New Mexico Rare Bird Report
July 31, 2017
Compiler: Matt Baumann
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>
This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for July 31, 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):
--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.
--Morris reported an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE in the Albuquerque bosque July 2.
It was seen south of Montano on the west side of the river near these
coordinates (31.13817, -106.6875). “This spot is slightly north of the path
that goes toward the river from the Pumping Station next to the ditch path.
Walk down the ditch path about 0.7 miles from Montano to get to this spot.”
It continued to July 19 in the area.
--Mehlman reported a CAROLINA WREN along Middle Ponil Creek near Valle
Vidal-Shuree Ponds July 18.
--Swackhamer reported up to three BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS in the Burro
Mountains to June 10. They were seen along Dead Man’s Canyon Trail west of
the parking area.
--Rustay and Hetrick photographed an ACORN WOODPECKER in Mills Canyon July
29. It was seen near the top of the canyon.
--Webster and Rowlett reported a RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in Guadalupe Canyon
May 13. It was near the upper end of the canyon.
--Watkins photographed an interesting juvenile Melanerpes woodpecker at
Portales City Park July 12. A juvenile Red-bellied is the likely candidate
but given recent Golden-fronted x Red-bellied Woodpeckers at this location
a hybrid isn’t yet eliminated.
--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
--Friedrichs photographed a male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL about 3.5 miles
east of Red River turnoff (FR 597) along FR 134 July 15.
--Hawksworth reported a CAROLINA WREN at Whitfield Wildlife Conservation
Area July 2016. It was in the bosque at the southwest end of the refuge.