Like many of us, I found myself getting a bit stir-crazy while practicing the stay-at-home orders and social distancing.
With mask and binoculars in hand, I recently ventured out to the trails near the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque to do some birding. As usual, the bosque area did not disappoint. I saw a variety of beautiful birds, but the yellow-breasted chat was the showstopper.
The yellow-breasted chat is our largest warbler, averaging 7½ inches long. It has a bright yellow throat and breast, white spectacles, a long tail and a gray-olive back. It lives throughout much of the U.S., including New Mexico.