Río Embudo Birds

Learning the Birds
of the
Río Embudo

A set of tools to help you learn the local birds.

A collection of lists with photos, range maps and other resources, grouped by season.

Within each season, the lists begin with the most common and familiar species, then move to the less familiar.

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Read the Overview.
Read about the Seasonal Timing.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Rio Grande near Rinconada, May 2, 2017:
Already sitting on eggs?

Greater Roadrunner
Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque, NM, March 30, 2017:
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Robert's Legacy Birding Blog

Spring/Fall Migration:

Who Is Arriving, When? I have been paying close attention to the presence of bird species in the Embudo area for more than 15 years. I have pulled together all of my records and consulted other sources such as records from eBird to come up with some preliminary "first" and "last" dates for the summer residents and transient species.

The graphs are from downloadable PDFs. (Click to display in the browser, right click to download.) Both files show arrival and departure information for the Common and Less Common species in our area.

The first file shows the approximate time period that each species is present in the Embudo area. The second file is the same information, but ordered by the arrival date for each species.

Though not depicted in the graph, the peak of the Spring migration is around the 2nd week of May. This is discussed in a blog entry from last year entitled: Spring Migration Peak Detection: May, 2014

Another entry discusses a Migration Fallout the morning after a midlle-of-the-night snow storm last may. The storm forced down migrants flying at night.

Dixon CBC Indentification Practice:

Of the 111 Species that have been recorded on the Dixon CBC, just 32 of those species account for more than 95% of the individuals counted.

The learning begins with those species that are seen every year. Many of these are very common species. Once those are mastered, one can move on to the species less likely to be seen.

Five different exercises for using the materials are described.

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