Nicole’s brother, Alex, came to stay with us for a little over a week. On our work days he enjoyed a few things that we’d already seen like Three Rivers Petroglyphs and a few things that we hadn’t like the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.
For his first few days there was still a good bit of snow on the ground (which he was quite excited about) and the temperatures were a bit frigid at times (which he was not all that thrilled about but didn’t let it stop him). Eventually, the well timed weather warmed just as we were encountering a nice long five day Holiday weekend and we all got out to explore together.
One of our first adventures was birding at Bosque del Apache NWR. It was a great day for it. Our feathery (and a few other) friends were also recovering from the recent cold and snow surprise so they were all out and about enjoying the sunshine and warmer temperatures. It was a multiple “Lifer” day for all of us. Here’s some photos.
While we were photographing the female kestrel something kept popping up out of a hole in the ground.
It was a Gopher! We’d never seen one in the wild.
And although we’ve seen plenty of Great Blue Heron...