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Birds of San Juan County, New Mexico

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San Juan County, New Mexico


261 species plus three additional races of birds are listed. 120 of those species have nested in the county.

Altitude, vegetation, irrigation, artificial lakes and other factors determine which birds are found locally. The diverse habitats of the river valleys, Jackson Lake Refuge, Morgan Lake, Chuska Mountains, Huerfano Mesa, Lake Navajo and Large Canyon offer the best birding.


Seasons:

Sp - Spring April - May
S - Summer June - July
F - Fall Sept. - Nov
W - Winter Dec. - March

Symbols are defined as follows:

a - abundant; easy to find and numerous.
c - common; certain to be seen in suitable habitat.
u - uncommon; expected in small numbers for brief periods
o - occasional; usually seen a few times a season
r - rare; seen once every few years.
x - accidental; recorded but not expected.
* - evidence of nesting

 

LOONS Sp S F W ___ Common Loon r - r r
GREBES Sp S F W ___ Horned Grebe - - - o ___ •Eared Grebe u o u u ___ Western Grebe u - u u ___ •Pied-billed Grebe u o u u
PELICANS Sp S F W ___ American White Pelican o r o -
CORMORANTS Sp S F W ___ Double-crested Cormorant - - o -
BITTERNS, HERONS and EGRETS Sp S F W ___ Great-blue Heron u o c c ___ Green Heron o r o - ___ Great Egret - x - - ___ Snowy Egret u r u - ___ Black-crowned Night Heron o o o - ___ •Least Bittern - r - - ___ •American Bittern u u - o
IBISES and SPOONBILLS Sp S F W ___ White-faced Ibis u o u -
SWANS, GEESE and DUCKS Sp S F W ___ Whistling Swan - - r o ___ •Canada Goose u u c c ___ Snow Goose r - o r ___ •Mallard c u a a ___ Gadwall c o c u ___ Pintail u o c c ___ Green-winged Teal c o c c ___ Blue-winged Teal u o u o ___ •Cinnamon Teal c u c o ___ American Wigeon u o c c ___ Northern Shoveler u o c u ___ •Wood Duck o o o o ___ •Redhead o o u u ___ Ring-necked Duck u - u c ___ Canvasback o - u u ___ Lesser Scaup o - u u ___ Common Goldeneye - r o u ___ Bufflehead u - c c ___ •Ruddy Duck c o c u ___ Hooded Merganser - - - o ___ •Common Merganser u o u u ___ Red-breasted Merganser - - x -
NEW WORLD VULTURES Sp S F W ___ •Turkey Vulture c c c r
KITES, HAWKS and EAGLES Sp S F W ___ Mississippi Kite - x - - ___ Goshawk - r - o ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk - r o o ___ •Cooper's Hawk u u c c ___ •Red-tailed Hawk u u c c ___ •Swainson's Hawk - o o - ___ Rough-legged Hawk r - o u ___ •Ferruginous Hawk u u u u ___ •Golden Eagle o o u u ___ •Bald Eagle - r u u ___ •Marsh Hawk o r u u
OSPREY Sp S F W ___ Osprey o r o -
FALCONS and CARACARAS Sp S F W ___ •Prairie Falcon u u u u ___ •Peregrine Falcon r r r r ___ Merlin - - - r ___ •American Kestrel c u c c
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS Sp S F W ___ •Scaled Quail u u c c ___ •Gambel's Quail c c a a ___ •Ring-necked Pheasant c c c c ___ •Chukar u u u u ___ •Turkey u u u u
RAILS Sp S F W ___ •Virginia Rail c c u o ___ •Sora c c u o ___ •Common Gallinue - r o o ___ •American Coot c u a a
PLOVERS Sp S F W ___ Semipalmated Plover o - o - ___ Snowy Plover r - r - ___ •Killdeer c c c u ___ •Mountain Plover - o - - ___ American Golden Plover - - x - ___ Black-bellied Plover o - o r
SANDPIPERS Sp S F W ___ Common Snipe o - o u ___ Long-billed Curlew o - o r ___ •Spotted Sandpiper u u u - ___ Willet u - u - ___ Greater Yellowlegs u r u r ___ Lesser Yellowlegs o r u - ___ Pectoral Sandpiper - r o - ___ Baird's Sandpiper - r o - ___ Least Sandpiper r - - - ___ Long-billed Dowitcher o - u r ___ Western Sandpiper u o u - ___ Marbled Godwit u - o - ___ Sanderling o - o -
