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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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.

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Comment by Debby S on June 25, 2014 at 2:07pm

Kestrels noted in the area just south Kit Carson Park and west on Acalde into the big trees just inside the Bosque. South of the park there is a big structure about 5 stories high, 4 of the stories open steel beams holding communication equipment, and the little hunting birds like to roost there as well as on telephone poles and in the trees. All the positions give them a great view of the area. They are very pretty small birds that look quite fierce at the same time. I've been seeing them at sunrise for about ten days now.

Comment by Debby S on May 20, 2014 at 7:20am

In Washington Middle School Park, at Park and 10th SW, downtown, Sunday, May 18: saw and photographed a pair of Stellar Jays. They sounded grouchy but I bet they liked all the trees. I heard Robin giving warnings, then heard, saw and photographed the reason: a young looking (sharp-shinned?) hawk. Also further north I saw a huge crow (it honked instead of cawing) being harassed in flight by Kingbirds and later a hawk. Crow tried to hide among much smaller pigeons; no luck there. Monday, same park, hawk still there. The big trees may offer nesting opportunities. Bush tits seen inspecting trees on Lead east of 8th.

Comment by Debby S on May 10, 2014 at 5:57am

Great work, Sumac! Keep contributing :D

Comment by sumac on May 9, 2014 at 9:26pm

O.K., not an eagle but not a woodpecker; I give up. At least this oriole was in my yard, in NM!

Comment by sumac on May 9, 2014 at 9:24pm

Oops sorry! I am still learning digital arts1 I know the eagle is not a woodpecker -I will try again.

Comment by sumac on May 9, 2014 at 9:22pm

Oh, and this woodpecker. If I can put the picture on here correctly.

Comment by sumac on May 9, 2014 at 9:16pm

I have 2 Cassin's finches who have taken over my hummingbird feeder! I also am getting a beautiful Bullock's? oriole, a Scott's oriole one time, and Black-chinned and Broad tailed hummingbirds. In my yard-Gambel's quail,Crissal thrashers,once a Yellow-rumped warbler, Great tailed grackles in the AZ cypresses, and many more(in Rio Rancho.)

Comment by Debby S on May 9, 2014 at 7:16pm

Saw lots of swallows this morning (May 9) on UNM Campus. These flattish, aerodynamic black birds with candy-orange breasts were hanging around the Duck Pond and the Mall (that further south becomes Yale Avenue). They were perching on a large, square concrete sculpture at the north end of the mall, and had built a mud-and-straw nest in an inside corner of a covered walk way of a gray building on the east side of the mall. They were all quite chatty and active. Seeing them explains why I saw them last year one early summer morning behind the Frontier where they were grabbing bugs/moths out of mid air. I didn't see any Kingbirds in that area, though, too much competition for the flying bugs, I guess, but Kingbirds are easy to see downtown.

Comment by Debby S on April 20, 2014 at 3:39pm

April 18, 2014--saw my first Kingbird of Spring. On phone wire on south end of lot across at 8th and Silver. Saw him again on 4/19, and another one singing in my apartment complex  grounds near 6th and Lead. Sunday I saw: Western Wood Pewee (singing), Barn Swallows, male black-chinned hummingbird, probable black phoebe, heard a very loud red-winged blackbird, spotted high-in-tree warblers, and videoed maybe a hawk harassing what was maybe an osprey (both in flight far away over Tingley Beach, unhappy small bird vs. probably confused larger bird). All in under 3 hours :) 

Comment by Debby S on February 16, 2014 at 8:21am

Wow! Two months early for Kingbirds! Thanks for the tip -- I'll watch for them on my walk today. I think woodpeckers (Downy, Ladderback) and similar birds (Nuthatches, Flickers) stay pretty much year round here since they eat the bugs that winter over in tree bark. I saw a young female Downy last weekend; really cool but not surprising. I've been seeing a lot of Cedar Waxwings, but my book says they winter over here, too -- I had rarely seen them until recently.


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