Had a great walk today at the Rio Grande Nature Center! Not only is there a walk on location, but the trails go into the Bosque as well (from Wikipedia: A bosque is a gallery forest found along the riparian flood plains of stream and river banks in the southwestern United States). While walking along the trails, I saw a lot of cool things – including a Cooper’s Hawk family and their nest! The newly hatched eggs were on the forest floor. A fledgling was in the trees near and at the nest (there were two that I could see), and a parent was in a nearby tree.
Turtles were sitting on logs in the Rio Grande river. Dragonflies buzzed about. I believe the first picture is of a Common Green Darner Dragonfly. I think the second picture is of some kind of “white tailed” dragonfly, but an not sure. So if anyone knows, please let me know!
If you are in the area, I recommend checking out the Rio Grande Nature Center!