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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 29 April.  Modest areas are now flooding in both wetland cells, and a variety of water birds are taking advantage of them. 

 

On 20 June, 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos were calling along the former bend of the Rio Grande the winds through the park.  One was in a cottonwood, the other in a tornillo in the vicinity of the Wetland Trailhead.  This species has now been found at the park in 4 of the past 5 years.  This is the first time in the wetland-project era that 2 individuals have been detected together. 

 

Other summer-resident species now present include:  Black-chinned Hummingbird, Swainson's Hawk, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak and Painted Bunting

 

Multiple White-tailed Kites are now frequenting the interior of the park between Wetland Cells 1 and 2; on 21 June, 6 birds, at least 4 of them immatures, were present.  Harris's Hawks continue to be seen regularly. 

 

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

 

After rain on 16 June, the park had its first singing Cassin's Sparrow for the season 18 June along the southern edge of Wetland Cell 2. 

 

Northern Cardinals continue to be seen and heard at multiple locations, including the Tornillo Trailhead, the Wetland Trailhead, and near the visitor center.  

 

 

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 Jun
 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
21 Jun
 1
White-tailed Kite
21 Jun
 6
Harris's Hawk
21 Jun
 2
Burrowing Owl
21 Jun
 5
   
Crissal Thrasher
21 Jun
 2
Yellow-breasted Chat
21 Jun
 2
Blue Grosbeak
21 Jun
 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
20 Jun
 2
Swainson's Hawk
20 Jun
 1
   
Common Yellowthroat
20 Jun
 1
Northern Cardinal
20 Jun
 1
Painted Bunting
19 Jun
 1
White-faced Ibis
18 Jun
 1
Bell's Vireo
18 Jun
 1
   
Cassin's Sparrow
18 Jun
 1
Black-necked Stilt
14 Jun
 1
Summer Tanager
13 Jun
 1
Black Phoebe
10 Jun
 1
N. Rough-winged Swallow
10 Jun
 7
   
Barn Owl
2 Jun
 1
MacGillivray's Warbler
29 May
 1
Wilson's Warbler
29 May
 1
Western Tanager
25 May
 1