New Mexico Ornithological Society


On this page we post the most recent report.  If you want to find past (archived) reports, you can access these through Birdingonthe.Net (look for WEST:NM RBA).

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Most Recent Rare Bird Report

New Mexico Rare Bird Report
May 23, 2016
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for May 23, 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 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):

Tricolored Heron (Chaves)
White-tailed Kite (Eddy)
Snowy Plover (Mora)
WHIMBREL (San Miguel)
White-rumped Sandpiper (San Juan)
Least Tern (Roosevelt)
Common Tern (Colfax, Curry)
Costa’s Hummingbird (Grant)
Thick-billed Kingbird (Hidalgo)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Socorro)
Cave Swallow (De Baca, Roosevelt)
CAROLINA WREN (Guadalupe, Quay, Socorro)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Socorro)
Northern Cardinal (Bernalillo)
BOBOLINK (Torrance)

–Likely the same NORTHERN CARDINAL from earlier in the year was reported at the Albuquerque Bio Park May 17 by Jon Stewart and continued to May 20. It was reported near the Japanese Garden.

–Andersen reported a WHITE-EYED VIREO at Valle de Oro NWR May 7. It was heard across the Rio Grande directly west of the large parking area at the southwest corner of the refuge. It continued May 14 for Andy Johnson in the same location.

CHAVES County:
–Rustay reported a TRICOLORED HERON at Bitter Lake NWR May 1. It was last seen flying east over the Oxbow.

COLFAX County:
–Egelhoff and Williams reported a COMMON TERN at Springer Lake May 22. It continued for others the same day.

CURRY County:
–Cuellar reported a COMMON TERN at the Clovis WWTP May 16.

DE BACA County:
–Parmeter reported several CAVE SWALLOWS at a culvert under hwy 60 near Taiban May 8 continuing this species expansion in NM. Two continued to May 22.

EDDY County:
–Tipton reported a WHITE-TAILED KITE at the Black River Recreation Area south of Rattlesnake Springs May 14.

–Charlie Black reported a GROOVE-BILLED ANI at Rattlesnake Springs May 12. It was seen east of the restrooms along the stream. It continued to May 16 for Mary Smith in the same area.

GRANT County:
–Swackhammer reported a BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER in the Burro Mountains May 7. It was seen along the Burro Peak Trail, approximately one mile up Dead Man’s Canyon off the Tyrone Minig Rd. It continued to May 19 in the same area.

–Swackhamer reported a COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD in Red Rock April 17 and two there on April 21. Up to two, likely more have been reported at the Gila Bird Area to May 7.

–Parmeter reported a CAROLINA WREN along the Pecos River in Santa Rosa May 14. It was heard singing about 100-200 meters north of the bridge over the Pecos.

–Narca Moore-Craig and company reported a BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER in Clanton Canyon May 14.

–Sandy Williams and Pat Mehlhop reported a RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in the New Mexico portion of Guadalupe Canyon May 14. It was seen below the ranch house. They also reported two THICK-BILLED KINGBIRDS in the canyon on the same day.

LEA County:
–Pat McCasland reported the continuing GOLDEN-FRONTED WOODPECKER at the Eunice Municipal Recreation Area May 14.

MORA County:
–Egelhoff and Williams reported three SNOWY PLOVERS at Wagon Mound Waterfowl Management Area May 22.

QUAY County:
–Rustay and Cuellar reported a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER at Ute Lake May 21. It was seen south of Yucca Campground in the large stand of cottonwoods.

–Rustay, Shoop, Cuellar reported a singing CAROLINA WREN at Nara Visa May 21.

–Marion and Donald Weidemann reported a CANADA WARBLER at the Melrose Trap May 22.

–Whitecotton reported a LEAST TERN at Oasis SP May 19.

–up to four CAVE SWALLOWS are being reported at the Melrose Trap to May 8 and continued to May 22. This continues the species northward expansion in the state.

SAN JUAN County:
–Charlie Black reported a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Morgan Lake May 23.

–Jaremko-Wright reported a WHIMBREL at Las Vegas NWR May 18. It was seen at Crane Lake.

–Jon King reported a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in Water Canyon May 19.

–Jon King reported a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at Bosque del Apache NWR May 19.

–Koehler reported two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS at Bosque del Apache NWR May 13. At least one continued to May 22.

–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. Up to four continued to May 22 around the refuge.

–Maley reported a BOBOLINK flying over I-40 in Moriarty May 23.

UNION County:
–Rustay, Cuellar, and Shoop reported a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH at the migrant trap south of Amistad on hwy 402 May 21.

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.

Field Trips

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