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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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 537 n e w m e x i c o found breeding in Mosquero Canyon, where 3 singing males plus a pair—the female carrying food—were documented 22 Jun (ph. RC, WE); others nearby included one to 3 along Trigg Rd., e. San Miguel 6 Jun (MM) and 6 Jul (RC, WE). Unexpected was a Dickcissel singing near El Rito, Rio Arriba 4 Jun (JO). Noteworthy s. to the Sacramento Mountains, a Common Grackle was at Seeping Springs near Ruidoso 8 Jul (WW). A male and 2 dark (e. subspecies) female Bronzed Cowbirds were at Rattlesnake Springs 2 Jun (SOW). Orchard Orioles w. of usual were single ad. males at Maxwell N.W.R. 10 Jun (KG) and at Mesilla Bosque S.P. 27 Jul (ph. CJG). Very few Hooded Orioles were reported, and none were found in the se.; noteworthy for Luna was a breeding pair at Deming 15 Jun (CR, WE, NH). Among the few Red Crossbill reports were several at Serpent Lake 5 Jul (JP et al.), which included both Type 2 and Type 5 birds (v.r. R. Hoyer). Initialed observers: Francisco Anaya, Jona- than Batkin, Matthew Baumann, Grant Beau- prez, Karen Beckenbach, Dan Belcher, Roger Clark, David Cleary, Wyatt Egelhoff, Bernard Foy, Kathy Granillo, Coleman J. Goin, David Griffn, Cheryl Grindle, David Hawksworth, Charles Hayes, Nancy Hetrick, William Howe, David Krueper, Judy B. Liddell, Carroll Little- feld, James Lofton, Martin MacRoberts, Larry Malone, Raymond Meyer, Robert Nieman, Jerry Oldenettel, Bruce Ostyn, John Parmeter, Nicholas Pederson, Christopher Rustay, Janet Ruth, Nancy Stotz, James Stuart, John Trochet, Richard Webster, Mara Weisenberger, Steve West, William West, Sartor O. Williams III, Rob Yaksich, James Zabriskie, Barry Zimmer. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sartor O. Williams III, Division of Birds, museum of Southwestern Biology, University of new mexico, Albuquerque, new mexico 87131-0001, (sunbittern@earthlink.net) East of historical range, Sage Thrashers sug- gestive of local summering included 2 at Al- buquerque's Manzano Open Space 4 Jul (DH) and one near Variadero, e. San Miguel 9 Jul (ph. MB). Summering Cedar Waxwings included 3 at Chama 10 Jul (CG), 3 near Placitas, Taos 11 Jul (WE), and, in the R.G.V., 3 at Española 28 Jun (JP), 2 at Buckman, Santa Fe 26 Jun (JB), and one at the Alameda bridge 3 Jul (ph. JS). Among several unseasonable warblers were a Worm-eating Warbler at Cerrillos 7 Jul (A. Fenner), a Northern Waterthrush in the Black Range at Mud Spring 21 Jun (DC), and a Black- and-white Warbler singing near Farmington 9 Jun (MB). An early fall Nashville Warbler was singing at the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve 27 Jul (BF). Suggestive of local breeding, a Yellow Warbler was heard singing at Cochiti Lake 7 Jul (WH), and 2 or more were singing at the Alam- eda bridge in Jun (DK, JR, CH, WH); 2 males were on territory at Hillsboro 14 Jun–5 Jul (ph. DC). Three early fall Hermit Warblers were in Clanton Canyon, Peloncillo Mountains 26 Jul (CR, ph. NH). Wilson's Warblers are scarce but regular breeders at higher elevations in New Mexico's n. mountains; 8 were w. of Holman at Serpent Lake, Taos 5 Jul (JP, WE). Providing a Doña Ana frst, a Botteri's Spar- row was noted singing from giant sacaton on the Las Cruces West Mesa 4 Jun (ph., v.r. NS); in Hidalgo, 2 were singing along the Portal Rd. near Rodeo 25 Jul (ph. BZ) and one singing n. of Antelope Wells 28 Jul (DG). Obviously re- sponding to the plentiful rains, singing Cassin's