Birdsong in New Mexico

While going through the pictures I found a few songsters, so in keeping with the spirit of this blog, I’m including them here.

Cactus Wren

This Cactus Wren is a beautiful bird, a large-sized wren with striping/bands on its tail that are not visible in this picture, unfortunately.

I’m almost sorry I didn’t take my digital recorder with me to record these birds while they were singing for us, but most of them were called in by MP3 players, which is probably why they sat around long enough for me to take these photographs, as they were making sure we intruders knew it was their territory. There were times when the MP3 players fooled us too.

Juniper Titmouse

It took us a while to find a Juniper Titmouse but we got lucky with this one.

Rufous-Crowned Sparrow

This Rufous-Crowned Sparrow posed for a lot of stunning profile shots which showed off his extraordinary white eye-ring, but for singing, he faced us straight-on.

And last, for now, our friend the Cryssal-Thrasher, who put in his two cents.

Winter birding in New Mexico

I have been to New Mexico several times in my life but never as a birdwatcher. I was thrilled to see the Scrub Jays, which look and sound ever-so-different from the ones I was used to in California’s East Bay area.

Western Scrub Jay

I was fortunate to join the Evanston North Shore Bird Club trip to New Mexico last week for three and a half days in one of my favorite places on earth.

Cryssal Thrasher

The birds were quite cooperative once we found them, like this Cryssal Thrasher sitting up.

There’s much more to write and I have many, many more photos to go through but I will need a few more days to do so. Before I go, a few more photos. Here’s a beautiful Green-Tailed Towhee.

Green-Tailed Towhee

And a Canyon Towhee…

Canyon Towhee

Goodnight for now. I leave you with this winter scene.

New Mexico in the snow