Category Archives: New Mexico mammals

Mammals on Monday

I spotted a very healthy coyote yesterday morning as I was driving down Rio Grande Boulevard. He had just missed an attempt at catching a lovely male pheasant. By the time I was able to bring my vehicle to a stop he was already trotting away. He was not very concerned about having his photograph taken.

Coyote

Coyote

Coyote

Coyote

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Mammals on Monday-Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs

I had to make a quick trip to Taos, New Mexico this weekend to take care of some business. While I was there I was delighted to see a colony of Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs chasing each other around in an empty field. The Gunnison’s Prairie Dog has a much shorter tail than other prairie dogs and is found around the Four Corners area of the American Southwest from 5,000-11,000 feet. Their coloring is unique among prairie dogs in that the upper head, sides of the cheeks, and eyebrows are distinctly darker than the rest of the body.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, Taos New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, Taos New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog, Taos, New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog, Taos, New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

Another Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

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Mammals on Monday-Two From the Weekend

I had a lovely birding weekend. On Saturday Bosque Bill and I went to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It was a beautiful day, and we had a lovely time there. On Sunday I went up to Sandia Crest to watch the Rosy Finch banding. Although I went to both places to see the birds, I saw some cute little mammals as well.

This little Desert Cottontail was drinking from a water feature near the Visitor’s Center at Bosque del Apache.

Desert Cottontail

Desert Cottontail

At Sandia Crest, the Abert’s Squirrels were busily stealing the Rosy Finch food.

Abert's Squirrel

Abert's Squirrel

Abert's Squirrel

Abert's Squirrel waiting for Rosy Finch food.

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