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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Latest Activity: Jul 6

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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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Izquierdo on September 24, 2014 at 4:15pm

From Bosque Farms, I see many Canada Geese headed toward Albuquerque along the river, a phenomenon I haven't see since I've been here except for a flight or two.  Now that flights are regular for two weeks in the evening. Also I have seen a snow goose headed south yet. Can't be too long.  

Comment by Debby S on July 4, 2014 at 12:18pm

Maybe the Wood Ducks are getting ready for something. At Tingley Beach on 6/29/14 I saw a mama Wood Duck leading 12 ducklings who were paddling furiously to keep up.

Comment by Bob W on July 3, 2014 at 5:06pm

Pretty sure I saw two male wood ducks at Bacheci Open Space today, but they had their 'autumn plumage' colors instead of their normal bright colors. Isn't it a bit early for fall colors? I'm pretty certain these weren't females, as pictured in my guidebook.

Comment by Debby S on July 3, 2014 at 4:42pm

Confirmed this morning, about 7am, there are 3 hawk babies (more like teenagers now) in the park, with one who is particularly vocal (a high-pitched whistle/complaint). I think he/she was wondering where Mom and Dad had gone and when was breakfast? I bet soon they'll all start getting "how to hunt pigeons and doves" lessons.


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