North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

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 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 2 255 New Mexico ing the season. Noteworthy for the season, 18 Black-necked Stilts were at Sunland Park 29 Dec (MS, JZ), where there were at least 2 on 10 Jan (JEP). Late were 2 American Avocets at B.L.N.W.R. 14 Dec (FA); one was early at the Lordsburg playa 8 Feb (LM). PLOVERS THROUGH POORWILL Several Snowy Plovers wintered in the Lagu- na Grande area Dec–Feb, where there was a high count of 14 on 3 Jan (AB); one was n. to B.L.N.W.R. 8 Jan (JIS, ph. T. Warner). A Solitary Sandpiper was late at Bosque 17 Dec (ph. L. Hinesley); even more remarkable was one that spent the winter at Leasburg S.P.—frst found in Nov, it remained into Mar (ph. NS, ph. CG, m.ob.). While Greater Yellowlegs over- winter in small numbers in s. New Mexico, the status of Lessers is poorly understood; this sea- son, one Lesser was e. of Carlsbad 31 Dec (ph. RN), 3 were reported at B.L.N.W.R. 8 Jan (FA), and one was photographed there 27 Jan (ph. JIS). A Sanderling wintered at Laguna Grande 2 Jan–12 Feb (ph. AB). Additional evidence that Western Sandpiper has begun to overwinter in s. New Mexico was provided by some 100 in the Laguna Grande area Dec–Feb, including 93 on 2 & 9 Jan (ph. AB) and, along with 263 Leasts, a high 108 Westerns on 22 Jan (AB). A small fock of 9 Dunlins was at Laguna Grande Dec–Feb, where several were photographed 2 Jan (ph. AB). A busy gull season was high- lighted by an ad. Black-legged Kittiwake at Brantley Lake 15 Dec (ph. RN). Noteworthy for Roosevelt was a Bonaparte's Gull at Portales 12 Dec (ph. GB). Single ad. Mew Gulls were at the San Juan landfll near Farmington from Nov into Mar (TR), Albuquerque's Alameda bridge 31 Jan–8 Feb (ph. AB, ph. NH, JEP, CB, DH), Sunland Park 23-27 Dec (JNP, JG), and Lake Carlsbad 24-25 Jan (ph. RN, ph. JO). Notewor- thy for the lower Pecos Valley was a California Gull at Lake Carlsbad 7 Dec (ph. RN). Single non-ad. Thayer's Gulls were near Farming- ton 11 Jan–22 Feb (TR), at Alameda bridge 6 through 24 Feb (m.ob., ph.) provided a Santa Fe frst; another was at Clovis 26 Dec–20 Jan (GB). Noteworthy for midwinter, 3 Blue-winged Teal were at Percha S.P. 12 Jan (ph. BZ); a male Cinnamon was at E.B.L. 7-9 Jan (ph. DC). A White-winged Scoter was at Brantley Lake 25 Jan (JEP, ph. JO), and 3 Long-tailed Ducks were in the Laguna Grande area 23 Dec (ph. AB, ph. RN). Another good Barrow's Goldeneye season in the upper R.G.V. found up to 4 in the Ohkay Owingeh lakes area 6 Dec–9 Feb (m.ob., ph. BF, ph. WH, ph. NH, ph. WE), while single males farther n. were at Orilla Verde 27 Dec–8 Jan (S. & C. Hanks) and near Pilar 1 Feb (JEP, JO); in the lower Pecos Valley, a male Barrow's was at Brantley Lake 18 Feb (ph. RN). Single Pacifc Loons were at Brantley Lake 19 Jan–2 Feb (ph. JO, JEP, RN, CR) and n. to Ute Lake 9-15 Feb (JO, DH). Late for the north, a Com- mon Loon lingered at Santa Cruz Lake through 8 Dec (BF, CR) and another was at Abiquiu Lake 20 Jan (WH). A Neotropic Cormorant returned to Albuquerque's Tingley ponds 17 Jan (AB), where there were 18 by 18 Feb (DH). An ad. Brown Pelican at Brantley Lake 1-2 Feb (ph. RN, CR) was of the Pacifc subspecies; 2 were at E.B.L. 25 Feb (LM). Continuing a recent trend, a few White-faced Ibis wintered at B.L.N.W.R., where there were 6 on 14 Dec, 2 on 31 Dec, and 5 on 22 Jan (FA). Some 15 Turkey Vultures were in the