North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 536 n e w m e x i c o A Red-headed Woodpecker was w. to the R.G.V. at Angostura Dam 21 Jun (DH). Noteworthy for the nw. were 2 Ladder-backed Woodpeckers in Bluewater Gorge 6 Jun (JT). An Aplomado Fal- con was on the Las Cruces West Mesa 2 Jul (ph. NS); although the re-introduction program was judged a failure and abandoned in 2012, the persistence of some released birds clouds the status of any Aplomado seen in New Mexico. FLYCATCHERS THROUGH THRUSHES Continuing to spread in the ne., a pair of Black Phoebes was at Pajarito Creek near Tucumcari 1 Jun (CR, ph. NH). One or more Eastern Phoe- bes were at Albuquerque's Alameda bridge 1-21 Jun (ph. DK, JO, WH, ph. JBL); others of note were 2 along the Mora River at Watrous 7 Jun (CR, WE), 2 on the Pecos River at Villanueva 16 Jul (WW), and one in Mosquero Canyon 30 Jun (RC). Continuing their northward spread into the Black Range, one to 3 Dusky-capped Flycatchers were at three Chloride Canyon sites in Jun (ph., v.r. DC), including an apparent fam- ily group. Only one Thick-billed Kingbird was detected in Guadalupe Canyon 26 Jul (JP, ph. NH). An Eastern Kingbird was s. in the R.G.V. to Ohkay Owingeh Lakes 28 Jun (WE). A Scis- sor-tailed Flycatcher was far w. to Silver City 20 Jul (KB); another was n. to Sedan, Union 9 Jun (KG). A White-eyed Vireo singing at Chama 6 Jun (ph. WE) provided a Rio Arriba frst; the species is now known from 26 of New Mexico's 33 counties, with breeding confrmed in two counties and suspected in others. Continuing from May, a pair of Bell's Vireos in the Cor- rales bosque was conspicuous through Jun (ph. DK, CH, JO, WH, ph. JBL, G. Garber) and was feeding one or more fedglings 10 Jul (ph. W. Maley), establishing the northernmost nesting for the species in the R.G.V. Meanwhile, Bell's Vireos continued to spread in the ne., including one singing from a willow-fringed stock tank e. of Sabinoso, San Miguel 14 Jun (CR, WE) and one in e. San Miguel at a Trigg Rd. stock tank s. of Mosquero 6 Jul (WE). The status of Gray yon 30 Jun (RC). An impressive concentration of at least 61 Burrowing Owls was in a large prairie-dog town e. of Mosquero 22 Jun (RC, WE). Six successful Burrowing Owl nests at fve Santa Fe sites fedged some 30 young (J. Walters), but some of those sites are threatened by industrial development. In the Black Range in Sierra in Jun, a pair of Spotted Owls pro- duced 3 young and another pair nearby pro- duced 2 (ph. DC). An apparent family group of 5 Long-eared Owls was on the Cañoncito Navajo Reservation, w. Bernalillo 25 Jun (MB, A. Bankert). Short-eared Owl was confrmed as a New Mexico breeding species in Jun with the documentation of two successful nests on Otero Mesa (ph. RM), one successful nest w. of Nutt, Luna (ph. D. Meliopoulos), and a fam- ily group near Floyd, Roosevelt (ph. GB). Main- taining a Sangre de Cristo Mountains presence, 5 Mexican Whip-poor-wills were in Gallinas Canyon w. of Gallinas, San Miguel 6 Jun (CR, WE), and one was at Philmont Scout Ranch, Colfax 15 Jun (RN); nw. to the Zuni Mountains, one was in Little Wa- ter Canyon 4 Jun (K. Score). Two Anna's Hummingbirds in P. O. Canyon 19 Jul (CL) were the frst of fall's post-breeding dispersal. A Costa's Hummingbird was a surprise at Rodeo 6 Jul (RW). Notably early was a male Rufous Hummingbird at Chama 24 Jun (RY); earliest Calliope was a male at Elephant Butte 4 Jul (DC). An ad. male Broad-billed Hummingbird summered at Silver City (KB), and up to 7 summered n. in the Peloncillo Moun- tains to P. O. Canyon (CL). An active Vi- olet-crowned Hummingbird nest was in Guadalupe Canyon 26 Jul (ph. NH, JP). nine nest attempts but fedged only one young (J. Montgomery), while no young were pro- duced at heavily disturbed Brantley Lake (SW); wandering Leasts were one at E.B.L. 1 Jun (ph. DC), 2 at Morgan Lake 7 Jun (ph. MB), and one at Ohkay Owingeh Lakes 13-14 Jun (C. Mangeng, ph. BF). Noteworthy for summer, 2 Caspian Terns were at Morgan Lake 7 Jun (ph. MB) and 2 at E.B.L. 29 Jun (ph. DC). Unusual was a Common Tern at E.B.L. 15 Jun (ph. DC). Inca Doves continued scarce across the s., with one to 2 at three sites in Luna and Doña Ana (CJG, DB, WE) and up to 8 at Elephant Butte Jun–Jul (ph. DC). Several Common Ground-Doves were noted after the rains began in Jul, with up to 4 in Guadalupe Canyon 26 Jul (JP, NH, CR) and singles in the Playas Valley n. of Antelope Wells 28 Jul (DG) and on the Las Cruces West Mesa 22 Jul (ph. NS). Noteworthy for Harding were 3 vocal Yellow-billed Cuckoos at as many riparian crossings in Mosquero Can- Seldom documented in the Black Range in Sierra County, New Mexico these fedgling Spotted Owls were among two broods raised in the area in summer (here 19 June) 2014. Photograph by David J. Cleary. Continuing their colonization of New Mexico's eastern border, presumably spreading westward from Texas, Purple Martins nested successfully in summer 2014 at Clovis, Curry County, where this female was feeding nestlings 3 July. Photograph by Grant W. Beauprez. First documented in the United States in 1957 in New Mex- ico's Guadalupe Canyon, Hidalgo County, Violet-crowned Hummingbird has continued as a summer resident there, where this female was on a nest 26 July 2014. Photograph by Nancy E. Hetrick.

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