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Beyond Balloons

Natural Moments

Every year since 1972, the skies above Albuquerque fill with hot air balloons most mornings for nine days in early October. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta brings nearly 600 balloons from all over the world to town for our biggest event of the year along with huge numbers of visitors who come to see the show. Hundreds of these balloons float above town each morning, drifting about depending on which way the breezes blow.  Quite the sight and the subject of innumerable photographs over the years, it also seems to be the time of year that the weather switches seasons with the arrival of the first serious cold front, bringing with it cooler temperatures (appreciated for the increased lift for the balloons), and a bit of precipitation and a couple of windy days (not so appreciated if flights are cancelled). This seasonal weather change also brings a few changes to…

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A Few Goodies

Natural Moments

Definitely moving into Fall around here the last couple of weeks with a few of those spectacularly nice days as all the trees turn color along with a couple of cooler, rainy days, and today even a bit of snow for the foothills. Most interesting the last two weeks has been seeing a few birds around that are either passing through on migration or have returned for the season since they aren’t usually seen in the summer. Then there’s a couple other special sightings of a couple of owls, supposedly here year-round but that I almost never see for a few more months from now.

Two weeks ago, Audubon Thursday Birders were out on a rather chilly morning at Valle de Oro NWR for what turned out to be a pretty good trip. At several spots, we’d see good-sized flocks of mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers with maybe one or two other…

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