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Checklist S31095686

 
Location
Caballo Lake SP--Percha Recreation Area, Sierra County, New Mexico, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu May 12, 2011
Protocol:
Historical
Party Size:
2
Observers:
Nate Kohler
Comments:
Submission of an older observation. Species are presence only, unless otherwise noted. With Steve Wickliffe.
Species
66 species (+1 other taxa) total
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Chimney/Vaux's Swift

Unable to determine if Chimney or Vaux's with any certainty - clearly not White-throated.

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Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
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One bird seen clearly with binoculars, feeding low to just above eye-level in leafed shrubs.

As it was a life bird for both Steve and I, we spent a couple of minutes carefully watching the bird moving through the shrubs and feeding. The bright yellow throat and breast, contrasting with the white belly and undertail were noted immediately. Followed by the white wing bars, yellow "spectacles" and thick "vireo-like" bill - green-yellow head, merging into gray on the lower back and rump. My overall impression of this bird was that it was similarly sized and patterned to that of a "solitary" type vireo, with the obvious exception of the bright yellow markings described above. No vocalizations were noted.

After studying the bird for a couple minutes, we then dug out the field guide to confirm our identification. Noting that the bird rarely occurred in New Mexico, we set about trying to obtain images. Armed with only point-and-shoots, we located the bird again briefly, but were unable to obtain any useful images before losing track of the bird altogether. We spent another 10-15 minutes trying to relocate the bird, to no avail.

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Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes