Date: 3/13/17 4:49 pm
From: Matt Baumann <mbaumann22...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NM RBA 3/13/2017
New Mexico Rare Bird Report
March 13, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for March 13, 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 at A more complete, updated version of the
checklist can be found at 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, checkhttp:// 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 <sunbittern...> 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):

Tundra Swan (Otero, Socorro)
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE (Sandoval, Santa Fe)
Brown Pelican (Sierra)
PACIFIC WREN (Eddy, Sandoval)
CAROLINA WREN (Sierra, Socorro, Valencia)
Harris’s Sparrow (Socorro)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Dona Ana)

DONA ANA County:
--Egelhoff reported a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Dripping Springs Natural
Area February 5 and continued to March 11. It was seen a half mile up the
drippings springs trail at the first stone bench and rusty metal water

EDDY County:
--Rustay and company reported two PACIFIC WRENS at Rattlesnake Springs
October 9. One continued to March 5 for Nieman.

GRANT County:
--Barbara Anne Rich reported a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN in the Gila Bird Area
February 18 and re-found by Swackhamer and Dolton February 26 and continued
to March 28 for Ruehmann near these coordinates (32.836264, -108.605647).
Barbara’s directions to the area “180 to Bill Evans lake road keep going
across Mangus Creek to first right. Drive toward the river and park under
the sycamore. Walk through the people gate and follow the old road which
follows the Gila. Less than a mile in is a sign on the left that says
"road not maintained". On the right are trees and that is where the Robin

--Egelhoff reported two, male a female, BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS in the
New Mexico portion of Guadalupe Canyon March 11. They were seen 0.2 mi East
of the cattleguard in the immediate vicinity of several pieces of yellow
CAT earthmoving equipment. He also reported two RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS in
the canyon the same day.

--Glenn Lorton reported a CRESTED CARACARA in Animas March 2. It was seen
near the south end of town coming to a roadkill rabbit. It has not been
seen since the initial sighting.

OTERO County:
--Marie Ostrander reported a TUNDRA SWAN at the Tularosa Sewage Ponds March
2. It continued the following day.

--Koehler reported a male and female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE at Cochiti Lake
March 1.

--Hetrick and Rustay reported a PACIFIC WREN at Bandelier NM February 5. It
was located in Frijoles Canyon after a tip from Paez who reported 4
stub-tailed wrens in the canyon January 28 and continued to February 18 for

SANTA FE County:
--Foy reported a male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE along the Rio Grande at Buckman
Rd. January 28. A female was seen there the following day by Clark and both
continued in the area to February 10.

SIERRA County:
--The continuing PURPLE FINCH was reported at Percha Dam (Percha Recreation
Area) to March 5 in the wooded area east of the campground.

--Pederson and Baumann reported a RED-NECKED GREBE at Elephant Butte Lake
January 7. It was seen from the Dam Site Marina near the dam and continued
to March 10.

--Parmeter, Oldenettel, Baumann, and Pederson reported two first cycle
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS below Caballo Dam January 7. A second winter
LESSER BLACK-BACKED joined the first winters and they have been seen in the
area to March 9. They were eating dead fish with other gulls near the
entrance to the recreation area along the Rio Grande or from Percha Flats
at Caballo Lake.

--Goin and company reported a GREAT KISKADEE at Percha Dam (Percha
Recreation Area) November 12. It continued to March 11 south of the dam.

--Cleary reported the continuing BROWN PELICAN at Elephant Butte Lake SP
December 6. It was seen from Rock Canyon and continued to March 12 at
various locations on the lake.

--Andersen and Baumann reported a CAROLINA WREN at Pecha Dam (Percha
Recreation Area) November 19, likely a continuing individual from earlier
in the fall. It continued to March 12.

--Liddell and Herzenberg reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at Bernardo WMA
January 26. Two were reported by Krueper February 7 and at least one
continued to March 7.

--Hawksworth reported two CAROLINA WRENS at Bosque del Apache NWR February
11. They were heard from the North Loop where the second 90 degree turn
along the Seasonal Rd is visible.

--Liddell and Herzenberg reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW at Bernardo WMA
January 26.

--a LONG-TAILED DUCK was reported at Bosque del Apache NWR December 19 at
the Dabbler Deck on the South Loop. It continued to February 24 at the
Flight Deck.

--two TUNDRA SWANS were reported at Bosque del Apache NWR December 9. They
were later joined by three other immatures December 11. Up to six now are
present to March 2 at various locations on the refuge.

--Rustay, Hetrick, and Buckley reported a CAROLINA WREN in the Belen bosque
January 22. It was seen along the east side of the Rio Grande north of the
Belen (hwy 309) bridge and continued in the area February 11 for

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