Breezy Morning

Much windier and colder down by the river this morning than it had been up in the foothills, so although a nice morning for a walk there wasn’t much moving about.  Very quiet at Shining River Open Space other than all the dump trucks and paving equipment renovating the bike trail, so I next went down to the Rio Grande Nature Center.  The nesting Great Horned Owl has been sitting on her nest for more than a month now, but no evidence of owlets yet.  She was moving around a bit, apparently uncomfortable in the gusty breeze.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Apparently also annoyed this morning were a pair of Cooper’s Hawks that both squawked at me as I entered the woods before flying off.  Here’s a picture of one of them right before he flew.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Also went back to check on a porcupine I’d seen nestled in a hole in a tree about a week ago, but either he was tucked in really well or had moved on.  Here’s the picture from last week.



First one I’d seen do that since I’ve been spotting them usually nestled on a branch.

All the usual suspects were at the feeders and in the ponds, but it was rewarding to see a Bald Eagle fly over just as I was getting ready to leave.  They’ve been seen fairly regularly this year, but will soon be headed north.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle


About joeschelling

Birding, butterflies, nature photography, and travel blog from right here in Albuquerque New Mexico.
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