río embudo birds

Identification Practice for the
Dixon Christmas Bird Count


Species Recorded in 13 out of the 16 Years of the Count.

[These species represent 0.5% of all individuals counted over the 16 years.]

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English Name:
Genus species:
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Diurnal Raptors: Vultures, Eagles, Hawks and Falcons
Cooper’s Hawk
Accipiter cooperii


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Adult is pictured. Note the horizontal barring on the breast and belly.
El Bosque
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius


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A falcon smaller than a Robin.

Commonly seen perching on wires along roads. (Commonly seen between Velarde and Alcalde)

Note dark vertical bars on cheek.

Sometimes seen "kiting" over fields while hunting. (A kiting bird is flapping while not moving up, down or forward.)

Male is pictured.

Rinconada

Rinconada
Wrens
Bewick’s Wren
Thryomanes bewickii


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It's very prominent, white eyebrow is distinctive.

Most often seen at transition from Piñon-Juniper to agricultural or riparian areas.

Song similar to Song Sparrow, but is "buzzier" and consistently ends on a clear trill.

El Bosque
Finches and Old World Sparrows
Pine Siskin
Carduelis pinus


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Often mistaken for a female House Finch, this lover of Thistle and other small seeds, has a distinctively smaller, sharply pointed bill.

There is a subtle presence of yellow in the wings and at the base of the tail. The last, over saturated, photograph shows these markings.

Often gives a raspy, rising, slurred "shee".

Downtown Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe

El Bosque


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