What follows is a brief report of six weeks from
18 April to 29 May, mostly in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona, a few hours in Utah
and 3 days in Colorado.
Total birds... 387
Hummingbirds 12, woodpeckers 13, tyrant flycatchers 28,
corvids 11, hawks 27, owls 8, nightjars 6, wrens 6, mimic thrushes 7, vireos 11,
wood warblers 30, sparrows 28, icterids 16, tanagers 3, shorebirds 31, gulls
& terns 13.
Rarities included Grey-crowned Yellowthroat, Clay-coloured
Robin, Berylline & Lucifer Hummingbirds, White-collared
Unexpected species at this season included Snow & Ross's
Geese, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser.
Species that I was pleased to see included Brown Pelican,
Roseate Spoonbill, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, Wilson's Phalarope, Stilt
Sandpiper, Dunlin, peeps, Baird's Sandpiper, Black Skimmer, Golden & Bald
Eagles, Crested Caracara, Montezuma Quail, Plain Chachalacha, Great Horned &
Spotted & Burrowing & Elf Owls, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Clark's
Nutcracker, Black-billed Magpie, American Dipper, Cedar Waxwing, Ovenbird,
Painted Bunting, Red Crossbill.
Memorable birding sites included Bosque del Apache NWR, Big
Bend NP and most of extreme south Texas.
Drought and strong winds prevailed in many places but had no
marked effect upon species diversity. Even so, density of birds in most
areas seemed low.
One birding point that intrigued me was that in the open and
low humidity environments encountered at most sites, bird calls carried much
longer distances than what I'm familiar with here in tropical north
Glenn Holmes & Associates
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