Catron County, New Mexico has about 400 miles of paved road, and we're planning to walk every mile of it ... eventually ...

Friday, March 18, 2005

Great Day for Birding

As I was driving out to meet Cynthia for a walk this morning, I saw an enormous golden eagle, probably female, and a much smaller bald eagle, probably male, circling each other over the duck pond. No camera, unfortunately. We have a pair of bald eagles that winter here - we've named them Hercules and Xena - and we see quite a few bald eagles in the area in the winter months, but hardly ever a golden eagle. I couldn't believe how huge it was! When I pulled out of the gate, it was just landing in the top of a tree across the highway, and when I got back, neither of them were in sight.

Last week we had a flock of seagulls here, and we've started to see redwing blackbirds, mountain bluebirds, kestrels, all the signs of spring.

The only wildlife we saw on our walk today was a squirrel, but we didn't walk too far - just the 2.7 miles of so we had left of 435. Most of our time today was spent scouting to see how much of Forest Road 141 is actually paved - the answer is, 18.8 miles of it. We're going to save it for later, when it's hot, since it'll be a lot cooler walking in the trees. It might be a good place to spot bear and mountain lion.


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