Saturday, November 2, 2013

New Mexico Birds

November 2, 2013

Linking up Camera Critters and I'd-Rather-b-birdin  
I hope you are joining in and posting your birds and critters.

Congrats to Misty Dawn on her new baby girl! I wish the family all the best!

I am sharing more birds and critters from New Mexico and our visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.



A Carlsbad Caverns National Park lifer.. the Lark Bunting


On the road into the park.. I looked over at a cliff and saw this Barbary Sheep or Aoudad in a little cave. At first I thought they were Bighorn sheep but the long hair and horns seemed different. I decided to do more research on the net.


Another Carlsbad lifer ...the Canyon Towhee


This is the Rock Wren also seen during our visit to the Carlsbad Caverns.


Barbary Sheep or also known as Aoudad were introduced into Texas and the Guadalupe Mountains.  They are reddish to sandy brown in color. These goats are native to North Africa and are vulnerable due to loss of habitat or hunting. Their habitats are steep rocky mountains, they have been introduced into Texas, New Mexico and California.


As we looked up to the top of the cliff, more  Barbary Sheep walked up to the edge as if to check us out too. On the photo above you can see the shaggy hair at the throat. They graze on grasses, bushes and lichen.


I hope you enjoyed my New Mexico birds and the cool looking sheep.

Thanks for stopping by and  I wish everyone a happy weekend.
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60 comments:

Carole M. said...

there's interesting new territory and photographs; have a nice weekend Eileen

Icy BC said...

You got some amazing shots, and love reading that information about the Barbary goats!

Sue said...

I would certainly have been surprised to see the Barbary sheep! I never expect critters like that. Hubby and I had gone to Valley of Fire park in Nevada and saw Bighorn sheep. I thought they would only be in places like Montana where there is more "lush" growth to eat.
You got some beautiful shots of them. I enjoyed this!
Have a great weekend, Eileen.

Joop Zand said...

Great shots Eileen.....i like them.

Greetings, Joop

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Just Wonderful Eileen. I had never heard of the Barbary Sheep before. I always think of the white ones in the Rocky Mountains for being in USA~

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Those Barbary Sheep are absolutely beautiful.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!
Great post!!!Amazing pictures!!!I have'nt seen Barbary Sheep before!!So beautiful and cute!Thank you for sharing!!!Have a happy weekend!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen Yes I did enjoy your birds and goats from New Mexico and thanks for the information on the goats

TexWisGirl said...

oh, those sheep are very cool!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos of the bird and the animal and this special area. Have a nice weekend, Eileen. Best regards, Synnöve

Lynne said...

I love your posts . . . always introducing me to something new, beautiful birds, handsome animal life!

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos, Eileen! I have never heard of Barbary Sheep. Interesting looking critters.

DeniseinVA said...

A really neat collection of wildlife Eileen. Must have been a fun trip! Have a great weekend!

rainfield61 said...

You have new friends in your blog post.

Mersad said...

Great shots Eileen!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

NIce pictures.. Congrats..

Stephanie said...

Wow! Great to see these images.

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Really wonderful images, Eileeen! Congrats on your lifers. Amazing how the towhee and canyon wren blend so well into their surroundings. The sheep along the cliff edge is really well done!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Eileen.
Very well photographed.
Greetings Irma

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful pictures of the Aoudad (that should be a good Scrabble word!) or Barbary sheep. We didn't see those! Love your birds too! Another lifer. You are the best birder!! Thanks for sharing.

Pallavi said...

The lark bunting is such a pretty bird . Splendid pictures Eileen :)

Amy Burzese said...

Love the sheep! Happy November!

Caroline Gill said...

The sheep are quite extraordinary! And what landscape!

Emilie's daughter said...

Eileen - this is magic! You really have the eye (and the cam) to see all those birds and animals and it is a fantastic and fascinating hobby too! The sheeps look strong and healthy! I hope so are you! CHrista

Karen said...

What cool sheep! Great shots!

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful sheep.. I had never seen nor heard of these… I would have said "Bighorn" also.. You are smart to research them… Thanks!!!!!

