We made our way to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center after the fly out. It was still a very cold day. We looked around in the visitor center and bought sweatshirts – giving ourselves another layer for later in the week – and then watched the red wing blackbirds near the feeder in the Desert Arboretum nearby.
There were still a few cottonwood leaves that had not turned brown.
The saltbush was thick with seeds.
We decided to take a turn around the wildlife loop. We saw quite a few Northern Shovellers
My favorite water birds of the day were the pintails.
There were crystals still prevalent on vegetation; it was colder than it looked.
The day was sunny – the sky clear blue – typical New Mexico in winter.
Startled snow geese filled the air periodically. I took some sequences later in the week…so more to come about them in subsequent posts.