Roswell area 14 Dec (JIS), the most dependable area in the state to fnd this species in winter. A White-tailed Kite was in the middle Animas Valley 28 Dec (ph. MB, NP). Albuquer- que is becoming known for its dense concentra- tion of Cooper's Hawks; this season, 47 were in the n. part of town 14 Dec (RV), and another 16 were in s. part 21 Dec (JO-W). Harris's Hawks were found across the south in Luna, Doña Ana, Otero, Eddy, and Lea, but numbers were consid- ered low in the latter two counties, with high counts of only 9 in the Avalon-Brantley area 15 Dec (TH) and 7 near Eunice 1 Jan (P. McCaslin). An ad. Red-shouldered Hawk, apparently one of the several e. subspecies, was a surprise at Mesilla Bosque S.P. 27 Dec–10 Jan (ph. NS, JEP). One to 3 Harlan's Hawks were reported in the R.G.V. at Ohkay Owingeh 5 Jan (ph. WH), La Cieneguilla all season (ph. BF), V.D.O. 21 Dec (JO-W), San Antonio in Dec–Jan (GF), and Bosque in Dec–Jan (GF, DH); one was w. to Rodeo 1 Dec (RW). A good season for Ferrugi- nous Hawks produced reports from 15 C.B.C.s and found the species relatively numerous in the middle R.G.V., with 7 at V.D.O. 21 Dec (JO- W), 6 at San Antonio 1 Dec (ph. GF), and up to 10 at Bosque Dec–Jan (DH, GF, JPS); the high count elsewhere was 13 in the Angel Fire/Eagle Nest area 14 Dec (MK). Rough-legged Hawks were conspicuous from the R.G.V. eastward, with reports of one to 2 from 13 counties dur- Sartor O. Williams III –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– W inter 2013-2014 was similar to most recent New Mexico winters— warm and dry. Early autumn rains somewhat improved habitat conditions for some wintering species, notably sparrows, but conditions by season's end again seemed bleak. Nevertheless, birders were active throughout the season, and a fair number of rare or other- wise interesting species were documented. Abbreviations: B.L.N.W.R. (Bitter Lake N.W.R.); Bosque (Bosque del Apache N.W.R.); E.B.L. (El- ephant Butte Lake); R.G.N.C. (Rio Grande Na- ture Center, Albuquerque); R.G.V. (Rio Grande Valley); R.S. (Rattlesnake Springs and vicinity, Eddy); V.D.O. (Valle de Oro N.W.R.). WATERFOWL THROUGH AVOCET Impressive numbers of "white" geese were again recorded in New Mexico, including 39,500 Snows and 6900 Ross's at Bosque 14 Dec (DH), 11,400 Snows and 26,600 Ross's at Roswell 14 Dec (JIS), and 4148 Ross's (but only 188 Snows) at Albuquerque's V.D.O. 21 Dec (JO- W), these all the more remarkable considering Ross's was frst documented in the state only in 1956, while the 915 Snows that wintered at Bosque 1961-1962 represented an exciting "all time record high." The goose of the season, however, was a Brant at Albuquerque 15 Dec–5 Jan (S. Williamson, m.ob., ph.) that had all the characteristics of a Gray-bellied Brant. Two Tun- dra Swans were at Bosque 14 Dec (J. Holloway), and one was s. to Leasburg S.P. 17 Dec (ph. RB); singles (perhaps from Bosque) were n. to Ber- nardo 16 Dec–13 Jan (m.ob.) and nearby La Joya 2-15 Feb (JO, JEP). Wood Ducks wintered in the R.G.V. from Dixon southward, including 795 in the Albuquerque area 15-21 Dec (RV, JO-W). A male Eurasian Wigeon in the Las Campanas area from 10 Jan (ph. C. Slocomb) The frst Solitary Sandpiper known to have overwintered in New Mexico, this individual was active on both sides of the Rio Grande at Leasburg State Park, Doña Ana County 18 November 2013 through 22 March (here 22 February) 2014. Photograph by Coleman J. Goin.

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