Bosque del Apache – Spring

Bosque del Apache – Spring

4/23, Tuesday
We had a lazy morning, then drove to Bosque del Apache NWR to “hunt” for birds and such. We saw Western Kingbird, Earred Grebe, Western Grebe, White-Crowned Sparrow, Canada Goose, Black Duck, Coots, Glossy Ibis, Rudy Ducks, Snowy Egrets, White Heron, Mallards, Cormorants, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, flycatchers, Shovelers, Gamble Quail, Black-Throated Hummingbirds, Red-Wing Blackbird, Great-Tailed Grackle, Road Runners, House Sparrow, Desert Cottontail Rabbit, Horned Lizard, and a few other lizards.

Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Pie-billed Grebe
White faced Ibis
Black chinned Hummingbird

We tried to wash and vac the RV, got laundry done, and planned another week of this trip. On the way back to the campground we ran into a nasty hailstorm.

The hailstorm before we got caught in it.
Western Kingbird

4/24, Wednesday
Back out to Bosque del Apache. Today we saw American White Pelicans, Glossy Ibis, Turkeys, Black Phoebe, Robins, Redhead duck, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Vermillion Flycatchers, Coots, Pie-billed Grebe, Tree Swallows, Deer, Javalina, Muskrat, Black Crowned Night Heron, White Heron, Snowy Egret, Ferriginous Hawk, Great Tail Grackle, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Buffkehead, Great Blue Heron, squirrel, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers, a HUGE Bullfrog, a pair of Sliders (turtles) and a Marsh Wren.

Snowy Egret
Black crowned Heron
Redhead ducks
Black Phoebe
Ash throat Flycatcher
March Wren
Green Heron

We met and had a long chat with a nice couple who are like us, accidental birders. We also met a volunteer couple too and talked camera gear with them.


For lunch we finally took a chance and went to The Owl Cafe & Bar, home of the world famous Chili Cheese Burger. They’ve been in business for 74 years. The burgers were great! A bit spicy for Alan, but he liked them anyway.

Once a year the staff pulls all the one-dollar bills from the wall
and donates them to a local charity.
The Owl’s Green Chile Cheeseburger!

Next some shopping at Walmart for necessities, then the town library to work on the last two day’s photos. Then we drove back to Bosque for one more tour.

Common Black Hawk
Vermilion Flycatcher