río embudo birds

Learning the Birds of the Río Embudo


Rare Transients (17 Species)

It is unusual to see these species. They are seen only every 2 to 5 years 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.


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Medium to Large Waterbirds: Pelicans and their Allies
American White Pelican
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos


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Double-crested Cormorant
Phalacrocorax auritus


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Long-legged Wading Birds
Great Egret
Ardea alba


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Green Heron
Butorides virescens


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White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi


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Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni


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Smaller Wading Birds
Black-necked Stilt
Himantopus mexicanus


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American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana


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Nightjars, Nighthawks and Swifts
Common Poorwill
Phalaenoptilus nuttallii


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Woodpeckers
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus thyroideus


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Female is pictured. Can be confused with Northern Flicker, but lacks many critical Flicker field marks.

Male (not pictured) very distinctive. Click on Image Search for photos.

El Bosque, Dixon
Tyrant Flycatchers
Willow Flycatcher
Empidonax traillii


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Thrushes and their Allies
Swainson’s Thrush
Catharus ustulatus


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Mimids "Mimic Thrushes"
Sage Thrasher
Oreoscoptes montanus


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Wagtails and Pipits
American Pipit
Anthus rubescens


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Wood-Warblers
Townsend’s Warbler
Dendroica townsendi


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Northern Waterthrush
Seiurus noveboracensis


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Sparrows and their Allies
Savannah Sparrow
Passerculus sandwichensis


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