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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.  The first Snow Goose appeared 14 Nov.  The first Buffleheads appeared 24 Nov. 

 

On 2 Dec, 130 White-faced Ibis were present in Wetland Cell 2. 

  

One White-tailed Kite had been frequenting the interior of the park between Wetland Cells 1 and 2 but has not been seen for over 3 weeks.  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 but, with the cooler weather, are getting harder to observe.  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. 

 

 

 

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

   
Cooper's Hawk
14 Dec
 2
Harris's Hawk
14 Dec
 4
"Harlan's" Hawk
14 Dec
 1
Burrowing Owl
14 Dec
 4
Black Phoebe
14 Dec
 2
   
N. Rough-winged Swallow
14 Dec
 1
Green-tailed Towhee
14 Dec
 1
Black-necked Stilt
13 Dec
 3
Turkey Vulture
13 Dec
 2
Great Horned Owl
13 Dec
 1
   
Cinnamon Teal
12 Dec
 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk
12 Dec
 1
Crissal Thrasher
12 Dec
 1
American Goldfinch
12 Dec
 2
Spotted Towhee
12 Dec
 1
   
Western Meadowlark
11 Dec
 1
Long-eared Owl
8 Dec
 3
Lincoln's Sparrow
8 Dec
 1
Sandhill Crane
7 Dec
 62
Peregrine Falcon
7 Dec
 1
   
Black-crowned Night-Heron
2 Dec
 1
White-faced Ibis
2 Dec
 130
Merlin
2 Dec
 1
Bufflehead
30 Nov
 1
Ring-billed Gull
27 Nov
 21
   
American Robin
27 Nov
 1
Lesser Goldfinch
27 Nov
 4
Blue-winged Teal
23 Nov
 1
Snow Goose
21 Nov
 2
White-tailed Kite
21 Nov
 1
   
Lesser Scaup
20 Nov
 1