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In the Backyard

02/21/2013

I thought that I’d show what kind of birds we get in the backyard here.  I live in Rio Rancho; which is a suburb of Albuquerque, it’s the 2nd most populous city in the state, above Santa Fe.  It’s very brown and part of the scrub desert.  Our area is also referred to as the Westside, the West Mesa or Way-the-Hell-Out-There.  It’s pretty dry and you need to work hard at getting grass, or anything else, to grow.  So our yard is mainly sand with some Desert Willows and Rubber Rabbit Bushes that the wind blew in.  We get the usual birds, Rock Pigs, 3 kinds of Doves and house finches (oddly enough, not many house sparrows).  Also lots of Western Ravens.
Here are some of the other ones that visit.

 

Say’s Phoebes live in the neighborhood and I see them year round.  Neat little birds.  I want to find their mud nests but haven’t been able to yet.

Say's Phoebe, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

Say’s Phoebe, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

This is probably one of the luckiest shots that I’ve taken.  The Say’s Phoebe was getting a bee snack.

Say's Phoebe grabbing a bee, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

Say’s Phoebe grabbing a bee, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

Another bird that I like to have in the back yard, Scaled Quail.  We’ve had a dozen at one time, but they are very sporadic in their visits.

Scaled Quail, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

Scaled Quail, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

Brown thrasher, fall visitor that we had off and on for a week and then disappeared.

Brown Thrasher, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

Brown Thrasher, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

This is a Kestrel that I saw yesterday sitting on a wire.

American Kestrel seen in Rio Rancho

American Kestrel

Here’s a Lesser Goldfinch.  We get House Finches and Lessers, but no American Goldfinches.

Lesser Goldfinch, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

Lesser Goldfinch, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

And here is a Cooper’s Hawk that was sitting on a neighbor’s roof a few weeks ago.

Cooper's Hawk seen on a neighbor's roof.

Cooper’s Hawk seen on a neighbor’s roof.

And this great Red-Tailed Hawk was sitting right near the Kestrel a few hours after we saw it.  I a RTH about once a month on average.

Red-Tailed Hawk seen in Rio Rancho, NM

Red-Tailed Hawk seen in Rio Rancho, NM

We get lots of odd flying things that we see.  This is a Special Shape balloon named Mr. Z that we watched practice for the Balloon Fiesta.

Mr. Z, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

Mr. Z, backyard, Rio Rancho NM

 

And here are some other neat things that we’ve seen.  The first is a spider hawk wasp and it’s prey.  She’s burying the spider so that a single egg can hatch, eat the spider and grow into another wasp.  The supposedly have the 2nd most painful sting in the insect world.

Spider Hawk Wasp burying a big spider in the backyard.

Spider Hawk Wasp burying a big spider in the backyard.

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One of our backyard lizards seeing who the new neighbors are.

And this is one of the whip-tail lizards that we see most of the year.  They enjoy crawling over the walls looking for lunch and soaking up the Sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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