Category Archives: New Mexico

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