Hi all, I was in western New Mexico for a brief but eventful visit from 17-19 August 2009. The birding highlight was almost certainly (large Pinyon Jay flocks is a close top highlight too) the nice nocturnal flights on the evening of 18 August continuing into the morning of 19 August near Quemado, NM in the high desert at approximately 7,200 ft. Conditions were suprisingly calm, and amazingly clear. At times in the hours just before sunrise, and before civil twilight, I was hearing 3-4 calls per minute. Most of the species composition was spizellid, with many Chipping Sparrows and presumed Brewer's Sparrow (based on previous recordings that I've reviewed from my own diurnal collections, Ted's clips, and those diurnal recordings that Lanzone and I made in spring 2005 in AZ). Also moving in the nocturnal flight were Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Western Tanager, presumed Bullock's Oriole, Passerina bunting and a suite of unidentified 5+ kHz calls that were probably emberizids. There was also a small, visible morning flight, including Bullock's Oriole (two birds giving flight calls) and many sparrows, including decent numbers (50-60 per hour) of Brewer's Sparrows (many birds giving flight calls). This flight also included a nice movement of hummingbirds, including numerous Broad-tailed and Rufous Hummingbirds (no birds, not surprisingly, giving flight calls).
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