Another shot from last weekend’s visit to Orilla Verde on the Rio Grande River near Pilar, this time a Canada goose. We saw a number of them in the canyon, along with a beaver dam in a side channel and three kinds of ducks: mallards, buffleheads, plus one I have yet to identify. It’s so amazing to be able to drive for 15 minutes and find real live waterfowl in the terrible high desert. This is also a good place to spot bald eagles when they’re around. I’ve even seen a couple of herons.
These same creatures occasionally turn up even closer to our rented adobe on the hillside. The beaver dams on the Rio Grande del Rancho off NM 518, just a couple of miles away, have created a rather extensive area of wetlands. I stepped outside to get some firewood one evening a few weeks ago and saw a small “V” of Canada geese heading in that direction. Coming here from Maryland as we did—where many thousands of them winter over—it was quite a shock to hear their calls.