STILTS and AVOCETS Sp S F W ___ American Avocet u r u - ___ Black-necked Stilt r - - -
PHALAROPES Sp S F W ___ Wilson's Phalarope u o u - ___ Northern Phalarope r - r -
GULLS and TERNS Sp S F W ___ Herring Gull o - o r ___ Ring-billed Gull u o c u ___ Franklin's Gull o r u - ___ Bonaparte's Gull o r o r ___ Sabine's Gull - - x - ___ Forster's Tern o o u - ___ Caspian Tern - x - - ___ Black Tern u u u -
PIGEON and DOVES Sp S F W ___ •Band-tailed Pigeon u u u - ___ •Rock Dove u u u u ___ •Mourning Dove a c a c ___ Inca Dove - x x -
CUCKOOS and ANIS Sp S F W ___ •Yellow-billed Cuckoo - o r - ___ Roadrunner x - - -
BARN OWLS Sp S F W ___ Barn Owl x - - -
TYPICAL OWLS Sp S F W ___ •Screech Owl o o o o ___ •Great Horned Owl u u u u ___ Pygmy Owl x - - - ___ •Burrowing Owl u u u - ___ •Long-eared Owl o o o o ___ Short-eared Owl - - x -
NIGHTJARS Sp S F W ___ Poor-will - r r - ___ •Common Nighthawk u c c -
SWIFTS Sp S F W ___ Black Swift - x - - ___ •White-throated Swift c c c r
HUMMINGBIRDS Sp S F W ___ •Black-chinned Hummingbird c c c - ___ •Broad-tailed Hummingbird c u u - ___ Rufous Hummingbird - u c - ___ Calliope Hummingbird - - o -
KINGFISHERS and WOODPECKERS Sp S F W ___ Belted Kingfisher u o u u ___ •Common Flicker (red-shafted) c u c c ___ Red-headed Woodpecker - r - - ___ Acorn Woodpecker o o o - ___ •Lewis Woodpecker u o o o ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker o - u o ___ Williamson's Sapsucker - r o - ___ •Hairy Woodpecker u o u u ___ Downy Woodpecker o o u o ___ Northern Three-toed Woodpecker - r - -
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS Sp S F W ___ •Eastern Kingbird o o - - ___ •Western Kingbird c a c r ___ •Cassin's Kingbird u o o - ___ •Ash-throated Flycatcher c u u - ___ Eastern Phoebe r - - - ___ Black Phoebe r r - - ___ •Say's Phoebe c u u o ___ •Willow Flycatcher (Traill's) u u u - ___ •Gray Flycatcher o o - - ___ Western Flycatcher u r u - ___ •Western Wood Peewee u u u - ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher o - o -
LARKS Sp S F W ___ •Horned Lark c c a a
SWALLOWS Sp S F W ___ •Violet-green Swallow c u u - ___ Tree Swallow u r - r ___ Bank Swallow o - o - ___ •Rough-winged Swallow u u u - ___ •Barn Swallow c a c r ___ •Cliff Swallow c a c - ___ Purple Martin r r - -
CROWS, JAYS and MAGPIES Sp S F W ___ •Stellar's Jay c c c u ___ •Scrub Jay u c c u ___ •Black-billed Magpie a a a c ___ •Common Raven c c c c ___ Common Crow u c c u ___ •Piñon Jay c c c c ___ Clark's Nutcracker o o o o
CHICKADEES Sp S F W ___ •Black-capped Chickadee c u c c ___ Mountain Chickadee u u u c ___ •Plain Titmouse u u u u ___ •Bushtit u u u u
NUTHATCHES Sp S F W ___ •White-breasted Nuthatch u u u u ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch r - o o ___ •Pygmy Nuthatch u u u u
CREEPERS Sp S F W ___ Brown Creeper o o o o
DIPPERS Sp S F W ___ Dipper - - - r
WRENS Sp S F W ___ •House Wren u o u - ___ •Bewick's Wren u o u u ___ •Long-billed Marsh Wren u o o u ___ •Cañon Wren u o u o ___ •Rock Wren u u u o
MIMIC THRUSHES Sp S F W ___ •Mockingbird c c u o ___ Gray Catbird r - r - ___ Brown Thrasher o - o - ___ Bendire's Thrasher r o r - ___ •Sage Thrasher u u u o
THRUSHES Sp S F W ___ •American Robin a c c a ___ Hermit Thrush u - u r ___ Swainson's Thrush x - x - ___ •Western Bluebird u u o c ___ •Mountain Bluebird c c c c ___ Townsend's Solitaire o o o u
KINGLETS Sp S F W ___ •Blue-gray Gnatcatcher c c c r ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet - - x x ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet c - c u
WAGTAILS and PIPITS Sp S F W ___ Water Pipit o - o u
