Spotted several Greater Roadrunners in Embudito yesterday, including the fluffed up one below (it was unusually cold that morning).
This morning, I checked on the Tramway Wetlands, but it’s nearly bone-dry these days with few birds. Things were also pretty quiet at Tingley Ponds this morning, with most of the ducks having departed, but there was still a porcupine in the trees and several Northern Flickers. Checked in at the Rio Grande Nature Center to see how the owls were doing, and noted the swan was still paddling about in the Candelaria Pond and a Black-crowned Night Heron was sitting on the distant shore. Rather entertaining was this Ring-necked Pheasant who seems to have discovered the feeders along the herb garden trail; he was so busy digging for seeds he barely noticed my presence.
Baby owls were doing fine and quite actively looking around the nest. The parent owl left for a few minutes and it’s interesting the little ones already know to stay in the nest by themselves. Took a couple short videos of them today, but won’t put you through watching them – maybe go back with a tripod soon and get a little better one. Here’s a few pictures of them from today.
Also checked in with the one at the Open Space Visitor Center, but while she was sitting up a little more prominently today, still no evidence of little ones.