A few New Mexico birds

Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus, Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, New Mexico
A roadrunner in the Rio Grande bosque


Roadrunners are the New Mexico state bird, and they probably should be Albuquerque's official bird as well. They have adapted well to the Duke City's sprawling suburban areas, and can often be seen in peoples' yards (including my own).

I won't have many other bird pictures to share, because that takes way more patience than I have. Instead, I manage a few snapshots taken during chance encounters. Wildflowers are easier; they sit still for you.


If you hover your cursor over the slide shows, you'll see controls for the images. Birders, please feel free to correct my identifications!


Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)


The lack of red marks this Hairy Woodpecker as a female.


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)


Not great images, I know, but they show the colorful plumage—including the contrast between the front and the back. This was one of a pair hanging out at Rock Tank.


Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo Jamaicensis)

This immature Red-Tailed Hawk was perched at the top of a low bluff, keeping an eye out for breakfast.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo Virginianus)


To see a video that includes the same owl, please click here.


Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Cinnamon Teal (Anas Cyanoptera)


One photo shows a male and female Cinnamon Teal floating in the observation pool at the Rio Grande Nature Center. The other shows the male going "bottoms up" to reach subsurface food


Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)


The "Oregon Junco" variant, found across much of the western U.S. including in Albuquerque, has a hood, a brown back, and a reddish patch on each side. The male's hood is dark gray while the female's is light gray. While I found a pair ground-feeding in the Sandia foothills on New Year's Day 2018, in the winter they also come to my back yard in town. I scatter cheap bird seed on the patio slab for their benefit, until they leave in the spring.


Raven (Corvus Corax)


This bold fellow hangs out in a parking lot and has trained tourists to throw it scraps of food. Ravens' "shaggy throats" help birders distinguish them from crows. In one of the pictures a breeze has stirred the throat feathers, making the throat's "shagginess" more evident.


Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus, Albuquerque, New Mexico
A roadrunner on a wall in my back yard