Catching up on my New Mexico sightings…this is mostly to show off some more decent pictures than I usually take with my own camera.
I spent another weekend in southern Sierra County counting birds and eating green chile cheeseburgers at Sparky’s in Hatch.
Sunday morning brought the usual hundreds of Sandhill Cranes with a very few Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese (Sierra County bird 96). A Canvasback (bird 97) and a Bald Eagle (98) flew past the survey spot.
After the survey, Matt Jones wanted to record some Sandhill Crane vocalizations for his thesis project. Lesser Sandhill Cranes give different calls than Greater Sandhill Cranes, and he is looking at trachea morphology and vocalizations in the two populations. Lesser Sandhill Cranes winter further south in New Mexico and can be distinguished by their smaller size overall. Their bills are generally about the same length as their heads.