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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

2020-12-22 Tuesday At Bosque del Apache

Before I left Albuquerque for points south, I stacked up several days’ worth of images from my last few photo safaris. In most cases, I’d have boondock camped and worked on the blogs to share my images and stories. Here in mid-winter central New Mexico, I felt like settling into a nearby RV Park. For … 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

2020-11-30 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

2019-10-28 Monday Afternoon At Vendel Road

When I woke up on this morning near Gila Bend Arizona, I thought my next stop would be at home. But the call of the wild was too strong to ignore. After reversing my decision about no more stops on my way home from my recent Arizona expedition, I could not resist paying one more … Read more

2014-11-30 Birds At Vendel Road

No trip to the Salton Sea is complete without paying a visit to Unit #1 of the Sonny Bono NWR at Vendel Road. In winter, it is an exceptional birding destination. Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane numbers are at their peak. Fifteen years ago my visits here might turn up the occasional two or four … Read more

2014 Late November At The Salton Sea

By the time November ends at the Salton Sea, the waterfowl population explodes. Snow Geese numbers can reach 30,000. Sandhill Cranes numbers seem to be increasing in each passing season. Where once we felt lucky to see a half-dozen cranes, now it is not unexpected to see hundreds. Yet I spent only a brief afternoon … Read more