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
April 10, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for April 10, 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):


Brown Pelican (Sierra)
Gray Hawk (Socorro)
CAROLINA WREN (Sierra, Socorro, Valencia)
Lucy’s Warbler (Sandoval)

–Egelhoff reported two, male a female, BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS in the New Mexico portion of Guadalupe Canyon March 11. They were seen 0.2 mi east of the cattle guard in the immediate vicinity of several pieces of yellow CAT earthmoving equipment. He also reported two RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS in the canyon the same day.

–Krueper, Ruth, and Bresson reported a singing LUCY’S WARBLER in the Corrales Bosque April 10. It was seen in bosque near mile marker 6.1 on Clear Ditch.

SIERRA County:
–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 31.

–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 9. 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.

–Cleary reported the continuing BROWN PELICAN at Elephant Butte Lake SP December 6. THREE are now present to April 3. Rock Canyon will likely be a good place to check with the rising lake level.

–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 April 2.

–Parmeter reported an adult GRAY HAWK at Bosque del Apache NWR April 1. It was seen from the north-bound North Loop north of where the Seasonal Road ends at the north loop, but south of Audio Stop 12. There is one large, lone deciduous tree on the west side of the road, and the bird was just north of that, perched atop a salt cedar maybe 50-100 meters west of the road

–CAROLINA WRENS are currently at various locations at Bosque del Apache NWR; the 90 degree turn on the Seasonal Rd and most recently near the Boardwalk Lagoon.

–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 March 27 for Heinze.

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