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
January 9, 2016
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for January 9, 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):

Tundra Swan (Socorro)
Red-breasted Merganser (Bernalillo)
MEW GULL (San Juan)
THAYER’S GULL (San Juan, Sierra)
Pacific Loon (Rio Arriba)
Brown Pelican (Sierra)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Los Alamos)
American Tree Sparrow (Bernalillo)
Harris’s Sparrow (Bernalillo, Sierra, Union)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Sierra)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (Socorro, Union)

–Brozek reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW near Valle de Oro NWR January 1. It was seen along the ditch on the west side of the refuge, close to the west end of the middle west-east refuge road. It continued to January 8 along with an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW found by Maley on January 2.

–the two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS continued at the Alameda Bridge to January 3.

COLFAX County:
–Oldenettel reported a SNOW BUNTING at Stubblefield Lake December 8. It has been seen along the dam near the first bend. It tends to feed along the rocks or on the ice. It continued to December 30 but has not been reported since.

EDDY County:
–Rustay and company reported two PACIFIC WRENS at Rattlesnake Springs October 9. One continued to January 2 for Nieman.

–Smith reported a GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH at his Los Alamos home January 8. It has not been reported since.

QUAY County:
–Doug and Marion Weidemann reported a RED-NECKED GREBE at Ute Lake November 30. The grebe was seen from Logan Park Boat Ramp and continued to January 8.

–Egelhoff reported a PACIFIC LOON at Abiquiu Lake January 8.

–Foy reported a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE at Ohkay Owingeh Lakes January 7.

SAN JUAN County:
–Reeves reports up to four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a first cycle THAYER’S GULL, and a first cycle MEW GULL are currently visiting the San Juan County Landfill. Be sure to check in before birding this location. The landfill is open M-F 7AM-5PM and 9AM-5PM on the weekend.

SIERRA County:
–Pederson and Baumann reported a first cycle THAYER’S GULL at Rock Canyon Marina January 7. It was seen with other gulls on the tires.

–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.

–Parmeter, Oldenettel, Baumann, and Pederson reported two first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS below Caballo Dam January 7. They were eating dead fish with other gulls near the entrance to the recreation area along the Rio Grande.

–Percival reported a male PURPLE FINCH at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) December 29. It was relocated by Core and Pederson January 2 near the gate to the south woods and continued to January 9.

–Schwartz reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) December 29 near the south end of the park where the trail begins. It, and another, continued to January 8.

–Halsey reported a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) December 7. It was seen a half mile south of the developed portion of the park along the trail. It continued to January 7.

–Goin and company reported a GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation Area) November 12. It continued to January 8 south of the dam.

–Cleary reported the continuing BROWN PELICAN at Elephant Butte Lake SP December 6. It was seen from Rock Canyon and continued to January 8 near the Dam Site Marina.

–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 January 9.

–a LONG-TAILED DUCK was reported at Bosque del Apache NWR December 19 at the Dabbler Deck on the South Loop. It continued to January 8 at the pond south of the Dabbler Deck.

–Hawksworth reported a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Bosque del Apache NWR December 15. It was seen on the South Loop just south of Audio Stop 8.

–two TUNDRA SWANS were reported at Bosque del Apache NWR December 9. They were later joined by three other immatures December 11. At least three continued to January 9 near the east end of the two way road.

UNION County:
–Hawksworth reported four RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at the riparian area along hwy 406 across from a large cattle lot, north of Clayton December 3. He reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW there the following day and it continued to December 28.



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