From December 2011 to December 2012, Diane and I ventured out see as many San Luis Valley bird species as possible during the one-year period. Our tally was 162 birds. We reported our field trips on this blog, “The San Luis Valley Birdwatching Odyssey.” Although we have completed our one-year adventure we will continue to report our birdwatching activity. We will now be publishing our field notes at the same web address but the blog will be called “Birdwatchers of the San Luis Valley.”
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Fieldnotes 2/7/2013 4:30-6:15 Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
The cold winter had kept us inside for at least a month but a break in the weather and a warming trend sent us west to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge.
--2 rough-legged hawks
--First sighting of the season - numerous sandhill cranes crossing the blue skies. HOORAY!!
--2-3 cranes in field (intersection Rio Grande County 3E and 7S)
--Huge flock of ducks in flight (possible lesser scaup)
--10-20 red-winged blackbirds
--8-10 song sparrows
--20 pronghorns - territorial chasing
--Elk bedding down for the night
And the sun dropping below the San Juan Mountains.