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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. 

 
Water deliveries to the park from the Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant resumed 1 May.  Portions of the wetland cells are flooded. 

  

On 30 June and 2 July, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was calling from a cottonwood near the Tornillo Trailhead.  Cuckoos have now been detected at the park in 3 of the last 4 summers.  Their presence has been intermittent, but the trend is encouraging. 

        

Throughout May, a pair of White-tailed Kites was consistently present at the park and nesting.  Sightings became sporadic in early June.  After no sightings for 2 weeks, one bird has been seen on several occasions since 27 June.  Harris's and Swainson's hawks continue to be seen regularly.

All three of the park's Wood Duck nest boxes currently have resident Western Screech-Owls.   Burrowing Owls have 6 active nest sites.  Look for the owls on the mounds with burrows that are scattered throughout the park.

 

At least 2 Northern Cardinals are being seen and heard regularly.  Look and listen along the Tornillo Trail, the trail linking the Tornillo and Wetland trailheads

  


 

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




Species

Date

Number

     
Black-necked Stilt
19 Jul
 1
White-tailed Kite
19 Jul
 1
Swainson's Hawk
19 Jul
 2
Burrowing Owl
19 Jul
 8
Crissal Thrasher
19 Jul
 1
     
Common Yellowthroat
19 Jul
 1
Yellow-breasted Chat
19 Jul
 1
Blue Grosbeak
19 Jul
 1
Painted Bunting
19 Jul
 2
Sora
18 Jul
 1
     
Northern Cardinal
18 Jul
 1
Cooper's Hawk
16 Jul
 1
Harris's Hawk
15 Jul
 5
Bell's Vireo
15 Jul
 1
Peregrine Falcon
14 Jul
 1
     
Cassin's Sparrow
14 Jul
 1
Green Heron
12 Jul
 1
Barn Owl
12 Jul
 1
Lesser Nighthawk
10 Jul
 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
8 Jul
 1
     
American Avocet
7 Jul
 8
Blue-winged Teal
2 Jul
5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 Jul
1