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Sandia Park, New Mexico, United States
I have been birding for 41 years. My favorite clients are those who are interested in birds, watching them and even learning about their behavior, not just checking birds off a life list. I enjoy people and want to have fun while birding. As a bird watcher since 1972, I have acquired a broad knowledge of birds, birdsong, habitat and behavior. One of the things I enjoy most about taking people out birding is teaching my clients how to identify birds and how to recall their song. We were in Asheville, NC for 5 years, and Bisbee, AZ 10 years before that. Currently we are house hunting in New Mexico.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Autumn is Here

Over the Summer I took my good friends and fellow birders to the Mountains. We began the trip in the Chiricahuas. We were alerted to a new sighting of a Mexican Spotted Owl. We got great looks at him and it was a great start to the trip. The target birds were Olive Warbler, so we headed toward Barfoot Park Campground. We did find the Olive Warbler along with other warbler species like Virginia's, Townsends and also the Mexican Chickadee. We spent the second day in the Huachucas focusing on finding the Rufous capped Warbler. We missed it at first but it flew right next to us later and were able to watch it for a few minutes. 
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We had heard that there was a hatchling Northern Pygmy Owl up canyon at the first stream crossing in Miller and we tooted, immediately he showed himself. 

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We ended the day in the Ft. Huachuca Military Cemetery where my client got this amazing shot.
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It is already autumn and I am planning a trip for Thanksgiving with the Casa de San Pedro. It will be one or two days of birding the Sulphur Springs Valley and San Raphael Valley in Southern AZ. If you want to know the details email me at wezilwalraven@gmail.com or call or text 520-366-6722. I would be glad to fill you in!

I will be at the Bosque del Apache during the Crane Festival this year as well. I hope you can come out and see the Crane Spectacular!
I have been leading Birds and Breakfast at the Valle de Oro on certain Saturday mornings. (usually the third weekend of the month)

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