NMOS Rare Bird Alert

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

Updates to the New Mexico 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
February 19, 2018
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: mbaumann22@gmail.com

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for February 19, 2018 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 NM birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty species can be found in the NM 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 http://nm-cis.unm.edu/partners/nmos.

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.

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 sunbittern@earthlink.net. 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):


Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
MEW GULL (Bernalillo)
ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL (Quay)
PACIFIC WREN (Bernalillo, Los Alamos)
Carolina Wren (Eddy)
Harris’s Sparrow (Rio Arriba)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Bernalillo, Socorro)

–Maley reported an adult MEW GULL south of the Alameda Bridge in Albuquerque January 12. It and an apparent second adult were present to February 10.

–Score reported a PACIFIC WREN in the Sandia Mountains December 26. It was seen in the willow thicket with water running near the Sulphur Canyon Parking area. It continued to February 18.

COLFAX County:
–Egelhoff and Clark reported two TRUMPETER SWANS at Maxwell NWR January 7. They were seen on Lake 12 and later moved to the pond directly east of Lake 12 to January 27.

DONA ANA County:
–Castetter has a BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD visiting his Las Cruces yard on a regular basis. Contact him for further information rcastett@yahoo.com.

EDDY County:
–Hines and Steve West reported a CAROLINA WREN at Washington Ranch February 18. It was seen in the Black River drainage east of the ponds. It continued later in the day.

GRANT County:
–Swackhamer and Dolton reported a PACIFIC WREN at Cherry Creek Campground in the Pinos Altos February 4.

–Dayer reported a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the Gila Bird Area December 23. It was seen in the area where the Rufous-backed Robin was seen last year near these coordinates 32.83593, -108.606023. There is a gate with a rusted out sign in the area where the bird was seen. It continued to February 18.

–a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the confluence of Pueblo and Acid Canyons in Los Alamos November 10. Two have been reported at Upper Water Canyon to February 16.

QUAY County:
–Parmeter and Kraynik reported a first cycle ICELAND (THAYER’S) GULL at Ute Lake January 19. It was seen along the Ute Creek Arm at the Logan Park boat launch. It continued in the area to February 11.

OTERO County:
–Madrid-Simonetti photographed a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Oliver Lee SP December 22. It was seen along the creek sometimes a quarter mile up from where the trail enters the riparian area. It continued to February 18.

–Hawksworth reported a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Alameda Park in Alamogordo November 9. It was seen at the northern end of the park near a tan metal foot bridge and adjacent school for the blind campus. It continued to February 18.

–Foy reported a first winter HARRIS’S SPARROW at Fairview Pond in Espanola February 10. This is the small pond beside the Rio Grande on Fairview Rd

SAN JUAN County:
–Alan Nelson has a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER coming to feeders at his Farmington home. Contact him before visiting nelson2@gobrainstorm.net.

SIERRA County:
–Pederson reported a RED-NECKED GREBE at Caballo Lake February 19. It was seen near the buoy line at the base of the dam.

–Walker photographed an EASTERN TOWHEE at Bosque del Apache NWR December 10. It has been seen at the visitors center feeders or in the Cactus Garden to February 18.

–a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR Headquarters November 19. It continued in the area to February 10. Another different individual was found on the South Loop at Bosque del Apache January 21. It was seen near the entrance to the boardwalk January 28.

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 admin@nmburrowingowl.com? Thank you very much.

Upcoming Central New Mexico Audubon Society Field Trips are posted on the CNMAS website at http://cnmas.newmexicoaudubon.org/?page_id=916

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