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Checklist S16096151

 
Location
Bosque del Apache NWR, Socorro County, New Mexico, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:32 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
2 hour(s), 25 minute(s)
Distance:
6.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Laurens Halsey
Species
24 species (+3 other taxa) total
2000
Snow Goose

Estimated 3000-4000 white geese, 2/3 Snows, 1/3 Ross's plus at least 100 Blue Geese.

1000
Ross's Goose

Estimated 3000-4000 white geese, 2/3 Snows, 1/3 Ross's

3
Cackling Goose (Richardson's)
85
Canada Goose
12
Canada Goose (canadensis Group)

at least 12 were parvipes

1
Northern Shoveler
3
Gadwall
1
Mallard/Mexican Duck
1
Northern Pintail
1
Bufflehead
75
American Coot (Red-shielded)
31
Sandhill Crane
3
Killdeer
1
Cooper's Hawk
5
Bald Eagle
1
Red-shouldered Hawk

First seen at about 08:30 on the south west most portion of the Marsh Loop, about 20 meters south of the road and 50 meters west of the pull off for the John P. Taylor Memorial Trail. The bird was 2-3 meters off the ground in a leafless cottonwood or willow and appeared to be hunting. I had several minutes of obscured dorsal views and brief frontal view before the bird was flushed by a photographer attempting to take pictures of deer, few seconds of obscured in-flight views. Details: small buteo-type hawk, appeared smaller than Red-tailed, about size of female Cooper's with shorter tail and plumper, rusty-brown shoulder (bend of folded wing) apparent, otherwise upper-wing coverts were dark brown broadly edged dirty-white - giving a spotted appearance, underside of tail showed many narrow pale (off-white) and brown bands or barring, whitish underparts with chest heavily/densely blotched (not streaked, not barred) with rufous, rest of underparts lightly blotched. Seen briefly in flight - pale bases to outer primaries flashed, the leading edge of the upper wing rusty, otherwise upper wing brown with pale spotting, tail barring appeared more contrasting (dark/light pattern more distinct).

2
Red-tailed Hawk
1
American Crow
3
White-crowned Sparrow (Dark-lored)

Dark lores and grayish pink bills

18
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)
1
Golden-crowned Sparrow

08:35 Seen at 2 meters without binoculars while I waited to pay, 3 meters from the pay station at the entrance to the refuge. Adult-like head pattern with bright yellow (unstreaked) central crown stripe and thick brownish median crown stripes. Later in the morning I waited for but did not see the one reported from the visitor center feeders.

6
White-throated Sparrow

possibly more

1
Lincoln's Sparrow
1
Green-tailed Towhee
1
Spotted Towhee
X
Red-winged Blackbird
17
House Sparrow
 

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