North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

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 92 N E W M E X I C O a culvert near the Waldrop Rest Area, e. Chaves 1 Aug (ph. NH) and 20 were near Kenna, Roos - evelt 21 Aug (JP); migrant Caves included 40 at Stephens L. near Eunice 16 Oct (ph. RN), while in the R.G.V., Caves were reported from Leas - burg S.P. south to La Union (m.ob.). Based on call notes, up to 2 Pacific Wrens were reported at Brantley Dam 25 Nov (ph. RN, WE), where there were also at least 2 Winter Wrens (RN, WE); only Winter Wrens were found there in subsequent days and weeks. Statewide, Winter Wrens began to arrive by mid-Oct, with singles at Santa Fe 17 Oct (BF) and N.R.T. 23-24 Oct (JO, JP); others were at Los Alamos 12 Nov (ph. R. Gurule), Sumner Dam 22 Nov (ph. JO), and R.S. 22-25 Nov (ph. RN, JO). Vocal Carolina Wrens continued at Bosque N.W.R. from Aug to at least 25 Oct (m.ob.), when vocalizations ceased; single birds were at Sumner Dam 30 Aug (ph. NH, CR) & 24 Oct (JP) and Ute L. 21 Nov (ph. JO). A family group of at least 4 Cac - tus Wrens was on the Albuquerque West Mesa south of I-40 on 9 Nov (DL). Other notable sightings of Cactus Wrens were one at Edge - wood 6 Oct-15 Nov (A. B. Johnson), one near the Abo ruins entrance road 9 Aug (CR), and 4 at Ramon, Lincoln 5 Sep (CW). A Black-tailed Gnatcatcher was in the E.B.L. area 25 Oct (DJC), where the species has been scarce since the 2011 freeze. An Eastern Blue - bird at Mangas Springs 9 Nov (JBS) furnished the only report from west of the R.G.V. Scarce on the eastern plains, 15 Western Bluebirds were at N.R.T. 25 Oct (JP, JO). A Wood Thrush was at N.R.T. 19 Sep (JP); noteworthy for Lea was another at the Conoco Pond 6 Oct (CB). A Gray Catbird was at the Vaughn treatment Springs 25 Oct (ph. RN) continued through 30 Nov (m.ob., m.ph.). Far south of expected lo - cales, a Downy Woodpecker was at Mesilla Park 16-29 Oct (ph. WE, ph. CG) and another was south to Jacks Peak, Burro Mts., 5 Sep (WE, NH). A family group of 4 American Three-toed Woodpeckers was in recently burned forest on Signal Peak, Pinos Altos Mts. 6 Sep (ph. NH, WE); in the Sacramento Mts., one was at Camp Wahinahpay south of Cloudcroft 30 Aug (RN). An early, well-detailed Merlin was reported from Las Campanas near Santa Fe 23 Aug (RC), while a bird at Bosque N.W.R. 19 Sep (ph. GF) was the earliest confirmed report. FLYCATCHERS THROUGH LONGSPURS Providing the first New Mexico report since 2012, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was at N.R.T. 3-4 Oct (JP, ph. JO). Least Flycatcher reports west to the R.G.V. consisted of singles at Albuquerque 23 Aug (CR) and near Radium Springs 13 Sep (MS, ph. JZ). Noteworthy for Lincoln, a Vermilion Flycatcher was near Pica - cho 19 Sep (ph. JO). Great Crested Flycatcher is a rare but regular transient through New Mexico's eastern plains; this season, singles were at Boone's Draw 5 Sep (MB, NP) and the Conoco Pond south of Maljamar 10 Sep (JO). A Brown-crested Flycatcher was in the R.G.V. near Radium Springs 24 Aug (MS, JZ), where one had been noted in Jul. Eastern Kingbird is a scarce but regular transient through the middle R.G.V. and this season, individuals were found at seven sites in the Albuquerque bosque area 19 Aug-5 Sep (m.ob.). A Scissor-tailed Fly - catcher was interestingly far to the west in the R.G.V. near Belen 9 Sep (T. Archdeacon). The earliest Northern Shrike was one at L.V.N.W.R 24 Oct (CR), where it continued 1 Nov (CM, ph. DS). The