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My 2013 Challenge

01/26/2013

I decided to try and do a little birding related challenge this year (and resurrect this blog at the same time).  I don’t have the time or means to do a Big Year with 2 young kids at home.  So instead I’m going to try and see all of the birds in the small book “Birds of New Mexico: a Field Guide” by Stan Tekiela. http://amzn.com/1591930200

The book isn’t huge, there’s 140 bird species in there and they are separated by major color and some of the males and females are in different parts of the book, so it’s quite a bit longer at 350 pages or so.  And after my recent trips with Central New Mexico Audubon Society I already have 57 of the birds in the first 3 weeks of the year.  But the remainder has some pretty tough birds that I’ve never seen. I’ll be posting updates and photos here as often as I can.  And I’ll include some trip reports when I can.  Maybe I’ll even write up our recent trip to Bosque del Apache NWR soon.

List as of January 26th

  1. European Starling  – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  2. Phainopepla – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  3. Spotted Towhee – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  4. Red-Winged Blackbird – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  5. American Coot – Tingley Beach 1/17
  6. Great-Tailed Grackle – Rio Rancho
  7. American Crow – Alameda Open Space 1/19
  8. Common Raven – Rio Rancho
  9. Lesser Scaup – Tingley Beach 1/17
  10. Ring-Necked Duck – Tingley Beach 1/17
  11. Common Goldeneye – Tingley Beach 1/17
  12. Black-Crowned Night Heron – Tingley Beach 1/17
  13. Bald Eagle – Alameda Open Space 1/19
  14. Western Bluebird – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  15. Western Scrub-Jay – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  16. Belted Kingfisher – Alameda Wetlands 1/25
  17. Pine Siskin – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  18. House Finch – Rio Rancho
  19. Song Sparrow – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  20. Dark-eyed Junco – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  21. House Sparrow – Alameda Open Space 1/19
  22. White-Throated Sparrow – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  23. White-Crowned Sparrow – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  24. Fox Sparrow – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  25. Horned Lark – Moriarity 1/12
  26. Canyon Towhee – Embudito Canyon 1/23
  27. American Kestrel – Moriarity NM 1/12
  28. Northern Flicker – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  29. Mourning Dove – Rio Rancho
  30. Pie-Billed Grebe – Tingley Beach 1/17
  31. Northern Pintail – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  32. Northern Harrier – Rio Rancho 1/19
  33. Red-Tailed Hawk – Moriarity 1/12
  34. Rough-Legged Hawk – Moriarity 1/12
  35. Ferruginous Hawk – Moriarity 1/12
  36. Greater Roadrunner – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  37. White-Breasted Nuthatch – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  38. Say’s Phoebe – Rio Rancho
  39. Western Screech Owl – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  40. Loggerhead Shrike – Moriarity 1/12
  41. American Robin – Alameda Open Space 1/19
  42. Gambel’s Quail – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  43. White-Winged Dove – Alameda Open Space 1/19
  44. Sharp-Shinned Hawk – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  45. Rock Pigeon – Rio Rancho 1/1
  46. Cooper’s Hawk – Rio Rancho
  47. Gadwall – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  48. Canada Goose – Tingley Beach 1/17
  49. Sandhill Crane – Los Poblanos NM
  50. Great Blue Heron – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  51. Mallard – Tingley Beach 1/17
  52. Northern Shoveler – Tingley Beach 1/17
  53. Common Merganser – Alameda Open Space/Rio Grande 1/19
  54. Redhead – Tingley Beach 1/17
  55. Snow Goose – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  56. American Goldfinch – Bosque del Apache 1/24
  57. Western Meadowlark – Moriarity 1/12

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Loggerhead Shrike

Northern Shrike

Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Rough-Legged Hawk

Rough-Legged Hawk

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Head over to my Flickr pages to see even more photos of birds http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_valasek

57 down, 83 to go.

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2 Comments
  1. Sounds like fun. How about the Pyrrhuloxia and Barn Owl from Thursday? I guess the Cedar Waxwings from the CBC don’t count for 2013, but they’re still around.

    • steve permalink

      I didn’t see the Pyrrhuloxia and Barn Owls aren’t in the book. It isn’t a very comprehensive book by any means, but it sort of gives a bit of a challenge to our outings. There’s only 1 Thrasher in it (curve-billed).

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