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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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Piñon Jays in Peril

Piñon Jaysin PerilA 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 they’re called blue

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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 the virus, including aquatic birds,

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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 a drought since 2000, and

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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 see a rainbow of different

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The Marvelous and Maligned Magpie: August 2022

They’re ubiquitous across all of Taos County, and some have even been spotted as far South as Santa Fe. Even when you can’t see them, the cacophony of their calls

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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 stress through combining mindful meditation

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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 no reported cases of bird

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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 to attract more of them

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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 and Alaska for their breeding

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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 pursuit.As I write, I am

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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 started at the Red River

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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 season. This winter is a

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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 season. This winter is a

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Bird is the Word: November 2021

In Memoriam: The Lord God Bird, an American Symbol On September 29, the US Fish and Wildlife Service declared 23 species as officially extinct. Eleven species of birds were among

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Bird is the Word: October 2021

HOW A WARMING CLIMATE IS AFFECTING BIRDS IN NEW MEXICO I had the opportunity to speak with University of New Mexico ornithologist Ethan Linck and his colleague Ryan Terrill last

Bird is the Word: SEPTEMBER 2021

Evening Grosbeaks Evening Grosbeaks make their home around northern and middle New Mexico, mostly following the distribution of budworms, a needle-eating insect and preferred snack for Grosbeaks during summer. The

Bird is the Word: AUGUST 2021

The Great New Mexico Bird die-Off: One Year Later Last year thousands of migratory birds died across the state in August and September for reasons that were at first unexplained.

Bird Is The Word: JULY 2021

Declining Bird Populations In 1970, the bird population of the United States was around 10 billion. Today there are 7 billion, and each year we lose between 500 million to

Bird is the Word: JUNE 2021

By BRYCE FLANAGAN As spring turns to summer, we will see more and more hummingbirds visiting outdoor feeders as they migrate north. These tiny, shimmering beauties aren’t just natural wonders,