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Notes from the Field
Percha and Elephant Butte State Parks, October 19, 2013. Ten of us were on this trip and we saw lots of Northern Flickers; they were everywhere! One of the most interesting things we saw was a Sharp-Shinned Hawk attacking a Belted Kingfisher! The Kingfisher was not having anything to do with that, and made quite a ruckus. We had good looks at Vermilion Flycatchers. At Elephant Butte State Park we again saw lots of Northern Flickers, Great Blue Herons along the river and at the Dam we saw an Osprey, White Swifts and lots of Western Grebes.
Ft. Davis Birds and Stars, November 8-11, 2013. On Friday, four of us saw a Williamson’s Sapsucker, a Black-crested Titmouse and a Red-napped Sapsucker at the rest stop in the Ft. Davis Mountains on the way to Alpine. That night, we dined at La Tratorria, a really good Italian restaurant in Alpine. Saturday morning we were in the Balmorhea area where we saw lots of Hawks, Ospreys, White Pellicans, American Pipit, and other waterfowl. In the afternoon, we traveled to Marathon to the Post, where we had several Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Vermilion Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, and a flock of Wild Turkeys. That evening we went to McDonald Observatory for the Star Party, where we looked through several large, great telescopes. Some of the things we saw were the Ring Nebula, globular star cluster and the Andromeda Galaxy. The weather was clear and not too cold – perfect for viewing. Sunday morning we went to the Davis Mountain Nature Conservancy and drove up Madera Canyon. We stopped at Wolf’s Den Canyon were we saw a beautiful soaring Golden Eagle, Harris’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and Williamson’s Sapsucker. At the visitor’s center, we saw a confrontation between Acorn Woodpeckers and Western Scrub-Jays fighting over food. The Acorn Woodpeckers would take the food to a nearby corral fence and deposit it in the posts.