A Trip Report - Bosque del Apache January 2 to the 4, 2014

 Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Karen and I stayed at the Dancing Cranes in San Antonio, New Mexico January 2 to 4. We met up with some friends to explore the wonderful diversity of Bosque del Apache where the Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes and various other avian friends hang out. We made a point of being at the Refuge's Flight Deck shortly after 6 am. The Snow Geese would start gathering and at about 6:30 am there would be a "Snow Geese Explosion" as all the Snow Geese would rise up and head off for the day. It is one of the more amazing avian events that I have ever seen. Throughout the time that the Snow Geese were gathering the Sandhill Cranes were also preparing for the day. They would be in smaller groups that stayed together through the constant calling that they did.

We all benefited from staying at the Dancing Cranes bed and breakfast. One of the secrets to success to birding the Bosque del Apache is to know where to bird to watch the geese and cranes.

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Kestrel
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Kestrel
Northern Flicker, red-shafted race
Cooper's Hawk hiding out in the shrubs of the Dancing Cranes
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harrier
Northern Harrier (female)
sandhill crane
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Sandhill Cranes
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