2016 Field Trip Observations

2016 Field Trip Observations

Contributed by LSNY Members

Please send in your field observations, with or without illustration, for review and publishing to info@linnaeannewyork.org

List of 2016 Field Observations:

Massapequa, Capri, Capri Pond, Coastal Areas with Gabriel Willow — 12/3/2016

Trip included Robert Moses State Park, Jones Beach, Tobay Beach, Unqua Lake, Arthur J. Henderson Park in Valley Stream.
Participants: Kathy Drake (driver) Gordon/Lori Lam (driver), Miriam Rakowski, Sandra Paci, Louise Fraza, Alice Deutsch, Pearl Broder, Lenore Swenson (driver), Kathleen Howley, and Dale Dancis.
Weather: Partly sunny, 40 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Eleven Linnaean members showed up for this early winter trip.  We started at the north end of the Massapequa reservoir area called Mansfield Park.  Almost right away, Gabriel heard a Carolina wren, which he coaxed out into the open.  Soon both members of a pair were showing climbing on the creepers along the stream.  Then Gabriel noticed an old nest in the vicinity of the birds, which he said could very well have been where they had nested last spring.  This was suggested by the proportion of twigs to grasses as well as the shape.  Several different nests were then found and analyzed.  Gabriel turned out to be an all-round naturalist who delighted us with information about the birds, trees and plants we encountered. This was a fast-paced trip that covered several ecological areas such as woodlands, creeks, reservoirs, lakes and shores and included some impressive landscapes along the Robert Moses Causeway. We made about 10 stops. Our final tally of 56 species included 17 duck species. We were happy to find redheads (at Capri Pond), northern pintails (Massapequa Lake), and surf and black scoters (Robert Moses). We had great looks at a red fox who was crossing the lawn at the needle at the Robert Moses State Park.  Our last stop was at Valley Stream’s Henderson Park where the Pink-footed Goose was awaiting us. 

By Louise Fraza

Pink-footed Goose by Sandra Paci
Long Island Bird List 12/3/2016
Pink-footed Goose – 1, Henderson Park Hooded Merganser – 44, 4 areas Rock Pigeon
Brant – 22, 2 areas Ruddy Duck – 43, 1 area Mourning Dove
Canada Goose – 640, 5 areas Red-throated Loon – 2, 1 area Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2, 2 areas
Mute Swan – 15, 1 area Common Loon – 3, 2 areas Downy Woodpecker
Gadwall – 18, 3 areas Pied-billed Grebe – 2, 1 area Northern Flicker – 5
American Wigeon – 6, Large flock at
Santapogue Creek & 6 in other area
Northern Gannet – 6, 1 area Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Black Duck – 53, 4 areas Double-crested Cormorant – 1, 1 area American Crow – 1
Mallard – 45, 4 areas Great Blue Heron – 2, 1 area Carolina Wren – 2
Mallard (domestic type) – 4 Northern Harrier – 2, 2 areas Golden-crowned Kinglet – 4
Northern Shoveler – 15, 2 areas Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1, 1 area American Robin – 12
Northern Pintail – 14, 1 area Cooper`s Hawk – 1, 1 area Northern Mockingbird – 2
Green-winged Teals – 6 Red-tailed Hawk – 1, 2, 2 areas European Starling – 55
Redhead - Capri Pond American Coot – 27, 2 areas Cedar Waxwing – 5
Lesser Scaup – 17, 2 areas Sanderling – 35, 1 area Song sparrow
Surf Scoter – 11, Robert Moses Peeps – 800 flying in the distance, 1 area White-throated Sparrow – 6
Black Scoter – 14, Robert Moses Ring-billed Gull – 68, 2 areas Dark-eyed Junco – 2
Long-tailed Duck – 2, Robert Moses Herring Gull – 18, 2 areas Northern Cardinal – 3, 1 area
Bufflehead – 13, 1 area Great Black-backed Gull – 12, 2 areas House Finch – 1, 1 area
Red-breasted Merganser – 2, 1 area ? Gull species – 85 House Sparrows – 16, 2 areas

Redhead by Sandra Paci

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with Joseph DiCostanzo — 11/26/2016 (changed from 11/19/2016)

Registrar: Kathleen Howley. Participants: Anne Lazarus (driver), Gordon/Lori Lam (driver), Jonathan Hyman (driver), Miriam Rakowski, Marsha Zuckerman, Alice Deutsch, Pearl Broder, and Louise Fraza.
Weather: Sunny am, cloudy pm, 40 degrees am to 50 degrees Fahrenheit pm.

