Today I decided to hike a trail I haven’t been on for a few years. I was hoping it wouldn’t be too muddy with all the melting snow. For the most part it was just moist so hiking wasn’t too difficult.
The views from this hike are pretty nice as the trail is located at the southern end of the Sandia Mountains. There’s still snow on the north facing slope.
I was pretty sure I’d see a variety of birds. They seem to like this secluded canyon.
My first sighting was a Townsend Solitaire. It was at quite a distance so photographing it was difficult.
There were lots of Mountain Bluebirds about. They make me happy when I see them. They are so bright and beautiful.
A Scrub Jay came up pretty close to check me out.
While hiking along this trail there are big granite boulders scattered about. I think some of them look like things. It’s like finding shapes in the clouds.
Further up the trail I heard some thrashers singing. I was very pleasantly surprised to see it was a Crissal Thrasher. I’ve only seen them once before.
I also saw a Sage Thrasher deep in the brush.
Scarlett had a blast on the hike. It had been awhile since we had gone on a long hike together. She loved the snow on the trail. The sun was shining and I think it warmed her up. So she cooled off in the snow every now and then.
While hiking back to the car I heard a Merlin calling. I peeked around the bush to try and get a photo. But he flew away as soon as he saw me.
Leaving the neighborhood where the trail located I saw a few birds on the telephone wires.
It was fun to get out hiking and birding on such a nice sunny day.