Sparrows were "abundant" in the s. Playas Val- ley near Antelope Wells 28 Jul (DG). On the nw. fringe of their distribution, 2 Black-chinned Sparrows were singing in Zuni's Cheama Can- yon 5 Jun (JT). Further evidence of Song Spar- rows invading the lower Gila River was pro- vided by 3 at three sites in the Gila Lower Box, Hidalgo 26 Jun (SOW). Summer Tanagers at the fringes of their New Mexico range included 2 singing in Zuni's Blackrock bosque 7 Jun (JT), a pair in Mills Canyon on the Mora/Harding line 8 Jun (RC), one in Mosquero Canyon, Harding 30 Jun (RC), and 5 along Trigg Rd., e. San Miguel 6 Jul (WE). A nest-building Indigo Bunting female at La Llorona Park in Las Cruces was being stalked by a female Bronzed Cowbird 9 Jun (BO). At least 3 male and 2 female Varied Buntings sum- mered at San Andres Spring, Doña Ana, where 2 fedglings were banded 10 Jul (ph. MW); one of the ad. males had been banded at the site in 2011 (MW). Painted Buntings were Vireo in ne. New Mexico is unclear; this sea- son, 2 were singing in upper Mosquero Can- yon, Harding 30 Jun (RC), a new locale for the species. A singing Red-eyed Vireo was late at Albuquerque 3 Jun (CR). Horned Lark has declined greatly in the Carlsbad area, where none were detected on the Lakewood B.B.S. for the frst time ever (SW); B.B.S. data indicate a signifcant 4 per cent per year decline for the species statewide since the census was initiated in 1968. An ad. Purple Martin feeding 2 nest- lings in a martin house at Clovis 3 Jul (ph. GB) provided the frst confrmed nesting for Curry. Good news for Bank Swallows in the middle R.G.V., with three Rio Rancho area colonies to- gether containing up to 190 pairs 21 Jun – 12 Jul (CH, WH). Cave Swallows continued to expand into lowland areas around Carlsbad; there are now as many nesting in the lowlands as in caves in the Guadalupe Mountains (SW). Meanwhile, Cave Swallows continued in evidence along the Rio Grande in Doña Ana, including about 50 seen at Leasburg S.P. 9 Jun (JZ) and others nesting in the Las Cruces area at Mesilla Dam 6 Jun (BO) and La Llorona Park 9 Jun (BO). Now resident in the middle R.G.V., 2 ad. Caro- lina Wrens were feeding one or 2 fedglings at Bosque N.W.R. 13 Jul (ph. NP). A Veery was heard singing near Ojo Sarco, Rio Arriba 8 Jun (JO), but none were detected at Chama 5-6 Jun (WE) or 10 Jul (CG). A Swainson's Thrush was in the Gallinas Mountains, n. Lincoln 12 Jun (J. Hurd), where not known to breed, and another was in Zuni's Blackrock bosque 7 Jun (JT); one in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Flechado Campground 11 Jul (WE) was in a known breeding area. MIMIDS THROUGH FINCHES Unexpected in the Black Range, a Gray Cat- bird was singing at the Chloride museum 12 Jun (ph. DC); another was s. along the Pecos River to Villanueva 16 Jul (WW). Surveys for Bendire's Thrashers reported one to 3 at 10 sites in Cibola, Sandoval, Bernalillo, Catron, Socorro, Hidalgo, and Luna Jun–Jul (MB et al.); one was e. to Variadero, e. San Miguel 1 Jun (CR, NH). Bell's Vireo has extended its breeding range in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley to north of Albuquerque, where this adult was tending a fedgling at Corrales, Sandoval County 10 July 2014. Photograph by William Maley. Continued evidence of Carolina Wren's colonization of New Mexico's middle Rio Grande Valley was provided by this recent fedgling being tended by adults at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County on 13 July 2014. Photograph by Nicholas D. Pederson.

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