río embudo birds

Learning the Birds of the Río Embudo


Common Transients (4 Species)

These species are certain to be seen in suitable habitat during the spring and fall migrations.

They pass through this area, but don't breed here. In the Spring, they are moving north from their wintering grounds enroute to their breeding grounds either further north or higher up in the mountains of New Mexico.

In the Fall, they are passing through on their way back to their wintering grounds. Many spend the winter as far as Mexico and Central America. Some spend the winter in South America.

In the Spring, these species begin arriving in March with the peak of the migration coming around the first week of May. By June, they have all moved on. In the Fall, they begin arriving in August. The migration peaks in September and is essentially finished by the middle of October.

One exception to this timing is the Rufous Hummingbird who, after breeding in the Northwest U.S., arrives in this area the first week of July on its southward Fall migration.


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Genus species:
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Hummingbirds
Rufous Hummingbird
Selasphorus rufus


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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
Wilson’s Warbler
Wilsonia pusilla


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Tanagers
Western Tanager
Piranga ludoviciana


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