Thursday Birders

The pandemic remains a threat to our health: you should only attend Thursday Birders if you are fully vaccinated. Do not attend if you feel unwell, if you have recently been traveling and mixing with people who may be positive for Covid-19, or if you have been in touch with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the last two weeks. Please also remember to social distance on our birding walks, and feel free to wear a mask. We continue to caution you to avoid carpooling unless it is with people within your immediate and limited circle of friends and relatives. You should weigh your individual risk and comfort level at this uncertain time, and make your decisions accordingly.


General Information

Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. Although rare, any changes to the schedule will be posted here as needed. You are therefore encouraged to check this page before heading out in case of recent changes. For trips with limited numbers of vehicles or people, contact thursdaybirders@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, please contact thursdaybirders@gmail.com.


Checklists from past Thursday Birder trips can be viewed on our “Thursday Birder Checklist Archive” page.


For a short history of the Thursday Birders and species seen over the years, visit our “About Thursday Birders” page.


MAY 2022

May 12

Embudito Canyon – 8:25AM – 11:30AM

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cibola/recarea/?recid=64560
Directions: east on Montgomery from Tramway. Turn left on Glenwood Hills, continue 0.4 of a mile. Turn right onto Trailhead Road to parking lot.
GPS coordinates – (35.136202, -106.481973).
Difficulty level – one and half miles – medium incline out and downward return, some uneven ground.
Note there are no restrooms at this site.
Leader – Steve Siegel

May 19

Calabacillas Arroyo – 8:25AM – 11:30AM

GPS coordinates – (35.187058, -106.650795).
Directions: go east onto Westside Dr. from Coors Blvd., north of Paseo del Norte. Follow Westside 0.2 of a mile. Take open gate on left to arroyo and parking lot.
Difficulty level – 2 miles on flat, sandy trails.
Note there are no restrooms at this site.
Leaders – Sara Jayne Cole and Shannon Caruso

May 26

Los Poblanos Open Space – 8:25AM – 11:30AM

https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/parks/prescription-trails/87107/los-poblanos-open-space
GPS coordinates – (35.142891, -106.660624).
Meet in trail parking lot off Montaño Rd.
Difficulty level – one and a half to two miles on flat, even trail.
Leaders – Maxine Schmidt, David Watkins and Angela Hawthorne


JUNE 2022

June 2

Lou Feltz Cabin* – 6:50AM – 3PM

Visit the Feltz family‚ Jemez Mountain cabin near La Cueva with Lou Feltz.
Meet at 6:50 a.m. for a 7:00 departure from south side of Sprouts parking lot, Far North Shopping Center, to carpool to the cabin
GPS coordinates – (35.151614, -106.582275).
Difficulty level – driving on some unpaved roads approaching the cabin, some walking in housing development if desired, no access to the closed off forest, and sitting comfortably waiting for birds to arrive.
Please bring a picnic lunch.
*We will keep everyone up to date on wildfire situation in that area
No leader

June 9

Tingley Ponds and Bosque – 7:55AM – 11AM

Meet at the north end of the Tingley Beach parking lot
GPS coordinates – (35.088596, -106.677003).
Difficulty Level – one and a half miles – flat with sandy trails.
Leader – Mary Raje

June 16

Ojito de San Antonio Open Space – 7:55AM – 12 noon

Meet in the parking lot behind church. Please do not park in the church parking lot.
GPS Coordinates – (35.101973, – 106.380139)
Difficulty Level – one and a half miles – slight incline with some uneven trails.
NO RESTROOMS.
Leader – Ginny Davis

June 23

Crick Avenue Greenbelt – 7:55AM – 11AM

Meet in the southwest section of Fidelity Investment Corp. parking lot at 7:55AM
GPS Coordinates – (35.002917, -106.619144)
Directions: from the intersection of Rio Bravo and University Blvds., go south on University Blvd. for 2 miles. Turn left on Crick Avenue.
Difficulty level – one mile – flat with mostly paved trails. NO RESTROOMS.
Leader – Barb Hussey

