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).

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
June 21, 2016
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for June 21, 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):

Brown Pelican (Colfax)
Tricolored Heron (Chaves)
White-tailed Kite (Bernalillo)
Snowy Plover (San Miguel)
Common Ground-Dove (Santa Fe)
Greater Pewee (Sierra)
Cave Swallow (De Baca, Roosevelt)
CAROLINA WREN (Guadalupe, Quay, Socorro)
Northern Cardinal (Bernalillo)
Dickcissel (Bernalillo, San Miguel)

–Hawksworth reported a WHITE-TAILED KITE at Valle de Oro NWR June 14. It was seen in the trees along the west boundary next to the field in the middle that isn’t cut.

–Hawksworth reported two DICKCISSELS at Valle de Oro NWR June 3 and continued for others to June 15. They were in the uncut field adjacent to the north boundary west of the drain next to the large white metal garage.

–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 June 7. It was reported near the Japanese Garden.

CHAVES County:
–Rustay reported a TRICOLORED HERON at Bitter Lake NWR May 1. It was last seen flying east over the Oxbow and continued to June 1 on a closed part of the refuge for staff conducting surveys.

COLFAX County:
–Lonnie Pilkington reported a BROWN PELICAN at Eagle Nest Lake June 13. It continued to June 18.

DE BACA County:
–Parmeter reported several CAVE SWALLOWS at a culvert under hwy 60 near Taiban May 8 continuing this species expansion in NM. Four continued to June 10.

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 June 12 in the same area.

–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.

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

QUAY County:
–Rustay, Cuellar, and Shoop reported a CAROLINA WREN in Nara Visa May 21. It was seen along 5th St between Gonzales and King and continued to June 10.

–up to eight CAVE SWALLOWS are being reported at the Melrose Trap to May 8 and continued to June 12. This continues the species northward expansion in the state.

–Jaremko-Wright reported a SNOWY PLOVER at Las Vegas NWR June 16. It was seen on Crane Lake.

–Up to seven DICKCISSELS have been reported along the large elm row just north of the entrance to Las Vegas NWR to June 18.

SANTA FE County:
–Roger Clark photographed a COMMON GROUND-DOVE in his Santa Fe yard June 16. It continued to June 20. Contact him for more information (

SIERRA County:
–Cleary reported a GREATER PEWEE in Poverty Creek June 2. It continued to June 18 for Parmeter. It has been seen the south side of hwy 59 where there is a sign on a gate labeled “St. Gulch Admin Site” right after the highway re-enters Sierra County from Catron County.

–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 June 12 around the refuge.

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

Upcoming Central New Mexico Audubon Society (CNMAS) field trips are posted on the CNMAS web site.