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

  Year-round Birds - All

Species Code
Common NameGenus + Specific EpithetSeasonAbundance Class
Swans, Geese and Ducks
cangCanada GooseBranta canadensisPresent All YearCommon
woduWood DuckAix sponsaPresent All YearUncommon
mallMallardAnas platyrhynchosPresent All YearCommon
Upland Game Birds
scquScaled QuailCallipepla squamataPresent All YearUncommon
wituWild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavoPresent All YearUncommon
rnepRing-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicusPresent All YearRare
pbgrPied-billed GrebePodilymbus podicepsPresent All YearUncommon
Pigeons and Doves
ropiRock PigeonColumba liviaPresent All YearCommon
eucdEurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaoctoPresent All YearCommon
wwdoWhite-winged DoveZenaida asiaticaPresent All YearUncommon
modoMourning DoveZenaida macrouraPresent All YearLess Common
Cuckoos and their Allies
grroGreater RoadrunnerGeococcyx californianusPresent All YearUncommon
Nightjars, Nighthawks and Swifts
Gruiformes: Coots, Cranes and Rails
amcoAmerican CootFulica americanaPresent All YearUncommon
Smaller Wading Birds
Gulls, Terns and Skimmers
Medium to Large Waterbirds: Pelicans and their Allies
Long-legged Wading Birds
gbheGreat Blue HeronArdea herodiasPresent All YearCommon
Diurnal Raptors: Vultures, Eagles and Hawks
goeaGolden EagleAquila chrysaetosPresent All YearRare
sshaSharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatusPresent All YearUncommon
cohaCooper’s HawkAccipiter cooperiiPresent All YearLess Common
rthaRed-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensisPresent All YearCommon
Nocturnal Raptors: Owls
banoBarn OwlTyto albaPresent All YearRare
wesoWestern Screech-OwlMegascops kennicottiiPresent All YearUncommon
ghowGreat Horned OwlBubo virginianusPresent All YearLess Common
nopoNorthern Pygmy-OwlGlaucidium gnomaPresent All YearRare
nswoNorthern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicusPresent All YearRare
bekiBelted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyonPresent All YearLess Common
lewoLewis’s WoodpeckerMelanerpes lewisPresent All YearLess Common
dowoDowny WoodpeckerDryobates pubescensPresent All YearCommon
lbwoLadder-backed WoodpeckerDryobates scalarisPresent All YearLess Common
hawoHairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosusPresent All YearCommon
noflNorthern FlickerColaptes auratusPresent All YearCommon
amkeAmerican KestrelFalco sparveriusPresent All YearUncommon
pefaPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinusPresent All YearRare
prfaPrairie FalconFalco mexicanusPresent All YearRare
Tyrant Flycatchers
Shrikes and Vireos
Jays, Crows and their Allies
pijaPinyon JayGymnorhinus cyanocephalusPresent All YearLess Common
wosjWoodhouse’s Scrub-jayAphelocoma woodhouseiiPresent All YearCommon
bbmaBlack-billed MagpiePica hudsoniaPresent All YearCommon
amcrAmerican CrowCorvus brachyrhynchosPresent All YearCommon
coraCommon RavenCorvus coraxPresent All YearCommon
Chickadees and their Allies
bcchBlack-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillusPresent All YearCommon
jutiJuniper TitmouseBaeolophus ridgwayiPresent All YearLess Common
bushBushtitPsaltriparus minimusPresent All YearUncommon
cedwCedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorumPresent All YearUncommon
Nuthatches and Creepers
wbnuWhite-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensisPresent All YearCommon
brcrBrown CreeperCerthia americanaPresent All YearRare
rowrRock WrenSalpinctes obsoletusPresent All YearLess Common
canwCanyon WrenCatherpes mexicanusPresent All YearLess Common
bewrBewick’s WrenThryomanes bewickiiPresent All YearLess Common
Mimids "Mimic Thrushes"
cbthCurve-billed ThrasherToxostoma curvirostrePresent All YearUncommon
sathSage ThrasherOreoscoptes montanusPresent All YearRare
Starlings and Mynas
eustEuropean StarlingSturnus vulgarisPresent All YearCommon
amdiAmerican DipperCinclus mexicanusPresent All YearLess Common
Thrushes and their Allies
weblWestern BluebirdSialia mexicanaPresent All YearCommon
amroAmerican RobinTurdus migratoriusPresent All YearCommon
European Passerines
hospHouse SparrowPasser domesticusPresent All YearCommon
Wagtails and Pipits
evgrEvening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinusPresent All YearLess Common
hofiHouse FinchHaemorhous mexicanusPresent All YearCommon
pisiPine SiskinSpinus pinusPresent All YearLess Common
Sparrows and their Allies
sospSong SparrowMelospiza melodiaPresent All YearCommon
cantCanyon TowheePresent All YearCommon
rcspRufous-crowned SparrowAimophila ruficepsPresent All YearRare
sptoSpotted TowheePipilo maculatusPresent All YearCommon
Icterids: Blackbirds, Orioles and their Allies
wemeWestern MeadowlarkSturnella neglectaPresent All YearRare
rwblRed-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceusPresent All YearLess Common
Grosbeaks (Cardinalidae)