WAXWINGS Sp S F W ___ Bohemian Waxwing - - r o ___ Cedar Waxwing u - o u
SHRIKE Sp S F W ___ Northern Shrike - - - x ___ •Loggerhead Shrike c c c c
STARLING Sp S F W ___ •European Starling a c a a
VIREOS Sp S F W ___ •Gray Vireo r o - - ___ •Solitary Vireo o o u - ___ Red-eyed Vireo - - x - ___ •Warbling Vireo o u u -
WOOD WARBLERS Sp S F W ___ Black-and-white Warbler o - - - ___ Orange-crowned Warbler o - o - ___ Nashville Warbler - - x - ___ Virginia Warbler u - o - ___ Lucy's Warbler x - - - ___ •Yellow Warbler c c c - ___ Magnolia Warbler - - x - ___ Black-throated Blue Warbler - - x - ___ •Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon) c u c u ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) o - - - ___ •Black-throated Gray Warbler u u u - ___ Black-throated Green Warbler x - x - ___ Townsend's Warbler o - o - ___ •Grace's Warbler o o - - ___ Palm Warbler x - - - ___ Ovenbird x - - - ___ Northern Waterthrush o - o - ___ MacGillivray's Warbler u - c - ___ •Common Yellowthroat u u u - ___ •Yellow-breasted Chat c c u - ___ Wilson's Warbler c r c - ___ American Redstart o - o -
OLD WORLD SPARROWS Sp S F W ___ •House Sparrow a a a a
BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES Sp S F W ___ •Western Meadowlark a a a c ___ •Yellow-headed Blackbird c c c u ___ •Red-winged Blackbird a a a a ___ •Scott's Oriole o o r - ___ •Northern Oriole (Bullock's) c c c - ___ •Brewer's Blackbird a a a c ___ •Great-tailed Grackle u u u u ___ •Common Grackle o r - r ___ •Brown-headed Cowbird c c u o
TANAGERS Sp S F W ___ •Western Tanager c u c - ___ Scarlet Tanager r - r -
SPARROWS and TOWHEES Sp S F W ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak o - - - ___ •Black-headed Grosbeak c c c - ___ •Blue Grosbeak u c c - ___ •Indigo Bunting o r - - ___ •Lazuli Bunting u u u - ___ Dickcissel - - - x ___ Evening Grosbeak o - o o ___ Cassin's Finch o o o u ___ •House Finch a c a a ___ Gray-crowned Rosy Finch - - - r ___ Black Rosy Finch - - - x ___ Brown-capped Rosy Finch - - - r ___ •Pine Siskin u u u u ___ American Goldfinch u o o u ___ •Lesser Goldfinch u c c o ___ Lawrences's Goldfinch x - - - ___ Red Crossbill o - - - ___ Green-tailed Towhee c o c - ___ •Rufous-sided Towhee c c c c ___ •Brown Towhee u u u u ___ Lark Bunting u o o - ___ Savannah Sparrow u u u r ___ Baird's Sparrow x - - - ___ Vesper Sparrow c u c - ___ •Lark Sparrow c c c - ___ •Black-throated Sparrow c c c - ___ •Sage Sparrow u o o u ___ Dark-eyed Junco (White-winged) - - x x ___ Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) - - r u ___ Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) a - c a ___ •Gray-headed Junco c u c c ___ Tree Sparrow - - - o ___ •Chipping Sparrow a u c r ___ Brewer's Sparrow c u u - ___ Harris' Sparrow o - o - ___ White-crowned Sparrow a r c a ___ White-throated Sparrow - - - r ___ Fox Sparrow x - - - ___ Lincoln's Sparrow o - r r ___ Swamp Sparrow r - r - ___ Song Sparrow u - o c
Prepared for the Four Corners Birds Club as a Bicentennial Project by Alan P. Nelson, October, 1976.


This resource is based on the following source:
Four Corners Bird Club.  October 1976.  Birds of San Juan County, New 
     Mexico.  Four Corners Bird Club.  unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Four Corners Bird Club.  October 1976.  Birds of San Juan County, New 
     Mexico.  Four Corners Bird Club.  unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: 
     Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govsanjuacon.htm 
     (Version 30DEC2002).

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