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Birding in Albuquerque

Porcupine sleeping in a tree

Porcupine sleeping in a tree.

Our guests this past weekend were birders from Missouri and California, and although they had a great time doing other activities in Albuquerque, the main point of their visit to New Mexico was birding in Albuquerque and to add a few more birds to their bird life list. There was also another creature they unexpectedly encountered – of the non-feathered variety. Just after we told these new friends about the porcupine that climbed into our yard one evening a few summers ago, they went for a walk on the bosque and found four, (yes four!) porcupine sleeping in trees. I didn’t even know that was where they slept during the day, but I suppose this is a good thing for everyone…them, us, our dogs.

Mountain Chickadee

Banding and release of a Mountain Chickadee at the Rio Grande Nature Center, in Albuquerque.

Continuing on their quest of adding bird species to their lists they did so grandly spotting some New Mexico Birding favorites, like two kinds of Rosy Finches up on Sandia Crest, (Brown Capped and Black), Roadrunners down here in the valley and many species in between. They saw Chickadees –  Black Capped and Mountain (pictured), Red Breasted and White Breasted Nuthatches, Savannah Sparrows (pictured), a Hermit Thrush, a Hooded Merganser and two Bald Eagles to name a few.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow after banding.

These lucky birders even spotted a rarity – a Neotropic Merganser.

They also joined the Saturday Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center, just 2.5 miles from our Albuquerque B&B. There is bird banding happening at the Nature Center nearly every weekend, and they got in on that too while on the walk.

An added bonus to their lucky streak, as if they needed it, was the appearance of Wildlife Rescue of NM at the Nature Center. They were there with some education birds that had been rescued but were not releasable back into the wild. Among the birds this weekend were the two owls pictured.

Long-eared Owl

A Wildlife Recue of NM Education Bird – Long-eared Owl

Flammulated Owl

The small Flammulated Owl has dark eyes.

My wonderful guests left me enough pictures to feed several articles about birding in Albuquerque and Central New Mexico, and I am going to take advantage of that in the next few weeks. Included here are pictures of their Rio Grande Nature Center experience including bird banding and the lazy Canada Goose they encountered on their way into the nature center on the path to the Visitor Center to the parking lot. This particular spot usually holds the Squirrel/Nuthatch/Chickadee show, but this Canada Goose was enjoying his role as the king of the hill for the afternoon. How

Canada Geese

Goose playing Fat Cat on a bird feeder at the Rio Grande Nature Center, in Albuquerque.

Please visit these links for more info on Birds and Birding in Albuquerque and Central New Mexico.

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center
Wildlife Rescue of NM

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2 Responses to “Birding in Albuquerque”

  1. adobenido says:

    Someday I’m gonna show up at your b&b. It is on my short list. You have a great blog too. Fantastic pictures. Thanks for your comments. Birders are fantastic guests!

  2. Bill says:

    Some of our favorite guests are birders. Often they sit on the front porch of our villa (with the big view down to the Caribbean below). From just this porch our birders say that they have seen more birds than when they hike around in the jungle trying to find habitats. I’m not an experienced birder but I love the night sounds and varied bird calls. My favorite bird here is the lizard cuckoo with it’s long striped tail.

    Bill – http://myblog.rainforestinn.com (we posted some lists of birds commonly sighted here)

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