Category Archives: United States

More to New Mexico

We did more in New Mexico than just look for birds. We visited the Pecos National Historic Park, after leaving Las Vegas, in the hills before Santa Fe. Pecos NM, October 2017The Pecos Indians created a pueblo of about 2,000 people that traded with the Apache to the east and Indian farmers to the west . In 1541 the Spanish arrived and it was not long after that that the Franciscan friars came. Of course what is left is mainly a Catholic church…

Pecos Museum NM, October 2017It was an interesting stop; a wonderful museum in the visitor center, a Ranger guided tour of the site and amazing adobe structures to explore.

Blooming flower . Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. NM, October 2017We also stopped at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. We had thought we might see some birds but it really is for animals. We arrived on the day that they had an open house. It included many events including archery!Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. NM, October 2017 They are trying to reintroduce the Gunnison’s  prairie dog which is a primary food for the local hawks,,,

We had a nice walk through the park, enjoying the plants and landscape.

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge NM, October 2017

Birding through New Mexico

We had chosen our route through the United States to check out some birding sites. Sandhill Cranes Maxwell, Wyoming Oct 2017We had read that the sandhill cranes migrate from their summer home in northern Alberta to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to spend the winter. So we decided to find them along their path.

Maxwell, Wyoming Oct 2017We started in the Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge just over the border from Colorado. We actually saw hundreds of sandhill cranes there. We were so excited to see the big birds eating, flying, and enjoying the water.

Rough-legged Hawk, Maxwell Wyoming Oct 2017We also saw several hawks along the way. Hawk Las Vegas Wyoming Oct 2017The beautiful red-tailed hawks were hunting along the roads in Maxwell and we spotted a rough-legged hawk near the sandhill cranes. In Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge we saw another one looking down at us. We did not see many sandhill cranes in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge but did see this one pair.  Sandhill cranes Bosque de Apache, Wyoming Oct 2017

Windy Wyoming

We spend a windy day driving through Wyoming. We believe this US state could be fully powered with “green energy” by installing wind mills. We did not want to drive at the posted speeds as we thought we might be blown off the road!

Missouri River, Wyoming Oct 2017We had a few stops planning in the hopes of seeing some migrating birds. The first was Edness Wilkins State Park near Casper. The might Missouri River flows by it and we did see our first wild turkeys. But it was windy and cool and we only saw a few northern flickers and a couple of killdeer.

Glendo State Park, Wyoming Oct 2017We next stopped at Glendo State Park just south of Douglas. We saw a pair of deer, a gaggle of Canada Geese, several ring-billed gulls and an American White Pelican. We felt like we were back on the Bow River!

Sloans Lake, Cheyenne, Wyoming Oct 2017We spent the night in Cheyenne, the state capital. It is a lovely city of just 60,000 people. We had a lovely walk in their Lions Park. It has a large lake, Sloans Lake, with easy paths to walk around it. It also had several other areas including a place with this amazing train. Lions Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming Oct 2017

Next we are off to Colorado…

Heading South

We left Calgary on Sunday to drive down to Barra de Navidad. We have rented a house there for 6 months starting November 1. It was a busy few weeks getting ready to leave so we decided to just drive to Great Falls, Montana the first day. We had a windy drive down but enjoyed the countryside.

Rivers Edge Trail, Great Falls Oct 2017Once we got to Great Falls we took a long walk along the River’s Edge Trail from West Bank Park. Bear statue, Great Falls Oct 2017We saw lots of Canada Geese and Ring-billed Gulls as well as a few mallards and common mergansers.

Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana Oct 2017The next day we stopped at The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. This is where a significant battle occurred between the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians and the United States Army. On June 25th 1876 the Indians routed the army in the major battle. Custers Last Stand, Oct 2017This site has markers showing where each soldier and Indian fell. It was quite moving to see the markers, especially where Custer’s last stand was.

Rattle snake, Oct 2017We went for several walks through the park and were surprised by this rattler! We then cut our hiking short!

We are driving through Wyoming next.