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
October 2, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: mbaumann22@gmail.com

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for May 22, 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 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):

Sabine’s Gull (Sierra)
Acorn Woodpecker (Bernalillo)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Eddy, Roosevelt)
Botteri’s Sparrow (Sierra)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Roosevelt)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Eddy, Lea, Roosevelt)

–Hawksworth reported an ACORN WOODPECKER at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque October 2. It was seen in the burned area south of the south most bosque pond.

— 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. He reported the hawk in the same area again on September 5 and it was seen by many to September 25.

CURRY County:
–Oldenettel reported finding three separate hummingbird feeders in the town of Melrose with a total of roughly ten RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS visiting them October 2.

–Beauprez reported up to six RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS at his Curry County home September 30 to October 1.

–Parmeter and Oldenettel reported three, an adult and two juvenile, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS at the Clovis WWTP August 19. Two continued to September 15.

EDDY County:
–Nieman reported a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER at Washington Ranch September 30. He reported up to three BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and another or the same GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER at Rattlesnake Springs October 1.

–Webster and Rowlett reported a RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in Guadalupe Canyon May 13. One were present in the canyon for Szabat August 27.

LEA County:
–Carol Levine reported a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Rockwind Golf Course in Hobbs October 1.

SIERRA County:
–VanBuskirk reported a SABINE’S GULL at Elephant Butte Lake October 1.

–Cleary reported a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Elephant Butte Lake SP September 12. It was seen along Long Point and was not the other dark-mantled gull in question.

–Cleary reported two BOTTERI’S SPARROW at mile marker 9 along Hwy NM 27, nine miles north of Nutt, August 26. They were seen about 100 yards to the east along a fence line. At least one continued for several to September 6.

–Oldenettel reported hearing the GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam Recreation Area September 4. It heard south of the playground. Cleary photographed it September 21 above the dam.

–NOTE: There is a $5 entrance fee to bird at Ohkay Owingeh Lakes.

–Highlights at the Melrose Trap over the weekend (September 29-October 2) Include: up to 7 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, up to 3 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, CANADA WARBLER, two GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, and 4-5 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS.

–Egelhoff reported a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in a small tree stand at the intersection of hwy 267 and hwy 330 October 1. He also reported a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER at Pep and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at Milnesand the same day.

–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 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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