Glad you saw some new 'lifer' birds on this trip….

Hugs,
Betsy

The happy wanderer. said...

Interesting to read that that the Barbary Sheep were introduced. I wonder why?

Happyone said...

The sheep is really cool. They look like goats to me!

Christian Weiß said...

Impressive photos and a nice area. This new introduced species can be a problematic. Thank you for the comment and have a great sunday,

George said...

I had not been aware of Barbary Sheep. The horns are definitely different from those of Bighorn Sheep. Thanks for the education and for the wonderful bird pictures as well.

Sandy Carlson said...

Holy cow! What beautiful photos.

SquirrelQueen said...

Congrats on your lifers Eileen.
The Barbary Sheep would have taken me by surprise too. I have seen lots of Bighorn but had no idea these had been introduced here.

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen!
Greetings, RW & SK

Elaine said...

Lovely shot of the Lark Bunting. That perch is one you need to land on very, very carefully! Interesting story of the barbary sheep.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
That is as very interesting post!
You made me discover the Barbary Sheep, a gorgeous animal!
I wonder why they were introduced to Mexico and if they are hunted....
Cheers and keep well!

HansHB said...

Nice post, interesting photos!

✿ chica said...

Lindas e bem feitas as fotos, bem diferentes momentos! beijos,tudo de bom,lindo domingo! chica

Bob Bushell said...

Those sheep are superb, thanks Eileen.

Dave said...

Superb post, love the cave shot... very striking indeed

Red Nomad OZ said...

SO loving the Barbary Sheep!!! Although they look more like a cross between a goat and a yak, haha!! Birds are all very well, but those horns are WAY more attention grabbing!!

Anni said...

Wow Eileen...fabulous photos this weekend. Y'know, I lived in Colorado for over 40 years, and the Lark Bunting is the state bird....and I only saw ONE in my entire life. Love the cactus shot.

Phil Slade said...

You saw some great birds in those caves and canyons Eileen. Never heard of Canyon Towhee and with that name it must be very specialised and local? Nice shots of the Lark Bunting and Rock Wren too. Have a good week ahead.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome shots of both birds and sheep. Enjoy your day!

Indrani said...

Superb shots!
Those rounded horns... they look great!

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture series you show. I love sheep and goats. Wish you a good Sunday :) Hanne Bente

Brian King said...

Great photos! I love the sheep! They're much more slender than Bighorns. Texas, in particular, has a lot of introduced exotics.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How exciting to see this barbary sheep!! But why are they called sheep when in reality they're goats?? You are amazing in the birds that you find - the one in the cactus?? They are so well hidden, of course by design - but the goats!! Now that's a prize!! Amazing!!

magiceye said...

Wonderful shots!!

Gattina said...

Beautiful animals, I had never heard of Barbary sheep, surprising is that they all have horns !

katerchen said...

wundervoll eingefangen Eileen

Danke für die schönen Bilder

mit einem LG vom katerchen zum Sonntag

Nancy Claeys said...

Those sheep do look a bit out of place, but I'm sure they are enjoying their new habitat.

Congrats on your new birds. Awesome!

genie said...

The Barbary Sheep are magnificent animals. They look huge. That last picture of him surveying his world is spectacular. A most impressive shot.

betchai said...

wow, what a great find, they do look amost like the bighorn sheep, but yes, with some slight differences on their horn and shape of face.

lina@family tips said...

Wonderful sheep, Eileen. Perfectly captured!
Thanks for visiting :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love the Barbary Sheep on the cliff - awesome photo! And congrats on the lifers :)

Helma said...

Very nice birds on the cacti, but Aoudad sheep I find really nice. Those in the cave is a wonderful photo. Lovely to see :-)

Liz said...

Those Barnaby Sheep are rather magnificent... not a critter you would want to come face to face with! I love those sweet little birds hiding in the cactus.

edenhills said...

These are all amazing shots!

Maria said...

The Barbary Sheep are so majestic looking. Those horns are just beautiful!

Louisette said...

Wouaf, wonderfull fotos, congratulations. have a nice day.