North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 2016

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 9 ( 2 0 1 6 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 453 N E W M E X I C O Ottinger) and 10 May (ph. WE, CR, MTS, JZ). A bright Hudsonian Godwit at B.L.N.W.R. 29 May (JP, ph. JO) provided the only report. In sharp contrast to recent years, only one White- rumped Sandpiper report was received: 5 at B.L.N.W.R. 16 May (CR, NH, WE). Well docu - mented were 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers at V.D.O. 28 Apr (MH, ph. WM). GULLS THROUGH FALCONS An ad. Laughing Gull made a brief visit to Bosque N.W.R. 15 May (ph. GF); an early Franklin's Gull reached Albuquerque 11 Mar (ph. WM). Continuing from Feb, an ad. Mew Gull was at Albuquerque's Alameda bridge 3 Mar (WM); another ad. was near Farmington 5-6 Mar (ph. TR). The gull of the season was a first-cycle Western Gull at E.B.L. 5-12 Apr (ph. WE, ph. NP, ph. MB, ph. JB, ph. JO, JP); vicinity of Clayton 20 May (D. Stahlecker), the second nest site now known for Union. Now a regular breeding species in the middle R.G.V., at least two Common Black Hawk pairs were nesting in Albuquerque's South Valley bosque Apr–May (DH, ph. WM), and others were in the Isleta area (DH), near Veguita, n. Socorro (DH), and at Bosque N.W.R. (m.ob., ph. GF); far e., and a Curry first, was one at Ned Houk Park 15 May (DC, ph. ZK). Common Black Hawk is not known to nest in Guadalupe Can - yon, so noteworthy was at least one there 25 Apr (MB, NP) and 9 May (JJ, KS). Noteworthy n. to Sierra, 3 Harris's Hawks were s. of Wil - liamsburg 23 & 30 Mar (ph. DJC); maintain- ing a Tularosa Basin presence, a pair was ob- served mating near Tularosa 21 Apr (ph. DB). In the se., a Gray Hawk had returned to the R.S. area 29 Mar (DC), where at least one pair was present Apr–May (m.ob.); in the lower R.G.V., an ad. was at Percha S.P. 19 Apr (CS); in the sw., at least two pairs were in Guada - lupe Canyon Apr–May (m.ob.). Judging from recent reports, Zone-tailed Hawk may be more widespread in New Mexico than is generally understood: one was in the Sandia Mountains foothills at Embudito Canyon 19 May (JJ), one was in Water Canyon, Magdalena Mountains 9 May (P. Darr), and one was in East Red Can - yon, San Mateo Mountains 18 Apr (ph. SM); noteworthy for the Zuni Mountains was one at Cottonwood Gulch 28 May (JT), while an apparent migrant was at Deming 17 Apr (MB). Common Gallinule has become decid - edly scarce in recent years; this season, one n. in the Pecos Valley to B.L.N.W.R. 22 Apr (FA) and up to 2 at Bosque N.W.R. Apr–May (m.ob.) provided the only reports. Irregular in New Mexico, 2 American Golden-Plovers were at B.L.N.W.R. 10-11 Apr (ph. MB, ph. JO, ph. NH, m.ob.), and singles were there 19 (CC) & 29 May (JP, ph. JO). The high count for Snowy Plover at B.L.N.W.R. was only 70 on 20 May (FA); peripheral were 2 at Ute Lake 10 May (JP) and 5 at E.B.L. 23 Apr (DJC). Rare in Santa Fe, a Semipalmated Plover was at Santa Fe 24-25 Apr (ph. JB, ph. BF, WE). Early Solitary Sandpipers were singles at Bosque N.W.R. 4 Apr (CR) and Albuquer - que 7 Apr (ph. WM). Whimbrel reports have been on the increase in recent years, and this season continued that trend, with one at Morgan Lake 17 May (CB), one at Bosque N.W.R. 26 Apr (ph. NP) and 2 at another Bosque N.W.R. site 2 May (ph. NP, MB), one at B.L.N.W.R. 17 May (CC), and 2 in the Uvas Valley at the "Nutt- Hatch" playa, Doña Ana 29 Apr (J. Egret at Carrizozo 3 May (CR); the high count in Albuquerque's South Valley was 155 on 10 May (DH). An early Green Heron reached Six Mile Dam 31 Mar (SW). Glossy Ibis is now a rare but regular spring transient; this season found up to 2 at V.D.O. 19-24 Apr (ph. WM, ph. NH, m.ob.) and another there 8 May (ph. WE), one at Belen 2 Apr (MS), and singles at Bosque N.W.R. 18 Apr (JP), 26 Apr (GF), 9-10 May (ph. GF), and 26 May (MB). VULTURES THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Not seen in New Mexico since the demise of the Pleistocene megafauna, a young Califor - nia Condor showed up in Joe Fitzgibbon's yard at Los Alamos 24 Apr (ph. JF, ph. SF); banded, wing-tagged, and carrying a radio transmitter, it reportedly stayed in the Jemez Mountains for four days before returning to its Arizona release site in early May. A pair of White-tailed Kites was nesting in Hidalgo s. of Hachita 20 & 27 Apr (ph. DG), and one was s. of Animas 9 May (JJ, KS); in the R.G.V., one was n. to the Isleta area, s. Bernalillo 13-14 Apr (T. Archdeacon, EG, WM, ZK). Missis - sippi Kites were in the R.G.V. from Corrales, where mating 10 May (CH), s. through Albu - querque and Belen to Bosque N.W.R. (m.ob.), and eastward to the Texas line, including Santa Rosa (JP), Fort Sumner (JS, DC, ZK), and Mos - quero Canyon, Harding (ph. WE). A new Bald Eagle nesting territory was discovered in the American Golden-Plover appears irregularly in New Mexico. These two were at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Chaves County 10-11 (here 11) April 2015. Photograph by Nancy Hetrick. With but three previous New Mexico records, Western Gull is a rare find in the state. This first-cycle individual was at Elephant Butte Lake, Sierra County 5-12 (here 10) April 2015. Photograph by Nancy E. Hetrick. Historically absent from the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico, Common Black Hawk can now be found breeding at a number of locales throughout the valley, including at Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, where this active nest was photographed 10 April 2015. Photograph by William Maley. Rare in New Mexico, where unreported for the past two years, this adult Laughing Gull was at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County 15 May 2015. Photograph by Gary K. Froehlich.

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