|Burrowing Owl, El Paso, TX|
Rio Bosque Wetlands Park is only really a "wetland" during the moister winter months. During the summer, as I overheard a colleague say, it is a wetland without water, a riparian environment without a river. Actually that's not entirely true. A small section of the river, the original river bed of the Rio Grande, is kept wet by well water. Enough to satisfy the pair of mallard ducks I flushed as I walked the trail.
My favorites were the burrowing owls, easy to see throughout the area, essentially prairie dogs with wings.
|Burrowing Owls, Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso, TX|
|Harris's Hawks, Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso, TX|
|Harris's Hawk, Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso, TX|
And it wasn't just the Harris's hawks warily monitoring me. The U.S.-Mexico border fence runs along the edge of the wetland (actually through it in some parts) and a border patrol cruiser followed me along the fence line as I traveled through.
Roadrunner? Alas, no. But I did see a set of roadrunner footprints in the trail dust.