Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Mexico lifers

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

November 24, 2013

First, just in case I do not "see" you before Thursday.... Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 

Today my post for November is up at BIRDING IS FUN   I would love if you could visit me there. Just click on the link above. I have posted a New Mexico trip report.



Today was the first time I did two posts in one day. The 24th of each month is my scheduled post for Birding is fun and it just worked out on a day I also do my Mosaic Monday post. So I tried to associate my Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday post with my Birding is Fun entry. So here I am just sharing my New Mexico lifers. I was able to see 14 new birds during my vacation to New Mexico and they are included in the mosaics below. These two posts will be my final posts on my New Mexico vacation. I hope I did not make everyone tired of seeing my vacation photos.


The Sage Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Lark Bunting, Greater Roadrunner, Canyon Towhee and the pretty Gambel's Quail. I know I have shown some of these birds on previous post but there are a couple of new birds. The top middle shot was another bird I was looking forward to seeing on my trip the Pyrrhuloxia, I believe it is the female, well known for its crest and yellow beak. This bird is similar to our Cardinals.



Above are the Lesser Goldfinch, Western Grebe, Cave Swallows, Say's Phoebe, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Least Sandpiper. The middle right photo is the Ladder-backed Woodpecker with its Zebra like stripes across the back and it is similar to the Downy Woodpecker.


I realized I left out my lifer the Red-Naped Sapsucker....So I am sharing a separate photo. It is a cutie and deserves the special attention.  Sorry for so many repeats, I promise this is the end.


On my Birding is fun post, I listed my lifers along with a lot of my other bird sightings and the places they were seen. I did a lot of research on the internet and on EBIRD as to where I could find new birds and places that are known to be birding hotspots.


My New Mexico Lifers:
Black Phoebe
Canyon Towhee
Cave Swallow
Gambel's Quail
Greater Roadrunner
Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
Lark Bunting
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Goldfinch
Pyrrhuloxia
Red-Naped Sapsucker
Sage Thrasher
Say's Phoebe
Western Grebe

Now that this trip has ended, I am now researching where our next vacation spot may be and what birds I can see on my next vacation. 
As always, I hope you enjoy my post and thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

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 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week!

56 comments:

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Hi Eileen. At our naturalist meetings there was always a sharing session regarding the life list of birds that may have been seen in various places including vacations. It is exciting to see the happiness of this achievement. I am happy to here of your achievements as well. Valerie

TexWisGirl said...

the red-nape is cool!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow! Beautiful birds of New Mexico ~ great photography ~ Happy Week to you ~ carol, xxx

My Little Home and Garden said...

While out walking in the woods this weekend, I found myself wishing I knew the names of all the birds I spotted. It would have helped if they`d lingered long enough for me to take a photo and then look up their names. I think I need you along with me, Eileen! Beautiful photos.

Faye said...

I was puzzled by your "lifer" description, Eileen. But after reading further I think I understand! Such unusual birds, all spectacular in their own ways. Especially appreciate the closeup of the ladderback. I spotted one this week but my photo wasn't very clear.

Hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

Sue said...

Congrats on so many new lifers on your trip.
Always fun to discover new ones.

Betty Luckhurst said...

What a variety of feathered friends! I love seeing what you see!

Diann said...

You are such an amazing photographer! Stunning pictures. thank you for your lovely visit and I hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Mary said...

How wonderful to see such unusual species! Have a very happy Thanksgiving, Eileen! xoxo

Montanagirl said...

LOVE that Red Nape!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You're lucky to be able to plan vacations around birding areas. You've always been helpful in putting names and beaks together for me and your list of lifers is quite impressive Eileen.
I like the quail shown, they're such sweet looking birds with that feather thing sticking out the front.

Joyce Olson said...

Eileen,

Your talent for capturing the habitat of bird life and all of their interesting behaviors is always so enlightening! Beautiful mosaics as well!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Jemma

Cathy Keller said...

The cardinals have been prevalent this week or I've just been more aware of them. Grand post!

Loredana Donovan said...

You know so much about birds, Eileen. Always great captures. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

A Garden of Threads said...

A great accomplishment, the photo of the Quail is lovely. I think they are so cute, with head feather. Have a blessed week, Jen

Lynne said...

One, two or more . . . I am always enjoying your travels, birds, lifers and more!

