Recent Birds at Rio Bosque
Water deliveries to the park from the adjacent Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant resumed 14 Oct. The wetland cells are fully flooded.
Winter and year-round residents predominate. Common ducks present are Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Mexican Duck, Northern Pintail and Green-winged Teal. Since late December, Cinnamon Teal have been present. Soras are still present but calling less frequently.
After no sightings since 19 Nov, a White-tailed Kite reappeared 27 Jan. On 3 Feb, a pair was present. Harris's Hawks continue to be 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 scattered throughout the park.
You can download the current field checklist for the park here.
You can view recent Rio Bosque bird observations posted to eBird here.
Noteworthy birds seen at the park during the past month:
|Cinnamon Teal||25 Feb||17|
|Black-necked Stilt||25 Feb||12|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk||25 Feb||1|
|Burrowing Owl||25 Feb||1|
|Belted Kingfisher||25 Feb||1|
|Black Phoebe||25 Feb||1|
|Loggerhead Shrike||25 Feb||3|
|Tree Swallow||25 Feb||1|
|N. Rough-winged Swallow||25 Feb||24|
|Cave Swallow||25 Feb||23|
|Green-tailed Towhee||25 Feb||1|
|Cooper's Hawk||24 Feb||1|
|Turkey Vulture||23 Feb||1|
|Crissal Thrasher||20 Feb||1|
|White-throated Swift||19 Feb||1|
|Wilson's Snipe||19 Feb||1|
|Northern Cardinal||19 Feb||1|
|Harris's Hawk||15 Feb||1|
|Lincoln's Sparrow||13 Feb||2|
|Rock Wren||12 Feb||1|
|Black-crowned Night-Heron||8 Feb||1|
|Ring-billed Gull||7 Feb||8|
|Neotropic Cormorant||7 Feb||10|
|Ferruginous Hawk||7 Feb||1|
|Great Horned Owl||7 Feb||1|
|Peregrine Falcon||7 Feb||1|
|White-throated Sparrow||7 Feb||1|
|Black-tailed Gnatcatcher||6 Feb||2|
|Lesser Goldfinch||6 Feb||8|
|Swamp Sparrow||6 Feb||1|
|White-tailed Kite||3 Feb||2|
|Common Merganser||29 Jan||1|
|Spotted Towhee||29 Jan||2|