Rare California condor seen in Los Alamos

California Condor
Photo courtesy of Joe Fitzgibbon.

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.

KRQE.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s