|This and the next 2: yesterday's snow is long gone|
With the exception of a few remnants, all the white stuff from yesterday's snow was gone. The Las Cruces airport reported a total of 1.8 inches. I figured it was about that much.
There were only a few hearty outdoor enthusiasts on and around the mountain this morning, but I encountered nobody. I kept my trek short--just over an hour--because I had an 11:30 appointment this morning.
The Loggerhead Shrike pictured here popped up onto a yucca stalk just as I started the final leg of my hike. The bird was clearly hunting insects, swooping down to snag one before flying back to its perch. Fortunately the Shrike didn't mind me photographing it.
|Still a little snow on the Potrillo Mountains|
|Follow that road|
|This and the next: Prickly Pear Cacti|
|West side of Tortugas Mountain|
|This and the next 2: Loggerhead Shrike (aka "Butcher Bird")|