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 11, 2019
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: mbaumann22@gmail.com

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for February 11, 2019 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):
BRANT (Socorro)
MEW GULL (Bernalillo)
Northern Goshawk (Curry)
VARIED THRUSH (Bernalillo)
LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH (Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo)
Harris’s Sparrow (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Socorro)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Socorro)

–VanBuskirk reported an adult MEW GULL along the Rio Grande just south of the Alameda Bridge February 11.

–Maley reported a VARIED THRUSH in Cienega Canyon in the Sandia Mountains January 31. It was seen near the footbridge past the last parking area. It continued to February 10.

–the HARRIS’S SPARROW at the Rio Grande Valley SP just south of Montano continued to February 8.

COLFAX County:
–Chalmers and Godfrey reported a PACIFIC WREN at Sugarite SP December 29. It continued to January 3 near the bridge that crosses the beaver pond at Lake Alice.

CURRY County:
–The juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Ned Houk Park in Clovis continued to January 28. It has been seen at the upper park.

DONA ANA County:
–Plumer photographed a HARRIS’S SPARROW near the parking lot to the Calle del Norte Trail December 25. It continued in the area to January 5.

–up to 21 LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH have been reported at Tellbrook Park in Las Cruces. Two continued there February 8.

–Egelhoff reported a LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH at Leasburg Dam SP October 21. Three continued to December 21.

EDDY County:
–Nieman reported the continuing LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Brantley Lake December 7. It was seen at Cheapskate Point and continued to January 18.

–Nieman reported a minimum of 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Washington Ranch January 26.

GRANT County:
–Wooten reported a LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH in her Gila yard November 9. Up to four continued in the area to February 10.

–Tonnessen, Score and Hawksworth reported up to five LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH at the Virden Bridge over the Gila River December 27. They continued to December 31.

OTERO County:
–Rustay and Drilling reported likely the returning YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Alameda Park in Alamogordo November 25. It was seen across hwy 54 from the NM School for the Blind just north of he beige bridge near the north end of the park.

–Hoeksema reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at the Coronado State Monument December 26. It was seen near the visitors center.

SIERRA County:
–Pederson reported a first cycle MEW GULL at the Caballo Dairy Farms December 8. It continued there or at Percha Flats at Caballo Lake to January 24.

–a BRANT has been reproted at Bosque del Apache NWR to February 10. It has been seen on the pond along hwy 1 and also on the North Loop of the refuge.

–a HARRIS’S SPARROW and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continue to be seen around the Visitors Center at Bosque del Apache NWR to February 10. They are reliably found near the water feature in the Cactus Garden.

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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