North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 9 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 365 N E W M E X I C O Jun and 4 there 15 Jun (PC). A Semipalmated Sandpiper was far west to Lordsburg 8 & 14 Jul (A. Core, ph. D. Stejskal, NH). TERNS THROUGH OWLS Least Tern numbers continued to be extreme- ly low at B.L.N.W.R., once the stronghold of the species in the state; no more than 2 ads. were seen during Jun (SB). A nest with eggs was found at Brantley L., but rising waters caused officials to take the eggs, possibly to be hatched in captivity (fide SW). Caspian Tern is a rare but increasingly regular tran - sient through the state; this season, 3 were late at Brantley L. 6 Jun (ph. RN) and singles were at Quemado L. 25-26 Jun (CR, ph. MW, ph. NH), B.L.N.W.R 4-8 Jul (ph. PC), and Brantley L. 18 & 22 Jul (ph. RN). Continuing from May, a Common Loon lingered at E.B.L. 1-6 Jun (ph. DC); noteworthy for the Sacra - mento Mts. were singles at Alto L., Lincoln 13 Jun (ph. K. Hammel) and Mescalero L., Otero 20-27 Jul (GB, CH). Neotropic Cormorants were again north to Albuquerque's Tingley ponds, where up to 17 were present 1 Jun-13 Jul (DH); oth - ers in non-traditional areas included 2 west to Deming 17 Jul (ph. NH) and one west to Bill Evans L. 24 Jun (JP), one north to the Ohkay Owingeh lakes 4 Jun (JP), 2 east to Santa Rosa L. 18 Jun (R. Maurer), and one at Brantley L. 6 Jun (RN). The Brown Pelican discovered in May at Eagle Nest L. continued to 30 Jul (ph. M. Kelly, JP, m.ob.). Possibly continuing from early May, an imm. Tricolored Heron was at B.L.N.W.R. 1 Jun (W. Briney). An ad. Green Heron tending 2 begging chicks at Deming's Pecan Park 17 Jul (NH) provided a scarce Luna breeding record. A juv. Yellow-crowned able Pecos Wilderness locale for the species. Some 150 Eared Grebes at the Clovis treat - ment ponds 30 Jul (GB) included 73 adults on nests plus other adults and chicks in the water; 50 adults were at Stone L., Rio Arriba 24 Jun (CH), another important breeding lo - cale for the species. Clark's Grebes breeding in the lower Pecos Valley were 12 adults with 6 young at Red Bluff L., Eddy 8 Jul (ph. RN). Inca Dove continues to be scarce through - out its New Mexico range, with but 3 de- tected at Roswell 24 Jun (ph. RN) and none at Carlsbad (SW); farther west, generally few reports and very small numbers were the rule, with one at Elephant Butte 24 Jul (ph. DC) the most northerly in the R.G.V. A Common Ground-Dove provided a Santa Fe first at Eldorado 16-25 Jun (ph. RC, ph. JB). Noteworthy for Zuni was an active White- winged Dove nest at Blackrock Dam 23 Jul (JT). Northerly Mexican Whip-poor-wills were one in the Zuni Mts. near McGaffey L., McKinley 26 Jul (JT) and 2 in the Sangre de Cristo Mts. in Canovas Canyon west of El Porvenir, San Miguel 10 Jun (RC). The high count for Black Swifts at the Je - mez Falls colony was 11 ads. on 23 Jul (JP). Six Chimney Swifts were west to Las Vegas 8 Jul (WJ-W). Lucifer Hummingbirds in the Peloncillo Mts. were one in upper Cotton - wood Canyon 25-29 Jul (J. Szabt, MB) and a peak of 27 in P.O. Canyon 10 Jun (CL). A male Costa's Hummingbird visited P.O. Can - yon 19 Jun (CL). Fall migrant Rufous Hum- mingbirds are expected in New Mexico by early Jul, but each year a few arrive earlier; this season, 6 arrived during 16-25 Jun and 17 arrived during 26-30 Jun (m.ob.). A male Broad-billed Hummingbird provided a Ca - tron first when photographed near