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2016-03-04: NM: Albuquerque

@day: Albuquerque
Eagle, Bald 1a @Albuquerque
Flying north across the I-25 bridge over the Rio Grande.

2016-03-06: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Long-billed Curlew; Wilson's Snipe
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@day: Socorro County
Route
1130, Farm-Market Road.
1220, Bosque del Apache NWR.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-35722016-03-06-35742016-03-06-3577
The third photo shows the serration of the mandibles.
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-3572
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-3572
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-2896
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
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-3634
Redhead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-3565
Duck, Ring-necked 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-3558
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-35422016-03-06-35442016-03-06-3539
Duck, Ruddy 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-35322016-03-06-35362016-03-06-3537
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 8 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1i @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2u @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
2♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-36152016-03-06-3620
Note the band. This individual is frequently seen just east of the entrance booth.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-36442016-03-06-3638
Don't you just hate it when you have a bit of dried mud stuck to your bill and you're just too tired to deal with it?
Curlew, Long-billed 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-06-35042016-03-06-2885
Another clear example of how the new 750mm rig beats the old 900mm rig.
Snipe, Wilson's 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-3529
Gull, Ring-billed 30 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-06-3503
Roadrunner, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-35952016-03-06-3592
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-36232016-03-06-36252016-03-06-3629
You can see the bird's pink tongue in one photo.
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-06-35492016-03-06-35512016-03-06-3555
Crow, American # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-06-35142016-03-06-3515
Early.
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Meadowlark, Western # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-06-3517
At least a dozen birds in one tree.

2016-03-10: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Bewick's Wren
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route
1010, Farm-Market Road.
1140, Bosque del Apache.
1250, walk clockways on the Marsh View Trail.
1425, rolling.
Note: At actual time 2016-03-10-1110, D7200 time was -03-11-1213; reset to MST.
Goose, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, white Snow # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-10-3775
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, American Green-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-10-36942016-03-10-2913
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-10-37462016-03-10-37492016-03-10-2915
Bufflehead # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Eared # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-10-3705
Cormorant, Neotropic 9 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: Odd behavior in that first photo. One bird is holding a big stick and another is bowing. What could this mean?
2016-03-10-37532016-03-10-3779
Harrier, Northern 
1u @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
1i @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1i @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-10-37572016-03-10-37702016-03-10-37632016-03-10-37642016-03-10-3765
The last three photos show the classic dark-phase adult Red-tail in flight. The underparts are quite black except for the remiges and rectrices. I've lightened the patagial area a fair amount just to bring out a little detail there.
5a @Bosque del Apache NWR
1u @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
1u @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1u @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Coot, American 
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Snipe, Wilson's 
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-10-36762016-03-10-3700
Gull, Ring-billed 12 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Roadrunner, Greater 
1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
7 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-10-3717
This spot reminds me of the first Say's Phoebe nest I ever found, which was a half-round indentation in a cliff where a round rock had fallen out, about 3' above the sandy floor of Nogal Canyon west of San Antonio. The site here is also in a vertical cliff.
Crow, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-10-3714
swallow sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Swallow, Tree # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-10-37352016-03-10-37362016-03-10-37392016-03-10-37432016-03-10-37442016-03-10-37252016-03-10-37272016-03-10-37292016-03-10-37382016-03-10-3741
The new lens is getting a lot more flight shots of difficult subjects like these.
Swallow, Violet-green 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-10-37122016-03-10-3713
Discovered when cataloging: my notes did not mention this species.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wren, Bewick's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Starling, European # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Sparrow, Savannah # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Junco, Oregon # @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-10-3666
Typical for this species, they migrate in big dense flocks and are often found all in one tree.
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-10-36532016-03-10-36572016-03-10-36612016-03-10-36512016-03-10-36462016-03-10-3647
This patient subject posed in good light at a range of about ten yards. The head shot shows a gratifying amount of detail: this is a 1:1 crop of actual pixels.
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Sparrow, House # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road

2016-03-12: NM: Escondida Lake

@day: Escondida Lake
Route
1240, leave Socorro, visited Ojo de Amado. Extreme wind, no birds, not a birding trip.
1430, Escondida Lake.
Duck, Ruddy # @Escondida Lake
Kestrel, American # @Escondida Lake
Coot, American # @Escondida Lake
Crow, American # @Escondida Lake
Swallow, Tree # @Escondida Lake

2016-03-13: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Standing on a light pole about ten yards from where I parked, on the west side of Cramer Hall.
2016-03-13-5639
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing full-force at 1920 MST.

