río embudo birds

Identification Practice for the
Dixon Christmas Bird Count


Species Recorded in 9 & 8 out of the 16 Years of the Count.

[These species represent 0.7% of all individuals counted over the 16 years.]

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Genus species:
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Swans, Geese and Ducks
Wood Duck
Aix sponsa


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Male (top right): Coloration and white neck markings distinctive.



Female (middle): White Eye-patch distinctive.



Male (bottom front) in eclipse (non-breeding) plumage.


Green-winged Teal
Anas crecca


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Rio Grande: Orilla Verde State Park

Photo: David Menke USFWS California
Smaller Wading Birds
Wilson’s Snipe
Gallinago delicata


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Photo: David Ward USFWS Alaska
Nocturnal Raptors: Owls
Great Horned Owl
Bubo virginianus


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Tyrant Flycatchers
Black Phoebe
Sayornis nigricans


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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 low branches overhanging the river, from which it "hawks" insects.

At times perches at mid-level in trees near the river, making its sharp, quick two-note call.

Distinctive inverted "v" apparent where the white belly meets the dark breast.

Cachanillas (Velarde)
Wrens
Rock Wren
Salpinctes obsoletus


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Photo: Dave Menke USFWS California   
Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing
Bombycilla cedrorum


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Río Ojo Sarco

Río Ojo Sarco
Wood-Warblers
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Dendroica coronata


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Many individuals pass through this area during the spring and fall migrations. A few stay over the winter, primarily in the Velarde area.

The first two pictures show breeding plumage.

The last shows typical winter plumage.

La Junta, April 28, 2013

La Junta, April 28, 2013

Apodaca
Finches and Old World Sparrows
Evening Grosbeak
Coccothraustes vespertinus


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