Tours & Destinations New Mexico
. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
NEW MEXICO & BOSQUE DEL APACHE
Sandhill Cranes & Masses of Waterfowl12 November 2013 - 20 November 2013, 9 days & 8 nights
Bosque del Apache is without a doubt the most popular birding location in all of New Mexico, and for good reason. It is the winter home of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, plus thousands of waterfowl, a fine variety of raptors, and many additional species. The name is Spanish for 'Woods of the Apache' and refers to the once extensive stands of cottonwoods along the Rio Grande that were used as refuge by native Americans. Many of the cottonwoods remain, and the birds are still found in abundance. Just a few of the species that we are likely to see include Crissal Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Loggerhead Shrike, and Gambel's Quail. Large flocks of sparrows may contain Vesper, Lark, Brewer's, Cassin's, Black-throated, and others. It is a great location for Neotropic Cormorant, Virginia Rail, Sora, Marsh Wren, and Western and Clark's Grebes. Other areas that we will visit are Water Canyon, the Sandia Mountains (hopefully for all three ROSY-FINCHES!), and Elephant Butte Reservoir, an excellent spot for aquatic species. The Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque is reliable for Western Screech-Owl and many additional species. Lots of birds without the crowds, plus beautiful scenery: those are the attractions of birding in New Mexico. John Puschock or Bob Schutsky will lead this tour.