the Gila Cliff Dwellings 17 Jun (ph. D. Chambers). There have been few breeding reports for Common Gallinule in recent years, so noteworthy was a pair with 4 small chicks at Bosque N.W.R. 16 Jul (J. Shipman). An American Avocet pair with 4 chicks at Hachita 16 Jul (JS) furnished a rare Grant breeding re - cord. A Snowy Plover was at L.V.N.W.R. 16 Jun (WJ-W), where scarce; 13 were in s. Eddy at Red Bluff L. 8 Jul (RN). Maintaining a sum - mer presence west of the R.G.V., a Mountain Plover was in the North Plains, Cibola 4 Jun (DK) and 4 were north of Tres Piedras along the Rio Arriba-Taos county line 11 Jun (JP). A Long-billed Curlew was in the North Plains south of El Morro 4 Jun (DK), an often over - looked breeding area. Either very late or very early, a Marbled Godwit was at L.V.N.W.R. 16 Jun (WJ-W); earliest fall migrant at B.L.N.W.R. was one on 29 Jun (SB). Late spring White- rumped Sandpipers were 2 at B.L.N.W.R. 2 Coleman Goin, David Hawksworth, Karen Herzenberg, Nancy Hetrick, Terry Hodapp, Will Jaremko-Wright, Andrew Johnson, James Joseph, Rick Koehler, Judy Liddell, Carroll Littlefield, Martin MacRoberts, Wil - liam Maley, Larry Malone, Patricia Mehlhop, Narca Moore-Craig, Bernard Morris, Robert Nieman, Jerry Oldenettel, John Parmeter, Nicholas Pederson, Mary Kay Ray, Rose Ann Rowlett, Megan Ruehmann, Christopher Rustay, Catherine Sandell, Kim Score, Marcy Scott, Jarrod Swackhammer, John Trochet, Richard Webster, Mara E. Weisenberger, Adrienne Warner, Steve West, Debra White - cotton, Mouser Williams, S.O. Williams, James Zabriskie. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S ummer 2016 continued the warm and dry conditions of the spring, with un - usually hot temperatures in the east and across the south, while the so-called "mon - soon season" provided only a few widely scattered showers by the end of the season. Among the birding highlights were several northern extensions of breeding ranges, in - cluding Gray Hawk north to the Cliff-Gila Valley and Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet and Thick-billed Kingbird north to the lower Gila River, while surveys for Cave Swallows greatly expanded the known breeding range of that species in the state. Extraordinary was an Elegant Trogon at Artesia, a first for New Mexico's Pecos Valley. Abbreviations: B.L.N.W.R. (Bitter Lake N.W.R.); Bosque N.W.R. (Bosque del Apache N.W.R.); E.B.L. (Elephant Butte Lake); L.V.N.W.R. (Las Vegas N.W.R.); P.O. Canyon (Post Office Canyon, Peloncillo Mts.); R.G.V. (Rio Grande Valley). WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Wood Duck is now understood as a breeder throughout New Mexico's R.G.V., but the spe - cies also nests widely elsewhere in the state; this season, a female with a brood was at Wa - trous, Mora 24 Jun (TB). Ruddy Duck broods included females with young at Bosque N.W.R. 4 Jun (M. Hood) and Las Cruces 25 Jun (NS). Montezuma Quail at the northern fringe of the range were 4 near Old Horse Springs, Catron 5 Jun (DH) and one in the Bear Mts. north of Magdalena 11 Jun (SM). A White-tailed Ptarmigan was near Jicarita Peak, Taos 25 Jun (ph. BR, ph. RN), a reli - Gray Hawk has continued to spread across southern New Mexico. This juvenile near a nest in the Gila River Valley near Cliff 3 June was closely tended by an adult, and fur- nished the first solid evidence of breeding north to Grant. Photo by © Jarrod B. Swackhamer

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