New Mexico Ornithological Society

To expand New Mexico's knowledge of birds Founded in 1962, the New Mexico Ornithological Society (NMOS) was organized to: gather and disseminate accurate information concerning the bird life of New Mexico; promote interest in and appreciation of the value of birds, both aesthetic and economic; support effective conservation of the state’s avifauna; facilitate opportunity for acquaintance and fellowship among those interested in birds and nature; and issue publications as a means of furthering these ends.

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New Mexico Ornithological Society - New Mexico Bird Finding Guide by William H. Howe, Editor , published by Outskirts Press 02/02/2022

New Mexico Ornithological Society - New Mexico Bird Finding Guide by William H. Howe, Editor , published by Outskirts Press

If you haven't heard, the new edition is out! It will be available to order when registering for our upcoming NMOS Annual Meeting this spring. Stay tuned for your chance to order at a discounted price!

New Mexico Ornithological Society - New Mexico Bird Finding Guide by William H. Howe, Editor , published by Outskirts Press This 4th Edition of the New Mexico Bird Finding Guide (Guide) provides an expanded and detailed overview of the best birding locations within each of the state’s 33 counties, as well as an updated Annotated Checklist of Birds briefly describing the status and distribution of all birds that have be...

01/28/2022

Well the New Mexico state list didn’t sit at 550 for long. The Blue Mockingbird at Rattlesnake Springs found by Bob Nieman in November was recently accepted by the NMBRC and brings the state list to 551. As of today (1/28/22) the bird is still being seen. 📷 by Bob Walker

11/12/2021

The Yellow-footed Gull found by our VP Matt Baumann this past September was recently accepted by the NMBRC. This brings the official state list to 550 under current taxonomy. 📷 of the gull on 11 Oct by Nancy Hetrick

11/03/2021

The NMOS fundraising trip to Belize just came back--what an epic adventure! 270 species seen in total, highlights to come!

07/15/2021

Book Your Trip! | Naturalist Journeys

Still 4 places left on our upcoming fundraising trip to Belize! Get your spot now!!

Southern Belize: Pristine & Wild, October 23 – November 1, 2021

Belize is only a 2- to 3-hour flight from the U.S. It has superb tourism infrastructure and is very diverse in resident and migrant birds—the perfect place for an introduction to tropical birding. This 10-day/9-night trip will visit sites in central and southern Belize including Black Rock Lodge, Macal River, Pook’s Hill Lodge, Hopkins, Cockscomb Basin, Nim Li Punit Maya Classic Period site, and The Lodge at Big Falls; we anticipate seeing 250-300 species of birds. Trip logistics will be handled by Arizona-based Naturalist Journeys. The tour starts and ends in Belize City, Belize, and is limited to 12 people. Cost: $3,490 per person, double occupancy, or $3,950 per person, single occupancy, plus airfare to/from Belize City and personal expenses (including a covid test to return to the U.S.). Sign up for the trip with Naturalist Journeys at https://www.naturalistjourneys.com/book-your-trip.

Book Your Trip! | Naturalist Journeys If you’re ready to book a trip with Naturalist Journeys, please complete the short form below. Be sure to include the tour name and dates, number of travelers, and number of rooms you require. We’ll review your request and, if there is space available, will send you an email with a custom link t...

Starvation, unexpected weather to blame in mass migratory songbird mortality 12/07/2020

Starvation, unexpected weather to blame in mass migratory songbird mortality

NM Department of Game and Fish announced necropsy results from the avian mortality event that occurred earlier this fall. This is the first of two analyses being performed on specimens collected throughout New Mexico.

Starvation, unexpected weather to blame in mass migratory songbird mortality New Mexico Department of Game and FishPublic contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) [email protected]

Photos from New Mexico Ornithological Society's post 11/07/2020

It has been a busy fall for New Mexico birders. Many great birds have been found but two that really stand out have officially been added to the state list. Two Eared Quetzals (548: 📷 Nancy Hetrick) were found in Grant County and a European Golden Plover (549: 📷 Jack Parlapiano) was found in Colfax County.

03/12/2020

Given the current situation with the corona virus and the advice of health experts to reduce/eliminate non-essential social gatherings, the Board of NMOS has decided to cancel the 28 March 2020 annual meeting. Those of you who have already registered will be reimbursed.

02/25/2020

Hope to see everyone at the Nature Center for our Annual Meeting on March 28th! http://www.nmbirds.org/annual-meeting/

11/23/2019

Our friends at Western Field Ornithologists have recently published a book about the birds of St. Lawrence Island. If you’re interested in birds from that region or have been or are planning to visit the island this book is a must have!

Photos from New Mexico Ornithological Society's post 10/16/2019

We had a great meeting in Rodeo this past weekend! Avian highlights included Black-capped Gnatcatchers (up to 6!), Rufous-winged Sparrows, a Greater Pewee, and a Williamson's Sapsucker.

10/02/2019

Hello again NMOS members-
Thank you to those that have registered for the upcoming meeting and we look forward to seeing you in Rodeo!

