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Recap of trip to Rattle Snake Springs:
Good Morning  UFO of Roswell Members and Friends,

Below is the bird list of birds seen at Rattle snake springs and Washington ranch yesterday while we were on our 3rd annual Birding Festival to Rattle Snakes Springs.  It was a great day. 

We started early at Mike and Susan Richardson home on E. College at 6 AM. :Mike Distributed the Crazy Ivan UFO of Roswell Tee Shirts and  Emmallee Knadle distributed a article  on the common crane that was written by her son Gregg. 

If you wanted to know how Crazy Ivan came to South Eastern NM this article has the answers.  We had a great breakfast of Juice, coffee, donuts and Breakfast burritos.  What a treat.

At 6:30 AM we were off to Rattlesnake Springs arriving at 8:30 AM we met our two super guides Steve West and Tommy Joe Hines.  What a wonderful morning of birding.  We broke into two groups 1  & 2. 

Below is the collective bird list from the two groups.  Most of the listed birds were seen by everybody.  At noon we returned to the picnic tables where Susan Richardson had a terrific lunch  set up with a great selection of lunch meats, bread varieties, cheeses, lettuce fresh sliced tomato's, chips, home canned pickles and hot peppers, deserts, cookie,s donuts, drinks.  It was just great . 

We all set around the table visiting and then pictures were taken. Look on Face book.  Bill and Nancy Siders will post a group picture. 


We had a great time most of us were at home by 4:30 PM resting and recovering from the exciting day of birding. We were so fortunate to have the best guides.  Steve and Tommy Joe did a super Job.

We are all looking forward to next year.

May 2, 2015
Carlsbad Caverns NP -- Rattlesnake Springs
Traveling 145 miles, 436 Minutes
Observers: 15
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: UFO of Roswell 3rd annual birding festival
1 Scaled Quail
4 Wild Turkey
1 Pied-billed Grebe
7 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
1 Gray Hawk
1 Swainson's Hawk
1 American Coot
2 Spotted Sandpiper
1 White-winged Dove
8 Mourning Dove
1 Greater Roadrunner
1 Black-chinned Hummingbird
1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 Black Phoebe
2 Say's Phoebe
3 Vermilion Flycatcher
1 Ash-throated Flycatcher
3 Cassin's Kingbird
12 Western Kingbird
2 Bell's Vireo
1 Plumbeous Vireo
4 Barn Swallow
4 Cave Swallow
1 Marsh Wren
1 Eastern Bluebird
3 Northern Mockingbird
1 Curve-billed Thrasher
1 Phainopepla
1 Lucy's Warbler
2 Yellow-throated Warbler -- Rattle snake jerry oxen will submit Picts
1 Black-and-white Warbler
1 MacGillivray's Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Wilson's Warbler
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
3 Chipping Sparrow
1 Lark Sparrow
3 Summer Tanager
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Lazuli Bunting
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Painted Bunting
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Orchard Oriole
1 Bullock's Oriole
1 House Finch
1 Pine Siskin
1 American Goldfinch