Bosque del Apache was a little disappointing, but let me stress, I am not a "birder." Everyone I encountered in the visitor center talked excitedly about the birds. Guided tours are offered on weekends, Dec-Feb. There is no charge for the tours and seating is limited, register in advance by calling the visitor center. Our 1 1/2 hour tour with a talkative guide was focused more on habitat and maintaining the refuge and less on bird sightings. We visited on a day trip and did not experience sunrise take-off or sunset touch down. However, we did witness a large group of snow geese (our guide estimated the number at 3500) fly in and settle on the water. Our tour guide thought the geese were arriving at Bosque del Apache from a location further south.
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