Stephanie said...

Quite a nice variety of bird shots.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

There was no way that you made me 'tired' of seeing your photos--I've really enjoyed this series and seeing what I'm missing by never going anywhere! :-)!

Karen said...

Wow Eileen, 14 new birds! Now that's what I call a great vacation! Love your mosaics!

Our photos said...

Beautiful are the birds of New Mexico, Eileen.

Lorrie said...

Hi Eileen,

How great that you got to see so many new birds to add to your list. Your photos are lovely, as always, and an inspiration to me to get to know the birds in our area better. I've asked for a field guide for Christmas!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi. Great post with birds of New Mexico.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Gosh Eileen I could never be bored with your lovely bird photos - and look forward to seeing your posts pop up.

My favorite bird here is "Says Phoebe" it seems a very unusual name for a bird - can you enlighten me!!!

I envy your camera zoom lens - it makes such a difference.

Wishing you a happy week
Shane

Jo said...

Congratulations on so many lifers, Eileen. The Pyrrhuloxia is an amazing looking bird. Greetings, Jo

Phil Slade said...

I never heard of the Red-naped Sapsucker Eileen. It's a smart looking lifer for someone to get - nice shot of it too. I'm off to Birding is Fun any minute now, see you soon.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

A wonderful Mosaic and many fantastic photos ! Great work !
Have a nice new week, Eileen. Best regards, Synnöve

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! What a nice trip you have! Your photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Poppy said...

Amazing how you spot these beautiful birds and then manage to get these spectacular photos of them in action!

Lovely mosaics, as always!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Poppy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Don't think anybody is ever tired of your beautiful posts Eileen...wonderful birds. We saw some of those when we wintered in NM and Texas...no pictures though, so thanks so much for sharing yours. And congrats on so many lifers.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Lovely photos......it would be nice if all vacation shots looked this good!
Thanks for sharing.
Ruby

Naturegirl said...

Eileen it was fun looking at your birds and remembering that I see many of them when I winter in Arizona!
Birding is so much fun no matter where we are!
Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Beautiful photos of the birds! The red-nap looks so adorable!

edenhills said...

These are all wonderful captures. I am always amazed at the variety of birds you manage to photograph and share with us.

Gary Phillips said...

Great series!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River.

DeniseinVA said...

Love all your bird sightings and so many lifers. Fantastic Eileen!

Sylvia K said...

So many beautiful birds, Eileen!! And such wonderful captures!! A great vacation indeed! I love your mosaics! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Hope you have a great week!!

Bob Bushell said...

A great series you have done, I love your photos Eileen.

Brian King said...

What a fantastic variety! Congratulations on your lifers!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Beautiful birds! I think I like that Sapsucker a lot! I'm also enjoying seeing that Red=bellied Woodpecker. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love him on the cactus ... looks ouchy but i guess for a bird it's the perfect location to have a breather or enjoy the view. ( :

Rajesh said...

Beautiful birds and so many of them.

Carver said...

I always love seeing your wonderful shots from birding trips as well as the great ones you get at home too.

kulasa said...

I just love them all! I wonder why those winged friends aren't bothered by the thorns of the cactus..nature's magic indeed...viewing the collage again and keeping the smile I got here :)

betchai said...

such cool pictures of beautiful birds

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous set of bird shots!

CQUEK said...

wonderful birds flying around.

Stewart M said...

Looks like it was a great trip - I need to go to a new place and see some new birds! (Although I still enjoy the old ones!)

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Helma said...

They are all beautiful birds Eileen, and I'm really surprised that there are so many different birds are all over the world. Just beautiful.
Greet you, Helma

Indrani said...

Wonderful collage.
You take awesome pics of the birds.

Joe Todd said...

Hi Eileen,
Always enjoy your wonderful posts and photos. have a great week

Joe Todd said...

Hi Eileen,
Wonderful post and photos. Have a great week

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful post!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

As always a very beautiful post entry Eileen and you sure get some neat birds up your way. Happy Thanksgiving~

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous, Eileen. Congratulations on the lifers, and you're right, the last bird looks well suited to a solo photo, and has such a wonderful name.
K

NatureFootstep said...

a very nice place for birding.

Celeste said...

It looks as though you had a fantastic time Eileen. I am so glad that saw so many new species :)

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