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.

 

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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 do 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)


Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)


Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

 

The "Oregon Junco" variant, found across much of the western U.S. including in Albuquerque, has a dark 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.

 


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