Recent Birds at Rio Bosque
Water deliveries to Rio Bosque from the adjacent Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant ended 30 Sep. They are expected to resume in mid-to-late October. The park's two wells are maintaining a flow in much of the old river channel within the park. The wetland cells are dry.
Two Wood Ducks on 27 Sep were the first reported at the park since 3 Apr. The first Sandhill Cranes of the fall were flying overhead and calling on 16 Oct.
With water levels dropping in the old river channel, carp in the channel are becoming ready prey for an Osprey that is currently lingering at the park. White-tailed Kites have not been seen since 28 Mar. Harris's Hawks are being seen intermittently.
Western Screech-Owls and Burrowing Owls are present but hard to find. For Burrowing Owls, check the artificial burrow structures located on earthen mounds in the northwest and southwest corners of the park.
An Eastern Phoebe along the old river channel on 20 Oct was the first for this fall. The first group of American Crows appeared 14 Oct. There will be more. Many more.
You can download the current field checklist for the park here.
You can view recent Rio Bosque bird observations posted to eBird here.
|Cooper's Hawk||20 Oct||1|
|Harris's Hawk||20 Oct||1|
|Burrowing Owl||20 Oct||1|
|Eastern Phoebe||20 Oct||1|
|Crissal Thrasher||20 Oct||2|
|Neotropic Cormorant||19 Oct||1|
|Sandhill Crane||16 Oct||2|
|Yellow-headed Blackbird||15 Oct||5|
|Northern Cardinal||15 Oct||1|
|Green Heron||13 Oct||1|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk||13 Oct||1|
|Belted Kingfisher||11 Oct||1|
|Barn Owl||1 Oct||1|
|Blue-winged Teal||28 Sep||1|
|Loggerhead Shrike||28 Sep||1|
|Wood Duck||27 Sep||2|
|Black-crowned Night-Heron||27 Sep||1|