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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 resumed 4 Nov.  Both wetland cells are now fully flooded, and over 1,800 ducks are present.  Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail  and Green-winged Teal predominate.  Over the past week, Cinnamon Teal numbers have been increasing. 

 

A Virginia Rail is currently calling frequently from the dense cattails along the west side of Wetland Cell 1. 

  

Harris's Hawks continue to be seen regularly.  A "Harlan's" Hawk continues on the west side of the park near Wetland Cell 2. 

 

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.  Long-eared Owls continue in dense saltcedars along the Bosque Trail. 

 

On 19 Dec, a male Northern Cardinal was at the Tornillo Trailhead. 

 

 

 

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

   
Canada Goose
17 Jan
 1
Cinnamon Teal
17 Jan
 6
Black-necked Stilt
17 Jan
 2
Turkey Vulture
17 Jan
 1
Cooper's Hawk
17 Jan
 2
   
Harris's Hawk
17 Jan
 1
Burrowing Owl
17 Jan
 4
Crissal Thrasher
17 Jan
 1
Lincoln's Sparrow
17 Jan
 2
Wood Duck
16 Jan
 1


 
White-faced Ibis
16 Jan
 3
Black Phoebe
16 Jan
 1
Western Meadowlark
16 Jan
 6
Virginia Rail
15 Jan
 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
15 Jan
 1
   
Sharp-shinned Hawk
15 Jan
 2
Long-eared Owl
15 Jan
 2
White-throated Swift
14 Jan
 16
"Harlan's" Hawk
14 Jan
 1
Great Horned Owl
14 Jan
 1
   
Belted Kingfisher
14 Jan
 1
Cave Swallow
12 Jan
 1
Spotted Towhee
12 Jan
 1
White-tailed Kite
11 Jan
 1
Bufflehead
7 Jan
 2
   
N. Rough-winged Swallow
5 Jan
 1
Lesser Scaup
2 Jan
 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
20 Dec
 1
American Goldfinch
20 Dec
 1
Ring-billed Gull
19 Dec
 40
   
Peregrine Falcon
19 Dec
 1
Northern Cardinal
19 Dec
 1
Barn Swallow
18 Dec
 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird
18 Dec
 1