CORRALES CRITTERS LAST WEEK

CORRALES CRITTERS LAST WEEK

A big birder week. First time shots of the Wild Turkey, which has eluded me for years. Willets, another first for me, is a shore bird that showed up in flocks last week. According to Peterson’s Field Guide of the Western Birds, they aren’t even supposed to be in New Mexico. They look pretty plain until they unfold their wings, where they have a striking pattern. Another first is a few Blue-winged Teals, another first, don’t show the blue edge on their wings here, but the other markings are distinctive.

The Northern Shovelers (notice the beaks) show up in this striking trio, then take off in a flock.

Three pictures of a Blue Grosbeak. They are quite small, only about eight inches tall, but they are very colorful, and their name reflects their beak.

The Snowy Egrets have just shown up in the Bosque this spring. I just saw two, but Rob saw over a dozen a day later. Quite a few species of medium sized white shore birds in the state, but the Snowy Egrets are distinctive because of the bright yellow feet.

I couldn’t pass up some shots of a Muskrat in the clear ditch. Also Mourning Doves, while omnipresent, sometimes make a good picture. Next, a very colorful House Finch on a branch.

 


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ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL ARTICLE ON DR. CLARK’S BIRDING TRIPS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL ARTICLE ON DR. CLARK’S BIRDING TRIPS IN CORRALES BOSQUE  dentist Albuquerque

A couple of weeks ago, Rob and I were joined by Ollie Reed, an Albuquerque Journal reporter, and Greg Sober, a Journal photographer, on our usual tour of the south Corrales Bosque, looking for birds. Someone had told Ollie that I had been photographing Bald Eagles and other interesting birds in the Corrales Bosque, and wanted to join us on a hike, although I assured him that the eagles were most likely gone until next November.

We took our usual route close to the river where the best bird populations reside, and were not disappointed. No eagles, but we spotted an Osprey in three different locations, or we saw multiple Ospreys along the trip. My main previous exposure to Ospreys before a couple of years ago were mentions of them in the Hornblower and the Master and Commanded series of novels.

We also saw Red-tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, a Belted Kingfisher and a couple of other birds.

The Albuquerque Journal article on the trip and the office can be accessed below:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1161759/dentist-snaps-birds-in-the-bosque.html

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CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN BOSQUE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS

CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN BOSQUE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS

A week ago last Thursday we saw what looked like an eagle surrounded by branches in a tree. We could see a head that was mostly–if not all white, but we couldn’t get a good look at the tail. When I expanded it on my camera it turned out to be an Osprey. The pictures there were not clear at all, but we spotted the same Osprey two other times, or a couple of Ospreys in separate places. The two pictures here are of an Osprey soaring in a thermal at least 100 yards out. I usually think of them as a sea bird, and they are often called Sea Hawks. They can have a wing-span of six feet. I think this one was a little shot of that.

Here’s a picture of a Black-crowned Night Heron, a bird I haven’t seen in at least two years. He was scoping out the river for breakfast. Good to see at least one back in the Bosque.

Several pictures of a Double-crested Cormorant, another bird much more common in the Gulf, or over the ocean. The second picture shows him acrobatically scratching his chin with a foot. The third shows a Cormorant, a Belted Kingfisher and a Mallard Duck sharing the same downed tree. The Kingfisher and the Cormorant are mainly competitors for the same prey, so interesting to see them together.

Here’s my first shot this spring of a Cooper’s Hawk.

Next a Great Blue Heron croaking in a tree, then a shot of six Blues hanging out together. Must be mating season.

Three pictures of Turkey Vultures. The first one keeping an eye out for fish in a pond. We counted at least 35 Vultures in the next shot, and a shot of a solitary vulture starting to lift off.

Pictures of a Red-winged Blackbird, a Kildeer and another Porcupine. Now that the trees are leafing out It will be rare to spot them until next winter.

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LOCAL FIRE THREATENED BOSQUE

LOCAL FIRE THREATENED BOSQUE     dentist Albuquerque

Those who saw a fair amount of smoke coming from the far north valley on Thursday April 12 may be interested to find out that it was caused by three electrical transformer mishaps.  This fire was by the levee on the Sandia Reservation close to 2nd street and Roy.

The fire was fairly quickly put out by Bernalillo County firefighters and others with a minimum of damage.  Local residents were without electrical power for several hours.

The Sandia Reservation seemed reluctant to release much information on the fire, but an article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal and can be read by clicking here.

Those of us who closely watch the Corrales Bosque were relieved that the fire did not significantly spread to the Bosque on either side of the river.  The Corrales Bosque will probably be closed down in the very near future because of extreme fire danger.

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CONSISTENT EXERCISE FOUND TO IMPROVE PERIODONTAL HEALTH

CONSISTENT EXERCISE FOUND TO IMPROVE PERIODONTAL HEALTH   dentist Albuquerque

A study reported in Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management reported that an exercise regimen can reduce the incidence of periodontal disease.  The study was carried out over 12 weeks and involved 71 obese subjects.

Pocket depths, a method of monitoring the severity of periodontal disease, were found to be decreased significantly in the sub-group that exercised regularly. The number of teeth that bled on probing also decreased from nearly 40% to about 15%.

At least two strains of bacteria associated with periodontal disease were decreased in the exercise group.  Also recorded in the exercise group were body weight loss, cholesterol level decrease, and fasting insulin level reduction.

Some unexplained inconsistencies between bacterial count and pocket depth were noted.

An article in medlinx.com on this study can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we encourage our patients to follow all appropriate health practices, and we monitor the level of periodontal disease in all patients over 18 years old.  We care about your health.

