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new mexico bird list, nov. 14-21, 2004

2004-11-24 - 10:44 a.m.

sandhill cranes, bosque del apache, new mexico

� 2004 by Roger Williams

While we came for the spectacle of the huge numbers of cranes and geese, we did add an astonishing new life bird -- the Red Crossbill. I've also added the White-Crowned Sparrow to my life list, not because I haven't seen it before, but because for whatever reason it got left off my list and I didn't realize it until now. Perhaps the first time I noticed the White-Crowned Sparrow was years ago, hiking in the Grand Canyon, when I got separated from the other people and came across a singing bird. A nice memory from before the days of keeping an official list.

I've never seen a Crossbill before, and at first I kept getting these tantalizing glimpses that left me totally confused. There was a streaky bird who kept flitting behind a branch. There were the yellow bottoms of some other birds very high up. Then, close but still heavily shadowed in a pine, was a red-rumped bird with its face buried deep in its pine cone prize. The picture didn't snap into focus until a cooperative female came out and posed for us in the open. Even then, for a brief moment, I wondered if I was looking at a mutant with a freakishly deformed beak. Then I finally realized what we had -- young birds (the streaky guys), females (the yellow-rumped ones), and the gloriously colored red males who kept their beaks sneakily busy so I wouldn't see the odd crossbills right away.

The Greater Roadrunner was a surprisingly elusive bird. Indeed, it was the last species to be added to the list on the last tour of the last day.

western grebe at elephant butte, new mexico

� 2004 by Roger Williams

  1. Pied-billed Grebe
  2. Eared Grebe
  3. Western Grebe
  4. Clark's Grebe
  5. American White Pelican
  6. Double-crested Cormorant
  7. Neotropic Cormorant
  8. Great Blue Heron
  9. Great Egret
  10. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  11. Greater White-fronted Goose
  12. Snow Goose
  13. Ross's Goose
  14. Canada Goose
  15. American Wigeon
  16. Gadwall
  17. Mallard
  18. Northern Pintail
  19. Northern Shoveler
  20. Redhead
  21. Ring-necked Duck
  22. Common Merganser -- 1 female at Elephant Butte
  23. Osprey -- 1 at Elephant Butte
  24. Bald Eagle -- 2, one adult, at Bosque
  25. Northern Harrier -- many!
  26. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  27. Cooper's Hawk
  28. Red-tailed Hawk -- light, rufous, and Harlan's morph all seen well
  29. Ferruginous Hawk
  30. American Kestrel -- many!
  31. Gambel's Quail
  32. Ring-necked Pheasant
  33. Sandhill Crane -- count increased from 7,400 to 11,000-plus during our visit
  34. American Coot
  35. Killdeer -- heard only
  36. Greater Yellowlegs
  37. Ring-billed Gull
  38. American Herring Gull -- 1 at Elephant Butte
  39. Rock Dove
  40. Mourning Dove
  41. White-winged Dove
  42. Greater Roadrunner
  43. Belted Kingfisher
  44. Acorn Woodpecker -- 1 at Water Canyon
  45. Red-naped Sapsucker
  46. Ladder-backed Woodpecker -- pair at Elephant Butte
  47. Northern Flicker -- Red-shafted
  48. Black Phoebe
  49. Say's Phoebe
  50. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  51. Rock Wren
  52. Northern Mockingbird
  53. Curve-billed Thrasher -- Elephant Butte area
  54. Western Bluebird
  55. Townsend's Solitaire -- 1 at Water Canyon
  56. White-breasted Nuthatch -- Water Canyon
  57. Loggerhead Shrike -- Elephant Butte
  58. American Crow
  59. Chihuahuan Raven
  60. Common Raven -- 1 calling at Water Canyon
  61. European Starling
  62. Yellow-rumped Warbler -- Audubon's
  63. Spotted Towhee
  64. Canyon Towhee -- Sandia Mountains
  65. Chipping Sparrow
  66. Black-throated Sparrow -- 1 at Elephant Butte
  67. White-crowned Sparrow -- many
  68. White-throated Sparrow -- tan type at Bosque Visitor Center feeder
  69. Dark-eyed Junco -- both Gray-Headed and Oregon subspecies
  70. Pyrrhuloxia -- Elephant Butte
  71. Red-winged Blackbird
  72. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  73. Brewer's Blackbird
  74. Common Grackle -- 1 at Bosque
  75. House Finch -- 1 at Sandia
  76. Red Crossbill -- Gila National Forest, Emory Pass, family group
  77. Pine Siskin -- many, Water Canyon
  78. Lesser Goldfinch
  79. American Goldfinch
  80. House Sparrow

white pelican at elephant butte, new mexico

� 2004 by Roger Williams

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