New Mexico Rare Bird Report
February 12, 2018
Compiler: Matt Baumann
E-mail address: <mbaumann22...>
This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for February 12, 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 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
NMOS is 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
TRUMPETER SWAN (Colfax)
Horned Grebe (Bernalillo)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
MEW GULL (Bernalillo, Sierra)
ICELAND (Thayer’s) GULL (Quay)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (Grant)
PACIFIC WREN (Bernalillo, Los Alamos)
BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER (Hidalgo)
COMMON REDPOLL (Union)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Socorro)
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW (Hidalgo)
Harris’s Sparrow (Rio Arriba)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Bernalillo, Socorro)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (Bernalillo, Dona Ana)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (Otero)
PINE WARBLER (Union)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Otero, San Juan)
--Flemming reported a HORNED GREBE at the Tingley Beach Bosque Ponds
February 11. It continued later that same day.
--Joseph reported a RUSTY BLACKBIRD along the clear ditch near the Alameda
Bridge January 27. It was seen near mile post 9.5.
--Maley reported an adult MEW GULL south of the Alameda Bridge in
Albuquerque January 12. It and an apparent second adult were present to
--A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW has been seen coming to residential feeders near
the Embudito Trailhead to January 29.
--Score reported a PACIFIC WREN in the Sandia Mountains December 26. It was
seen in the willow thicket with water running near the Sulphur Canyon
Parking area. It continued to January 24.
--Egelhoff and Clark reported two TRUMPETER SWANS at Maxwell NWR January 7.
They were seen on Lake 12 and later moved to the pond directly east of Lake
12 to January 27.
DONA ANA County:
--Castetter has a BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD visiting his Las Cruces yard on
a regular basis. Contact him for further information <rcastett...>
--Mendoza photographed a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Leasburg Dam SP November 26.
Two have continued below the dam at this location to January 21.
--Swackhamer and Dolton reported a PACIFIC WREN at Cherry Creek Campground
in the Pinos Altos February 4.
--Dayer reported a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the Gila Bird Area December
23. It was seen in the area where the Rufous-backed Robin was seen last
year near these coordinates 32.83593, -108.606023. There is a gate with a
rusted out sign in the area where the bird was seen. It continued to
--Baumann, Pederson, and Batkin reported a BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER in
Guadalupe Canyon December 30. It was seen in between the first and second
stream crossing after entering New Mexico. They also reported five
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS at the upper end of the canyon the same day.
LOS ALAMOS County:
--a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the confluence of Pueblo and Acid Canyons
in Los Alamos November 10. Two have been reported at Upper Water Canyon to
--Parmeter and Kraynik reported a first cycle ICELAND (THAYER’S) GULL at
Ute Lake January 19. It was seen along the Ute Creek Arm at the Logan Park
boat launch. It continued in the area to February 11.
--Madrid-Simonetti photographed a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Oliver Lee SP
December 22. It was seen along the creek sometimes a quarter mile up from
where the trail enters the riparian area. It continued to February 12.
--Hawksworth reported a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Alameda Park in
Alamogordo November 9. It was seen at the northern end of the park near a
tan metal foot bridge and adjacent school for the blind campus. It
continued to February 4.
RIO ARRIBA County:
--Foy reported a first winter HARRIS’S SPARROW at Fairview Pond in Espanola
February 10. This is the small pond beside the Rio Grande on Fairview Rd
SAN JUAN County:
--Alan Nelson has a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER coming to feeders at his
Farmington home. Contact him before visiting <nelson2...>
--Zimmer reported an adult MEW GULL on the tires at Rock Canyon Marina,
Elephant Butte Lake SP, January 6.
--Walker photographed an EASTERN TOWHEE at Bosque del Apache NWR December
10. It has been seen at the visitors center feeders or in the Cactus Garden
to February 8.
--a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was banded at the Bosque del Apache NWR
Headquarters November 19. It continued in the area to February 10. Another
different individual was found on the South Loop at Bosque del Apache
January 21. It was seen near the entrance to the boardwalk January 28.
--Baumann and Pederson photographed a COMMON REDPOLL at the Clayton
Cemetery January 19. It was seen in the southeast corner of the cemetery
with a large group of American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. They were
feeding on elm buds and crossing the street to a small seep with water. It
continued to the following day. While looking for the redpoll Parmeter and
Kraynik found a first winter female PINE WARBLER at the cemetery.