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Notes from the Field
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, January 24 and 25, 2015. We had a nice group of 18 people on the trip. On Saturday we birded around the Visitor's Center at the Refuge. There were quite a few good birds at the window at the Visitor's Center, including Green Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, Cooper's Hawk and Gambel's Quail. We then drove the loops on the Refuge where we had lots of Snow Geese, Ross's Geese, Canada Geese and Sandhill Cranes. We did see quite a few raptors including Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel and lots of Red-tailed Hawks. A standout at one of the ponds was a Tundra Swan. We went to both the fly-in and the fly-out. We had the geese all fly over us all at once! Sautrday night we ate at Bodega in Socorro and we had a nice meal and lively conversation. Sunday, after the fly-out, we headed up to Water Canyon, which still had a good bit of snow on the ground. There we had a large flock of Pine Siskins, Western Blue Birds and a great look at a Townsend's Solitaire. On our way back to El Paso, we stopped at Percha Dam, where we had a Belted Kingfisher and an Osprey, and we got to watch a Sora, which is difficult to see, spend quite a while in the open, eating. That was our last stop before heading back to El Paso.