Jamaica Bay Bird List 11/26/2016
Canada Goose Red-throated Loon – Ft. Tilden Northern Flicker
Brant Common Loon – Ft Tilden American Crow
Mute Swan Horned Grebe Black-capped Chickadee
Gadwall Double-crested Cormorant American Robin
American Wigeon Great Blue Heron Northern Mockingbird
American Black Duck Bald Eagle (adult) – South end East Pond Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mallard Red-tailed Hawk Eastern Towhee
Northern Shoveler Peregrine Falcon American Tree Sparrow
Northern Pintail American Oystercatcher Song sparrow
Green-winged Teal Sanderling – Ft. Tilden White-throated Sparrow
Greater Scaup Dunlin (a few) – South end East Pond Dark-eyed Junco
Black Scotter – Ft. Tilden Ring-billed Gull Northern Cardinal
Bufflehead Herring Gull Boat-tailed Grackle – From car
going south on Broad Channel
Hooded Merganser Great Black-backed Gull House Finch
Red-breasted Merganser Rock Pigeon House Sparrow
Ruddy Duck Downy Woodpecker  

Prospect Park with Steve Nanz leading for Peter Dorosh — 11/6/2016

Participants: Gordon/Lori Lam and about 5 others.

Prospect Park Bird List 11/6/2016
Canada Goose Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wood Duck Northern Flicker Common Yellowthroat
American Wigeon Blue Jay Chipping Sparrow
American Black Duck Black-capped Chickadee Vesper Sparrow
Mallard Tufted titmouse Song Sparrow
Northern Shoveler White-breasted Nuthatch Swamp Sparrow
Ruddy Duck Brown Creeper White-throated Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorant Carolina Wren Dark-eyed Junco
Red-tailed Hawk Golden-crowned Kinglet Northern Cardinal
Merlin Ruby-crowned Kinglet Red-winged Blackbird
American Coot Hermit Thrush Common Grackle
Killdeer (h) American Robin Purple Finch
Ring-billed Gull Gray Catbird House Finch
Herring Gull Northern Mockingbird American Goldfinch
Rock Pigeon European Starling House Sparrow
Mourning Dove American Pipit (flyover)  
Red-bellied Woodpecker Orange-crowned Warbler  

New Jersey Hotspots with Robert Machover — 10/29/2016

Participants: Anne Lazarus (driver), Karen Asakawa, Louise Fraza, and Miriam Rakowski.
Weather: cloudy am, sunny pm, calm, 40 degrees in the am to 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the pm.

New Jersey Hotspots List 11/6/2016
Brant Ring-billed Gull American Robin
Canada Goose Herring Gull Northern Mockingbird
American Black Duck Great Black-backed Gull European Starling
Mallard Rock Pigeon Northern Parula
Bufflehead Mourning Dove Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Loon Downy Woodpecker Chipping Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorant Northern Flicker Field Sparrow
Great Blue Heron Eastern Phoebe Savannah Sparrow
Black Vulture (rare for Sandy Hook) Blue-headed Vireo Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Turkey Vulture Blue Jay Song Sparrow
Cooper's Hawk American Crow Swamp Sparrow
Red-tailed Hawk Tree Swallows Dark-eyed Junco
American Kestrel Red-breasted Nuthatch Northern Cardinal
Black-bellied Plover Brown Creeper Red-ringed Blackbirds
American Oystercatcher Carolina Wren House Finch
Dunlin Golden-crowned Kinglets (numerous) American Goldfinch
Laughing Gull Ruby-crowned Kinglet House Finch
Other Fauna NJ Hotspots 11/6/2016
Butterflies: Orange Sulfur, Cabbage White, Monarch
Dragonfly: Green Darner

