Birding by Car….

Today was cold, windy and rainy. I had been swamped with work all week. I finally had free time in the morning to go birding and the weather wasn’t cooperating. So I decided to bird by car. The rain wasn’t steady but instead would come over in waves. From past experience I knew birding opportunities might be pretty good after a rainy night.

So I headed out early to drive around Stanley, NM. I tried to drive down one of my favorite roads (Valley Irrigation Road) but it was way too muddy. So I had to stick to paved roads.  Even limiting where I could drive I had a great morning.

I saw my nemesis the Lazuli Bunting…will I ever get a nice sharp photo? 

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Lazuli Bunting

I also saw a couple of warblers which is always exciting. 🙂

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Wilson's warbler

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Yellow warbler

And of course there were plenty of flycatchers about.

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Not sure yet what type of flycatcher this is

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Western kingbird

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Say's Phoebe

There were lots of yellow rumped warblers. They always make me smile.

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Yellow rumped warbler

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Female yellow rumped warbler

I was very excited to see a Swanson’s hawk with breakfast. I watched him devour an entire rabbit in just a few minutes! I couldn’t help but think of my birding friend Bob 🙂

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Swanson's hawk

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After eating he fluffed up in contentment

Lots of evidence of spring. I had noticed a pair of loggerhead shrikes staying in one area for a few weeks. I was rewarded today with the sight of baby loggerhead. Adorable!

Birds gathering nesting materials,  sitting on nests, feeding baby birds and seeing juvenile birds..I love spring!

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Juvenile yellow-headed blackbird

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European starling

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I believe this is a Swanson's hawk

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Juvenile loggerhead shrike

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Lark sparrow

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Kildeer

I was thrilled to have a Western tanager land right in front of me while I was photographing the yellow-rumped warbler.

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Western tanager

Because it had rained earlier there were lots of birds grooming themselves. Most especially the swallows.

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Cliff swallow

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Barn swallow

A trip to Stanley wouldn’t be complete without a Western meadowlark and I wasn’t disappointed. As well as redtailed hawks.

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Redtailed hawk

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Western meadowlark

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Mountain chickadee

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Mourning dove

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Northern mockingbird

It was a great morning for birds!!! 🙂

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