Burque Birding

DCF group for those who love our Central NM wild birds. Beginning or advanced birders are welcome to contribute to the discussion.

Members: 113
Latest Activity: Jul 6

Be Kind to your Fine Feathered Friends...

Links for Burque Birders:
Albuquerque Open Space District
Bosque Bill's Backyard Birdlist
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Friends of Bosque del Apache
Central NM Audubon Society
Hawks Aloft
NM Ornithological Society
NM Partners in Flight
New Mexico Rare Bird Alert Website
Rosy Finches at Sandia Crest
#abqbirds on Twitter <== NEW Also monitor #nmbirds and #birding

Please use Discussion Forum to post comments rather than the Comment Wall.

By starting a discussion, you can not only add a photo if you desire, but you provide the opportunity for others to comment and add to the discussion. The Comment Wall is very limited in scope and does not work well for follow-up comments by others. Thanks.

Albuquerque's Community Forum

An April Surprise 8 Replies

Started by Debby S. Last reply by Debby S May 3.

in a van, down by the river... 3 Replies

Started by trenchmonkey. Last reply by Debby S Mar 17.

Bird Scat? 5 Replies

Started by Skip. Last reply by Bosque Bill Sep 17, 2014.

Some birds seen on July 29, 2014 1 Reply

Started by Debby S. Last reply by Bosque Bill Jul 31, 2014.

Name That Bird! 3 Replies

Started by Skip. Last reply by Bosque Bill Feb 27, 2014.

Opinion Sought 3 Replies

Started by Skip. Last reply by Skip Jan 13, 2014.

Bushtits for February, 2013 6 Replies

Started by Debby S. Last reply by Debby S Dec 31, 2013.

Junco? 2 Replies

Started by Skip. Last reply by sumac Oct 26, 2013.

Mystery Hummingbird 7 Replies

Started by Debby S. Last reply by Debby S Aug 16, 2013.

Summer Tanager 3 Replies

Started by Debby S. Last reply by Bosque Bill Aug 12, 2013.

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Burque Birding to add comments!

Comment by Skip on July 6, 2015 at 7:06am

Thanks, Judy.  That makes sense to me.  It also explains why that Santa Fe thrush was seen in the winter.

Comment by Debby S on July 3, 2015 at 2:28pm

This morning, three juvenile (hard to call them babies now) Cooper's Hawks at Robinson Park (8th and Central). They were flying from tree to tree, practicing new wings, calling each other to chase here and there. Parents were probably out gathering breakfast, though the largest "baby" had found (or been given) something to devour already. This was the second time I've seen the largest of three eat first(?) (female hawks rule!). Also the 2nd time I've seen a hawk couple have three babies. I'm hoping the family will put on the same exhibition high above the heads of Market goers tomorrow (7/4)

Comment by Judy Liddell on July 1, 2015 at 5:07pm

Varied Thrushes breed in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. An immature would not be in New Mexico at this time of year. There are occasional strays during the winter, but not at this time of year. 

Comment by Skip on July 1, 2015 at 8:37am

Thanks, Debbie.  I sure wish I could see that bird again!

Comment by Debby S on July 1, 2015 at 5:20am

Skip, I bet you did see what you think you saw. New birds seem to be finding our climate/environment a lot nicer than their old stomping grounds, the Asian Collared Dove being a success story (as far as hawks are concerned, anyhow).

Comment by Skip on June 30, 2015 at 3:50pm

I sighted what might possibly be a female Varied Thrush this morning.  First thought it was an immature Robin, but the eye and cheek patch was not right, and it didn't have that round, puffy shape. The lines were those of a mature Robin.  I went to my field guides and recognized the eye and cheek patch.  No black band across the chest.  I know this is an improbable ID, and am hoping someone else has seen this bird in the foothills neighborhood between Copper and Indian School.  (I did find a documented sighting in NM this past January.  Here's the link, along with an explanation for why we might see one here: Visiting varied thrush a rare sight in Santa Fe.)

Comment by Debby S on June 22, 2015 at 5:55pm

Bees are visiting one of my hummingbird feeders. I have a Bottle-type feeder with a red saucer at the bottom. I pour sugar water into bottle, spin saucer onto it, take it out to my porch, turn feeder upside down, hang, works fine for my few hummers (so far, only black chinned). Yesterday I noticed that bees had taken an interest in one of my cyclamen, despite the bees being unable to understand which end of the flower has the pollen. The bees seemed to be hanging out under the leaves, and I figured they were looking for cool shade and water in this hot weather, even trying to get some water out of the nearby feeder. So I put out a little lid on the soil of the planter and added a bit of sugar water. I've renewed it with plain water. The bees are taking advantage of it, but also still trying to get water from the feeder (and maybe succeeding, I don't know). I checked on line about the safety of this (will I eventually get a hive nearby? will they harm the hummers)? Basically they advised no pesticides, no cooking oils, no Pam, no Vaseline. But someone said they used a mint extract. I have made some of that already (mint soaked in vodka). I put some of that liquid a cotton ball, dabbed it on half the feeder holes, and put the cotton ball on the feeder on one of the rails a bird would sit on. The bees apparently do not like the smell. Only one so far has tried drinking from a treated hole, quicklyi; the rest of the bees have hovered nearby the treated holes and the soaked cotton ball and have only been drinking from the non-treated side. I have left the caps of water in the plant, and there is also a tray of water for the birds that the bees can use, too. I hope that when the weather cools off, the bees will find other, more natural sources of water (rain will be great, or sprinkler water). They deserve to live, too, and have not reacted unpleasantly to me adding more water to their caps during the heat of the day. I can't remember ever being stung by a bee and don't want to learn what that's like :)

Comment by Debby S on June 19, 2015 at 12:20pm

June 19, 2015. about 7:45am--saw/photographed baby Cooper's hawk perched outside of nest in one of the tallest trees at Robinson Park. Mom or Dad was in regular perch about 100 feet away (mate was likely out getting breakfast for everyone). There was another baby next to perched baby, but the other baby was lying flat. I'll check tomorrow to try to see if lying-down baby is okay, and if there are any more babies. I have yet to see any adults dive bombing humans; maybe these birds are growing used to us. This is good considering the big Growers Market that happens in the same park (at 8th and Central) every Saturday.

Comment by Debby S on May 30, 2015 at 4:35pm

May 30: hawk next still evident in Robinson Park. I looked around and saw a single hawk maybe 100 feet away high on a bare branch of a tree along Copper. I pointed out hawk to every one I could at the Growers Market, esp kids, and all were amazed and happy to see it. I hope the bird has a mate and they have chicks -- but before then I hope they get used to and don't worry about the humans who wander about the park far below.

Comment by Debby S on May 26, 2015 at 6:34am

May 23, Cooper's Hawk and nest seen and photographed near east end of Robinson Park (8th and Central). Hope the birds don't mind a lot of humans there on Saturday mornings! May 25, Western Tanager spotted/photoed at Washington Middle School Park, 10th and Park. No hawks seen there yet this year though.


Members (110)


Connect with Us!


Regular Features

© 2015   Created by Duke City Fix.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service