Randall’s Island with Alan Drogin — 10/23/2016

Trip changed from 10/22/2016 because of inclement weather.
Participants: Miriam Rakowski, Anne Lazarus, Judy Rabi (driver), Gordan/Lori Lam (driver), Marsha Zuckerman (driver), Alice Deutsch, and Louise Fraza.
Weather: Sunny, gusty wind 20 – 30 mph, 54 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Randall's Island Bird List 10/23/2016
Brant - numerous Mourning Dove Black-and-White Warbler
Canada Geese Belted Kingfisher – 1 Common Yellowthroat
Mute Swan Downy Woodpecker Chipping Sparrow
Wood Duck Northern Flicker Savannah Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorant American Crow Sharp-tailed Saltmarsh Sparrow
Cooper`s Hawk Black-capped Chickadee Song Sparrow
Red-tailed Hawk Ruby-crowned Kinglet Swamp Sparrow
Peregrine Falcon Hermit Thrush White-throated Sparrow
Killdeer American Robin Dark-eyed Junco
Laughing Gulls Northern Mockingbird Northern Cardinal
Ring-billed Gulls European Starlings Eastern Meadowlark – 1
Herring Gulls Cedar Waxwing Common Grackle (flyover)
Great Black-backed Gulls Yellow-rumped Warbler House Sparrows
Rock Pigeons Blackpoll Warbler  
Other Randall's Island Fauna 10/23/2016
Butterflies: Cabbage White, Clouded Sulfur, Orange Sulfur, Red Admiral, Monarch
Dragonfly: Green Darner

Floyd Bennett Field with Robert Jett — 10/15/2016

Registrar: Monica Berger. Participants: Isabel Conte (driver), Elizabeth Ridley, and Gordon/Lori Lam (driver).
Weather: Sunny, 50 degrees in the am, 70 degrees Fahrenheit pm. 5 miles of walking

Randall's Island Bird List 10/15/2016
Brant - numerous Eastern Phoebe Magnolia Warbler – 1
Canada Geese Blue Jays Blackpoll – 1
Northern harrier – 1 American Crows Palm Warblers
Sharp-shinned Hawks – 3 Tree Swallows Yellow-rumped Warblers
Cooper’s Hawk – 1 Black-capped Chickadee – 1 Chipping Sparrows
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1 Field Sparrow – 3
Red-tailed Hawk – 1 White-breasted Nuthatch – 1 Dark-eyed Juncos
Killdeer – 14 Brown Creeper – 1 White-crowned Sparrow – 1
Laughing Gulls Carolina Wren – 1 Savannah Sparrows
Ring-billed Gulls Golden-crowned Kinglets Song Sparrows
Herring Gulls Ruby-crowned Kinglet Swamp Sparrows
Rock Pigeons American Robins Northern Cardinals
Mourning Doves Northern Mockingbirds Red-winged Blackbirds
Downy Woodpecker – 1 European Starlings House Finches
Northern Flicker American Pipits – 6 American Goldfinches
American Kestrel – 3 Cedar Waxwing – 6 House Sparrows
Mourning Dove Common Yellowthroat – 1  

Conference House/Mount Loretto (changed to Miller Field, SI) with Howard Fischer — 10/9/2016

Participants: Judy Rabi (driver), Gina Goldstein, and Miriam Rakowski (Some cancellations due to rain).
Weather: Rain! With maybe a few breaks from the heavy rain.

Miller Field, SI Bird List 10/15/2016
Brant Double-crested Cormorant Rock Pigeon
Canada Geese Killdeer European Starling
Mallard Royal Tern (flyover) Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Alley Pond Park with Alan Drogin — 10/1/2016

Participants: Anne Lazarus (driver), Lynne Hertzog (driver), Gina Goldstein, Miriam Rakowski, Sandra Paci, and Alice Deutsch.
Weather:  ~60 degrees Fahrenheit, Calm, Cloudy with a little light rain in the early morning.

Alley Pond Park Bird List 10/1/2016
Canada Goose – Kissena White-breasted Nuthatch Blackpoll – Kissena
Mallard – Kissena Golden-crowned Kinglet Black-and-White Warbler – Alley/Kissena
Double-crested Cormorant – Kissena Ruby-crowned Kinglet American Redstart – Alley/Kissena
Osprey Gray-cheeked Thrush Ovenbird
Merlin Wood thrush Common Yellowthroat – Alley/Kissena
Herring Gull (flyover) Hermit Thrush Scarlet Tanager – Alley
Rock Pigeon Gray Catbird Eastern Towhee
Mourning Dove Northern Mockingbird Chipping Sparrow
Chimney Swift Brown Thrasher Savannah Sparrow – Kissena
Red-bellied Woodpecker European Starling Song Sparrow
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Cedar Waxwing – Kissena Lincoln Sparrow – Alley
Downy Woodpecker Northern Parula – Alley/Kissena Swamp Sparrow – Alley/Kissena
Eastern Phoebe Magnolia Warbler – Alley/Kissena White-throated Sparrow – Alley/Kissena
Great-crested Flycatcher Cape May Warbler – Kissena Common Grackle
Red-eyed Vireo Black-throated Blue Warbler – Alley/Kissena Baltimore Oriole – Alley
Blue Jay Yellow-rumped Warbler – Alley/Kissena House Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee Pine Warbler – Kissena  
Other Alley Pond Park Fauna 10/1/2016
Butterfly: Cabbage White
Dragonfly: Green Darner – Kissena

