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Thursday, April 15, 2010 - Bosque Birdwatchers RV Park, San Antonio NM

Say's Phoebe, San Antonio NM, April 15, 2010
Say's Phoebe, San Antonio NM, April 15, 2010

I bagged a new bird!

New to me anyway. It was a beautiful spring morning for this mornings camera walk up the road toward San Antonio and the birds were out getting their breakfast. There were House Finches and American Goldfinches eating fresh elm seeds, Killdeer chasing worms across the cow pasture, and Western Kingbirds and this new-to-me Say's Phoebe hunting insects from their fence-wire perches. I got some great pictures too.

Yeah, I know

I got behind again in my posts here. But now I'm caught up from where I left off on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - Bosque Birdwatchers RV Park, San Antonio NM.

Night camp

Site 16 - Bosque Bird Watcher's RV Park, San Antonio NM

Alex Can Think

Animal researchers are finally beginning to catch up to the little old ladies in tennis shoes who say Fifi the poodle can think. The fights are always between a big group of experts who think animals don't have a lot of feelings or aren't very smart, and a much smaller group of researchers who think there's a lot more going on inside an animal's head than we know. The really nasty fights always seem to go one way: it's always the animal "debunkers" who are on the attack. At least, I don't remember a single big academic fight where someone got fired or lost their funding for doing a study where the animal turned out to be dumber than people thought, and lots of studies like that have been done. Claiming that an animal can't do something isn't considered blasphemous.