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
December 3, 2018
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: mbaumann22@gmail.com

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for December 3, 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):
MEW GULL (San Juan)
American Bittern (Bernalillo)
Winter Wren (Dona Ana)
Harris’s Sparrow (Bernalillo, Socorro)

–Chappell reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at the Alameda Bridge Open Space parking area November 28. It was seen nw of the parking area with a large Zonotrichia flock. It continued to December 2.

–while looking for the Harris’s Sparrow, Parmeter reported a BLACKPOLL WARBLER near the Alameda Bridge Open Space December 1. It was seen along the low flow channel underneath Alameda.

–An AMERICAN BITTERN has been seen at the Rio Grande Nature Center to November 28.

DONA ANA County:
–Unusual for Dona Ana, a WINTER WREN was reported by Egelhoff along a short (25-50 yard) stretch of the North-South canal near the Leyendecker Plant Center main building (labeled with a sign) south of Las Cruces November 10. He reported another at Leasburg Dam SP November 25.

–up to five LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH have been reported at Tellbrook Park in Las Cruces to November 26.

–Egelhoff reported a LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH at Leasburg Dam SP October 21. One continued to November 11.

EDDY County:
–Nieman reported a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Brantley Lake November 30. It seen at Cheapskate Point.

–Nieman reported a minimum of 7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Washington Ranch November 21. They were seen in a flooded field near the tennis courts. 4 continued to December 2.

–Nieman reported a PACIFIC WREN at Rattlesnake Springs November 4. The wren was seen well east of big marsh at end of Cottonwood grove south of creek and continued to December 2.

GRANT County:
–Wooten reported a LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH in her Gila yard November 9. Four were seen there November 27.

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.

QUAY County:
–Pederson reported a PACIFIC WREN at Ute Lake November 25. It was found in the woodlot near the main campground and boat ramp. At the far east end of the woods there is an accessible area to walk in the trees. A short distance in there is a clearing with a lot of weedy vegetation laying down. The bird was in here.

–a male VARIED THRUSH was captured on a remote camera coming to a water feature at Milnesand November 18.

SAN JUAN County:
–Pederson reported a first cycle MEW GULL and a second cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Farmington Lake December 1-2.

NOTE: The San Juan County Landfill is no longer open to birding.

–a HARRIS’S SPARROW was reported near the Visitors Center at Bosque del Apache NWR November 14 and continued to December 1.

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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