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
July 17, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for July 17, 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):

Common Loon (Grant)
Brown Pelican (Eddy)
Melanerpes sp. (Roosevelt)
Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Grant)
CAROLINA WREN (Socorro, Valencia)

–Morris reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in the Albuquerque bosque July 4. It was seen along the Calabacillas Arroyo west of the ditch trail about 100-200 yards south of Alameda.

–Morris reported an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE in the Albuquerque bosque July 2. It was seen south of Montano on the west side of the river near these coordinates (31.13817, -106.6875). “This spot is slightly north of the path that goes toward the river from the Pumping Station next to the ditch path. Walk down the ditch path about 0.7 miles from Montano to get to this spot.” It continued to July 13 in the area.

EDDY County:
–Nieman reports that to two BROWN PELICANS are now present at Brantly Lake as of June 16.

GRANT County:
–Swackhamer reported a COMMON LOON at Lake Roberts July 10. It continued to July 15.

–Swackhamer reported up to three BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS in the Burro Mountains to June 10. They were seen along Dead Man’s Canyon Trail west of the parking area.

–Webster and Rowlett reported a RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in Guadalupe Canyon May 13. It was near the upper end of the canyon.

–Watkins photographed an interesting juvenile Melanerpes woodpecker at Portales City Park July 12. A juvenile Red-bellied is the likely candidate but given recent Golden-fronted x Red-bellied Woodpeckers at this location a hybrid isn’t yet eliminated.

–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.

TAOS County:
–Friedrichs photographed a male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL about 3.5 miles east of Red River turnoff (FR 597) along FR 134 July 15.

–Hawksworth reported a CAROLINA WREN at Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area July 2016. It was in the bosque at the southwest end of the refuge.


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