New Mexico Rare Bird Report
March 20, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>
This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for March 20, 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 http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more complete, updated
version of the checklist can be found at
http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 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, 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...>
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:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird
account to view this.
Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL letters):
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
--Rustay and company reported two PACIFIC WRENS at Rattlesnake Springs
October 9. One continued to March 5 for Nieman.
--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 February 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 was.”
--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.
--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 14.
--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 17 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 19.
--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.
--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.