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
October 18, 2016
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for October 18, 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):


Sabine’s Gull (De Baca, Sandoval, Sierra)
White-tailed Kite (Dona Ana, Socorro)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Eddy)
CAROLINA WREN (Bernalillo, Santa Fe)

–Maley reported a CAROLINA WREN in his yard September 22. It continued to October 16. Contact him for more information (

CURRY County:
–Parmeter reported a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the Clovis WWTP August 19. At least one continued to October 14.

DE BACA County:
–Likely continuing were two SABINE’S GULLS at Sumner Lake October 14 for Baumann. One was seen there October 16 by Hawksworth.

DONA ANA County:
–Egelhoff reported a WHITE-TAILED KITE at Mesilla Valley Bosque SP October 8. It continued to following day for others. It was located about halfway between the visitors center and Calle del Norte bridge.

EDDY County:
–Nieman reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Six-mile Dam in Carlsbad October 11.

–Rustay and company reported two PACIFIC WRENS at Rattlesnake Springs October 9. All were seen near the pond or slightly downstream from the pond.
–The continuing LAUGHING GULL was again seen at Brantley Lake September 30 by Shipman.

–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.

–Clark reported a SABINE’S GULL at Cochiti Lake October 14.

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 to October 15.

SIERRA County:
–Cleary reported an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at Elephant Butte Lake SP October 11. It was seen along the inner arm of Long Point. NOTE: Long Point closed for the season on October 15 but parts of this area can be viewed from other areas of the lake.

–Egelhoff reported two SABINE’S GULLS at Caballo Lake October 2. Cleary reported three there October 3 and again October 14.

–Dan and Wendy McCrady reported a WHITE-TAILED KITE at Bosque del Apache NWR September 10. Two continued there to October 17 at the Dabbler Deck.

–a CAROLINA WREN was reported by Froehlich at Bosque del Apache NWR October 14. It was heard sighing from the seasonal road near the Ducks Unlimited area.

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