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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