2016-03-14: NM: Socorro to Albuquerque

Notable:  Turkey Vulture
@Lem: Lemitar
@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
@day: Socorro to Albuquerque
Teal, Cinnamon # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Shoveler, Northern # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, Green-Winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Lemitar
First of the season.
Coot, American # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh

2016-03-17: NM: Socorro to Albuquerque

@TBM: Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
I've hearing for some time that this site has Prairie Dogs, but today was the first time I've actually seen them there. They were in small numbers in the banks northeast of the small pond at the north end of the main marsh. For the record, there are said to be both Prairie Dogs and Burrowing Owls behind the large Walmart there, but I haven't actually checked there yet.
@day: Socorro to Albuquerque
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Teal, Blue-winged 1 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, Cinnamon # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Teal, American Green-winged # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Egret, Cattle 5 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Coot, American # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Killdeer # @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Stilt, Black-necked 1 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Avocet, American 1 @Belen: Taco Bell Marsh
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2016-03-19: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@MVT: Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
@Soc: Socorro
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route
1250, leave Socorro.
1305, Farm-Market Road.
1335, Bosque del Apache.
1525, Marsh View Trail, partial, clockwise.
1610, rolling.
Goose, white Snow 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-19-3860
Late lingerers.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 1 @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 # @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
2016-03-19-38222016-03-19-38212016-03-19-3822
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-19-3816
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-19-38492016-03-19-38562016-03-19-3806
Because it reared up and shook, now we know what the belly of a Pied-billed Grebe is a nice clean white.
Grebe, Eared 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-19-3803
Cormorant, Neotropic 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR: Marsh View Trail
Pelican, American White 6 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1i @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
3♂ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2♀ @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Ring-billed 120 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-19-3795
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Wren, Marsh 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Brewer's 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-19-37872016-03-19-3788
Sparrow, Savannah 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Meadowlark, Western # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-19-3872
Finch, House # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, House 
1 @Socorro
# @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road

2016-03-27: NM: Socorro County

@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@road1: US-60^W: Socorro to Water Canyon
Route
1120, leave Socorro, US-60^W.
1140, Water Canyon Road.
1155, afoot near end of pavement.
1230, rolling out.
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Woodpecker, Hairy 1♀ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2016-03-27-38872016-03-27-38842016-03-27-3885
Raven, Chihuahuan # @US-60^W: Socorro to Water Canyon
Chickadee, Mountain 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Bluebird, Western # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
2016-03-27-38942016-03-27-38912016-03-27-3882
Robin, American 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Finch, House # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2016-03-29: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing madly.

2016-03-31: NM: Socorro County

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@FMRd: Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
@SocCo: Socorro County
Route
1435, Farm-Market Road.
1530, Bosque del Apache.
1630, Boardwalk and a bit of the Marsh View Trail.
1800, leave the refuge.
Goose, white Snow 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-31-4055
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-31-4123
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-31-4065
Teal, American Green-winged # @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
2016-03-31-40672016-03-31-4068
Cormorant, Neotropic 6 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 22 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
A flooded farm field on the north side of the eastbound leg of Farm-Market Road.
2016-03-31-39432016-03-31-39232016-03-31-39272016-03-31-39292016-03-31-39492016-03-31-39612016-03-31-39252016-03-31-39262016-03-31-39392016-03-31-39482016-03-31-40022016-03-31-40032016-03-31-39002016-03-31-39182016-03-31-3941
Vulture, Turkey # @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-31-41052016-03-31-4103
Autofocus is nice for flight shots but it doesn't fix extreme contrast.
Eagle, Bald 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
a @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-31-40372016-03-31-40402016-03-31-40492016-03-31-4050
Dark phase adult.
@Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-31-40432016-03-31-4044
Light phase adult.
Hawk, Red-tailed 1i @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
2016-03-31-4032
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Franklin's 3 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Same flooded farm field on the north side of the eastbound leg of Farm-Market Road as the Cattle Egret photos.
2016-03-31-39772016-03-31-39372016-03-31-39852016-03-31-39352016-03-31-39362016-03-31-39742016-03-31-3994
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Luis Lopez: Farm-Market Road
Roadrunner, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flycatcher, Vermilion 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-31-4060
Swallow, Tree # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wren, Marsh 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-31-40952016-03-31-40852016-03-31-40942016-03-31-40842016-03-31-4076
Unusually late, and unusually cooperative.
Robin, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Junco, Oregon 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2016-03-31-4109
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR

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