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 Birdingonthe.Net.

Most Recent Rare Bird Report:


New Mexico Rare Bird Report
September 26, 2016
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for September 26, 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 at A more complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at 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):


Band-tailed Pigeon (De Baca)
Sabine’s Gull (De Baca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, Mora, San Miguel)
Brown Pelican (Colfax)
White-tailed Kite (Socorro)
Melanerpes sp. (Roosevelt)
Blue-headed Vireo (Lea)
CAROLINA WREN (Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro)
Black-and-white Warbler (Los Alamos)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Bernalillo)

–Ladwig and Hertzenberg reported a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at the Rio Grande Nature Center September 25. It was seen in the adjacent bosque just north of the south bridge over the silvery minnow channel.

–Maley reported a CAROLINA WREN in his yard September 22. It continued to September 25. Contact him for more information (

COLFAX County:
–Lonnie Pilkington reported a BROWN PELICAN at Eagle Nest Lake June 13. It continued to September 15.

CURRY County:
–Parmeter reported a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the Clovis WWTP August 19. It continued to September 2.

DE BACA County:
–Parmeter and Beauprez reported a BAND-TAILED PIGEON below Sumner Lake Dam September 24.

–Pederson and Baumann reported a SABINE’S GULL at Sumner Lake September 18. Up to three were present there to September 24.

DONA ANA County:
–Egelhoff reported a BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Mesilla Valley Bosque SP September 23. It was seen on the west side of the pond approximately 75 meters down that trail.

–Puglisi and company photographed an adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Mesilla Valley Bosque SP September 3. It was seen on a sandbar in the Rio Grande. It continued to September 7.

EDDY County:
–Nieman reported a SABINE’S GULL at Brantley Lake September 25.

–Morris reported two SABINE’S GULLS at Lake Avalon September 17.

–Rustay and Furgoch reported six SABIBNE’S GULLS at Santa Rosa Lake SP September 18. One continued there to September 24.

–Baumann and Pederson reported two RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS in Guadalupe Canyon July 31. Up to five continued in the canyon for Egelhoff, Nieman, and Groves September 4.

LEA County:
–Nieman reported a BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Conoco Pond September 24.

–Williams reported a SABINE’S GULL at the Bandelier Sewage Ponds September 24.

–rare for Los Alamos, Williams reported a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER in Upper Los Alamos Canyon September 23.

— Mittelstadt reported a CRESTED CARACARA along Indian Service Route 9 September 25 at these approximate coordinates (35.8629, -107.4641).

MORA County:
— Jaremko-Wright reported a SABINE’S GULL at the Wagon Mound Waterfowl Area September 17.

–Watkins reported the likely Red-bellied x Golden-fronted Woodpecker in her Portales neighborhood September 14. This is near the Portales City Park where it had frequented in late 2015 and early 2016.

— Jaremko-Wright reported a SABINE’S GULL at Storrie Lake September 21.

SANTA FE County:
–Foy reported a CAROLINA WREN at the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve September 11. It was near the Beaver Dam area and continued later that day and continued to September 25.

SIERRA County:
–Charlie Black reported a singing CAROLINA WREN at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) September 9. It was along the Rio Grande at the south end of the campground. It continued to September 11.

–Dan and Wendy McCrady reported a WHITE-TAILED KITE at Bosque del Apache NWR September 10. Two continued there to September 25 at the Flight Deck.

–Mendoza reported a CAROLINA WREN along the Seasonal Road at Bosque del Apache NWR April 2. It was head near the first 90 degree turn. One has been reported to August 7.

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