New Mexico Ornithological Society


The most recent report is posted below. Archived reports can be accessed through Birdingonthe.Net (look for WEST:NM RBA).

Updates to the Bird Finding Guide are posted to the NMOS web page here. The Arizona-New Mexico Birding List-Serve is also posted to ABA Birding News.

Most Recent Rare Bird Report:


New Mexico Rare Bird Report
November 28, 2016
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for November 28, 2016 sponsored by the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the NM Bird Finding Guide here. A more complete, updated version of the checklist can be found here. For prior records of species in New Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at

For photos of rarities and directions to some birding sites, check or the New Mexico Rarities Group on Flickr at NMOS is now on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society.

All individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred) to Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes, North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert. You do not need an eBird account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL letters):

Anna’s Hummingbird (Luna)
Brown Pelican (Sierra)
CAROLINA WREN (Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro)
Harris’s Sparrow (San Miguel)

COLFAX County:
–Brayshaw reported a LONG-TAILED DUCK at the south end of Stubblefield Lake November 27.

EDDY County:
–Rustay and company reported two PACIFIC WRENS at Rattlesnake Springs October 9. One continued to November 20 for Nieman.

LUNA County:
–Gauss reported a male ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD at his Luna County home November 2. It continued to November 28. Contact him for more information (

–Egelhoff reported a RED-NECKED GREBE at Heron Lake November 25. It was seen from the East Overlook. It was not seen the following day for others.

— Jaremko-Wright reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at Las Vegas NWR November 20. It was seen near the refuge shop woods which is only accessible on fall festival flight days.

SANTA FE County:
–Egelhoff reported the continuing CAROLINA WREN at the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve November 23.

SIERRA County:
–Goin and company reported a GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) November 12. It continued to November 28. It has ranged all over the park in recent days.

–Andersen and Baumann reported a BROWN PELICAN at Elephant Butte Lake November 19. It was seen from Rock Canyon Marina.

–Andersen and Baumann reported a CAROLINA WREN at Pecha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) November 19, likely a continuing individual from earlier in the fall. It continued the November 27.

–out of town birders reported a TROPICAL/COUCH’S KINGBIRD at Bosque del Apache NWR November 5. It was found the following day by several observers who confirmed that it is a COUCH’S. It has been seen along the two way road near the Scout Deck, near the beginning of the Seasonal Road and continued in the area to November 12.

–the continuing CAROLINA WREN was heard along the North Loop near the second 90 degree turn of the Seasonal Road at Bosque Del Apache NWR November 12.


The NM Burrowing Owl Working Group is seeking reports of Burrowing Owl sightings year-round. If you observe a Burrowing Owl, will you please help by sending in the reporting form found at, or emailing your observation, with as many details and location information as possible, to Thank you very much.

Upcoming Central New Mexico Audubon Society Field Trips are posted on the CNMAS website at