June 30

8:30AM – 11:30AM

TBA
Leaders – Glenda and Jim Morling


JULY 2022

July 7

8AM – 11AM

TBA
Leader – Bob Wilcox

July 14

Valles Caldera National Preserve and Back Country – 6:50AM – 3PM

Meet at 6:50 a.m., northwest corner of Target parking lot at I-25/ Paseo del Norte – park in spots facing Paseo del Norte
GPS Coordinates – (35.173599, -106.582156).
There will be space for six cars (high clearance vehicles strongly recommended and driver or passenger should have Senior Access Pass since it is a fee facility). Please arrange to carpool and email us at thursdaybirders@gmail.com by July 7th to reserve your spot.
Difficulty level – 160 mile drive, driving and stopping to bird and observe and learn about geologic and volcanic caldera features, with short, mainly flat walks at stops.
Please bring a picnic lunch that does not require a table. Portable chairs are a plus!.
Leaders – Judy Liddell and Barb Hussey

July 21

*Simm’s Ranch and Bonnie Long’s home – 9:45AM – 1PM

Meet at Tijeras Senior Center parking area (on NM 333/ Rt. 66) at 9:10AM
GPS coordinates – (35.08001350351708, -106.39133680689926)
Bonnie will be waiting by her green Subaru Forester to meet us at 9:45AM at the entrance to the Simms Ranch on the west side of NM 337, six miles south of Chilili, past mile marker 5. Please bring a sack lunch and beverage.
Difficulty Level – This is a seated event, outdoors at two private homes. *You must call Bonnie at 505 379 1985 or email her at trader@canyontraders.com before July 19th if you plan on attending this event.

July 28

Willow Creek Bosque Open Space – 7:55AM – 11AM

Meet in trailhead parking lot. Directions: go east on Willow Creek Rd NE from 528, 1.8 miles south of 550 in Bernalillo. After 0.1 mile, turn left after Spruce Mountain Rd NE. (gravel road marked Bosque Trail leading to trailhead parking lot).
Difficulty Level – one and a half miles – flat with some uneven trails.
NO RESTROOMS.
Leader – Steve Siegel


AUGUST 2022

August 4

Villanueva State Park – 6:50AM – 3PM

Meet at 6:50 a.m. far west end of Four Hills Village Shopping Center
GPS Coordinates – (35.068330, -106.500162)
Difficulty Level – 180 mile drive, short walks to bird on Pecos River and at state park
There will be space for six cars. Please arrange to carpool and email us at thursdaybirders@gmail.com by July 28 to reserve your spot
$5 entrance fee or state park pass.
Please bring a picnic lunch.
Leader – Barb Hussey

August 11

Corrales Bosque Siphon Beach Access – 7:55AM – 11AM

Meet at 7:55AM in the parking lot north of Boxing Bear Brewery, 10200 Corrales Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87114.
GPS coordinates – (35.20380109844676, -106.64497521211663)
Carpool to north end of Corrales to Siphon Beach bosque access (arriving at Siphon Beach by 8:15AM), as there is limited parking at the trailhead.
Difficulty level – one and a half miles on flat trails – some uneven.
NO RESTROOMS.
Leader – Ginny Davis

August 18

Randall Davey Audubon Center, Santa Fe – 8:15AM – 3PM

Meet 8:15AM at south side of Sprouts parking lot, Far North Shopping Center
parking lot on the south side of Sprouts in the Far North Shopping Center to carpool to Santa Fe
GPS coordinates – (35.151614, -106.582275).
Difficulty Level – one mile – slight inclines, some uneven trails.
For those making their own way to the Audubon Center, please meet the group there at 9:30AM.
Please bring a picnic lunch.
Leader – Lefty Arnold

August 25

David Canyon/Mars Court – 8:25AM – 12 noon**

Meet in Mars Court Parking Lot
GPS Coordinates – (34.98416, -106.349736).
From I40@NM337 drive south approximately 8.5 miles; turn right (west) onto Raven Road and follow 1.6 miles; turn right (west) onto Mars Court to trailhead parking lot. Warning – Mars Court is short, but typically in very poor condition!
Difficulty Level – a challenging three mile walk on rocky trails (mixed juniper, pinyon, Ponderosa forest) down to David Canyon’s (open meadow with some shrubs and Ponderosa), returning up a steep dirt (potentially muddy) road to parking lot.
Since the trail down to David Canyon is narrow and the parking lot small, we are limiting the participants to six cars. Please arrange to carpool and email us at thursdaybirders@gmail.com by August 18 to reserve your spot.
**We will determine whether we will have to change the location (due to fire dangers) by the beginning of August.
Leaders – Tom and Sarah Peterson

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