Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Black-chinned Hummingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
We arrived at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park yesterday by cab. As soon as the cab drove off I realized that I had forgotten my battery on the charger in the truck. So we were down to one camera and being the wonderful husband, Simon gave me his battery! We first got a map of the trail and headed for the hummingbird feeders with no hummingbirds. We waited a little bit and snapped a few shots of a black-chinned Hummingbird. Then moving on down the path we saw two people looking through their binoculars, we chatted for a bit about the park as they were birders and had just finished the trails.

White-winged Dove
The first trail brought us nothing new, but got us some nice pictures of birds we already gotten this year. Plenty of White-winged Doves flying around.
Ash-throated Flycatcher

Then we arrived at the Upland Trail and were seeing more birds. We spotted an Ash-throated Flycatcher perched on a tree, got a few good shots of that  little guy.

I spotted a Lucy's Warbler we were unable to get a good picture of that little warbler. We saw some Chipping Sparrows, House Finches, and more Black-chinned Hummingbirds.

Dark-eyed Junco-Gray-headed Group
We went down the trail a little bit farther and spotted a Dark-eyed Junco Gray-headed group. A group of Dark-eyed Junco that we do not, only need two more groups of Dark-eyed Junco and we will have them all! Near the junco we saw more Chipping Sparrows and a Virginia's Warbler. Virginia's Warbler is a lifer for us! We then started to head back to check out the hummingbird feeders; nothing new just more Black-chinned Hummingbirds.

Black-chinned Hummingbird
After we left the state park headed for San Antonio, Texas along the way we stopped off at a few rest areas. They brought nothing new just some Great-tailed Grackles displaying; which is very neat to watch, some Curve-billed Thrashers, and Western Kingbird.

Then Simon was noticing about every bridge he went under there was a ton of swallows and we wanted to get a Cave Swallow. He pulled over and I was cooking dinner, so he jumped out and went and got some pictures and I saw them too there must have been 30-40 of them flying all over the place!
We are now up to 238!!! Happy Birding!!!
Cave Swallow

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

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