Last weekend I was fortunate to have birding friends from Colorado come to New Mexico to visit. One place I always enjoy taking visiting birders is the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, which is located southeast of Socorro, New Mexico. Fall is a particularly lovely time to visit the refuge.
We arrived to find the bosque cottonwoods in full fall color.
The pond at the north end of the refuge held thousands of Snow Geese.
It was lovely to watch the Snow Geese against the fall colors.
There were hundreds of Northern Pintails in the pond with the Snow Geese.
A Bald Eagle would occasionally circle the pond, causing the Snow Geese and Northern Pintails to take to the air amid a flurry of honking and quacking.
Sandhill Cranes were in many of the shallow ponds in the refuge …
… and we watched them fly over our heads for most of the day.
As we drove over to the crane pools to watch the evening fly-in, we saw a variety of birds.
As evening drew near we drove to the crane pools to watch the evening fly-in. There were not huge numbers of cranes there yet, but still, it is a wonderful spectacle.
As we left Bosque del Apache after a wonderful day, we watched a new moon set over the mountains to the west.
It was a wonderful day!