Took a quick trip down to the Belen Marsh (next to the Taco Bell at the first exit off I-25) this morning to successfully confirm rumors that American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts have started to come back, and that someone noted the Burrowing Owls were back in the little prairie dog village.
They were a bit wary of people, so I didn’t get too close, but cool to see they are there. The Avocets and Stilts were indeed in the marsh, but the lighting was all wrong for pictures. Also stopped at the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area and walked around the property, but other than a few very loud Western Meadowlarks, a Spotted Towhee, White-Crowned Sparrows, and lots of Red-winged Blackbirds, it was pretty quiet there.
On the way home, did a quick stop at the Rio Grande Nature Center to check on the owl, but still can’t see the owlet that was seen last Saturday. The Cooper’s Hawk is now staying on her nest and not flying off when people pass by on the trail. Got a few pictures of a rather cooperative Greater Roadrunner today while I was there.