For those that are still thinking of coming, we wanted to notify you that our full day field trips of Clanton and Guadalupe are fast approaching being full. We are capping these around 20 people, as requested by landowners (and besides, birding trips aren't that great with more!). If still interested in registering, you may want to check with me regarding openings beforehand.

For those that are looking for a shorter weekend anyway, there are still many openings on our half day PO Canyon field trip Saturday, Sunday or Monday, and of course plenty of other great birding opportunities nearby. And you won't want to miss the Saturday dinner, which will be followed by Janet Ruth reading poetry from her recent book "Feathered Dreams".

You can view the most updated registration form at our website www.nmbirds.org, where you can now pay via Paypal.

Thank you!

09/24/2019

Hello NMOS members!

We hope you can join us for the 2019 NMOS Annual Meeting in Rodeo, NM. As you may have seen in the Bulletin, we are trying out a new field trip format for our "on the road" meetings. The weekend will be full of birding opportunities with three field trip locations planned and a 5:30 pm Saturday dinner catered by Sky Islands Grill and Grocery. Two of our field trips are to locations not normally available for public access, so you won't want to miss this special bootheel version of the NMOS Annual Meeting!

Please note the registration deadline is right around the corner (Oct 7), otherwise the fee will be $5 more. Please send registration form and fee to my address listed on the form. You can also email me your registration form instead of printing.

Anyone have any guesses what species will be on this year's t shirt??? Hope to see you in Rodeo!

Registration is open online http://www.nmbirds.org/annual-meeting/

06/26/2019

New Mexico Rare Bird Report
June 25, 2019
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: [email protected]

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for June 25, 2019 sponsored by the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the NM Bird Finding Guide at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.

NMOS is on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society. All individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred) to [email protected]. Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes, North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert:http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL letters):
Rivoli’s Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (Chaves)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Eddy)
BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Grant)
BLACK-CAPPED VIREO (Dona Ana)
Carolina Wren (Socorro)
Veery (Taos)
Fox Sparrow (Taos)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Bernalillo)

BERNALILLO County:
--a male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was banded at the Rio Grande Nature Center June 13.

CHAVES County:
--Collins reported an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at Bitter Lake NWR June 16. It continued to June 20.

DONA ANA County:
--a male RIVOLI’S HUMMINGBIRD was banded near the Dripping Springs Visitors Center on the west side of the Organ Mountain June 14.

--Gould reported a singing BLACK-CAPPED VIREO at Aguirre Springs in the Organ Mountains May 25. It has been seen approximately two miles from the parking area near the coordinates (32.3581, -106.5608). It has favored the last draw with riparian vegetation before getting to the halfway primitive campground, going clockwise from the parking area. It continued to May 27.

GRANT County:
--the continuing BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was seen to June 9 along Dead Man’s Canyon trail near the coordinates (32.6086, -108.4157).

EDDY County:
--Nieman photographed a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Six Mile Dam June 1.

SOCORRO County
--up to four CAROLINA WRENS have been reported along the Seasonal Road at Bosque del Apache NWR.

TAOS County:
--Friedrichs reported a VEERY in willow thickets just east of Costilla June 23. He also reported a FOX SPARROW in willows near Rio Costilla Park June 21.

06/19/2019

New Mexico Rare Bird Report
June 18, 2019
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: [email protected]

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for June 18, 2019 sponsored by the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the NM Bird Finding Guide at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.

NMOS is on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society. All individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred) to [email protected]. Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes, North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert:http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL letters):
Rivoli’s Hummingbird (Dona Ana)
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (Chaves)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Eddy)
BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Grant)
BLACK-CAPPED VIREO (Dona Ana)
Carolina Wren (Socorro)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Bernalillo)

BERNALILLO County:
--a male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was banded at the Rio Grande Nature Center June 13.

CHAVES County:
--Collins reported an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at Bitter Lake NWR June 16.

DONA ANA County:
--a male RIVOLI’S HUMMINGBIRD was banded near the Dripping Springs Visitors Center on the west side of the Organ Mountain June 14.

--Gould reported a singing BLACK-CAPPED VIREO at Aguirre Springs in the Organ Mountains May 25. It has been seen approximately two miles from the parking area near the coordinates (32.3581, -106.5608). It has favored the last draw with riparian vegetation before getting to the halfway primitive campground, going clockwise from the parking area. It continued to May 27.

GRANT County:
--the continuing BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was seen to June 9 along Dead Man’s Canyon trail near the coordinates (32.6086, -108.4157).

EDDY County:
--Nieman photographed a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Six Mile Dam June 1.

SOCORRO County
--up to four CAROLINA WRENS have been reported along the Seasonal Road at Bosque del Apache NWR.

06/12/2019

New Mexico Rare Bird Report
June 11, 2019
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: [email protected]

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for June 11, 2019 sponsored by the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the NM Bird Finding Guide at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.

