A pair of Canada Geese also arrived this afternoon but I wasn’t able to get a photo. Busy day on the pond!
I’ll add more as I get my photos organized.
This next one is my pride and joy, a Juniper Titmouse. Everyone else had gone ahead to walk the trails at Gran Quivira Ruins (part of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument) and I was still in the parking lot trying to dislodge a dead butterfly from the front grill of the car (I think it is a checkered skipper) when I heard a lovely trill coming from the top of the nearest tree. I looked up and saw what looked like a tufted titmouse but did not sound anything like that. So I took a quick picture before it flew off and hid itself. Then I stopped in the visitor center. The ranger, who knew a great deal about the birds and everything else in his park, told me that it was a Juniper Titmouse. I’d never even heard of the bird! Very exciting. Date was 20 April.
One poor Sandhill Crane at Bosque del Apache on April 13. The official at the visitor center said that this bird did not move with its flock when they left. It is probably sick or injured.