Monthly Archives: September 2010
Yesterday was a beautiful day in Corrales. I went for a short bike ride and did a little shopping, but mostly I worked in the garden. I took my camera with me as I worked.
The Western Scrub Jays and the Curve-billed Thrashers were busy at the peanut feeder behind the house.
Gambel’s Quail were enjoying the shelled peanuts that I put out on the garden wall.
The hummingbird feeders were popular with the migrating hummingbirds and a few lingering residents.
Should I have been concerned that there were Turkey Vultures circling overhead?
It’s always interesting to watch the birds around my house.
Yesterday Bosque Bill and I took a walk in the Corrales Bosque to see if the fall migrants were beginning to come through. We saw quite a few Wilson’s Warblers, but they were too deep in the dense cottonwood foliage to get photos of them.
Common sunflowers (Helianthus Annuus) were blooming profusely along the ditch banks.
The Western Tanagers are on their way back through New Mexico, and we saw this lovely female high in a cottonwood.
There were many hummingbirds in the bosque. Although most of them were high in the cottonwoods feeding on insects, I was fortunate to see this female Black-chinned Hummingbird sipping from a sunflower.
Western Wood-Pewees were high in the trees.
We saw a very attractive bull snake sliding along the path. He got a bit grumpy when I wanted to pick him up and play with him.
When we approached the Rio Grande we found Northern Pike in an area where runoff goes into the river.
As we walked back along the irrigation ditch we saw a Black Phoebe hunting in the coyote willows.
We also saw a beautiful female Blue Grosbeak in this area, but my photos of her are candidates for the blurry photo contest.
On our walk back we saw many dragonflies and damselflies.
It was a beautiful day for a walk in the Corrales Bosque.
Female Black-chinned Hummingbird