Hook Mountain with Robert Jett — 9/24/2016

Participants: Judy Rabi (driver), Sue Axelrod (driver), Magda Binion, Paul Hardwick, Stacey Tauber, and Miriam Rakowski.
Weather: Cloudy, low 50’s to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit with clearing in the afternoon.

Hook Mountain Bird List 9/24/2016
Great Blue Heron – 5 Northern Harrier – 2 Downy Woodpecker
Double-crested Cormorant – 20 Osprey – 21 Northern Flicker
Canada Goose Red-shouldered Hawk – 1 Eastern Phoebe
Bald Eagle – 7 Broad-winged Hawk – 42 Blue Jay
Turkey Vulture – 7 Red-tailed hawk – 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
Black Vulture – 14 Merlin – 1 American Robin
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 16 Peregrine Falcon – 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
Cooper's Hawk – 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker Yellow-rumped Warbler

Fort Tilden with Richard ZeinEldeen — 9/11/2016

Participents: Anne Lazarus (driver), Lenore Swenson (driver), Judy Rabi (driver) Gordon, Lori Lam (driver), Miriam Rakowski, Louise Fraza, Gina Goldstein, and Sandra Maury.
Weather: Sunny, calm, 60 - 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ft Tilden Bird List 9/11/2016
Canada Goose (Floyd Bennett) Downy Woodpecker (h) Cedar Waxwing
Double-crested Cormorant Northern Flicker Black-and-White Warbler
Great Egret American Kestrel Common Yellowthroat
Osprey Merlin American Redstart
Red-tailed Hawk Peregrine Falcon Northern Parula
American Oystercatcher American Crow Palm Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Tree Swallow Eastern Towhee (h)
Killdeer (h) Carolina Wren (h) Song Sparrow
Sanderling Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Scarlet Tanager (Judy's car)
Laughing Gull American Robin House Finch
Ring-billed Gull Gray Catbird American Goldfinch
Great Black-backed Gull Northern Mockingbird House Sparrow
Common Tern European Starling  
Other Fauna 9/11/2016
Mammal: Eastern Gray Squirrel
Butterflies: Black Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Common Buckeye, Monarch
Moth: Evening Primrose Moth
Dragonflies: Common Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Carolina, Saddlebags, Wandering Glide
Other Insects: Annual Cicada (h), Field Cricket (h), Seaside Grasshopper
Invertebrate: Holes in the sand of the Ghost Crab

Doodletown Trip with Paul Keim — 5/22/2016

Hooded Warbler © Ryan Candee

Cerulean Warbler © Ryan Candee

Trip Report by Richard ZainEldeen, published 5/29/2016.
Participants:  Ardith Bondi ( Driver ),  Anne Lazarus ( Driver ), Miriam Rakowski, Ryan Candee, Dale Dancis, Sarah Pollack, and Richard ZainEldeen.
Weather:  Cloudy am, upper 50s sunny pm, 70 F. Leader: Paul Keim,  

The Linnaean trip to Doodletown, New York, led by our wonderful leader and naturalist, Paul Keim took place on Sunday, May 22, 2016. We heard and saw seventy-five species of birds. Highlights included hearing a very vocal Mourning Warbler. We heard the Kentucky Warbler but the bird did not show for observation. On the other hand, the Hooded Warbler was beautifully photographed as it posed for pictures.

Other warblers included: Worm-eating, Tennessee, Blackpoll, Chestnut-sided, Cerulean, American Redstart, Blue-winged Warbler, Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-and-White Warbler, and Yellow Warbler.

