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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 adjacent Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant ended 10 Feb.  The wetland cells are dry, and only a handful of ducks are still present.  The first Blue-winged Teal of the year appeared 9 Mar. 

    

Harris's Hawks continue to be seen regularly.  Surprisingly, a "Harlan's" Hawk continues on the west side of the park near Wetland Cell 2; it will likely leave for its Alaska/Yukon breeding grounds any day now.   

 

Burrowing Owls remain active at several locations.  On warm days, they are visible at multiple locations.  On  cooler days, they can be hard to find.  Look for them on the mounds with burrows that are scattered throughout the park. 

 

On 8 Mar, a female or immature male Vermilion Flycatcher was along the old river channel upstream of the Wetland Trailhead; it was perching on some of the cottonwoods planted along the channel this winter.  

 

A Cliff Swallow on 25 Feb was early and represented a first February record for the park. 

 

A male Northern Cardinal continues to be seen and heard intermittently near 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

     
Harris's Hawk
21 Mar
 2
N. Rough-winged Swallow
21 Mar
 5
Crissal Thrasher
21 Mar
 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk
20 Mar
 1
Cooper's Hawk
20 Mar
 2


 
"Harlan's" Hawk
20 Mar
 1
Burrowing Owl
20 Mar
 1
Lincoln's Sparrow
20 Mar
 1
Northern Cardinal
19 Mar
 1
Black Phoebe
18 Mar
 1
   
Wilson's Snipe
15 Mar
 1
Cinnamon Teal
13 Mar
 12
Black-crowned Night-Heron
13 Mar
 1
Neotropic Cormorant
11 Mar
 5
Spotted Towhee
11 Mar
 1
   
Blue-winged Teal
9 Mar
 1
Vermilion Flycatcher
8 Mar
 1
Tree Swallow
5 Mar
 1
Cave Swallow
26 Feb
 24
Swamp Sparrow
23 Feb
 1
   
Eared Grebe
22 Feb
 1