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Bryce Flanagan

Bryce Flanagan

Bryce Flanagan moved from Sacramento, CA to Taos County in 2016, and has lived in Questa for two years. He's passionate about the unique and beautiful wildlife of our state and is a regular contributor to the Questa Del Rio News.
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The lovely Lewis’s woodpecker

Sporting shimmering green wings that stretch out to a 20-inch wingspan, a ruby-red face and a bright-pink chest, at first glance the Lewis’s Woodpecker almost

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Starlings: Sparkling, Unwelcome Visitors

They’re certainly eye-catching, to say the least: shimmering brown feathers topped with a lemon-colored beak, starlings are very easy on the eyes. Unfortunately, they’re very

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Bird Flu Woes

By now we’ve all felt the effects of the latest Avian Influenza, or bird flu, pandemic. The cost of a dozen eggs has more than

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Turkey Vultures: Environmentally Essential

You’ve seen them circling around in the skies or picking apart a carcass on your commute — black wings that block out all light, with

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Good News For Birds

To ring in the new year, I thought I’d catalog some of last year’s victories for bird conservation. While birds have been losing their numbers,

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Piñon Jays in Peril

A new visitor is curiously inspecting the bird feeder I’ve just filled. A grayish-blue cloak of feathers beneath a bright indigo cap, not without reason

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Be on the Lookout for Bird Flu

A new outbreak of avian flu was first reported in the U.S. in January 2022. By October close to 50-million birds have been affected by

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Agua es Vida Para Aves

This year’s monsoons were a welcome reprieve from the dry conditions of previous years to both human and avian kind. New Mexico has been in

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Fall Migration Begins in the Summer!

Yep, despite summer being far from over, several species have already begun their journey to Central America. During this migration season, there are opportunities to

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Mindful Birding

In case you didn’t notice, we’re in some hard times right now. This month’s article is about a way I’ve found to cope with increasing

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Flu, Fires, and Food

It’s a tough season for birds. Avian flu and wildfires exacerbate already difficult conditions in drought-stricken habitats. At the time of this writing, there are

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Here Come Hummingbirds

As temperatures climb, expect to see more and more beautiful hummingbirds as they migrate north. Here are a few tips for feeding hummingbirds and how

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The Sandhill Crane Migration

On March 11, I took a trip to Monte Vista, Colorado to see the annual Sandhill Crane migration—they are mking their way northward to Canada

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Bird is the Word: Imagining a Bird Economy

Our current economic system is focused on increasing profitability for private business, with some governmental intervention to protect the natural and human consequences of this

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Bird is the Word: January 2022

Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count The Annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count wrapped up, and I had a wonderful time birding around Questa. Our group

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Bird is the Word: December 2021

Winter Birding in the Enchanted Circle New Mexico is known for having a wide variety of bird species at every elevation, with ever-changing species by

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Bird is the Word: December 2021

Winter Birding in the Enchanted Circle New Mexico is known for having a wide variety of bird species at every elevation, with ever-changing species by