Yellow-throated Vireos, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanagers, Baltimore Orioles and Orchard Orioles were among the other birds we saw and heard. The list of exciting birds is too long to mention.

Butterflies emerged with sunny skies.  Juvenal’s Duskywings, Hobomoke Skippers, Silver-spotted Skipper, Spicebush and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Spring Azure were sighted.  We also saw a beautiful Eight-spotted Forester’s Moth.  Paul found and identified reptiles, including a Northern Water Snake sunning on a rock.  We learned about the plants that grow in Doodletown, such as Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Highbush Blueberry, Lady’s Slipper and Rattlesnake Plantain (orchid family). Many of these plants were photographed.

The trip to Doodletown was educational as well as exciting.

Doodletown Bird List 5/22/2016
Canada Goose American Crow Black-and-White Warbler
Mallard Blue Jay American Redstart
Wild Turkey Tree Swallow WORM-EATING WARBLER
Green Heron Barn Swallow Northern Waterthrush
Black Vulture Rough-winged Swallow Louisiana Waterthrush
Turkey Vulture Black-capped Chickadee KENTUCKY WARBLER (h)
Cooper`s Hawk Tufted Titmouse MOURNING WARBLER (h)
Broad-winged Hawk Carolina Wren (h) HOODED WARBLER
Mourning Dove Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Veery Scarlet Tanager
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Wood Thrush Chipping Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker American Robin Song Sparrow
Northern Flicker Gray Catbird Swamp Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker Northern Mockingbird Northern Cardinal
Hairy Woodpecker European Starling Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Pileated Woodpecker Cedar Waxwing Indigo Bunting
Eastern Wood Peewee Blue-winged Warbler Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Phoebe TENNESSEE WARBLER Common Grackle
Great Crested Flycatcher Yellow Warbler Brown-headed Cowbird
Eastern Kingbird Chestnut-sided Warbler Orchard Oriole
Yellow-throated Vireo Blackpoll Warbler Baltimore Oriole 
Warbling Vireo Black-throated Blue Warbler American Goldfinch
Red-eyed Vireo CERULEAN WARBLER House Sparrow

Yellow Warbler © Ryan Candee

Other Fauna Doodletown 5/22/2016
Butterflies: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Spring Azure, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Hobomoke Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper
Moths: 8-spotted Forester
Invertibrates: Millipede, Six-spotted Eastern Tiger Beetle, Field Crickets
Mammals: Eastern Gray Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, White-tailed Deer
Reptiles: Water Snake

Swainson’s Warbler — 4/28/2016

This Swainson’s Warbler, a rare visitor to Central Park, was identified by Andrew Rubenfeld and Alice Deutsch early in the morning on April 28th near the Strawberry Fields Imagine mosaic. Birders came running! It foraged in the undergrowth all day, allowing bird enthusiasts from near and far to flock to Central Park for great views, albeit from ground level.

Swainson’s Warbler © Barbara Saunders
Swainson’s Warbler © Barbara Saunders

New Mexico trip with Rick Wright — 3/12/2016 to 3/15/2016

Trip Report by Louise Fraza, published 4/3/2016.
Participants: Anne Lazarus, Debra McMillan, Karen Asakawa, Gina Goldstein and Louise Fraza, Registrar defacto.

We started on a bright, beautiful spring day in the Rio Grande State Park in Albuquerque.  There were flowering trees and young greens but the old cottonwoods in the park were still hanging on to their old, dried-up leaves, which rustled in the light breeze.  The river, so close to its source in southern Colorado, was wide and mighty.  We observed a pair of Bushtits building their long pendulous nest, which involved some interesting acrobatics.  There were numerous White-crowned Sparrows, several subspecies of Dark-eyed Juncos, Spotted Towhees, an Eastern Bluebirds and other woodland birds.  On the water were numerous Wood Ducks, Cinnamon Teal and other duck species as well as a few Wilson’s Snipe.

The nearby Sandia Mountains were our other Albuquerque destination.  By the afternoon the sky had clouded over and we encountered some snow flurries during our ascent and again at the top at eight thousand feet.  The higher we went, the more snow cover was left on the ground.  It was 24 degrees and windy when we got to the top.  The glass-enclosed restaurant with the feeder in the pine trees outside and comfortable chairs inside, was just what we needed there, especially since some of us were experiencing some mild altitude reactions.  Small flocks of birds descended on the feeder from time to time including Mountain Chickadees and the various subspecies of Dark-eyed Juncos.  Soon, Rick started seeing some rosy-finches nearby and then on the feeder.  Eventually a big group of at least 50 visited the feeder.  They were mostly Gray-crowned and Black but Rick spotted a Brown-capped, which is less numerous and was a life bird for Rick as it was for everyone in our group. 

