Birders from the field trip on Saturday, February 4, 2017, to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, about 100 miles south of Albuquerque, were able to relocate the Long-tailed Duck previously reported and seen from the pictured Flight Deck. A cooperating Long-tailed Duck (LTDU) put on a show, swimming in front of the deck and diving nonstop for the next half hour!
The trip listed 66 species including the Tundra Swan, incredible views of five Wilson’s Snipe, Pyrrhuloxia, and six species of raptors. While stopping by the Ladd Gordon Wildfowl Management Area in the Bernardo Wildlife Area, about 50 miles further north on I-25, the extremely vocal Sandhill Cranes belted out a chorus that moved us all. What would New Mexico be without the sounds of Sandhill Cranes filling the air?