río embudo birds

RioEmbudoBirds.org list of Species Observed (Total Species: 226):

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This is a list of all bird species that I know to have been identified within the Audubon NMDI (New Mexico Dixon) Christmas Bird Count Circle. That count circle is centered near Dixon, NM and has a radius of 7.5 miles. Nearby sites such as Orilla Verde Recreation Area near Pilar, the Los Luceros property near Alcalde and the Okay Owingeh fishing lakes host a larger array of species. They are not included as they are outside the NMDI count area. Two additional Audubon CBC circles document wintertime birdlife in those areas: NMOV (NM Orilla Verde) and NMES (NM Española. See Map of the three count areas.

The formulation of this list was derived by consulting eBird records, Audubon Christmas Bird Count data, lists from many years of local bird walks in the area and my own lists of observations. Various local birdwatchers have been recording sightings in this area since as early as 1969. (If anyone knows of earlier or other records, please contact the me.) Jack Whetstone, a resident of Dixon from 1969 until 1976 kept detailed records of his bird sightings during that time. He also kept records on Summer trips he made to Dixon in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1987. He also spent the winter of 1987-88 here. In 1997, Bob Weber, a Taos resident, began an Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the area. In 2001, I took over the management of that count. I have kept detailed records of bird activity along the Río Embudo since 1999.

Robert Templeton, March 2023

  Spring-Fall Transients - All

Species Code
Common NameGenus + Specific EpithetSeasonAbundance Class
Swans, Geese and Ducks
sngoSnow GooseAnser caerulescensSpring-Fall TransientRare
gwfgGreater White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsSpring-Fall TransientRare
bwteBlue-winged TealSpatula discorsSpring-Fall TransientRare
citeCinnamon TealSpatula cyanopteraSpring-Fall TransientRare
nshoNorthern ShovelerSpatula clypeataSpring-Fall TransientRare
redhRedheadAythya americanaSpring-Fall TransientRare
Upland Game Birds
Pigeons and Doves
btpiBand-tailed PigeonPatagioenas fasciataSpring-Fall TransientRare
Cuckoos and their Allies
Nightjars, Nighthawks and Swifts
wtswWhite-throated SwiftAeronautes saxatalisSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
cahuCalliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliopeSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
ruhuRufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufusSpring-Fall TransientCommon
Gruiformes: Coots, Cranes and Rails
viraVirginia RailRallus limicolaSpring-Fall TransientRare
Smaller Wading Birds
bnstBlack-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanusSpring-Fall TransientRare
amavAmerican AvocetRecurvirostra americanaSpring-Fall TransientRare
lbdoLong-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusSpring-Fall TransientRare
sosaSolitary SandpiperTringa solitariaSpring-Fall TransientRare
willWilletTringa semipalmataSpring-Fall TransientRare
Gulls, Terns and Skimmers
rbguRing-billed GullLarus delawarensisSpring-Fall TransientRare
Medium to Large Waterbirds: Pelicans and their Allies
dccoDouble-crested CormorantNannopterum auritumSpring-Fall TransientRare
awpeAmerican White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchosSpring-Fall TransientRare
Long-legged Wading Birds
gregGreat EgretArdea albaSpring-Fall TransientRare
snegSnowy EgretEgretta thulaSpring-Fall TransientRare
grheGreen HeronButorides virescensSpring-Fall TransientRare
wfibWhite-faced IbisPlegadis chihiSpring-Fall TransientRare
Diurnal Raptors: Vultures, Eagles and Hawks
osprOspreyPandion haliaetusSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
swhaSwainson’s HawkButeo swainsoniSpring-Fall TransientRare
Nocturnal Raptors: Owls
Tyrant Flycatchers
osflOlive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
wiflWillow FlycatcherEmpidonax trailliiSpring-Fall TransientRare
haflHammond’s FlyctcherEmpidonax hammondiiSpring-Fall TransientRare
duflDusky FlycatcherEmpidonax oberholseriSpring-Fall TransientRare
coflCordilleran FlycatcherEmpidonax occidentalisSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
Shrikes and Vireos
grviGray VireoVireo viciniorSpring-Fall TransientRare
loshLoggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianusSpring-Fall TransientRare
Jays, Crows and their Allies
Chickadees and their Allies
tresTree SwallowTachycineta bicolorSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
vgswViolet-green SwallowTachycineta thalassinaSpring-Fall TransientCommon
Nuthatches and Creepers
howrHouse WrenTroglodytes aedonSpring-Fall TransientRare
Mimids "Mimic Thrushes"
grcaGray CatbirdDumetella carolinensisSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
brthBrown ThrasherToxostoma rufumSpring-Fall TransientRare
Starlings and Mynas
Thrushes and their Allies
swthSwainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatusSpring-Fall TransientRare
European Passerines
Wagtails and Pipits
ampiAmerican PipitAnthus rubescensSpring-Fall TransientRare
Sparrows and their Allies
laspLark SparrowChondestes grammacusSpring-Fall TransientLess Common
larbLark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorysSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
brspBrewer’s SparrowSpizella breweriSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
vespVesper SparrowPooecetes gramineusSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
savsSavannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensisSpring-Fall TransientRare
lispLincoln’s SparrowMelospiza lincolniiSpring-Fall TransientLess Common
gttoGreen-tailed TowheePipilo chlorurusSpring-Fall TransientLess Common
Icterids: Blackbirds, Orioles and their Allies
yhblYellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalusSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
brblBrewer’s BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalusSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
cogrCommon GrackleQuiscalus quisculaSpring-Fall TransientRare
gtgrGreat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus mexicanusSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
nowaNorthern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensisSpring-Fall TransientRare
ocwaOrange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celataSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
mgwaMacGillivray’s WarblerGeothlypis tolmieiSpring-Fall TransientLess Common
coyeCommon YellowthroatGeothlypis trichasSpring-Fall TransientUncommon
yrwaYellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronataSpring-Fall TransientCommon
towaTownsend’s WarblerSetophaga townsendiSpring-Fall TransientRare
wiwaWilson’s WarblerCardellina pusillaSpring-Fall TransientCommon
sutaSummer TanagerPiranga rubraSpring-Fall TransientRare
wetaWestern TanagerPiranga ludovicianaSpring-Fall TransientCommon
Grosbeaks (Cardinalidae)
rbgrRose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianusSpring-Fall TransientUncommon