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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 1 May.  Small areas in both wetland cells are now flooding, and water is again flowing the full 2-mile length of the old river channel within the park.  The first deliveries of irrigation water to the park began 10 June. 

 

The first Yellow-billed Cuckoos for the year were 2 present on 10 June along the old river channel upstream of the Wetland Trailhead. 

 

The White-tailed Kite first seen 15 Apr continues to hang out in the interior of the park but is now only being seen sporadically.  It has not been seen for a week.  Harris's Hawks are also being seen less regularly. 

 

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


Northern Cardinals continue to be seen and heard near the Tornillo and Wetland trailheads and at the southern end of the park.  The year's first Painted Bunting appeared 2 May, our earliest arrival date ever. 

 

 

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

   
Neotropic Cormorant
14 Jun
 1
Green Heron
14 Jun
 1
Swainson's Hawk
14 Jun
 1
Burrowing Owl
14 Jun
 3
Yellow-breasted Chat
14 Jun
 1
   
Common Yellowthroat
14 Jun
 1
Northern Cardinal
14 Jun
 2
White-faced Ibis
13 Jun
 1
White-tailed Kite
13 Jun
 1
Harris's Hawk
13 Jun
 2
   
Crissal Thrasher
13 Jun
 1
Painted Bunting
13 Jun
 1
N. Rough-winged Swallow
12 Jun
 4
Blue Grosbeak
12 Jun
 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
11 Jun
 1


 
Black-necked Stilt
9 Jun
 1
Western Screech-Owl
6 Jun
 2
Black Phoebe
4 Jun
 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
29 May
 1
Warbling Vireo
29 May
 1
   
Western Tanager
29 May
 1
Black-headed Grosbeak
28 May
 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher
23 May
 1
Bell's Vireo
16 May
 1
Northern Waterthrush
15 May
 1