02-14-09

Cricket and I booked a hotel in Albuquerque for a long weekend of birding in New Mexico. With the help of Penny from class and Leonie's brother Jon we were both well prepared for good meals and good birds. Our target of course was the Rosy Finch trio: Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, Brown-capped Rosy Finch and Black Rosy Finch. The latter two would be lifers for us, as would the subspecies "Hepburn's" Gray-crowned Rosy Finch. All three (four if you count the subspecies), were seen at Sandia Crest on Valentine's Day. We also had three subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco: "Gray-headed", "Pink-sided" and "Oregon"
, as well as Red Crossbils, Pine Siskin and Mountain Chickadee. Down south at Bosque del Apache, we found both "Lesser" and "Greater" Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagle, Ross's and Snow Geese. Up north near Santa Fe we had "Woodhouse's" Scrub Jay, Juniper Titmouse and Townsend's Solitaire.