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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 now flooding. 

        

Starting 26 Apr, a pair of White-tailed Kites has been consistently present at the park.  The birds are now nesting.  Harris'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.

  

Spring arrivals continue.  The first Cassin's Sparrow appeared 17 Apr; the first Yellow-breasted Chat, 18 Apr; the first Summer Tanager, 30 April; the first Bullock's Oriole, 3 May; the first Painted Bunting, 6 May; the first Blue Grosbeak, 8 May. 

 



 

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
26 May
8
Harris's Hawk
26 May
 1
Swainson's Hawk
26 May
 2
Burrowing Owl
26 May
 2
American Avocet
25 May
 3
     
White-tailed Kite
25 May
 1
Bell's Vireo
24 May
 1
Common Yellowthroat
24 May
 3
Yellow-breasted Chat
24 May
 1
Green Heron
23 May
 1
     
Cooper's Hawk
23 May
 1
Blue Grosbeak
23 May
 2
Blue-winged Teal
22 May
 1
Crissal Thrasher
22 May
 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
21 May
 1
     
Cordilleran Flycatcher
21 May
 1
Bullock's Oriole
21 May
 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher
20 May
 1
Phainopepla
20 May
 1
MacGillivray's Warbler
20 May
 1
     
Wilson's Phalarope
19 May
 2
White-faced Ibis
18 May
 1
Black Phoebe
18 May
 1
Lesser Nighthawk
16 May
 1
Cinnamon Teal
15 May
3
     
Western Tanager
15 May
 1
Painted Bunting
15 May
 1
Dusky Flycatcher
10 May
 1
Cassin's Vireo
10 May
 1
Lark Sparrow
10 May
 1
     
Sharp-shinned Hawk
9 May
 1
Plumbeous Vireo
9 May
 1
House Wren
9 May
 1
Orange-crowned Warbler
9 May
 1
Black-headed Grosbeak
8 May
2
     
Solitary Sandpiper
6 May
 1
Barn Owl
6 May
 1
Warbling Vireo
6 May
 2
Yellow Warbler
6 May
 1
Green-tailed Towhee
6 May
 3
     
Clay-colored Sparrow
6 May
 1
Lark Bunting
6 May
 3
Summer Tanager
6 May
 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird
6 May
 2
Townsend's Warbler
4 May
1
     
N. Rough-winged Swallow
1 May
 2
Willet
29 Apr
 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler
29 Apr
1
Long-eared Owl
27 Apr
 1