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Herb Fest and Mother’s Day

05/12/2013

First off, happy Mother’s Day to my lovely wife and to my own wonderful mom.  Thanks for everything.

I went on the Saturday bird walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center yesterday (Saturday) morning and had a really good day.  I personally had 55 birds on my list with a couple of blackbirds that we couldn’t get an ID on in time and an odd white goose at one of the ponds with an odd tan head.  And then today the family went back to the Nature Center for their spring Herb Fest.  There were lots to see in different displays, art on sale,  and some live music.  And since it is spring and Mother’s Day, lots of birds on nests that I got to see.

One of the highlights from Saturday’s walk was a Cassin’s Kingbird.  It was the first time that I have seen one.

Cassin's Kingbird, RGNC NM

Cassin’s Kingbird, RGNC NM

And then I saw it, or one, again today when we were leaving.

Cassin's Kingbird, RGNC

Cassin’s Kingbird, RGNC

And here’s a Western Kingbird seen Saturday.

Western Kingbird.

Western Kingbird.

 

And here are some of the mom’s that I saw this weekend.

Black-Chinned Hummingbird on nest, RGNC

Black-Chinned Hummingbird on nest, RGNC

KIilldeer on nest (in the parking lot) at RGNC

KIilldeer on nest (in the parking lot) at RGNC

 

Cooper's Hawk on nest, RGNC

Cooper’s Hawk on nest, RGNC

And the first ducklings of the year were out on Saturday.

Mallard and Fisrt Ducklings of the Year, RGNC

Mallard and Fisrt Ducklings of the Year, RGNC

But there didn’t seem to be any sign of Mama today

Ducklings, RGNC

Ducklings, RGNC

My wife and daughter dancing

My wife and daughter dancing

 

There were so many Swallows flying yesterday that it actually made birding in the trees difficult.  We would see something fly and it was another swallow overhead.  But here are some on a branch and you can see the size differences between a Northern Rough Winged Swallow and a couple of Band Swallows.

Northern Rough-Winged Swallow and Bank Swallows, RGNC

Northern Rough-Winged Swallow and Bank Swallows, RGNC

And spring migration means.  We saw lots of Yellow-Rumped (both Myrtle and Audubon’s) a MacGillivray’s, an Orange-Crowned Warbler and this Wilson’s Warbler.

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Wilson’s Warbler

Orange-Crowned Warbler

Orange-Crowned Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

There were also lots of Flycatchers about.  We saw a DuskyFlycatcher and an Ash-Throated Flycatcher.

Dusky Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Ash-Throated Flycatcher, RGNC

Ash-Throated Flycatcher, RGNC

Flycatcher, RGNC

Flycatcher, RGNC

And today in the Gardens at the RGNC I got to see a Black-headed Grosbeak from a unique angle and noticed an odd yellow-patch on the bottom

Black-Headed Grosbeak, RGNC

Black-Headed Grosbeak, RGNC

And shortly after the Grosbeak went and joined a female one, I got a good look at an Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird, Front, RGNC

Eastern Bluebird, Front, RGNC

Eastern Bluebird, Back, RGNC

Eastern Bluebird, Back, RGNC

And here are some odds and ends from the Nature Center.  The raptors were injured animals being displayed by the Wildlife Rescue Center at RGNC.

White-Faced Ibis, RGNC

White-Faced Ibis, RGNC

Bullfrog, RGNC

Bullfrog, RGNC

Very small Painted Turtle, RGNC

Very small Painted Turtle, RGNC

Western Screech Owl, RGNC

Western Screech Owl, RGNC

Swainson's Hawk, RGNC

Swainson’s Hawk, RGNC

Black-Chinned Hummingbirds at feeder, RGNC

Black-Chinned Hummingbirds at feeder, RGNC

Lizard, RGNC

Lizard, RGNC

And here’s my son after having too much fun at Herb Fest.

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Thanks for making it this far,

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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