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NEW MEXICO & BOSQUE DEL APACHE
SANDHILL CRANES & MASSES of WATERFOWL11 November 2017 - 19 November 2017, 9 days & 8 nights
Bosque del Apache is without a doubt the most popular birding destination in all of New Mexico, and for good reasons. It is the winter home of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, plus a multitude 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 there 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 species of ROSY-FINCHES!), and Elephant Butte Reservoir, an excellent spot for aquatic species. The Rio Grande Nature Center and State Park in Albuquerque is reliable for Western Screech-Owl and many additional birds. Lots of good birding without the crowds, plus beautiful scenery: those are the attractions of being in New Mexico. The leader of the New Mexico - Bosque del Apache Tour will be selected at a later date. Your leader will know the area very well and show you a great time in this wonderful portion of our American Southwest. We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants.