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This Gallery presents images from various locations in Arizona and from the Bosque Del Apache NWR on the Rio Grande in central New Mexico.

Arizona comes first, with four trips between 2004 and 2015.  Tucson and Sierra Vista are the most frequent locations, while an Elegant Trogon seen at Patagonia Lake is may be the rarest and most striking species.

The Bosque is a wintering spot above all for many thousands of  Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes.   Two November trips   (2004 and 2008) are represented here, which had the advantage of some lingering fall color and avoiding the severest winter cold. The captions give specific locations as far as possible, including the Farm Market Road (north of the refuge, toward Socorro, where we lodged at the Super 8; it caters to birders, with breakfast from 5 am).

American Kestrel

Anna’s Hummingbird


Elegant Trogon

Gila Woodpecker

Red-naped Sapsucker

Sabino Canyon VC, 04-01-31, 3:30-4pm, 10D, 100-400

Northern Mockingbird

Vermilion Flycatcher

Bridled Titmouse

Western Bluebird

Curve-billed Thrasher

Black-throated Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Yellow-headed Blackbird

BOSQUE: Geese and Cranes View

Snow Geese on Main Pool

Snow Goose

Snow Goose–dark morph

Snow Geese in Flight

Snow Geese Landing

Ross’s Geese among Snow Geese

Snow Geese Blast-off

Snow Geese Blast-off

Huge Blast-off

Sandhill Cranes

Trio of Cranes Taking Off

Sandhill Cranes in Morning Fog

Sandhill Cranes Landing

Bosque, 10D (100-400mm only), a.m., 04-11-11

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhills in Flight

Great Blue Heron

Northern Pintails

Canyon Towhee

Bosque, Mark II (400 DO x 2) ca. 10 am to 5 pm, overcast until 4 pm or so, 2004-11-16

Spotted Towhee

Say’s Phoebe

Western Meadowlark

Red-Wing Blackbird Flock

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