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Birds, May 15, 2016

We have both migratory and stay-put birds around the house right now – at Embudo, NM, alongside the Rio Grande. The non-migratory birds include Canyon towhees (one or two pairs), Spotted towhees, House Finches, the occasional White-breasted nuthatch and Black-capped chickadees. … Continue reading

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Springtime Nature, April 2016

It’s Springtime along the Rio Grande, here in northern New Mexico. What’s going on? The fruit trees are blooming; the turkey vultures and swallows have returned; the caddis and mayflies are coming off (and when they’re thick the trout are … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Summer 2015, Embudo, NM

Three species of hummingbird are now visiting our feeders: the Black-chinned, the Rufous and the Calliope. They are going through a lot of sugar water, reminding me that my main responsibility of the summer is feeding the hummingbirds, and my main … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Nature, Embudo, NM, 7-8-15

The Rufous hummingbirds arrive at our place in early July, already on the southern leg of their yearly migration. Alongside the Black-chinned hummingbirds (that have been with us since April), they often stay for the remainder of the summer. We … Continue reading

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A Big Day for the Birds, Embudo, NM

A Big Day for the Birds, Embudo, NM. Yesterday, July 7, 2015, was a good day for birding. In the late afternoon, I began setting up to photograph the hummingbirds that come to the feeder on our back deck. I … Continue reading

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Black-chinned Hummingbird and Damsel Fly, 7/1/15, Embudo, NM

Embudo, NM, alongside the Rio Grande Poem: The Rufous Will Rough You Up Contentious though they are the Black-chinned hummingbirds now have only themselves to contend with But wait … the arrival of the Rufous is only days away When … Continue reading

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Female Black-chinned Hummingbirds

One is, of course, more attracted to male than female hummingbirds. Their great difference in appearance is called sexual dimorphism, and results from sexual selection. In polygamous species, males compete for the favor of females, and this competition results in … Continue reading

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Rufous Hummingbirds and Monsoon Arrive

Here, in the Rio Grande valley of northern New Mexico, two remarkable events take place in early July. One is the arrival of the monsoon. The other is the arrival of the Rufous hummingbird. Continue reading

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Hummingbirds at the Feeders (revised)

  Dogfighting they animate the airspace around our house Courtship zooms supersonic Iconic of velocity and ferocity

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Spring on the Rio Grande, NM

Spring is springing along the Rio Grande. The wintering bald eagles must have heard the predictions for an early Spring, because they up and left in the first half of March. The other winter residents – the goldeneye ducks – … Continue reading

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