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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 will end 30 SepModest areas are now flooding in both wetland cells, and a variety of water birds are taking advantage of them. 

 

A few summer-resident birds are still present, but most have left.  Species still being seen include Black-chinned Hummingbird, Swainson's Hawk and Western Kingbird.  No Yellow-breasted Chats have been seen since 25 Aug and no Blue Grosbeaks since 29 Aug.    

 

At the same time, southbound migration continues.  Ospreys continue to appear intermittently.  Other recent highlights include a Sage Thrasher and Hepatic Tanager on 16 Sep. 

  

Some 4-6 White-tailed Kites are currently frequenting the interior of the park between Wetland Cells 1 and 2Harris's Hawks continue to be seen regularly. 

 

Burrowing Owls remain active at several locations.  Look for them on the mounds with burrows that are scattered throughout the park. 

 

The first Vermilion Flycatcher of the fall appeared 15 Sep along the south side of Wetland Cell 1. 

 

 

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


   
Green Heron
21 Sep
 1
Cooper's Hawk
21 Sep
 1
Burrowing Owl
21 Sep
 2
Belted Kingfisher
21 Sep
 1
Crissal Thrasher
21 Sep
 3
   
Cinnamon Teal
20 Sep
 2
Rufous Hummingbird
20 Sep
 1
Sora
20 Sep
 1
White-tailed Kite
20 Sep
2
Harris's Hawk
20 Sep
 4
   
Swainson's Hawk
20 Sep
 1
Black Phoebe
20 Sep
 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird
20 Sep
6
Orange-crowned Warbler
20 Sep
 2
Yellow Warbler
20 Sep
 1
   
Townsend's Warbler
20 Sep
 2
Cave Swallow
19 Sep
 2
Osprey
18 Sep
 1
Vermilion Flycatcher
18 Sep
 1
Hermit Thrush
18 Sep
 1
   
Sharp-shinned Hawk
16 Sep
 1
House Wren
16 Sep
 1
Sage Thrasher
16 Sep
 1
Green-tailed Towhee
16 Sep
 1
Lark Bunting
16 Sep
 2
   
MacGillivray's Warbler
16 Sep
 1
Hepatic Tanager
16 Sep
 1
Virginia's Warbler
8 Sep
 1
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
7 Sep
 2
Warbling Vireo
6 Sep
 1
   
N. Rough-winged Swallow
6 Sep
 1
Bank Swallow
6 Sep
 5
Clay-colored Sparrow
6 Sep
 2
Western Tanager
6 Sep
 1
Blue-winged Teal
1 Sep
 3
   
Black-crowned Night-Heron
31 Aug
 2
White-faced Ibis
31 Aug
 12
Great Horned Owl
31 Aug
 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher
31 Aug
 1
Cassin's Vireo
31 Aug
 1
   
Lesser Nighthawk
30 Aug
 1
Common Yellowthroat
29 Aug
 1
Blue Grosbeak
29 Aug
 1
Peregrine Falcon
28 Aug
 1
Cordilleran Flycatcher
28 Aug
 1
   
American Robin
28 Aug
 1
Yellow-breasted Chat
25 Aug
 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler
25 Aug
 2