Birds are organized alphabetically by family, genus, and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.
Charadriidae: Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
When a possible predator approaches a killdeer's nest, the bird will pretend to be injured (and therefore and easy meal) as it lures the predator away from the next. One of my photos shows that behavior.
Laridae: Ring-Billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
The best place to see these winter visitors to Albuquerque is on the Rio Grande just south of the old and new Alameda Bridges.
Recurvirostridae: American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Scolopacidae: Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Scolopacidae: White-Rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)
Scolopacidae: Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
Scolopacidae: Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Scolopacidae: Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
One distinguishing trait of the Greater Yellowlegs (as opposed to the Lesser ditto) is a beak that is much longer than the head and that is slightly upturned at the end.
Scolopacidae: Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
As my Sibley guide admits, the Solitary Sandpiper "resembles a miniature yellowlegs." Note how this bird's upper half is darker, but with obvious white spots, and how the white eye ring stands out in the darker head.