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2020-12-25 Christmas at Bitter Lake Near Roswell

In April 2020, as I was ending my first Texas birding adventure, I called my friend Jerry in Albuquerque and told him I was headed his way via Roswell. He suggested I visit the Bitter Lake NWR, and I’m so glad he did. Cassin’s Sparrows and Scaled Quail were the highlights for me on that … Read more

2020-12-18&19 At The Bernardo Unit – Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex

Halfway between Albuquerque and Bosque del Apache is the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex – Bernardo Unit, where cranes and geese are now visiting more than at Bosque. My friend Jerry, formerly a docent at Bosque del Apache, for years has been singing the praises to me about this state run reserve 52 miles south … Read more

2020-12-17 Wednesday At The Rio Grande Nature Center

There is a small reserve on the northwestern edge of Albuquerque I have enjoyed since some of my earliest visits to the region. It is the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Within its grounds are woodlands (called a bosque), open fields, and wetlands with ponds. My previous visits to this reserve have been during … Read more

2020-12-16 Tuesday Finches at 10,600′

Update: Folks with better eyes and ID skills than I have pointed out that there are some Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finches among the Black Rosy-Finches in some of my images. Another friend suggested some of my juncos from the morning are Red-Backed (J. h. dorsalis), rather than Gray-Headed (J. h. caniceps). I tend to agree with her. … Read more

2020-12-09 A Morning in Corrales New Mexico

A friend of Jerry’s advised him that there were many cranes grazing in his Corrales neighborhood, so we drove there on Wednesday to investigate for ourselves. Jerry’s friend was right! However, cranes were not the only digital prey we captured. We also found an American Kestrel, American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Say’s Phoebes, a Spotted Towhee, … Read more

2020-12-06 Wild Ducks at the Albuquerque Zoo

Not everything you find at the zoo is captive. At least that has been my experience at several zoos I’m familiar with. As an example, the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, now called San Diego Zoo Safari Park, has created an ideal habitat for nesting egrets and Ibis and makes a great place to … Read more

2020-12-05 Bosque and New Mexico Falconry

My first awareness of the art of falconry came as a young lad in elementary school when I read the Hardy Boys Mystery series and found the story The Hooded Hawk Mystery. Reading this book sparked in me, a fascination with falconry, and it led me to more research about the rigors and discipline that … Read more

2020-11-30 Monday at Bosque del Apache

I first visited Bosque del Apache in August 2003. Having heard of its legendary assembly of winter geese and cranes, I found a means for combining work in Santa Fe with pleasure at the Bosque. Summer is not a season most visitors come to the reserve, because the winter extravaganza begins nearer Thanksgiving and lasts … Read more

2020-11-29 Sunday At The Catwalk

I left Arizona on Saturday, and drove over a series of mountain ranges, hoping to visit the Catwalk in New Mexico near Glenwood. I always enjoy the scenery on the road from Thatcher into New Mexico, especially the road north over the Gila mountains. I visited the Catwalk once in August 2003, but several times … Read more

2020-05-20 Road From ABQ and Mount Graham

Two corrections: Thanks to the astute observations of readers Celestyn Brozek and Lori Conrad, I’ve learned my “Cassin’s Vireo” is the wrong Solitary Vireo. The proper identification is Plumbeous Vireo. And to Jeff Brake for pointing out that Mount Graham, while the tallest in Southern Arizona, is not the second highest, but the 14th highest … Read more