|Photos: Shari Zirlin|
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I didn't know the Conservancy had a sense of humor too.
The Santa Fe Canyon Preserve is adjacent to the Davey property. It is the site of the original dams and reservoirs for Santa Fe and where the Santa Fe River is still somewhat controlled. Two Mile Pond is what is left of the original reservoir. It looks to likely habitat for shorebirds and ducks. American Coots were a surprise. The only ducks were Mallards. Red-winged Blackbirds were also in evidence.
We took the "muddy" portion of the trail on the way in. It wasn't muddy at all. While on the dried mud saw a flash of yellow jump up out of bush and when we were able to relocate it, Shari identified a Wilson's Warbler. I remember in California She was really good at finding Wilson's Warblers.
It wasn't until we were back at the parking lot that we snagged our next two year birds. Shari found a titmouse in a bush and dismissed it until I told her that
A) Tufted Titmouse is not in NM and
B) Juniper Titmouse (which this was) is a life bird for her. (I previously had it in another life when I visited southern NM)
We were just about ready to go when I wandered over to a tree where I had seen movement in the low branches. The bird jumped around quite a bit, then dropped to the ground. It had the silhouette and long tail of a towhee, but it wasn't the very common Spotted Towhee. The rufous cap, dark spot on the breast, and rufous vent cinched the i.d.: Canyon Towhee.
So while we didn't get a huge list, between the two spots I thought we did respectably.
American Coot 2
Western Scrub-Jay 1
Violet-green Swallow 3
Juniper Titmouse 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Wilson's Warbler 1
Spotted Towhee 4
Canyon Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 1 Heard
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 5