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January 23rd, 2017
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Peña Blanca Canyon, Palo Duro Creek GC, Paton Center, Las Cienegas

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A very pleasant day in mostly Santa Cruz County, despite strong winds and overcast skies.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

It was nice to see so much water running through the canyon, but it made it hard to hike and it was unusually cold and quiet. Looked good, though.

Palo Duro Creek GC:

A female HOODED MERGANSER was among the more regular winter ducks, while a WILSON’S SNIPE flushed from the water’s edge.

Paton Center, Patagonia:

Despite the backyard being closed for construction, the available feeders were busy and we enjoyed close views of WHITE-WINGED and INCA DOVES, several male ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRDS fighting over the feeders, ABERT’S TOWHEES, and a couple of PINE SISKINS.

Abert's Towhee

Abert's Towhee

Gambel's Quail

Inca Dove

Inca Dove

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-winged Dove

Las Cienegas:

Not surprisingly, the grasslands were hard work in the afternoon in strong winds, but we did see plenty of NORTHERN HARRIERS whizzing by, as well as COYOTE and BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE-DOG.

Cottonwood Pond, Las Cienegas

American Kestrel

Black-tailed Prairie-Dog

Coyote

Vesper Sparrow

 

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