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Checklist S40181423

 
Location
Caballo Lake SP--Percha Recreation Area, Sierra County, New Mexico, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:52 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 54 minute(s)
Distance:
0.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Wyatt Egelhoff
Species
46 species (+1 other taxa) total
29
Mallard/Mexican Duck
110
White-winged Dove
21
Mourning Dove
160
Sandhill Crane
4
Killdeer
1
Wilson's Snipe
1
Spotted Sandpiper
1
Greater Yellowlegs

H/o

1
Snowy Egret
1
Common Black Hawk

Lingering (or straggler) seen perched on top of the spillway structure. Bulky body and relatively short tail help to rule out Zone-tailed Hawk.

© Wyatt Egelhoff

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1
Belted Kingfisher
1
Lewis's Woodpecker

Unusual this far south, but this has been a great montane invasion fall thus far. A largish dark woodpecker with gray collar, rosy underparts and reddish face. Heavy bill dark. Corvid-esque flight.

© Wyatt Egelhoff

Average Quality

Backlit but identifiable.

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
6
Northern Flicker
3
Black Phoebe
9
Steller's Jay

Probable more

1
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
19
American Crow
3
Common Raven
3
Mountain Chickadee

Montane invaders

2
Bridled Titmouse

While regular in the Sycamore portion of Las Animas Creek, this is the first time I have seen this species along the Rio Grande. Distinctive black-and-white facial pattern on a Titmouse body. Silent. Foraging together along the river near the picnic areas.

© Wyatt Egelhoff

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
2
White-breasted Nuthatch
1
Brown Creeper
1
House Wren
2
Bewick's Wren
2
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Heard calling quite a bit. Finally got fleeting looks at the distinctive black-and-white facial pattern.

12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1
Eastern Bluebird

H/o

2
Hermit Thrush
14
American Robin
9
European Starling
1
American Pipit

H/o

Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
2
Phainopepla
11
House Finch
3
Red Crossbill

Out-of-place, though with the montane invasion going on this fall and the number of pine trees at the campgrounds, I suppose it is as likely a place as any in the lowlands for this species. Heard giving finchy "kwip-kwip" flight calls. The large number of people (and screaming children) in the adjacent campground made recording impractical.

9
Pine Siskin
2
Chipping Sparrow
8
Dark-eyed Junco
4
White-crowned Sparrow
2
Song Sparrow
1
Green-tailed Towhee
1
Spotted Towhee
4
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Tennessee Warbler

Reported by Matt Baumann as being present in the morning with a flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Orange-crowned Warblers. After locating the flock just south of the dam it took some time before I finally found the bird. Approximately the same size as an Orange-crowned Warbler, though the tail appeared somewhat shorter. The upperparts were a consistent olive-green with a slightly brighter green crown. This greenish crown appeared unlike the Orange-crowned Warblers I am used to. Yellowish supercillium and thin dark eyeline were quite distinctive. Breast and underparts awash with yellow, with the belly being whitish-yellow. The undertail coverts appeared bright white, which was quite evident and different from the solid yellow undertail coverts I would expect for an Orange-crowned Warbler. I heard the bird call once (which is what initially alerted me to its presence, as it foraged at chest-level in a willow). The call was superficially identical to that of an Orange-crowned, perhaps thinner and more metallic in quality.
Unfortunately all of my photos are horrendously overexposed and blurry to the point of being unidentifiable.
Life bird 600.

5
Orange-crowned Warbler
26
Yellow-rumped Warbler
1
Pyrrhuloxia
 

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

Yes