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New Mexico birds, May, 2007

From the Las Vegas (NM) National Wildlife Refuge, and Bosque del Apache NWR.

I just got back from a trip to New Mexico (May 2007), my first, and found some birds I had not seen before. Some I think Iíve figured out, but some are still Personal Mysteries, on which you experts can surely shed light. Iím pretty sure about the Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Great-Tailed Grackle, Ring-Necked Pheasant, and Gambelís Quail-on-a-stick, and then think the next one is an Eastern (?) Meadowlark. But Iíd be pleased for ID help on Quiz 1 and Quiz 2. Quiz 3 spent a lot of time showing off Ė leaping up into the air, scooting after insects, catching them, and then perching on the Flight Deck railing until going off for another round. (Itís maybe a flycatcher? See close-up for view of the fly it caught.) Quiz 4 has at least one Great-Tailed Grackle (third platform) Ė but I cannot tell what the other three birds are, maybe Common Grackles? Do Grackles spend a lot of time in mixed-grackle flocks? Iíve included a close-up view of Grackle Contestant #1 Ė the one on the leftmost platform. Quiz 5 is a hawk, seen too briefly and too far away, and sunward Ė but perhaps you can tell me what kind of hawk? All photos from Las Vegas (NM) NWR, on a storm-threatened afternoon, or Bosque del Apache on a mosquito-infested mid-morning journey.

See http://www.pbase.com/millerr/nm_birds for the photos.

Thanks for all help and advice on this. Iíll correct any mistakes and fill in the consensus answers in a couple of days.

Rich Miller
Yellow-Headed Blackbird male
Yellow-Headed Blackbird male
Yellow-Headed Blackbird male
Yellow-Headed Blackbird male
Great-Tailed Grackle
Great-Tailed Grackle
Great-Tailed Grackel
Great-Tailed Grackel
Ring-Necked Pheasant
Ring-Necked Pheasant
Gambel's Quail
Gambel's Quail
(Eastern?) (Western?) Meadowlark
(Eastern?) (Western?) Meadowlark
Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebe (close-up)
Say's Phoebe (close-up)
Great-tailed Grackles
Great-tailed Grackles
Quiz 4b - the leftmost grackle
Quiz 4b - the leftmost grackle
Swainson's Hawk (light morph)
Swainson's Hawk (light morph)
Storm coming - Las Vegas NWR
Storm coming - Las Vegas NWR