The differences in the 2 different ravens is very subtle, but a reference said the Common Ravens were found in the higher altitudes of the Chisos Mountains. I also post 'observations' on iNaturalist.org and the ones I shot were confirmed as Chihuahuan Ravens. I also got some pretty bad shots of 3 other new birds to me - White-winged Dove, Lesser Goldfinch, and a Lark Bunting - while we were at Dugout Wells. We also spotted a Black-tailed Jackrabbit and I snapped a couple of different Prickly Pear Cactus plants which is just a very small sampling of the plant life here.
|Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)|
|Blind Prickly Pear (Opuntia rufida)|
|Texas Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii)|
From Dugout Wells we headed back down the road towards Rio Grande Village and stopped at the Hot Springs to hike the loop trail. We figured there would be a good possibility of seeing birds there and we weren't disappointed. Most were birds we had already seen, but one wasn't - a Canyon Wren! We checked out the view by the river, then the petroglyphs on the cliffs.
|Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus)|
|view by the Rio Grande|
|bird nests on the cliffs|
|Torrey's Yucca (Yucca torreyi)|
|Spiny Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus dasyacanthus)|
|Turk's Head Cactus (Ferocactus hamatacanthus)|
|Rio Grande River looking into Mexico|
|Del Carmen Mountains|