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This Webpage was established to provide folks with a listing of birds observed from within the confines of The Ranch (identified while standing inside the electric fence).  If you spot a bird not listed, please fill out the form at the end of this page and submit it or simply let John or Judy McCain (Lot 108) know of your records.

We follow the nomenclature presented in the Third Edition of National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America (1999).  There are a number of other good bird books such as the Audubon and Peterson field guides.  The book Birds of the Trans-Pecos by Jim Peterson and Barry Zimmer (1997) is particularly  applicable to this area.  You may wish to take a look at the Southeastern New Mexico Audubon Society for information on birds of this area..

You can see an enlarged photo of the birds by clicking on the thumbnail photo.  Most bird photographers feel the need to copyright their photos so we have tried to steer clear of these photos and use only non-copyrighted photos.  If we have included a copyrighted photo inadvertently, please let us know and we will remove it.

We are very indebted to Dr. Brad Bergstrom for permission to use his great bird photographs.  It is a pleasure to find a bird photographer that will allow the use of his photographs.  For more of Brad Bergstrom's Bird Photos, go to: http://www.valdosta.edu/~bergstrm/gafl.html

Sounds provided by and copyrighted to Naturesongs.com, 1997-2001Doug Von Gausig for freely granting the non-commercial use of these recordings.  The speaker symbol indicates that a bird has a sound associated.  Make sure that your speaker is turned on and then click on the speaker symbol.

Double click on the common names that are highlighted and underlined for a link to more information on the species from the Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter (Gough, G. A., J. R. Sauer, and M. Iliff. 1998. Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter. Version 97.1. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD: http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/Infocenter/infocenter.html

Family Scientific 
Common Name Observer

Red Tailed Hawk  Red Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis Red-Tailed Hawk Mickey Burch

Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus Northern Harrier Pat & Dave Armstrong


Pandion haliaetus Osprey Barb & Bill Rhoades along with all the Ranch Folks at the May Birthday Pary

Snow Geese

Chen caerulescens Snow Goose Mickey Burch

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Bombycilla cedrorum Cedar Waxwing Fred & Linda Lanoue

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Chordeiles minor Common Nighthawk Mickey Burch

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Cardinalis sinuatus Pyrrhuloxia Joyce & Fred Cook

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Cathartes aura Turkey Vulture Judy & John McCain

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Charadrius vociferusa Killdeer Fred & Linda Lanoue
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Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared Dove John & Judy McCain

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Zenaida asiatica White-Winged Dove John & Judy McCain

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Zenaida macroura Mourning Dove John & Judy McCain

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Corvus brachyrhynchos American Crow Gene & Phil Sharp

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Cyanocitta cristata Blue Jay Fred & Linda Lanoue

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Geococcyx californianus Greater Roadrunner John & Judy McCain

Aimophila ruficeps Rufous Crowned Sparrow Mickey Burch

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Amphispiza bilineata Black Throated Sparrow Russell & Donna David

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Calamospiza melanocorys Lark Bunting Mickey Burch

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Junco hyemalis Dark-Eyed Junco John & Judy McCain

Pipilo fuscus Canyon Towhee Judy & John McCain

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Zonotrichia leucophrys White Crowned Sparrow Mickey Burch

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Falco sparverius American Kestrel Fred & Linda Lanoue

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Falco columbarius Merlin Larry & Cecy Neitz

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Carduelis pinus Pine Siskin Judy & John McCain

Carduelis psaltria Lesser Goldfinch Mickey Burch

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Carduelis tristis American Goldfinch John & Judy McCain

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Carpodacus cassinii Cassin's Finch Russell & Donna David

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Carpodacus mexicanus House Finch Judy & John McCain

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Grus canadensis Sandhill Crane John & Judy McCain

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Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow Fred & Linda Lanoue

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota Cliff Swallow Karen & Jack Miller

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Tachycineta bicolor Tree Swallow Fred & Linda Lanoue

Euphagus cyanocephalus Brewer's Blackbird Cecy & Larry Neitz

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Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus Yellow-Headed Blackbird Greg Vederoff

Icterus bullockii Bullock's Oriole Greg Vederoff, Cecy Neitz, & Judy McCain

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Molothrus aeneus Bronzed Cowbird Pat & Dave Armstrong

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Molothrus ater Brown-Headed Cowbird Cecy & Larry Neitz

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Quiscalus mexicanus Great-Tailed Grackle John & Judy McCain

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Sturnella neglecta Western Meadowlark Mickey Burch

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Lanius ludovicianus Loggerhead Shrike Mickey Burch

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Mimus polyglottos Northern Mockingbird John & Judy McCain

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Toxostoma curvirostre Curved-Billed Thrasher Larry & Cecy Neitz

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Callipepla squamata Scaled Quail Joyce & Fred Cook

Baeolophus griseus Juniper Titmouse Pat & Dave Armstrong

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Dendroica coronata Yellow-rumped warbler Fred & Linda Lanoue

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Sphyrapicus nuchalis House Sparrow John & Judy McCain

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Colaptes auratus Northern Flicker John & Judy McCain

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Picoides scalarius Ladder back Woodpecker Mickey Burch

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Sphyrapicus nuchalis Red Naped Sapsucker Greg Vederoff
Bubo virginianus Great Horned Owl Fred & Linda Lanoue
Sturnus vulgaris European Starling Fred & Linda Lanoue

Plegadis chihi White-Faced Ibis Ede & Bob Trockels

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Archilochus alexandri Black-chinned Hummingbird Judy & John McCain

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Selasphorus rufus Rufous Hummingbird Fred & Linda Lanoue

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Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus Cactus Wren Mickey Burch
Turdus migratorius American Robin Fred & Linda Lanoue
Sialia currucoides Mountain Bluebird Fred & Linda Lanoue

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Sayornis say Say's Phoebe Mickey Burch

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Pyrocephalus rubinus Vermilion Flycatcher Cecy Neitz

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Tyrannus forficatus Scissor Tailed Flycatcher Fred & Linda Lanoue

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Tyrannus verticalis Western Kingbird Mickey Burch

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Tyto alba Barn Owl Pat & Dave Armstrong

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