Last week, I escaped our soggy weather with a quick trip to New Mexico. I spent most of the time in meetings, but I was able to get outside for a day of study site visits and birding in the Middle Rio Grande.
At sunrise, I arrived at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. An army of camo-clad photographers was already there taking advantage of the morning light and hordes of waking Sandhill Cranes.
As I drove north through Socorro County, some clouds moved in, but the snow only fell at higher elevations. Finally, I arrived in Valencia County, ending the day at my friend's house in Bosque Farms.
I think that the most interesting livestock in America, such as these chickens and sheep, can be found in this and other villages on the Rio Grande.
Here is the day's bird list:
Great Blue Heron
Eurasian Collared Dove