So looking forward to participating in the Global Bird Count on May 4, 2019! Got my binoculars and my tally sheets already made up for this big event! You can find more information about participating in Cornell Lab's bird count at the following web page:
Just a few pics of the different species of birds that have been visiting our garden this month! Am having better success in getting some descent pics of the Cedar Waxwings that have discovered our mulberry bushes and have been feasting on the berries!
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinesis)
Inca Dove (Columbina inca)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis)
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Just a few more pics of the badlands surrounding Angel Peak! Could have easily spent a month exploring the fascinating maze of colorful canyons. The best time to visit is in the early spring before it gets too hot!
Don't know if there is a local name for these rock formations, but we referred to them as the "3 Sisters".
Another interesting rock formation which reminded me of an old hoot owl!.
We were told by a ranger that this Juniper (Juniperus monosperma) could be well over 800+ years old, as they are known to be slow growing and long-lived, with some specimens reaching an estimated age of over 3000 years.
So lucky to have spotted this New Mexico Whiptail (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus) hunting insects below the tree. One of the few species of lizards in this area that is parthenogenic, an all-female species that reproduces asexually without fertilization by males. Extremely quick, they have a habit of running on their hindlimbs, ( Bipedal ) not unlike some species of dinosaurs,
Don and I have always practiced the Leave No Trace philosophy of wilderness camping, and take pride in leaving only footprints .......
Dirt trail we took leading down into the canyon during one of our hikes. This was one of the easier sections, while other parts were quite steep.
Don, at the bottom of one of the canyons checking out the layers of siltstone, mudstone, and sandstone deposited some 75 million years ago.
Don thought this rock formation looked like a sleeping camel.
During the early evenings, just before sunset, we spotted colonies of bats emerging from deep cave-like crevices in the canyon.