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Starlings in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico

Levon Lee
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
43
Issue: 
4 (July-August)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1941
Pages: 
197

Starlings in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico

On January 1.5, 1941, at about 10:00 a.m., a small flock of European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) was observed foraging in a cornfield near old Fort Fillmore, seven miles southwest of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, in the Rio Grande valley.

The starlings were foraging with White-necked Ravens, Crows, and Yellow-beaded Blackbirds. Three of the starlings were taken, two females and one male. A specimen was made of the male bird and placed in the collection of the New Mexico State College, State College, New Mexico.

This is the second record of starlings in the Rio Grande valley of New Mexico. Their first appearance in the valley was reported in 1939, near Albuquerque, almost 250 miles north of Las Cruces (Borell, Condor, 42, 1940:86).

Levon Lee

State College, New Mexico, April 7, 1941

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