Recent Birds at Rio Bosque
Water deliveries to Rio Bosque from the adjacent Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant resumed 24 Oct. Both wetland cells are fully flooded. Up to 1000 ducks are present, mostly Northern Shovelers, American Wigeon, Mallard, Mexican Duck and Northern Pintail.
On 27 Dec, a White Ibis stood out amongst a group of 26 White-faced Ibis. The White Ibis represents the 260th bird species detected 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.
A Lewis's Woodpecker, first seen 10 Nov, continues to be present. Check the cottonwoods across the Riverside Canal from the park, just downstream of the Tornillo Trailhead.
A Peregrine Falcon continues to be seen intermittently along the southern boundary of the park.
A male Northern Cardinal was present 24 Dec.
You can download the current field checklist for the park here.
You can view recent Rio Bosque bird observations posted to eBird here.
|Black-necked Stilt||15 Jan||13|
|Harris's Hawk||15 Jan||1|
|Black Phoebe||15 Jan||1|
|Cooper's Hawk||14 Jan||1|
|Crissal Thrasher||14 Jan||1|
|Burrowing Owl||13 Jan||1|
|Cave Swallow||12 Jan||4|
|Lewis's Woodpecker||12 Jan||1|
|Lesser Goldfinch||12 Jan||7|
|Cinnamon Teal||8 Jan||1|
|Sandhill Crane||8 Jan||2+|
|Ring-billed Gull||8 Jan||6|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk||8 Jan||1|
|Great Horned Owl||8 Jan||1|
|Green-tailed Towhee||3 Jan||1|
|Snow Goose||30 Dec||1|
|Peregrine Falcon||30 Dec||1|
|Eastern Phoebe||30 Dec||1|
|Lincoln's Sparrow||30 Dec||1|
|Turkey Vulture||29 Dec||1|
|Loggerhead Shrike||28 Dec||1|
|White Ibis||27 Dec||1|
|White-faced Ibis||27 Dec||26|
|Northern Cardinal||24 Dec||1|