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RECENT CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

RECENT CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

Our last eagle sighting was a little over two weeks ago, and it was of one flying north on the other side of the river, out about 150-200 yards. that’s probably the last bald eagle until November.

Saturday we noticed that the Turkey Vultures were back in force. We saw some Kettles with about thirty vultures in them. We spotted five in a tree with a couple drying out their wings. They are very scrawny birds and a bit of morning dew on their wings can make it hard for them to get into the air, so many of them hang out their wings to dry.

A Steller’s Jay, a couple of male and a female Cinnamon Teals, and a Belted Kingfisher were welcome sights in a couple of weeks of few sightings.

I spotted a male and female Gadwall, a first for me. With both the Teals and the Gadwalls they were out over a hundred yards, and I really couldn’t tell what they were until I brought them up on the computer. They just looked like an assortment of generic ducks to the unaided eye.

I managed to spot this Red-tailed Hawk that was hiding out behind branches, but still a pretty good shot. This Great Blue Heron seems to be strutting on this sandbar.

I miss the Eagles, but it is nice to get the migratory birds dropping by the Bosque for their spring showing.

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MORE MARCH CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

MORE MARCH CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

s-Snow Geese Couple s-Porky s-Bald Eagle Juvenile s-Bald Eagle Juvenile2 s-Eagle juvenile at 650 yards s-GBH Fishing s-Eagle juvenile at 650 yards s-Eagle Juvenile at Eagle Beach s-Red-tailed Hawk Soaring s-Red-tailed Hawk Soaring2 s-Eagle Juvenile at Eagle Beach2 s-Great Blue Heron in FlightOn Tuesday, I spotted a different looking goose hanging out with some Canada Geese. When I zoomed in, I recognized some Snow Geese, a male and a female. I was pretty excited to get these first photos Snow Geese.

Thursday started out with another Porcupine.

The next shots were taken on the way back to the trucks, about half a mile short. At the Sandy Beach we spotted a big bird on the top branches of a tree on our side of the Rio Grande. At first we thought it might be an Osprey, a pretty good sighting all by itself. On closer examination, I identified it as a juvenile Bald Eagle, probably three to four years old. We probably spotted this same one over a month ago across the river, but these are much better photos because of the proximity.

After a couple of minutes it took off to the north, and we spotted it landing in trees in an area we have named the Eagle Beach, and I got this shot over 600 yards out. While we were checking out the eagle we saw this Great Blue Heron fishing close by in a small, dried-up puddle. We got on the trail heading up to the eagle beach, and Rob spotted a couple of Red tails soaring with the thermals. They were very high up, but I still got some pretty good shots of each of them. I love the pattern on the underside of their wings.

We got to the Eagle Beach, and I got these two shots of the eagle in the tree on the other side of the river, probably at least 90 yards out.

I’m not sure when I got this shot of the Blue, but it is one of my best shots of a Great Blue in the air.

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SYSTEMIC INFLAMATION CAUSED BY PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND ELEVATED GLUCOSE LEVELS

SYSTEMIC INFLAMATION CAUSED BY PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND ELEVATED GLUCOSE LEVELS    dentist Albuquerque

A study reported in the Journal of  Clinical Periodontology reported on the association between periodontal disease and diabetes and pre-diabetes. Impaired fasting glucose (IFG) is a condition of elevated blood glucose that is higher than normal but not high enough to qualify as diabetes.

The study linked four blood elements that are inflammatory systemic biomarkers, including elevated white cell count, with periodontal disease.  The study determined that the biomarkers were the mediating agent between periodontal disease, IFG and diabetes.

A report on this study from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology can be read by clicking here.

Although not reported in this study, increased systemic inflammation has been reported to be associated with various other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as coronary heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and strokes.

At Clark Family Dental we screen every adult patient for periodontal disease, and we treat every patient that will allow us to do so.  We care about your health.

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SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS AGAINST RIO RANCHO HIGH SCHOOL

SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS AGAINST RIO RANCHO HIGH SCHOOL    dentist Albuquerque

Social media threats on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, against Rio Rancho High School on Snapchat mobilized the Rio Rancho Police Department.  The police department made an investigation into the threat, which resulted in a pretty deserted campus on Wednesday.  There was no evidence of any firearms or dangerous materials at the school.

The Albuquerque Journal also received a mail-in threat against Rio Rancho schools and administrative buildings from someone on the East Coast, whom they have tentatively identified.

Earlier in the week firearms were found in a student’s car in the parking lot at Cleveland High School.  The student was removed from school property for violating state laws regarding firearms on school property.

Even if the threats were meant to be a prank, the perpetrators could be subject to criminal prosecution.  The investigation is ongoing.

An article on the investigation in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTER SIGHTINGS LAST WEEK

CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTER SIGHTINGS LAST WEEK

We only got out twice last week, and Tuesday was very quiet. The only bird at all interesting that we saw then was the Belted Kingfisher, and he wanted to hide behind clusters of leaves.

On Friday, however, on our way back to the trucks, we spotted an eagle in the usual perch about half a mile north of us. I started taking pictures at that distance, fearing he would take off before we got in good position.

Eventually, We got right across the river from the eagle, out about 145 yards from it. I started wading across rivulets about three inches deep to get closer, and got to within about 40 yards of the eagle. He was pretty cooperative and stayed in position for about three minutes while I got these photos, then he took off.
I suspect all eagles in the area will head north in the next couple of weeks with our warm spring-like weather, but we shall see.

Three pretty fair pictures of a large Great Blue Heron in flight fill out the collection.

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