Where have the last 8 months gone? Here is a little catchup post since my summer 2013 post which you can see here- http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... =2&t=17411 I haven’t gotten out nearly as much lately, but here is a small spattering of photos of things I have found close to home.
Gorum_130915_0733 by bgorum, on Flickr
First up is a Loggerhead Shrike from the volcanoes west of Albuquerque on September 15th. I had been trying all summer long to get a photo of one of these at Bosque del Apache, but they would never let me get my car close enough. All I needed to do for this one while I was hiking though was use the old “wandering cow” technique. It’s amazing how much easier it can be to approach a particular species in one place or using one technique compared to others.
Gorum_130915_0742 by bgorum, on Flickr
The sun setting behind the clouds that same day.
Gorum_130915_0745_6_7 by bgorum, on Flickr
And the moon.
Gorum_130921_0750 by bgorum, on Flickr
On September 21st I took an afternoon drive through some grassland/desert scrub habitat north of the La Drones mountains in Socorro county. I turned up this nice Hognose Snake.
Gorum_130921_0846_7_8 by bgorum, on Flickr
And this Gopher Snake right at sunset.
Then I took a long break until spring.
Gorum_140215_0298_299_300 by bgorum, on Flickr
On February 15th I got out to one of my dens and found a Blacktail and a couple Diamondbacks sharing a big crack.
Gorum_140215_0307 by bgorum, on Flickr
The next day the two Diamondbacks were still there, but I didn’t see the Blacktail.
Gorum_140216_0332_3_4 by bgorum, on Flickr
But there were other Blacktails hanging around in other spots.
Gorum_140216_0354 by bgorum, on Flickr
On March 23rd I went to check out another, higher elevation den, in another mountain range. I ended up seeing a total of 12 Blacktails at that den.
Gorum_140323_1655_6_7 by bgorum, on Flickr
Many were lying out in pairs like these two.
Gorum_140323_1661_2_3 by bgorum, on Flickr
This young one was lying out next to an adult Rock Rattlesnake, but unfortunately the Rock Rattlesnake retreated before I could get a picture, (they do that a lot!).
Gorum_140323_1634_5_6 by bgorum, on Flickr
Here three Blacktails are sharing one very unassuming looking crack.
After visiting the den we drove down to Bosque del Apache where we found a Diamondback out on the crawl near another den.
Gorum_140323_1674 by bgorum, on Flickr
On April 8th I went to visit some old favorite dens, which unfortunately seem to have far fewer snakes than they used to.
Gorum_140408_1722 by bgorum, on Flickr
I found a Coachwhip out on the crawl.
Gorum_140408_1741 by bgorum, on Flickr
And a couple Prairie Rattlesnakes sharing a crack.
Gorum_140408_1765 by bgorum, on Flickr
And spent some time watching a pair of Rock Wrens.
Gorum_140408_1777 by bgorum, on Flickr
On April 15th I found a new den in a mountain range in central New Mexico.
Gorum_140415_1816_4_5 by bgorum, on Flickr
Despite it being sort of late in the season (for dens), I ended up seeing a total of 6 Diamondbacks.
Gorum_140415_1828_29_30 by bgorum, on Flickr
Gorum_140415_1831 by bgorum, on Flickr
Gorum_140415_1840_1_2 by bgorum, on Flickr
Gorum_140415_1857 by bgorum, on Flickr
And a couple Striped Whipsnakes.
Gorum_140415_1871 by bgorum, on Flickr
On April 17th I headed down to Bosque del Apache were I photographed this calling male Gambel’s Quail.
Gorum_140417_1893 by bgorum, on Flickr
Gorum_140417_1911 by bgorum, on Flickr
And Red-winged Blackbird
Gorum_140417_1917 by bgorum, on Flickr
On April 25th I found this Kingsnake out on the crawl at Bosque del Apache.
Gorum_140425_1952 by bgorum, on Flickr
In early May, Norman Dong came out to look for Massasaugas and Prairie Rattlesnakes. I went out looking with him on May 4th and all we turned up were a couple of Coachwhips and a Longnose Snake that I didn’t bother to photograph.
Gorum_140504_1969 by bgorum, on Flickr
The next day we went out looking for Rock Rattlesnakes and had a bit more luck. In addition to a Blacktail that I didn’t photograph we also got a nice female and male Rock Rattlesnake.
Gorum_140505_1980 by bgorum, on Flickr
Gorum_140505_1989 by bgorum, on Flickr
We also saw this nice Collared Lizard on our way out of the mountains.
Gorum_140505_2014 by bgorum, on Flick
Norman had to head back to Arizona that afternoon, but I continued on to Bosque del Apache. There I photographed some Painted Turtles.
Gorum_140505_2049 by bgorum, on Flickr
A Canada Goose family.
Gorum_140505_2080 by bgorum, on Flickr
And as Murphey’s Law would have it, one of Norman’s target species.
Gorum_140505_2085_6_7 by bgorum, on Flickr
I also found a Glossy Snake right before sunset.
Gorum_140505_2126_4_5 by bgorum, on Flickr
On May 20th I went for a hike at the Volcanoes and photographed this male Side-blotched Lizard. (You know the season has been slow when I start seeking out Side-blotched Lizards to photograph).
Gorum_140520_2279 by bgorum, on Flickr
I also photographed a Black-throated Sparrow that day.
Gorum_140520_2342 by bgorum, on Flickr
Gorum_140520_2401_2_3 by bgorum, on Flickr
And the Sunset.
Gorum_140520_2407_8_9 by bgorum, on Flickr
After I left I took a quick road cruise and found a Glossy Snake.
Gorum_140520_2416_7_8 by bgorum, on Flickr
On the 25th I took a morning hike around the base of a volcanic hill where I found a young Diamondback.
Gorum_140525_2426_7_8 by bgorum, on Flickr
Same snake after retiring to his burrow.
Gorum_140525_2456_7_8 by bgorum, on Flickr
Male Side-blotched Lizard
Gorum_140525_2490 by bgorum, on Flickr
Male Twin-spotted Spiny Lizard.
Gorum_140525_2531 by bgorum, on Flickr
Second of two Prairie Rattlesnakes found coiled at the entrance to rodent burrows. (I almost stepped on the first and it dove down the burrow before I could even think about taking a picture).
Gorum_140525_2560 by bgorum, on Flickr
The Diamondback was back out when I passed by on the way back to my truck.
Gorum_140525_2562 by bgorum, on Flickr
On the 27th I was back out at the same location and was able to get photos of the Prairie Rattlesnake I had missed two days earlier, (it was in the exact same spot again).
Gorum_140527_2580 by bgorum, on Flickr
I met up with Cody Hurlock and his wife Sasmita met up with me later that morning and show them the snake which was still out in the same location.
On the way back to our cars Cody spotted this small Diamondback resting in a rodent burrow.
Gorum_140527_2582_3_4 by bgorum, on Flickr
And that it for a while. Looking forward to a productive summer!
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