Birding along the Bosque

All last week I went walking several days in the bosque along the Rio Grande…from one end of Albuquerque to the other.  I had so much fun exploring and seeing all the spring birds arriving.

On Saturday, April 16, I went to the duck ponds.  I had heard a Vermilion Flycatcher had been spotted there.  The day was cold and rainy.  I searched high and low for that beautiful red bird.

I didn’t see him that day.  So I went back out on Sunday, April 17.  It was still rainy and cold.  But people had seen that bird the day before in the same conditions.

Almost as soon as I arrived at the ponds, I saw several people pointing to the side of the trail.  I just knew it was that flycatcher.  I quickly got my camera out and ready and was able to get a few shots of him.  The photo quality was poor due to the very low light and rainy conditions.

DSC_2985

Vermilion Flycatcher

I went back again on Monday.  The day was clearer and I was hoping to get some better photos of the flycatcher.  Again, I saw him as soon as I hit the trail.  So exciting! Such a beautiful bird!

DSC_3240

Vermilion Flycatcher

Since it was a nicer day, I spent some time walking around the ponds and along the river.  The Canada Geese were squabbling with each other while their mates sat on nests.

DSC_2806

Canada Geese

DSC_2788

Canada Goose on nest

I saw several other waterfowl on the ponds.  As well as a Wood Duck in a tree.  I’m guessing his nest was somewhere nearby but I couldn’t locate it.

DSC_3005

Wood Duck

DSC_3296

Ring-Necked Duck – male and female

DSC_3085

Pied-Billed Grebe

At one of the fishing ponds, poor Scarlett was attacked by some domestic geese.  We were just walking along the sidewalk going around the pond to get a photo of the  cormorants.  Out of nowhere these geese just attacked Scarlett.  She dove into some bushes to get away.  Poor Scarlett…she’s gonna get an irrational fear of large birds after the owl and now the geese!

I quickly saw the reason for the attack.  Babies!!

DSC_3061

Baby goose

DSC_3076

Family of domestic geese

On Tuesday I walked behind Corrales in the b0sque there.  I had hoped to see a Bell’s Vireo but he wasn’t showing himself.  But Scarlett and I had a great time walking in the warm sunshine.  And I saw lots of other birds to entertain me.

DSC_3379

Eastern Bluebird

DSC_3734

Cooper’s Hawk

DSC_3662

Belted Kingfisher

DSC_3632

One of my favs!  Bewick’s Wren

DSC_3594

Bushtit – I love to watch them feed.  Such acrobats!

DSC_3473

Lesser Goldfinch

Then Wednesday I was back at the duck ponds.  That seems to be a hot spot for spring arrivals.  I saw/heard lots of new birds as well as some of the year round residents.  I especially enjoyed the Summer Tanagers.

DSC_3150

Summer Tanager – female

DSC_3133

Summer Tanager – male

After the duck ponds, I visited the Alameda Open Space with Valerie on her lunch hour.  I saw some new arrivals at the gull hangout.  A whole flock of Franklin’s Gull.  I didn’t realize how small they were until I saw them with the Ring-Billed Gulls.

DSC_3979

Franklin’s Gulls with the larger Ring-Billed Gulls

Then at the end of the week I was back at the duck ponds.  It was warm and sunny.  Sadly, I never saw the Vermilion Flycatcher again last week.  I’m glad I went out in the rain to find him!

DSC_4464

Wood Ducks

DSC_3866

Neotropic Cormorant

DSC_4532

Spotted Towhee

DSC_3833

Ash-Throated Flycatcher

DSC_3816

Greater Roadrunner

DSC_3285

Cooper’s Hawk – it was so cool to have him land right above me.  Almost couldn’t fit him in the frame he was so close!

One of my favorite photos of the week was of this Snowy Egret.  He was busy fishing at the edge of the duck pond.  He didn’t seem to mind that Scarlett and I watched him.  I was hoping to get a photo of him catching something, but he wasn’t having much luck finding anything.

DSC_3850

Snowy Egret

And the sitting Canada Geese are now proud parents!

DSC_4689

Canada Geese

Other birds are busily feeding young as well.  I was very happy to see a new baby bluebird!

DSC_4549

Eastern Bluebirds

It was a wonderful week of birding!  I walked 44 miles last week and saw so many beautiful birds.  And all the signs of spring are here.  The bosque is getting green and flowers are beginning to bloom all over town.

Now that spring is here I’ve been lots of other fun stuff on my outings.  🙂

DSC_4172

Horned Lizard

DSC_4723

Red-Ear Turtle

20160425_111910 [2576764]-2

Red-Ear Turtle

DSC_3265

The beavers have been busy on the ponds

DSC_3802

This dragonfly was as big as my palm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “Birding along the Bosque

  1. Your photos are fantastic! You spent a lot of time hiking, and it sure paid off, the variety of wildlife you photographed last week is amazing! I am impressed at how willing you are to brave the elements to capture a favorite bird; the vermilion flycatcher is stunning!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks Stephanie! I was definitely willing to be uncomfortable in the cold rain to see the vermillion flycatcher. It just takes your breath away when you see that spot of red in the distance. Then have it fill your view through the telephoto lens. My husband says I’m obsessed with birding lately. Lol! But it makes me so happy to go out and find these jewels of nature.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s