.
Sandpiper, Least 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-22-78872015-08-22-17752015-08-22-78852015-08-22-17742015-08-22-17822015-08-22-1785
In the fifth photo, Baird's Sandpiper in the top right corner, Killdeer center. In the sixth photo, Western Sandpiper in the top left corner.
Sandpiper, Baird's 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-22-17802015-08-22-17822015-08-22-79072015-08-22-17912015-08-22-78912015-08-22-79042015-08-22-17692015-08-22-17732015-08-22-17772015-08-22-17792015-08-22-17842015-08-22-18092015-08-22-79082015-08-22-7913
The first frame shows a size comparison with Killdeer; in the second, Killdeer in the center and Least Sandpiper in the lower left corner; and in the third, compare to the Western Sandpiper on the left.
Since it is about Western-sized, what alerted me to its rarity? The rich golden ground color of the breast made me look more closely. The sharply defined black and white diamond pattern in the center of the upper back is characteristic. I'd decided on Baird's even before I noticed that the folded wings extended beyond the tail; this character shows most clearly in the third, fourth, sixth, and penultimate photos.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Dove, White-winged 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2015-08-22-1682
Getting to be regular around the houses at the canyon mouth.
Dove, Mourning 
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2015-08-22-1583
The new 600mm rig is delivering a lot of shots like this one, with drop-dead gorgeous detail and color. The image beyond the thumbnail is scaled down 1:3 from a 2045 x 2259 crop of the original.
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Woodpecker, Acorn 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2015-08-22-16032015-08-22-78172015-08-22-78252015-08-22-7828
Flycatcher, Olive-sided 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2015-08-22-16812015-08-22-78402015-08-22-78442015-08-22-16662015-08-22-16682015-08-22-16772015-08-22-7839
I'm still working out whether it is worth the effort to carry my heavy old 900mm rig. All the shots of this obliging and patient flycatcher were taken from the same two positions. The ones with frame numbers in the 1xxx series are the new 600mm rig, and the 7xxx series is the old 900mm with the old (D300) body. I know which one I think delivered the sharper images; what do you think?
Wood-Pewee, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 
1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2015-08-22-1685
I noted earlier how all the Say's Phoebes around the Luis Lopez – Bosque del Apache orbit seemed to have deeply forked tails. This bird near the mouth of Water Canyon shows it too.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western 
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2015-08-22-1686
Five birds in one stretch of wire looks to me like migration.
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Shrike, Loggerhead 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Scrub-Jay, Western 5 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2015-08-22-1659
raven sp. 1 @US-60^W: Socorro to Water Canyon Road
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Swallow, Barn # @US-60^W: Socorro to Water Canyon Road
Nuthatch, White-breasted # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Bluebird, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Robin, American # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-22-1752
This immature bird was sitting on a fence in the east-west section of Farm-Market Road; its parent was nervously flitting around nearby. Looks like a pretty local bird to me. This is scaled way down; the original shows feather hairs in those white-striped feathers at the shoulder. I love a bird that isn't old enough to fear humans yet.
Warbler, Yellow 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2015-08-22-16192015-08-22-1618
Another demonstration of the new 600mm rig's great utility as a warbler machine. The range is about 15-20 yards, up in the middle of a tree. I couldn't see the bird all that well; I just shot whenever it seemed to be in focus. The results clearly show the yellow undertail and the pale eyering of this female bird.
Sparrow, Chipping 
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2015-08-22-15952015-08-22-15902015-08-22-15932015-08-22-16102015-08-22-16162015-08-22-1623
The plumage in the first three photos always throws me. There's not much to go by in the underparts; just a gray background and thin dark streaks. The third shot shows the crown; is that a light median line, or is it just the way he combed his feathers this morning? I'm going with Chipping because it seems to have a dark eyeline both anterior and posterior to the eye (although not so much in the second shot), and because the bill looks long for a Brewer's.
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2015-08-22-17142015-08-22-17162015-08-22-17262015-08-22-78512015-08-22-7848
The crown of the bird in the first photo seems to be in transition.
Sparrow, Lark # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2015-08-22-16962015-08-22-78522015-08-22-7855
In the first photo, the Lark Sparrow is on the middle strand of barbed wire, first bird on the left.
Bunting, Lark 100 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2015-08-22-78662015-08-22-17012015-08-22-17022015-08-22-17052015-08-22-17092015-08-22-78642015-08-22-78652015-08-22-15682015-08-22-16992015-08-22-17192015-08-22-17302015-08-22-78072015-08-22-78092015-08-22-78712015-08-22-15692015-08-22-16942015-08-22-16962015-08-22-78102015-08-22-78112015-08-22-78142015-08-22-78702015-08-22-7872
Big flocks of these on the road not far from US-60. Six days later I traveled the length of Water Canyon Road and found zero buntings, zero Spizella, and only three Lark Sparrows.
Grosbeak, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed 1 @San Antonio area

2015-08-28: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@SAnt: San Antonio area
@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WCRd: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Route
0940, leave Socorro.
0950, Luis Lopez, Farm-Market Road.
1025, San Antonio.
1105, Bosque del Apache NWR.
1315, Farm-Market Road northbound.
1500, Water Canyon Road.
First field test of my old lens (300mm x 2) on the new D7200 body. Very frustrating as I couldn't find many subjects, even at the refuge!
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-28-1825
I haven't noticed the odd periodic pattern on the back of this bird's neck. Late immature?
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @Socorro
Kestrel, American 
1 @Socorro
2♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1u @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2♀ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2015-08-28-1855
2♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Sora # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Heard calling.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Western 6 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-28-01492015-08-28-01512015-08-28-0153
Sandpiper, Least 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-28-0151
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
# @Socorro
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Dove, Mourning 
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-28-01672015-08-28-01682015-08-28-1841
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
2015-08-28-01922015-08-28-01952015-08-28-1851
Roadrunner, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-28-18132015-08-28-0116
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-28-0109
Kingbird, Western 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-28-01752015-08-28-18462015-08-28-01462015-08-28-01802015-08-28-18222015-08-28-1845
raven sp. # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Raven, Chihuahuan 
1 @Socorro
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Swallow, Cliff # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn 
# @Socorro
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2015-08-28-01102015-08-28-01112015-08-28-01142015-08-28-01152015-08-28-1819
# @San Antonio area
Mockingbird, Northern 
1 @Socorro
1 @San Antonio area
2015-08-28-01342015-08-28-0140
Starling, European # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Chat, Yellow-breasted # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Brewer's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-28-01882015-08-28-01852015-08-28-01862015-08-28-01872015-08-28-0189
Sparrow, Lark 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road
Sparrow, Black-throated 1 @San Antonio area
Grosbeak, Blue 
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2015-08-28-1847
I had time for only one shot, but what a shot.
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House 
# @San Antonio area
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, House 2 @San Antonio area
2015-08-28-01262015-08-28-0127

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