By Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

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.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,

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