New Mexico Rare Bird Report
November 5, 2012
Compiler: Matt J. Baumann
Phone:  505-264-1052          
E-mail address: 
This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for November 5, 2012, sponsored by the New Mexico Ornithological Society.  When phone numbers are given for private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide.  You can purchase the NM Bird Finding Guide at A more complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at for prior records of species in New Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at or refer to prior RBA’s and reports on the AZ/NM listserv at For photos of rarities and directions to some birding sites, check or the New Mexico Rarities Group on Flickr at NMOS is now on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society.
The following link provides a list of the review species in New Mexico Details for any of these species or species not on the checklist should be sent to Dr. Sartor O. Williams, III, 1819 Meadowview NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104 or to Details will be used for the Bird Records Committee, North American Birds and the NMOS Field Notes.
Review species are in CAPITAL letters. 
Birds Mentioned and Counties:
Surf Scoter (Cibola)
American Bittern (Dona Ana)
REDDISH EGRET (Chaves)     
Black-bellied Plover (Colfax, Sierra)
Dunlin (Socorro)
Ground-Dove sp. (Socorro)
Short-eared Owl (Chaves)
Northern Shrike (Bernalillo)     
American Dipper (Sierra)  
Sprague’s Pipit (Colfax)
Lapland Longspur (Sierra)
Fox Sparrow (Bernalillo, Lincoln, Sierra, Socorro)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Sandoval)
--Jim Joseph photographed a NORTHERN SHRIKE in far northeast
Bernalillo County November 4. Directions: At the intersection of NM 14 and the
Crest Road, turn east onto Frost Road. Take Frost Road east about 9 to 10 miles
to a 4-way stop with Mountain Valley Road and turn north on Mountain Valley
Road. Travel north on Mountian Valley Road about a mile until it turns to dirt
where the pavement turns west at the intersection with Entranosa Road. Continue
north on the dirt portion of Mountain Valley Road about 0.8 miles. There is a
house with a green metal roof and an out building with a big yellow star on it
to the east of the road. Check power lines and fences near this house as this
is where the bird was first encountered.
--Taliaferro reported a FOX SPARROW at the Rio Grande Nature
Center in Albuquerque October 18.
CHAVES County:
--Adams reported the continuing REDDISH EGRET at Bitter Lake NWR
October 13 at Unit 16. It continued at the same unit October 30 for Adams.
--Jim Black and Mark Watson reported up to 8 SHORT-EARED OWLS at
Two Rivers Dam area approximately 10 miles southwest of Roswell October 27 and
28. The birds were 2-3 miles from the gate at this location but the walk is mostly
flat and grassy.
CIBOLA County:
--Pederson and Baumann photographed an immature/female SURF SCOTER
at Bluewater Lake November 3.
COLFAX County:
--Egelhoff and Clark reported a SPRAGUE’S PIPIT from Stubblefield
Lake October 29.
--Egelhoff and Clark reported two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS at
Springer Lake October 29.
CURRY County:
--NOTE: Please check-in at the Clovis WWTP offices before birding
the settlement ponds. 
DONA ANA County:
--Goin photographed an AMERICAN BITTERN at Mesilla Valley State
Park October 13. It was at the north end of the south pond.
--Godfrey reported two males and a female LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH in
the bird-feeding area at the Preserve at Granite Gap October 17. There have
been no further reports since this date.
--Chuck Hays reported a FOX SPARROW at Ramon November 1.
OTERO County:
--One can walk past the gate to Stinky Lake at the Holloman Lakes,
but not drive in and can still bird there.  MT on June 3 reported Lagoon G
still closed, with many of the salt cedars removed.
--Foy, Clark, and Adams photographed a RED-NECKED GREBE at the
Ohkay Owingeh Fishing Lakes in Espanola October 22. It was relocated November 4
by Adrienne Warner. It was previously discovered by Kurt Miller.
***Boone’s Draw is currently inaccessible to bird watchers until
further notice. A locked gate has been put up and a no trespassing sign has
been posted.
--Ruth and Krueper reported a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at their
Corrales home October 27. Contact them for more information on this bird
SIERRA County:
photographed a red FOX SPARROW downstream from the Rio Grande bridge (NM51/mm3)
before you get to Paseo del Rio State Park on October 29.
Morrison reported an AMERICAN DIPPER in T or C’s Rotary Park at the spillway
along the river October 10. It continued at this spot October 23 for Cleary.
and Wittman reported 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS near South Highlands, Elephant
Butte Lake State Park, November 3. While walking south from Three Sisters to
South Highlands they reported a LAPLAND LONGSPUR.
reported a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL along the cove at Long Point, Elephant Butte Lake
State Park, September 29. It was in the same general area September 30. This
bird was photographed October 6 south of Rock Canyon Marina by several and
likely represents another bird than what was previously reported in August
suggesting at least two birds have been at the lake this fall.
--Parmeter and Wittman reported an unidentified GROUND-DOVE flying
past the entrance station to Bosque del Apache NWR November 3. The dove
continued southeast towards the middle of the Marsh Loop before an
identification could be made.
--Brozek reported two DUNLIN at Bosque del Apache NWR November 2.
The birds were seen along the east side of the flight deck pond. Parmeter and
Wittman reported one in the same location the following day.
--Oldenettel photographed a FOX SPARROW in his Luis Lopez October
28. Contact him for more information on the bird (
Field Trips:
Saturday, November 10: Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Jim Mosley,
We will meet at refuge headquarters at 8 a.m. (it’s a 2.5-3
hour drive from Albuquerque, the nearest hotels are located in Raton) We will
be looking for winter waterbirds, including possibly an interesting Grebe or
Loon. This is an excellent refuge for raptors, Tree Sparrows, and maybe a
Northern Shrike for good measure. This will be a half day trip with a possible
stop at Las Vegas refuge on the return. Please e-mail Jim Mosley to let him
know you will be attending.
The NM Burrowing Owl Working Group is seeking reports of Burrowing Owl sightings year-round. If you observe a Burrowing Owl, please help by sending in the reporting form found at, or emailing your observation, with as many details and location information as possible, to Thank you very much.
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