First mountain bluebird I’ve seen at my elevation this morning. Been seeing plenty of Western bluebirds with the turn of the season but this was the first visit of their taller, sleeker, more thoroughly blue male cousins. Yesterday and today, the dark-eyed juncos started showing up. And the robins have been coming in growing numbers for the water and last of the juniper berries.

As usual, wildlife knows far better than I what’s going on up and down the mountain, weather and food-wise. For anyone interested, though, I’ll note that there have been more reports of deer sightings on this north side of the Sandias than I’ve heard or seen in 30-some years here. PS: Some deer seen on 165, along with free-roaming horses, so careful driving.

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