My plans for the day to go thrift shopping with a friend fell through last minute. So even though it was a cloudy, dreary day, I decided to go for a long hike. My dog Liela hasn’t been on a walk much lately so she was begging to go out. Trying to avoid the light rain surrounding the Albuquerque area, I remembered a great easy hike on the west mesa that is part of the Petroglyphs National Monument.
So camera and dog loaded in the Jeep, I headed across town. I wasn’t sure if I would see many birds as I chose the worst time of day (1:30 pm) to go birding. But because it was overcast, I guess the bird activity was better than usual at that time.
I heard a lot of Rock Wrens (wrens are my favorite) in the area singing away. They know spring is edging out winter. I was lucky to have a curious one get fairly close to me. Got several great pics.
It was nice to explore the petroglyphs. I never seem to tire of them. If you look close, you’ll see some of the hands have 6 fingers. Interesting…
I also saw a pair of Northern Flickers that must be building a nest among the rocks. They kept hanging out around this one big boulder way up on the hillside. I managed to get somewhat close to get a photo.
And there was a Say’s Phoebe hanging out managing to find a few insects for lunch.
Liela was going crazy seeing lots of squirrels and jackrabbits. She just loves to chase critters! But I wouldn’t let her go and she was not happy about that. Bunnies got to live another day. I was happy to get a shot of the jackrabbit. I usually just see them from behind lol!
All in all, it was nice to get out and get some fresh air and see some sights and birds. Never a bad day when I’m out in nature!