|House Finch on our property|
|View into the Tularosa Basin, Trinity Site beyond far center mountains|
|Recent rains have been good for the flora|
|Dead tree sculpture|
|Large stand of Mormon Tea|
|Shinto shrine? No, telephone poles|
|Through the cut|
|White Sands on the horizon|
|New Mexico Whiptail Lizard|
|The Lincoln National Forest near High Rolls/Mountain Park|
|Looking for wildlife|
|Heading down the trail|
|The flower stalk of a young Sotol|
|Tiny ears of corn? No, new blooms on a Sotol|
|High country above White Sands|
|Sotol putting up a new flower stalk (right)|
|Spotted Towhee singing its lungs out|
|You looking at me?|
|This is my best side|
|Resting in shade from the ramada|
|Dr. K looking at Becca|
|Vista from the ramada on the Grand View Trail|
|Down canyon to White Sands National Monument (275 sq. miles of gypsum)|
|Headed back to the trailhead|
No matter how often we hike this trail, there are always new things we never noticed before.
Packrat: The Rufous-sided Towhee has been relegated to the ornithological midden pile; the bird is now known as the Eastern Towhee. The towhee in your images is the Spotted Towhee.
Does Becca chase lizards, or are they too small/too common for her to bother with?
Scott: Regarding your comment on the Rufous-sided Towhee, I did notice that on the Cornell website, but the Spotted Towhee sounds available there were not the same as the bird I photographed. But when I googled "Rufous-sided Towhee" several YouTube videos of the bird came up, and the song was that of the bird I documented. I'll go with "Spotted Towhee," though, because I trust your judgment.
Becca will still chase a lizard, but not nearly as enthusiastically as when she was a pup.
Scott: Just visited the Audubon site and they provide more song audios from which to select, and, indeed, #3 is the song of the Towhee we encountered. Spotted Towhee it is! Thanks.
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