LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – A Los Alamos man who is also an avid birder says he spotted a California condor that was last seen in Colorado.
Joe Fitzgibbon told the Santa Fe New Mexican that he was “flabbergasted” to see the bird in his backyard on Friday.
Fitzgibbon says saw a large radiotransmitter “N8” tag on its wing.
Fitzgibbon contacted the nonprofit The Peregrine Fund, which is monitoring 70 condors in Arizona and southern Utah.
The group says N8 is a 2-year-old male released in the Grand Canyon. The bird was listed as “missing and feared dead” in February until a ranger saw it near Cortez, Colorado.
Bob Parmenter, a scientist at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, says it is likely the first condor sighting in New Mexico since before recorded history.