NMOS is on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society. All individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred) to [email protected]. Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes, North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert:http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL letters):
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Eddy)
BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Grant)
BLACK-CAPPED VIREO (Dona Ana)
YELLOW-GREEN VIREO (Eddy)
Carolina Wren (Socorro)

DONA ANA County:
--Gould reported a singing BLACK-CAPPED VIREO at Aguirre Springs in the Organ Mountains May 25. It has been seen approximately two miles from the parking area near the coordinates (32.3581, -106.5608). It has favored the last draw with riparian vegetation before getting to the halfway primitive campground, going clockwise from the parking area. It continued to May 27.

EDDY County:
--Nieman recorded a probable YELLOW-GREEN VIREO Rattlesnake Springs 2 June. It was heard and briefly seen east of the big marsh in cottonwoods SE of the restrooms.

--Nieman photographed a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Six Mile Dam June 1.

GRANT County:
--the continuing BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was seen to June 9 along Dead Man’s Canyon trail near the coordinates (32.6086, -108.4157).

SOCORRO County
--up to four CAROLINA WRENS have been reported along the Seasonal Road at Bosque del Apache NWR.

04/16/2019

New Mexico Rare Bird Report
April 15, 2019
Compiler: Matt Baumann
Phone: 505-264-1052
E-mail address: [email protected]

This is the New Mexico Rare Bird Report for April 15, 2019 sponsored by the New Mexico Ornithological Society. When phone numbers are given for private property, please call before going to ask for permission. In ranch country, do not stray off the roads. Places mentioned in the report, a checklist of N.M. birds, and more locations on uncommon and specialty species can be found in the N.M. Bird Finding Guide. You can purchase the NM Bird Finding Guide at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=83. A more complete, updated version of the checklist can be found at http://www.nmbirds.org/?page_id=1666 for prior records of species in New Mexico, search the online archive of the NMOS Field Notes at http://nhnm.unm.edu/partners/nmos/index.html.

NMOS is on Facebook, search for New Mexico Ornithological Society. All individuals are encouraged to submit their observations to NMOS. This includes not only records of Review List species and species potentially new to the state, but also records of uncommon species, species of conservation concern, records documenting breeding, and early, late, or out-of-season/range birds. Details and photos should be sent to Sandy Williams, 1819 Meadowview Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, or (preferred) to [email protected]. Details will be used for NMOS Field Notes, North American Birds, and the New Mexico Bird Records Committee.
NOTE: Additional reports of unseasonal birds or county rarities can be seen on the eBird New Mexico Rare Bird Alert:http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35650. You do not need an eBird account to view this.

Birds Mentioned and Counties (NMBRC review species are in CAPITAL letters):
BLACK SCOTER (Socorro)
LONG-TAILED DUCK (Socorro)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Sierra)
Caspian Tern (Socorro)
White-tailed Kite (Dona Ana)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Socorro)
Mexican Chickadee (Hidalgo)
PACIFIC WREN (De Baca, San Miguel)
Carolina Wren (Socorro, Valencia)
Harris’s Sparrow (Bernalillo, Socorro)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Socorro)

BERNALILLO County:
--the HARRIS’S SPARROW at the Rio Grande Valley SP just south of Montano continued to April 5.

DE BACA County:
--Baumann reported the continuing PACIFIC WREN below the dam at Sumner Lake April 6. It was on the east side of the Pecos River at the eastern most end of the wooded area in the camping area.

DONA ANA County:
--Gilb photographed a WHITE-TAILED KITE at Mesilla Valley Bosque SP March 4. It continued to April 13.

HIDALGO County:
--Ongman and Gregory reported two MEXICAN CHICKADEES in Clanton Canyon April 14 below Geronimo Seep.

SAN MIGUEL County:
--Joseph reported a PACIFIC WREN at El Porvenir Campground Area March 17. It was seen just north of the vehicle bridge past the campground parking lot and continued to March 24.

SIERRA County:
--Ongman and Gregory reported a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Elephant Butte Lake SP March 23. It was seen along Long Point and continued to March 26, which is now open again.

SOCORRO County:
--a BLACK SCOTER was photographed at Bosque del Apache NWR April 14. It was seen on the main flight pond north of the flight deck.

--Parmeter, Baumann, and Hyde reported a CASPIAN TERN at Bosque del Apache NWR April 12. It was seen on the main flight pond.

--the LONG-TAILED DUCK continued at Bosque del Apache NWR to April 14 in the pond south of the Dabbler Deck.

--up to four CAROLINA WRENS have been reported along the Seasonal Road at Bosque del Apache NWR.

--Froehlich reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Bosque del Apache NWR March 30. It was seen east of marker for Audio Tour 11 on the North Loop.

--a HARRIS’S SPARROW and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continue to be seen around the Visitors Center at Bosque del Apache NWR to April 14. They are reliably found near the water feature in the Cactus Garden.

VALENCIA County:
--up to two CAROLINA WRENS were reported south of Whitfield Conservation Area and continued to April 13.

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