New Mexico Ornithological Society


The most recent report is posted below. Archived reports can be accessed through Birdingonthe.Net (look for WEST:NM RBA).

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Most Recent Rare Bird Report:

New Mexico Rare Bird Report

August 29, 2016

Compiler: Matt J. Baumann

Phone:  505-264-1052

E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for August 29, 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.

The following link provides a list of the review species in New Mexico: Review List September 2011. Details for any of these species or species not on the checklist should be sent to Dr. Sartor O. Williams, III, 1819 Meadowview NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104 or to Details will be used for the Bird Records Committee, North American Birds and the NMOS Field Notes.

Review species are in CAPITAL letters.

Birds Mentioned and Counties:

Common Ground-Dove (Eddy, Hidalgo)


Brown Pelican (Colfax)


CAROLINA WREN (Socorro, Valencia)



Lucy’s Warbler (San Juan)


Dickcissel (Valencia)

Bronzed Cowbird (Valencia)

COLFAX County:

–Lonnie Pilkington reported a BROWN PELICAN at Eagle Nest Lake June 13. It continued to August 16.

CURRY County:

–Parmeter reported a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the Clovis WWTP August 19. Two were reported here by Szabat August 27.

EDDY County:

–Nieman reported a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Rattlesnake Springs August 21. It continued to August 28.

–Steve West photographed an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Rattlesnake Springs August 12.

–Charlie Black reported a COMMON GROUND-DOVE at Rattlesnake Springs July 28. It was heard along the ditch north of the bathrooms and continued to August 2.


–Parmeter reported a COMMON GROUND-DOVE in Rodeo August 5. It was seen near the large ranch at the northeast end of town.

–Baumann and Pederson reported a BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER in the New Mexico portion of Guadalupe Canyon July 31. It was seen near the old orchard and rock well. They also reported two RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS below the ranch house the same day. Both the Gnatcatcher and Sparrows continued to August 6. Egelhoff Reported a COMMON GROUND-DOVE in the canyon August 6.


–Whitecotton reported a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Oasis State Park July 29. Up to four continued to August 21.

SAN JUAN County:

–Rusty, Hetrick, and Williams reported a LUCY’S WARBLER at the Cottonwood Day Use Area at Navajo Lake SP August 28.


–Jaremko-Wright reported an ORCHARD ORIOLE at Las Vegas NWR August 20.

SIERRA County:

–Cleary reported a juvenile LAUGHING GULL at Caballo Lake August 1. It was seen from Percha Flat. It continued to August 5 for others.


–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.


–Hawksworth reported two DICKCISSELS at Whitfield Conservation area July 29. An adult and juvenile continued to August 21 along with a CAROLINA WREN and a BRONZED COWBIRD for Rustay and Hetrick.

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