|Rainbow Over the Marina at Elephant Butte|
Yesterday we made plans to stop at Elephant Butte Dam and try and get some more birds! We were about thirty miles away and it was starting to sprinkle; not good for birding! But once we got to Truth or Consequences (yes that really is the name of the town) the sprinkles had stopped and the sun was trying to come out. We had phoned the park ahead of time and got the information we needed to get to the prime birding trail as the lady called it. That got us excited~prime birding trail sounds like a great time!
As soon as we parked the truck I got out and could here birds singing. Simon went and paid the pay box; which was five for cars and fifteen for buses, we only had a ten dollar bill so I guess a semi is between a car and a bus. We headed over to the trail head and saw all these sparrows flying around in the bushes and then I spotted a Cactus Wren. After getting a couple shots of him he was tried of getting his picture taken and flew away. There was these camping sites along the river, next to the trail, so we decided to walk along the camp sites first and then make our way to the trail. Since no one was camping in this area there were birds everywhere. We spotted some Pyrrhuloxia, Spotted Towhee, and House Finch.
|Male House Finch|
Today we decided to take the day off and might have to take tomorrow off as we are actually taking a day off of driving to get some dental work done on both of us. So we will be a little sore and on Valentines Day not looking forward to it at all. Happy Birding!!
|Common Merganser Male(L) with 2 females|
Male is in breeding plumage
|Western Grebe, Common Merganser, and Ring Billed Gulls|