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Recent Birds at Rio Bosque


Here are some of the more noteworthy birds found at the park in the past month. 

Winter residents are starting to appear.  Approximately 250 ducks are now present.  The first Northern Flicker appeared 19 Sep; the first White-crowned Sparrow, 20 Sep. 


Water deliveries to the park from the Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant resumed 1 May.  Portions of the wetland cells are flooded.  Soras are present at both wetland cells and can often be heard calling.       


A single White-tailed Kite had been consistently present on the east side of Wetland Cell 1 throughout August.  On 26 Aug, it was joined by a second adult bird.  Now, we know the second adult was the female, finally able to leave a well-hidden nest as the nestlings grew.  On 14 Sep, the first young bird left the nest and perched uncertainly atop a low Goodding willow nearby.  Harris's Hawks continue to be seen regularly.  Swainson's Hawks are only being seen sporadically. 

All three of the park's Wood Duck nest boxes currently have resident Western Screech-Owls.   With the nesting season over, Burrowing Owls are again getting hard to find.  Look for them on the mounds with burrows that are scattered throughout the park.



For the complete park bird list, click here.  For a downloadable field version of the list (8.5" x 14", 2-sided), click here.




20 Sep
White-tailed Kite 20 Sep  2
Harris's Hawk 20 Sep 1
Crissal Thrasher 20 Sep  4
Green Heron 19 Sep  1
White-faced Ibis
18 Sep
Swainson's Hawk
18 Sep
Burrowing Owl 18 Sep  2
Yellow-headed Blackbird
18 Sep
Green-tailed Towhee 17 Sep 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 17 Sep  1
Black-throated Gray Warbler 17 Sep  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 16 Sep 1
Cooper's Hawk 15 Sep  1
Black Phoebe
14 Sep  1
Clay-colored Sparrow 14 Sep  2
Blue-winged Teal 9 Sep  2
Cinnamon Teal 9 Sep  5
MacGillivray's Warbler 9 Sep  1
Blue Grosbeak 7 Sep  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 6 Sep 1
Cave Swallow
6 Sep 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 6 Sep 1
Lark Sparrow 3 Sep 3
Northern Cardinal 3 Sep
Peregrine Falcon
2 Sep 1
Common Yellowthroat
1 Sep
Willow Flycatcher
31 Aug
Belted Kingfisher
29 Aug
Cordilleran Flycatcher
29 Aug
Virginia's Warbler
26 Aug
Solitary Sandpiper
24 Aug
Western Tanager
21 Aug