It's just as wonderful as I hoped! The birds weren't as abundant as I'd dreamed, but that's because I was on the public driving tour, and right now so are a lot of hunters--the birds aren't stupid. But I got lots of splendid looks at lots of splendid birds. Bird of the day yesterday was the magpie--collectively, they were everywhere. Bird of the day today was the Short-eared Owl who followed my car along the road to the refuge. What a thrill!
My program went reasonably well tonight. Whew. Tomorrow I get to spend part of the morning birding with the wonderful Betsy Beneke--then it's on to Las Cruces!