We have been experiencing problems with the posting of Rare Bird Reports as we have in the past, providing multiple recent reports. So we have gone back to a more basic approach — posting the most recent report below. If you want to find past (archived) reports, you can access these through Birdingonthe.Net (look for WEST:NM RBA).
Most Recent Rare Bird Report:
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
May 20, 2013
Compiler: Matt J. Baumann
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for May 20, 2013 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
http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.
For photos of rarities and directions to some birding sites, check http://sites.google.com/site/oldenettelspage or the New Mexico Rarities Group on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/groups/nmrarities/. NMOS is now on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society.
The following link provides a list of the review species in New Mexico http://www.nmbirds.org/wp-content/review-list-september-2011.pdf . 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 email@example.com. 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:
RED-NECKED GREBE (Rio Arriba)
Little Blue Heron (Socorro)
Tricolored Heron (Chaves, Dona Ana, Sierra)
REDDISH EGRET (Eddy)
GLOSSY IBIS (Chaves)
Zone-tailed Hawk (Union)
WHIMBREL (Santa Fe)
HUDSONIAN GODWIT (Eddy)
Common Tern (Sierra)
Chaetura swift sp. (Bernalillo)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Socorro)
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Eddy)
Greater Pewee (Socorro)
Blue Jay (Bernalillo)
Purple Martin (Bernalillo)
CAROLINA WREN (Socorro)
MAGNOLIA WARBLER (Roosevelt)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Quay, Roosevelt, Santa Fe)
BLACKPOLL WARBLER (Taos)
PALM WARBLER (Curry, Union)
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER (Bernalillo, Union)
Harris’s Sparrow (Roosevelt)
SCARLET TANAGER (Union)
BALTIMORE ORIOLE (San Miguel)
–Herzenberg reported a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque May 18. It was seen later that afternoon but was not relocated the following day.
– Sondra Williamson reported a PURPLE MARTIN at the Rio Grande Nature Center May 11. Hilchey was able to refind the Martin along the irrigation ditch just west of the Nature Center later the same day. While searching for the Martin, Hilchey reported two Chaetura swifts in the area. He thought at least one was a Chimney Swift. The following day he and Krueper reported three Chaetura swifts at the Rio Grande Nature Center. Two martins and a single Chaetura swift continued to May 19.
–Ralph Charlton reported a BLUE JAY at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens November 30. It has mostly been seen around the Curandera garden. It continued May 6.
–Score reported a GLOSSY IBIS at Bitter Lake NWR May 12.
–Beauprez reported a TRICOLORED HERON at Bitter Lake NWR April 23. It continued April 26 near the oxbow for Parmeter April 26.
–Oldenettel and Beauprez photographed a PALM WARBLER at the Baxter Memorial Park in the town of Melrose May 19.
–NOTE: Please check-in at the Clovis WWTP offices before birding the settlement ponds.
DONA ANA County:
–Goin photographed a TRICOLORED HERON below the dam at Leasburg State Park April 27. It continued May 13 at this location but may be moving quite a bit due to human activity in the area.
–Pierce photographed three HUDSONIAN GODWITS at Avalon Lake May 17. They were not relocated after this date.
–Nieman reported a REDDISH EGRET at Six-mile dam, south of Carlsbad, March 17. It was found below the dam at this location. It continued April 6.
–Steve West reported a LEWIS’S WOODPECKER at Washington Ranch, near Rattlesnake Springs, December 6. The woodpecker was both in the dead trees at the empty pond on the right as you drive in to this location. Washington Ranch is just north of Rattlesnake Springs. Instead of turning left (west) onto Rattlesnake Springs Rd towards the springs continue straight towards the hotel at Washington Ranch. It continued May 5.
–Lagoon G is currently off limits to birders at Holloman Lakes until further notice.
–Wolf, Pederson, and Baumann photographed a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at Ute Lake State Park 17 May. It was seen in the deciduous trees at the main campground. It continued May 18 for Oldenettel.
RIO ARRIBA County:
–Howe reported a RED-NECKED GREBE in breeding plumage at Heron Lake May 11. It was viewed from the campgrounds west of the dam, with the Ponderosa campground offering the best views.
–Lofton reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at Oasis State Park May 19. It continued May 20.
–Oldenettel, Parmeter, and Wittman reported a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at the Melrose Trap May 17.
–Batkin found a female MAGNOLIA WARBLER at the Melrose Trap May 18 and it was seen by many the same day.
***Boone’s Draw is currently inaccessible to bird watchers until further notice. A locked gate has been put up and a no trespassing sign has been posted.
SAN MIGUEL County:
–Jeffrey Koenigsberg reported a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE has been frequenting his feeder in Las Vegas. Contact him for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SANTA FE County:
–Egelhoff reported a WHIMBREL at the Otto pond May 17.
–Bill West reported a female CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in the Galisteo bosque May 15. It was later seen by Batkin and Fenner but not again as it moved its way north in the bosque.
–Stinnett reported a COMMON TERN below the dam at Caballo Lake May 6. It continued May 10.
–Cleary reported a TRICOLORED HERON off South Monticello, Elephant Butte Lake SP, May 1.
–Egelhoff reported a singing GREATER PEWEE in Water Canyon, Magdalena Mountains, May 19. It was heard at the entrance to the South trail No.15 trailhead. There is also a sign on the right hand side of the road that reads “elevation 7,500 ft”. It is the portion of the road that bends away from the river bed, right after you pass a prominent rock formation on the right hand side of the road.
–Shawn LaBrier photographed a male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD at her Socorro home May 4. It continued May 5. Contact her for more information (email@example.com).
–Brockway reported a LITTLE BLUE HERON at Bosque del Apache NWR April 21. It was seen along the seasonal road near the pump house and continued April 24 along the ditch near the first sharp corner. It continued to May 15.
–Hawksworth reported the two continuing CAROLINA WRENS at Bosque del Apache NWR January 27. They were near the Chupadera Deck. One continued at this location May 12.
–Ann and James Tuomey photographed a male BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Baca Park in Taos May 18.
–Pederson, Wolf, and Baumann photographed a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and a ZONE-TAILED HAWK at Clayton Lake State Park May 18. The Palm continued May 19.
–Pederson, Wolf, and Baumann photographed a SCARLET TANAGER at a rest stop on highway 402 approximately 20 miles north of Nara Visa May 17.
Visit Carlito Springs, a Bernalillo County Open Space, with Robert Munro:firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-730-7762.
Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure in Tijeras, NM, in the Senior Center parking lot, adjacent to the Tijeras library. To reach the Senior Center, turn north from NM 333/Route 66 on Tijeras Avenue to reach the parking lot. We will carpool from there since there is limited parking at Carilto Springs. It is located beyond a locked gate.To gain entrance to the area the group will be accompanied by an employee of the Bernalillo County Open Space. The Open Space office requests that closed-toed shoes and long pants be worn because of Poison Ivy in the 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 http://www.nmburrowingowl.com/, or emailing your observation, with as many details and location information as possible, to email@example.com? Thank you very much.