Sandhills, Canada Geese, Snow Geese, eagles, owls, and a good number of other birds I often associate more with Northern climes than New Mexico are all to be found — in greater or lesser abundance. Some species (in a good year) can total into 20,000-30,000 birds, others in the single digits — but it is fun to see what you might see on any given day.
The numbers vary greatly from year to year. This is, after all, a refuge for the birds, but the birds are free to take their refuge wherever they want — and I have been there when the birds have simply chosen to BE at some other place — in vast numbers — like the farmer’s field a few miles away. But that rarely dampens the spirits of the hardy photographers who are up before sun-up and back in the afternoon around sundown to watch the morning Fly-Out and the afternoon Fly-In.
Sometimes you’ll see the local coyote watching for an easy breakfast, other times it may be the pure joy of watching them taking off, or flying in unison. It’s just a magical place that I find soothing to my soul.
Thanks for stopping by, I’ll talk with you tomorrow.