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

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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 Skip on January 8, 2014 at 6:53am

I've been told that the very best book for identifying birds is the Sibley Guide to Birds.  Opinions, anyone?  Thank you.

Comment by Jeff Hartzer on January 8, 2014 at 9:03am

BIRDS OF NEW MEXICO by Stan Tekiela has been a helpful one for my wife and me. There are many bird field guides-often they show birds that we don't find here.

Comment by Debby S on February 15, 2014 at 4:50pm

Between noon and around 2pm today (Feb 15), saw easily thousands of Sandhill Cranes flying in bands over the Rio, pausing to catch updrafts, waiting for smaller groups to catch up. I'm downtown, was walking home from store, heard them (so loud yet so far away!), took pictures. Got home, used a better camera to zoom in on them, get some movies. Fascinating! But it seems to me that it's very early... and too early to wear shorts, but I did. I'll head for Tingley Beach tomorrow to see if any of the huge birds lazing around there. At least when we get strange weather it's nicer than weather in many other places!

Comment by Jeff Hartzer on February 15, 2014 at 6:54pm

Saw first kingbird today--way early...Also a pair of downy woodpeckers.

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.

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 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 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 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 9:24pm

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


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