We visited the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, NM to check out the Winter birds. It’s here that Sandhill Cranes, geese and other birds come to roost for the Winter. Sadly, due to the drought (and also being late in the season) the numbers were way down from our previous visits.
The Bosque was established in 1939; in part, to provide a habitat for the Whooping Cranes (who were close to extinction). In the Spring and Summer, crops that cranes prefer are grown and in the Fall, areas are flooded to provide a safe place for the birds to roost in the Winter. Photographers from all over the world come here to see the famous sunset landings and early morning takeoffs. It’s hard not to take oodles of pictures so more photos to come!