You cannot believe what it is like to have the sky filled with thousands of white snow geese, canada geese, whopping cranes (for whom the bosque is responsible in part for getting them off the endangered list) and sand hill cranes. Literally the sun is blocked out. Kinda gives ya goose bumps (all puns intended). The Festival of the Cranes is a huge deal in Socorro and the surrounding area. I included this official link so you could have a look see. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=22520
Anyway SM and I went when there was no people, very few large birds but the vegetation was spectacular. We have had so much rain in this area and the trees, grasses and wildflowers are happy, happy, happy and show it. We saw eagles, falcons and hawks on our drive. I guess they are waiting for the arrival of their prey as well. We also saw coyote, a momma deer and her fawn frolicking in one of the farm fields that are set up like blinds so you can see them but they don't really notice you, porcupine, signs of beavers, blue tailed ducks and signs that warned us to not wander off the paths because cougars had been sighted. I guess we were pretty safe because we had no young men with us....that's a joke ya'll. I was a little apprehensive because cougars would love to have a chubby, can't run fast old broad as a meal and so we behaved ourself.
We did get pictures of pond turtles basking and the strangest fish behavior I have ever seen. In the marshland loop of the Bosque they have a bridge that extends out and across a fairly big pond. The pond is murky and so perfect for frogs, dragonflies, turtles and fish. The fish were "grouping" for a better word and were quite aggressive to get whatever "things" they were going after in the water. Strange.
I love the time we have to do these day trips. Exploring our own backyard, so to speak. Next adventure, we are heading east and hope to find some Eastern New Mexico turtles to photograph.