Burque Birding

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

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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

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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 trenchmonkey on September 25, 2014 at 6:52am

Actually there are ~200 of them (few weeks early) They roost on the Isleta sandbars, so that's what you're seeing in the evening. The process is reversed every morning at sunrise when they fly down to Bosque Farms/Peralta to feed. I've been documenting this behavior for the last 25 yrs or so. ;)

Comment by Debby S on September 25, 2014 at 6:56am

I've been seeing them a Tingley Beach pretty much all summer. I guess they find there what they need and are also happy enough to have and raise some kids. Also some snow geese (some very vocal), and lots of ducks.. I did not see barn swallows in that area last Sunday (9/21), so maybe they have finally gone south, but yesterday (9/24) at my feeder there was another female hummer, so they are passing through still.

Comment by Debby S on March 21, 2015 at 6:06pm

First Kingbird of 2015? Heard, spotted, photographed, but not in my neighborhood, drat. I was walking north on San Pedro, just north of Central (on my way to Chocolate festival) when I spotted him(? likely, male birds often come ahead). Kah-cheer! Kah-cheer! Loud and clear! My first Kingbird last year I saw in the parking block at 8th and Silver on a telephone line, a lot closer to home. Hawks beware, trouble's back in town!

Comment by Debby S on April 5, 2015 at 7:43am

My first black-chinned male hummer: evening of April 3; I had put out feeders on April 1. This morning (4/5) went to to change them and heard a new bird call -- and realized it was a Kingbird! He was sitting a top the telephone pole where they had a nest (and three babies) last year. He was calling loudly, so I'm hoping we have another set of babies and a lot less big flying again bugs this year. Hmm, I better put out some nesting material (some red yarn, which they used a few strands of last year).

Comment by Debby S on May 2, 2015 at 8:06pm

This afternoon (5/2) saw Kingbirds harassing a crow. Crow tried to hide (I couldn't see where, maybe in a tree on far side of a building) but it was obvious as Kingbirds kept screaming at and dive bombing him/her. So Kingbirds don't like hawks or crows. And this morning I saw a Cooper's Hawk in high tree at Downtown Growers Market on 8th and Central. I guess the crowds of people didn't bother him/her (rather small, maybe a him, orange breast feathers, adult). Plenty of pigeons in area. If he finds a mate and they build a nest there, vendors and customers will have to wear hats... I got pictures of both bird events :) Oh, also saw a nuthatch at Growers Market (nuthatches don't mind humans, it seems).

Comment by Debby S on May 3, 2015 at 5:25pm

May 3, around 9:45, saw, got pics and video of very vocal Mockingbird in trees around some unused lots just north of Railyard Market (around 2nd and Hazeldine). He was also imitating the vocal Kingbirds in that area, which may have confused the KBs. The KBs did not try to supervise the Mockingbird, which was bigger than them; maybe the KBs felt intimidated (for once!). I hope this and other Mockingbirds find mates and stay in my area, their songs are fascinating.

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.

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 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 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 :)


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