continued occurrence of White-eyed Vireo was evident, with one at R.S. in Jul continuing to 20 Sep (m.ob.), one at N.R.T. 3-4 Oct (JP, ph. JO), and one at a pond on the west side of Santa Fe 11-15 Nov (J. Szabat, ph. BF, ph. JB). In Santa Fe, 2 Gray Vireos were singing in the Buckman Road-Di - ablo Canyon area 11 Sep and 4 were seen and heard singing near Tetilla Peak 12 Sep (ph., a.r. J. Leutzelschwab), late dates for the species to be singing in New Mexico. Well documented Blue-headed Vireos were present near Los Ala - mos 6 Sep (CM, ph. DS), N.R.T. 2 Oct (JP, ph. JO) and 10 Oct (ph. JO), Conoco Pond, Lea 5 Oct (ph. JO, ph. RN), and 2 at Rattlesnake Springs 13 Sep (ph. RN). A Philadelphia Vir - eo at the Conoco Pond 5 Oct (ph. JO) provid- ed the lone report for the season. Single Red- eyed Vireos were west to three Albuquerque locales 2-10 Sep (ph. WM); another at N.R.T. furnished the only additional report. Up to 14 ad. and juv. Cave Swallows were at was at Ruidoso 2-3 Aug (D. Rizos). A female Blue-throated Hummingbird in P.O. Canyon 13 Sep (CL) provided the lone report, although another was in Texas, at El Paso adjacent to the New Mexico line 1 Sep (ph. J. Groves). The peak Lucifer Hummingbird count in P.O. Canyon was 35 on 10 Sep; at least 10 young were produced there during the breeding sea - son (CL). Providing a Sierra first, an ad. male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was west to the R.G.V. near Williamsburg 27-31 Oct (ph. M. Powey). Far to the northeast, an Anna's Hum - mingbird was at Clovis 13-17 Nov (K&GK, ph. JO). Broad-billed Hummingbird is the "south - western" hummer most prone to wandering in New Mexico; this season, an ad. male was northeast to Clovis 13-14 Nov (K&GK, ph. JO), an ad. female was at Hillsboro 23-24 Oct (ph. RB), and 2 were near Radium Springs—an imm. male 21-22 Sep (MS, ph. JZ) and an imm. female 28 Sep-4 Oct (MS, JZ). Red-headed Woodpecker is an irregular breeder in the R.G.V., so noteworthy for Sando - val was a pair that fledged at least two young at Algodones 7-29 Aug (ph. JL, ph. L. Ladwig, DH) and a nesting pair that eventually fledged two young at Sandia Pueblo 4 Jun-27 Aug (ph. T. W. Fetz). In Bernalillo, a juv. Red-headed was at Cedar Crest 24 Sep (DL) and another juv. was found dead at Albuquerque's Montessa Park 15 Oct (NP). A female Golden-fronted Wood - pecker discovered at Stephens L. and the adja- cent golf course west of Eunice 16 Oct (ph. RN) remained there through 13 Nov (m.ob., m.ph.) and provided the first photo-documented New Mexico record; there are three earlier well- detailed sight reports from Chaves, Eddy, and Curry. Close on the heels of this exciting first Golden-fronted Woodpecker was the discovery of 2 woodpeckers originally believed to be male and female Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Portales 28 Oct (ph. T. D. Watkins) but later determined to both be Golden-fronted Woodpecker x Red-bellied Woodpecker hybrids (fide M. Husak), another first for the state. A male Red- bellied Woodpecker discovered at Rattlesnake Providing the first confirmed New Mexico record, this female Golden-fronted Woodpecker was near Eunice, Lea County, from 16 October to 13 (here 1) November 2015. Photo by © David J. Krueper. Only the third Glaucous-winged Gull to be documented in New Mexico, this first-cycle individual was at Brantley Lake, Eddy County, from 22 (here 23) November 2015 into the winter season. Photo by © Robert Nieman.

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