Red-necked Phalarope, Lesser Nighthawk, Cassin's Vireo and Purple Martin
Have been out birding locally the last several days. At the Nucla Sewer Ponds there is now a Red-necked Phalarope which was first present on 16 August. On the 16th there was one male Lesser Nighthawk but few Common Nighthawks. There was a female Wood Duck present on the 17th.
In Nucla a Cassin's Vireo was present on 13 August. Species is casual at this time.
Yesterday, at Pinyon, present was an Osprey and Lewis Woodpecker. Today Brenda and I hiked to Monument Lake in Tabeguache Basin. There are several lakes under the rim which are north facing in the basis. We often see Purple Martins in this area and they were still present today chasing off Cooper's Hawks. In our area Cooper's Hawks seem to be replacing Northern Goshawks. Wild Turkeys and Lewis Woodpeckers were also present.
Dragonflys were great at the lakes today at 8000 feet. We got several lifers, the best Cherry-faced Meadowhawk.
Coen and Brenda