río embudo birds

Identification Practice for the
Dixon Christmas Bird Count


Species Recorded in 7, 6 & 5 out of the 16 Years of the Count.

[These species represent 0.55% of all individuals counted over the 16 years.]

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Swans, Geese and Ducks
American Wigeon
Anas americana


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Photo: Donna Dewhurst USFWS Alaska

Photo: Donna Dewhurst USFWS Alaska
Hooded Merganser
Lophodytes cucullatus


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Photo: John and Karen Hollingsworth USFWS Michigan
Diurnal Raptors: Vultures, Eagles, Hawks and Falcons
Golden Eagle
Aquila chrysaetos


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Merlin
Falco columbarius


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Generally appears dark, especially in flight or from behind, this falcon is about the size of a Northern Flicker.

Flight is direct with constant beating of pointed wings.

Plumage is variable. Note white eyebrow. Faint "mustache" below eye sometimes visible.

In upper photo, plumage is reminiscent of Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk, but note dark eye.

The middle photo shows the tail with narrow white bands. This is seen more clearly in lower photo.

Width of light bands in tail can vary. Color ranges from white to tan. Width generally narrower than those of a Sharp-shinned Hawk tail.

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El Bosque, Dixon   Enlarge

El Bosque, Dixon   Enlarge

El Bosque, Dixon   Enlarge
Gruiformes: Coots, Cranes and Rails
American Coot
Fulica americana


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Pigeons and Doves
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Streptopelia decaocto


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Tyrant Flycatchers
Say's Phoebe
Sayornis saya


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A few individuals over-winter in Velarde. In the rest of the Embudo area begins arriving in early March.

Usually seen on posts or single stalk plants in agricutural areas "hawking" insects.

It's call is a slow, plaintive, downward slurred "pee-ee". At close range, may hear "pit,pee-ee".

Distinctive peach-colored belly.

This species regularly builds nests under people's portales.

Rinconada
Jays, Crows and their Allies
Steller’s Jay
Cyanocitta stelleri


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Eastern Bluebird
Sialia sialis


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Females very similar to Western Bluebird female.


Males very similar to Western Bluebird except that buff/rufous color on breast comes up on sides of neck and on throat almost to base of the bill.
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Mimids "Mimic Thrushes"
Curve-billed Thrasher
Toxostoma curvirostre


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