It’s been about a week since my last post so I thought I’d post a few of the pictures from this week. The weather’s been a bit off and on all week, but when it cooperated there were a few opportunities to look for birds and butterflies. Following Matt’s directions, today I got a few pictures of his four baby roadrunners in their nest deep in a tangle of cholla.
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Matt and Melissa posted a terrific video yesterday of those roadrunners on Matt’s ABQBIRDING blog.
Yesterday’s weather wasn’t very good for the Thursday Birder trip to New Mexico Tech and Water Canyon, but the birding at the former was fabulous with all sorts of buntings, tanagers, warblers, grosbeaks, waxwings, and a number of others feasting heartily on the fruiting mulberry trees. The light just wasn’t good for pictures, but I did get this one of a Western Wood-Pewee.
On Wednesday, I went to Corrales in the morning and got nice pictures of a Spotted Towhee
and of a Viceroy butterfly.
With the weather continuing to hold up and after hearing Rebecca’s story of all the variety of butterflies she’d seen earlier in the week at several spots in the Sandias, I went back there to visit the meadow across the road from the 8000′ sign and the Doc Long picnic ground. Things were quite busy in the meadow, particularly at the wet area that must have salts sought by all the butterflies in the area, including quite a few Spring Whites,
the unique little Western Tailed-Blues,
who let you approach quite close if done carefully.
There were also a few Field Crescents about,
the slightly different Mylitta Crescent,
and several others, including Hoary Comma and Checkered-Skipper. The wind started to pick up by the time I got down to Doc Long, so there weren’t many butterflies about, but did get a pretty good picture of the pinedrops sprouting up all over the area.
The plan for this weekend it to head back up there with the weather promising to be great and accompanied by my two experts, Matt and Rebecca, which will surely lead to several new species for this butterfly newbie.