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
June 5, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address:

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for June 5, 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 (Eddy, Sierra)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Santa Fe)
Phainopepla (Bernalillo)
Northern Cardinal (Bernalillo)
BOBOLINK (Bernalillo)

–Dern and Jackson reported a female PHAINOPEPLA near Durand Open Space May 30. It was seen along the main diversion channel near the end of Sunnyslope St SW. A male was reported in that area by Melhman June 4.

–Andersen photographed a BOBOLINK at Valle de Oro NWR May 11. It continued to June 5.

–Jon Stewart reports that a NORTHERN CARDINAL is back at the ABQ Bio Park April 13. It was heard and seen in the Botanical Garden and continued to May 6 near the Rose Garden.

EDDY County:
–Daniel Leifheit photographed a juvenile BROWN PELICAN at Brantley Lake April 22. It continued to May 20.

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

LEA County:
–Parmeter and Oldenettel reported a GREAT KISKADEE at the Tatum Sewage Ponds April 28. It continued to May 10.

–Jaremko-Wright reported two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS along the Las Vegas Riverwalk May 9. It was seen at the corner of the Riverwalk and San Francisco Ave.

SANTA FE County:
–Clark photographed a male VERMILION FLYCATCHER in Lamy May 4. It continued to June 4 for many.

SIERRA County:
–Cleary reported the continuing BROWN PELICAN at Elephant Butte Lake SP December 6. THREE are now present to April 29. Rock Canyon will likely be a good place to check with the rising lake level.

–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.


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