Thursday, May 29, 2014

Orilla Verde on Rio Grande

Red Cactus Blossoms
The birding couple we met yesterday recommended that we go to Orilla Verde, the recreation area at the lower end of the Rio Grange Gorge. Instead of walking hundreds of feet above the river, Orilla Verde takes you up the river itself. There are so many little desert wildflowers blooming, and we don't have a flower guide to look them up, so that will be a big job when we get home.
Western Kingbird
I counted up today, and we have added 20 new birds to our life list just this week. Don't have photos of all of them, unfortunately, but here are a couple I managed to get today.
Black Phoebe
Brewer's Blackbird - female
Bullock's Oriole
Rock Wren - we think
We are going birding at 8:00 tomorrow morning with a group of birders from Angel Fire, near the ski slopes. We'll have to set the alarm really early to get up and drive there on time, so I'm not taking much more time blogging tonight.
Stripped Lizard ready to chow down
Prickly Pear Blossom
Many of the prickly pear cactus are blooming in the gorge - just beautiful. I remember Kathie Brown making prickly pear jelly one year, and thought about her today. We'll see how many new birds we find tomorrow with the people who know what they are looking at, and maybe we'll be able to correctly identify some others we've seen!

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