Bosque del Apache is a wild stretch of the Rio Grande river about two hours east of Albuquerque.  It is a National Wildlife Refuge and a famous winter destination for Sandhill Cranes and geese. The heart of the refuge consists of 12,900 acres of moist bottomlands consisting of flood plains, pools and ponds.  The cranes had already left for Nebraska, where Rick was planning to catch up with them on his tour for VENT afterwards.  We drove slowly around this beautiful refuge encountering almost all the duck species, several Neotropic Cormorants and some leftover Ross’s Geese.  We watched a loud, enthusiastic Bewick’s Wren working shrub after shrub along the water’s edge.  Near the visitor’s center we observed a small flock of Brewer’s Sparrows, every stripe and mark clearly visible in the bright light.  Whoever said they were dull?  There were Pyrrhuloxia near the feeders, as well as the ubiquitous White-crowed Sparrows and White-winged Doves. 

Our next birding destination was the site of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken lek near the Texas border.  We left our hotel in Roswell at 4 am to meet with Grant, a researcher with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, who drove ahead of us for several miles in the dark through some sandy tracks behind a farm.  Gina remarked that this was the most hard-core birding she had done yet.  Then we waited with the windows open until we started hearing strange sounds in the dark outside: chips, chucks, hoots and gurgles, which were coming from dark, moving shapes outside.  Gradually, as the dawn advanced, the shapes revealed themselves to have big reddish air sacks, raised tails and ear plumes and spread wingtips and to be rushing at each other and interacting in other intimidating ways.  We were on a lek of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken.  It was estimated that about 15 males visit this lek, a big one for this rare and declining species.  It was early in the season and the females had not yet arrived.

Our afternoon that day was spent at Bitter Lake, a National Wildlife Refuge just a few miles outside of Roswell.  It is part of the Pecos River watershed situated where the Chihuahuan desert meets the Southern Plains.  Here we spotted some lingering Sandhill Cranes high in the sky, alerting us to their presence by their gurgling cries. In a windless spot with great light we found some new waterfowl and were able to study in our scopes all the wonderful ducks we had seen before.  New were the American Avocets, Eared Grebes, Snowy Egret and a shore bird, the Snowy Plover, which appeared to have newly arrived to this nesting site.

It was a long way back from Roswell to Albuquerque.  Rick had planned for us to stop about a third of the way at the Salazar Canyon camp site but due to high winds that day it was hard to find birds.  Eventually we found a quiet spot where we indulged in the simple pleasure of watching birds from the car.  After good looks at Mountain Bluebirds we observed a mixed flock of Western Bluebirds, Dark-eyed Juncos, freshly plumaged Chipping Sparrows and Northern Flickers for quite a relaxing whileOur final stop on the way back was at "Taco Bell" Marsh, close to Albuquerque, where we had one last look at ducks and shorebirds and saw a new trip mammal, the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog.  We saw the last bird of the trip after dinner when Rick took us to a school yard on the outskirts of town where we saw a Western Screech-Owl sitting at the entrance of a nest box. This brought our total for the 4-day trip to 114 birds.

Bird List – New Mexico March 12 thru 14, 2016

Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Widgeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Common Merganser,

Scaled Quail, Gambel’s Quail, Lesser Prairie-Chicken,

Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret,

Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle,

American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson’s Snipe, Ring-billed Gull,

Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove,

Greater Roadrunner, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher,

Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker,

American Kestrel, Merlin, Black Phoebe, Say’s Phoebe, Kingbird Sp., Loggerhead Shrike, Steller’s Jay, American Crow, Chihuahuan Raven, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow,

Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Bushtit, White-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Curve-billed thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler,

Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco,

Pyrrhuloxia, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Eastern Meadowlark, Brewer’s Blackbird, Common Crackle, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Total number of birds seen - 114

Mammals:  Pronghorn, Eastern Cottontail, Coyote, Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Rock Squirrel, Cliff Chipmunk, Abert’s Squirrel.