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A Popular Place for Finches

I have a finch feeder hanging outside of my living room windows. It is not an expensive feeder, and I have to replace it fairly often. The finches love it, especially in snowy weather.

Corrales birds, New Mexico birds, New Mexico bird photography.

Corrales birds, New Mexico birds, New Mexico bird photography.

Corrales birds, New Mexico birds, New Mexico bird photography.

You will note that I have taken these photos through a somewhat dirty window. It’s too cold to go outside and set up the blind. The weather station says 20 degrees F. outside.

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner with prey

Greater Roadrunner with prey

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Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

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Gambel’s Quail Chicks in Corrales

Every year I await the arrival of Gambel’s Quail chicks with a great deal of anticipation. The problem with photographing quail chicks is that they run very fast, and they hide very well. I was fortunate to see a quail family running across the road late last week when I was on my way to work.

Please note that the photos in this post are not very sharp as I stayed well away from the quail to keep from alarming the parents and frightening the chicks.

Gambel's Quail chicks

Not a very clear photo, but I counted 21 chicks crossing the road. That's a lot for one brood!

Dad Quail stood watch from a Four-wing Saltbush while Mom Quail led the chicks across the road.

Dad Gambel's Quail stands watch as the chicks cross the road.

Gambel's Quail

Using my vehicle as a blind, I watched the chicks as they scurried for cover after crossing the road.

Gambel's Quail chicks

Gambel's Quail chicks scurry for cover after crossing the road.

Gambel's Quail chicks

More Gambel's Quail chicks seek cover in the Three-leaf Sumac.

All of the chicks crossed the road, and Mom Gambel’s Quail herded the last of the chicks to safety.

Gambel's Quail Mom and chicks

Mom Gambel's Quail herds the last of the chicks to safety.

I tried to get a close-up photo of one of the chicks. This slightly fuzzy photo of a fuzzy quail chick was the best that I could manage:

Gambel's Quail chick, fuzzy close-up.

On Sunday I was excited to see that an entire Gambel’s Quail family had stopped for lunch in my garden. I do not know if it was the same family, but it was a very large family. Dad Quail watched while Mom quail and the chicks ate …

Gambel's Quail adults and chicks

Dad Gambel's Quail watches while Mom Quail and the chicks eat lunch.

… then Mom Quail watched while Dad Quail ate and the chicks continued to eat.

Gambel's Quail mom and chicks

Mom Quail watches while Dad Quail and the chicks eat.

Everyone took a final bite or two, and the quail family prepared to leave.

Gambel's Quail adults and chicks

The quail family prepares to leave.

The family left along the garden wall, which we call the “Quail Highway.”

Gambel's Quail chicks

Adios! Hasta la vista. . .

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Gambel's Quail

Gambel's Quail

Gambel's Quail

Gambel's Quail

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My Great Backyard Bird Count

For a number of years I have been pleased to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day event where bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a snapshot of where birds are across the continent.

Beginning on Friday of this year I began submitting my lists. On Sunday morning I set out to make another observation, and I was surprised to see no birds. Upon looking around a bit, I discovered that in fact I had ONE bird:

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk on a power pole at the corner of my acre.

This handsome and imposing bird had apparently caused all the smaller birds to seek cover.

Red-tailed Hawk looking for prey.

Red-tailed Hawk looking for prey.

I usually see Gambel’s Quail, Western Scrub Jays, House Finches, White-Winged Doves, American Goldfinches, Lesser Goldfinches, Spotted Towhees, House Finches, Dark-eyed Juncos, Red-shafted Northern Flickers, Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Curve-billed Thrashers, White-crowned Sparrows, Greater Roadrunners and Common Ravens around my house this time of year. Today I saw only a hawk.

This Red-Tailed Hawk has sent the other birds into hiding!

This Red-Tailed Hawk has sent the other birds into hiding!

I had gradually approached the bird to take some photos, and he took exception to my approaching so near.

The hawk spots a photographer.

The hawk spots a photographer.

The hawk flew from its perch …

Red-tailed Hawk in flight.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight.

… coming quite close to me at one point.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

The hawk allowed me one more good look …

A beautiful hawk.

A beautiful hawk.

… before it turned to fly south …

Red-tailed Hawk turns south.

Red-tailed Hawk turns south.

…showing me a flash of red …

Red-tailed Hawk.

A flash of red.

… as it flew away.

Red-tailed Hawk

Adios.

Within five minutes all the usual birds were back at their feeders. I resumed my bird count, with the addition of one Red-tailed Hawk.

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