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: 109
Latest Activity: Jun 16

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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

June 4, 2017, Mysteries of the Bosque!

Started by Debby S. Last reply by Bosque Bill Jun 16. 3 Replies

Immature Robin?

Started by Skip Jan 14. 0 Replies

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Started by Skip. Last reply by Skip Dec 4, 2016. 2 Replies

October fledgling!

Started by Skip. Last reply by Bosque Bill Oct 18, 2016. 1 Reply

Unidentified Warbler

Started by Skip. Last reply by Debby S Oct 13, 2016. 3 Replies

May 25, 2016: Yellow-Breasted Chat

Started by Debby S. Last reply by Debby S Jun 4, 2016. 4 Replies

Comment Wall

Comment by Maria on August 6, 2008 at 2:57pm
Hi Bill,
Can you ID this bird, she build a nest on one of my outside sconce lights this spring.

Comment by Michelle on May 4, 2009 at 9:54am
I saw what I think was either an Oriole or a Tanager yesterday afternoon. It was a bright yellow color with orange undertones. The head and the body were the same color, with black wings with white spots or bars, and black tail feathers. The unusual part was that it had that same yellow/orange color down the center of its tail. It landed on the power line nearby, and turned around in what seemed like an effort to show itself off, and let me get a good look at him. It was a gorgeous bird!
Comment by lcaldero on May 4, 2009 at 9:18pm
Went to Cienega Canyon in the East Mountains on Saturday with my UNM Continuing Ed Bird ID class (led by Steve Cox).. Wow -- we saw so many birds. many different varieties of warblers -- folks were especially excited by the hooded warbler and red crossbills. (I am a newby, all were interesting, especially the spotted towhee). Very acccessible, easy bird watching spot -- we never made it to the trail, hung around the parking lot at Sulphur Springs amd Cienega. High recommended
Comment by Bosque Bill on May 21, 2009 at 9:35am
Good Grief! What a dolt I am, I didn't realize there were comments down on this part of the page, obviously I haven't been scrolling down. My bad!

@Maria and @Ben, yes that looks like a Say's Phoebe.

@Ben, hate to say it but Wal-Mart usually carries large bags of thistle, niger, seed for less than the specialty stores. It has become very expensive as the seed is now being used for cooking oils.

@Michelle, you might have seen a migrating Western Tanager, though they usually have red faces. If you hadn't said the head and body were the same color I'd have said Black-headed Grosbeak. I'm less familiar with orioles; Bullock's Oriole is the most common around these parts, followed by Scott's Oriole.

I'll try to pay attention to this section now that I know folks are posting here. Sorry for the delay.
Comment by toddster on May 25, 2009 at 11:18am
After a hike on the Tramway Trail yesterday, I saw a large family of quail (Gambel's, I suppose) on the move at the edge of the Sandia tram parking lot. The chicks (at least 12 of them) were the smallest I've ever seen. So cute!
Comment by Debby S on May 30, 2009 at 9:03am
On May 28 while at work (near Yale and Coal), heard, then saw and photographed a nearly all yellow bird with brownish wings and faint reddish striations on the chest. I suspect it's a very yellow version of a lesser goldfinch. I'll see if I can get a pic up somewhere. I do have some pics of a very yellow breasted Kingbird, taken here downtown, sitting near a equal-sized robin, in front of a blue sky, to make a nice set of colors.
Comment by Debby S on May 30, 2009 at 9:15am
I tried to add a picture here, but it didn't work, and I can't recall my Flickr password (it's at work though). However, a bit more googling found the bird, probably a Yellow Warbler, at:
Comment by Bosque Bill on June 1, 2009 at 8:38am
@DebbyS when I read your description, Yellow Warbler was the first thing I thought about. That is very cool! I think I heard one in the bosque south of Rio Bravo on Friday, but it was so high in a cottonwood with so many leaves I was unable to get a glimpse.
Comment by Debby S on July 17, 2009 at 11:14am
Anyone notice a lot of Kingbirds this year? I first saw them downtown two years go, outside the Flying Star. A pair were teaching their look-alike twin chicks how to catch moths on the wing. Fascinating! I don't recall seeing any of these birds last year, though I may simply have missed them. This year, there is at least a pair near my apartment, several (4?6?) in a tree on 8th outside the fire station on Silver (saw them on 7/11). I got pictures of one on a wire just east of the Federal building at 5th and Gold last week, and I saw a pair in a parking lot at 5th and Silver this morning. And I've also seen and heard them in the vicinity of Yale and Coal and in the cemetary on Yale. These birds are about the size of robins, have brown wings and brownish heads, yellow breasts, and they have an angular look to them, which must help them zip around catching insects. They like to sit high on telephone wires or on high tree branches and are not fond of having their pictures taken (though I've got a lot of good ones ;). They seem to complain a lot, a scoldy kind of chit-chit as opposed to a song, but that makes identifying them easier. I hope they have all decided this is a great place to visit every summer.
Comment by Bosque Bill on July 17, 2009 at 11:53am
Debby S., for a while I was thinking there were fewer Kingbirds this year, but now that the young are out of the nest, I think the numbers are similar to the last few years at least in the valley areas where I hang out.

You are probably seeing the Western Kingbird as that is our most common species. But keep your eyes peeled for the Cassin's Kingbird. The Western has white feathers along both long sides of the tail; the tips of the Cassin's tail are lighter in color with no white along the sides.


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