Rancho del Rio, Faywood New Mexico July 18-19/2012
Located on the last portion of the Mimbres River (before it disappears underground), the Rancho del Rio is a relatively intact deciduous riparian habitat that boasts the largest Velvet Ash tree in the southwest. While doing a survey in conjunction with some biologists from New Mexico Game and Fish, we were able to view a cross section of the bird life of southwest New Mexico. Highlights included Brown-crested Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting (colonizing NM at a rapid rate), and a surprise first year Common Blackhawk. The general state of the ecosystem at the ranch was quite good and we hope it can be preserved by a conservation organization moving forward.