New Mexico Ornithological Society


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

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Most Recent Rare Bird Report:


New Mexico Rare Bird Report
March 6, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for March 6, 2017 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):

Tundra Swan (Socorro)
LONG-TAILED DUCK (Otero, Socorro)
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE (Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe)
MEW GULL (San Juan)
Brown Pelican (Sierra)
PACIFIC WREN (Eddy, Sandoval)
CAROLINA WREN (Sierra, Socorro, Valencia)
Harris’s Sparrow (Sierra, Socorro)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Dona Ana)

DONA ANA County:
–Egelhoff reported a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Dripping Springs Natural Area February 5 and again February 11. It was seen a half mile up the drippings springs trail at the first stone bench and rusty metal water tank.

EDDY County:
–Nieman reported a PACIFIC WREN along the Pecos River below Brantley Lake Dam January 20. It continued to February 19.

–Rustay and company reported two PACIFIC WRENS at Rattlesnake Springs October 9. One continued to March 5 for Nieman.

GRANT County:
–Barbara Anne Rich reported a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN in the Gila Bird Area February 18 and re-found by Swackhamer and Dolton February 26 and continued to March 28 for Ruehmann near these coordinates (32.836264, -108.605647). Barbara’s directions to the area “180 to Bill Evans lake road keep going across Mangus Creek to first right. Drive toward the river and park under the sycamore. Walk through the people gate and follow the old road which follows the Gila. Less than a mile in is a sign on the left that says “road not maintained”. On the right are trees and that is where the Robin was.” A possible RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was reported at this spot February 27 by Blisard and Kleinman.

–Glenn Lorton reported a CRESTED CARACARA in Animas March 2. It was seen near the south end of town coming to a roadkill rabbit. It has not been seen since the initial sighting.

OTERO County:
–Marie Ostrander reported a TUNDRA SWAN at the Tularosa Sewage Ponds March 2. It continued the following day.

–Foy reported a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE at Ohkay Owingeh Lakes January 7. A female continued to January 13.

–Koehler reported a male and female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE at Cochiti Lake March 1.

–Hetrick and Rustay reported a PACIFIC WREN at Bandelier NM February 5. It was located in Frijoles Canyon after a tip from Paez who reported 4 stub-tailed wrens in the canyon January 28 and continued to February 18 for Vaughn.

SAN JUAN County:
–Reeves reports up to four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a first cycle THAYER’S GULL, and a first cycle MEW GULL are currently visiting the San Juan County Landfill. Be sure to check in before birding this location. The landfill is open M-F 7AM-5PM and 9AM-5PM on the weekend. They require that an orange safety vest is worn while birding here, plan accordingly.

SANTA FE County:
–Foy reported a male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE along the Rio Grande at Buckman Rd. January 28. A female was seen there the following day by Clark and both continued in the area to February 10.

SIERRA County:
–The continuing PURPLE FINCH was reported at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) to March 5 in the wooded area east of the campground.

–Pederson and Baumann reported a RED-NECKED GREBE at Elephant Butte Lake January 7. It was seen from the Dam Site Marina near the dam and continued to March 5.

–Parmeter, Oldenettel, Baumann, and Pederson reported two first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS below Caballo Dam January 7. A second winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED joined the first winters and they have been seen in the area to March 3. They were eating dead fish with other gulls near the entrance to the recreation area along the Rio Grande or from Percha Flats at Caballo Lake.

–Schwartz reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) December 29 near the south end of the park where the trail begins. It continued to February 19.

–Goin and company reported a GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) November 12. It continued to March 1 south of the dam.

–Cleary reported the continuing BROWN PELICAN at Elephant Butte Lake SP December 6. It was seen from Rock Canyon and continued to March 2 at various locations on the lake.

–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 to March 5.

–Liddell and Herzenberg reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at Bernardo WMA January 26. Two were reported by Krueper February 7 and at least one continued to March 1.

–Hawksworth reported two CAROLINA WRENS at Bosque del Apache NWR February 11. They were heard from the North Loop where the second 90 degree turn along the Seasonal Rd is visible.

–Liddell and Herzenberg reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at Bernardo WMA January 26.

–a LONG-TAILED DUCK was reported at Bosque del Apache NWR December 19 at the Dabbler Deck on the South Loop. It continued to February 24 at the Flight Deck.

–two TUNDRA SWANS were reported at Bosque del Apache NWR December 9. They were later joined by three other immatures December 11. Up to six now are present to March 2 at various locations on the refuge.

–Rustay, Hetrick, and Buckley reported a CAROLINA WREN in the Belen bosque January 22. It was seen along the east side of the Rio Grande north of the Belen (hwy 309) bridge and continued in the area February 11 for Hawksworth.

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.

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