October 18, 2013 Espanola, New Mexico

Stellers jay
Stellers jay
Scrub jay
Scrub jay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Went into Sante Fe this morning and took Canyon Road out to the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary at the end of Upper Canyon Road. I took a hike on their trail that leads you through a few meadows and up into the Ponderosa Pine forest, but saw very little ( actually absolutely nothing ) in the way of bird activity.

Juvenile curve-billed thrasher
Juvenile curve-billed thrasher

 

Rufous Sided Towhee
Rufous Sided Towhee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, in the small flower garden right behind their visitor center, I did have some luck with some jays and a few other birds that were coming in to their feeders.

After an hour or so in the Audubon gardens, I decided, since our federal government has decided to reopen our parks, ( at least for the next couple of months before we get treated to another round of this farce ), to go on out to Las Vegas ( New Mexico, that is ) and check out the Las Vegas NWR. The refuge is touted as home to many species of ducks, as well as geese, sandhill cranes, and turkeys, as well as several types of raptors. The website states there are over 40 small ponds on the refuge and that the 8672 acre refuge overlaps 3 unique landscapes including the Rocky Mountains and eastern prairies. The refuge is also home to Rocky Mountain Elk.

Sharp shinned hawk
Sharp shinned hawk

Unfortunately, all that you can actually see from the the short loop road in the park are 2 small lakes and a lot of fenced off area beyond the edge of the road. Although I did see a couple of small groups of Sandhills in the distance and one sharp shinned hawk that did fly across the road in front of me, the opportunity to actually see anything on this refuge is very limited, a major disappointment for me after driving 100 miles ( roundtrip ) out of my way to visit. There were absolutely no ducks or geese on the 2 small lakes visible along the drive and, surprisingly, no small birds visible anywhere. Altogether, this visit was a major disappointment.

 

 

Scrub jay
Scrub jay
Stellers jay
Stellers jay
Scrub jay
Scrub jay

 

 

 

 

 

Stellers jay
Stellers jay
Yellow eyed junco
Yellow eyed junco
Stellers jay
Stellers jay