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Owner Wyatt Egelhoff

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  • 3.89 km

Observations

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    Comments: Relocated a singing male along the Pine Tree Trail initially recorded by Matt Gould yesterday (May 25) today to confirm. A rather compact vireo with a distinctive inky black head with bold, thick, highly contrasting white spectacles. The underparts were whitish-yellow with the flanks being particularly citrus colored. The upperparts were greenish with yellow wing bars. Song was a bright, clear, tumbling series of notes, several of which were similar in cadence and quality to a Juniper Titmouse (a pair of which were also located at this spot).
    The song is diagnostic for the species, and the bird was singing loudly (which is how we initially detected it). However, it proved incredibly fickle when it came to photographing it. I believe I'm the only one who managed to photograph the bird at a distance ("photograph" being used liberally as the images are horrendous, though vaguely identifiable). The bird at one point was singing directly above us, but its energetic behavior and compact size made capturing images of it amongst oak leaves impossible.
    In the interest of obtaining better photographic documentation of this bird we tried briefly playing a recording of the scolding call as well as playing back a recording we had just made of its song. We also tried pishing, but the bird didn't respond to any of this, so I would dissuade any one else looking for this bird from trying. Instead just stand quietly at the spot, it sings quite loudly and seems to be patrolling a circuit/territory.
    Observed at the running (barely) stream crossing about 0.25 mi before the halfway point (primitive camping area) on the Pine Tree Trail if one hikes clockwise from the split.
    (32.358145, -106.560856)
    The habitat consists of lush oak/maple deciduous scrub with juniper-Mountain Mahogany scrub habitat surrounding the stream drainage. This habitat seems structurally similar to me to the habitat in which the species breeds in the Chisos (TX) and Wichita (OK) mountains. This is the second report of the species in Dona Ana County (the first being from Aguirre Springs as well) and first Dona Ana County record with supporting details.
    This is approximately the 5th NM record, all of which are for around this date (though one of the Guadalupe Mtns birds hung around into June), and the furthest West to date.

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