Birding Community e-bulletin for October 2012

October 2012

This Birding Community E-bulletin is being distributed to active and concerned birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection of birds and their habitats.

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On 12 September, Deb Vogt of Las Vegas, Nevada, photographed a Piratic Flycatcher at Rattlesnake Springs, in New Mexico. This isolated site is a well-known migrant trap about 26 miles south of Carlsbad and not far north of the Texas border. It is a desert oasis comprised of cottonwoods that surround a spring and stream; a one-half mile wetland and small stream where sedges, rushes and cattails flourish.

Vogt first thought the bird was a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, but photos later confirmed that it was a much rarer Piratic Flycatcher. The bird was found feeding around a large pond, not far beyond  the Rattlesnake Springs picnic area.

Rattlesnake Springs is a detached unit of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a place where the National Park Service maintains an adjacent picnic area with running water, picnic tables and restrooms.

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