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Recent Birds at Rio Bosque

 

Fall-winter water deliveries have begun, and the wetland cells are gradually flooding.  Cell 1 is currently ~90% flooded; Cell 2, 100%.  Duck numbers have increased in recent days, with ~1,000 birds now present. 

 

Soras are currently calling from the dense cattail stands in both wetland cells and also a site along the old river channel. 

     

The Osprey that had been frequenting the upstream half of the old river channel intermittently since 21 July has not been seen since 16 Nov.  A lone White-tailed Kite is also being seen intermittently, most often around Wetland Cell 1; on 16 Nov, both an adult and an immature bird were present in this area.  Harris's Hawks continue to be seen, though not daily. 

 

Burrowing Owls remain active at several locations but are also getting harder to find.  Look for them on the mounds with burrows that are scattered throughout the park.  Prospects for seeing them are best early in the day. 

 

 

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

   
Sharp-shinned Hawk
6 Dec
 1
Cooper's Hawk
6 Dec
 1
Burrowing Owl
6 Dec 3
Black Phoebe
6 Dec
 1
Peregrine Falcon
5 Dec
 1
   
Canada Goose
4 Dec
7
Common Goldeneye
4 Dec
1
White-faced Ibis
4 Dec
 18
Harris's Hawk
4 Dec
 4
Loggerhead Shrike
4 Dec
 2
   
N. Rough-winged Swallow
4 Dec
 1
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
4 Dec
 1
Crissal Thrasher
4 Dec
 1
Lincoln's Sparrow
4 Dec
 2
Spotted Towhee
4 Dec
 3
   
Yellow-headed Blackbird
4 Dec
 1
Orange-crowned Warbler
4 Dec
 5
Common Yellowthroat
4 Dec
 1
Sora
3 Dec
 1
Sandhill Crane
2 Dec
 1-2
   
Belted Kingfisher
2 Dec
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
1 Dec
 3
White-tailed Kite
30 Nov
 1
Cinnamon Teal
27 Nov
 1
Bufflehead
27 Nov
 1
   
Turkey Vulture
27 Nov
 1
Western Screech-Owl
24 Nov
 1
Ring-billed Gull
23 Nov
 25
Osprey
16 Nov
 1
Green-tailed Towhee
15 Nov
 1
   
Barn Swallow
14 Nov
 1
Wilson's Snipe
13 Nov
 1