Tuesday, for a change, was warm and sunny, and lots of birds were showing up for portraits.

There is an area that Rob and I call “The Ponds,” where the conservancy district has carved out these shallow bowls in the soil, about 200 yards from the river. During most of year they are dry, but when the Rio Grand swells up in the spring, they fill up with water for six to eight weeks, and fill up with minnows and pollywogs. This often attracts Herons, Egrets and Hawks. The s-Red-tailed Hawk4s-Red-tailed Hawk5first two shots are of a pretty large Red-tailed Hawk looking for breakfast.

At one of the only good outlooks over the river recently, I spotted a flock of American Avocets, probably my favorite shore wader species. They are very colorful and interesting looking.

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Also on Tuesday I spotted a Swainson’s Hawk by the clear ditch, and managed to get two good shots from different angles. He seemed to ignore me the whole time I worked from north to south of him.

s-Swainson's Hawk2s-Swainson's Hawk2017+++++

Altogether, a good birding day.  Clark Family Dental 87114

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