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Birds and Cats

On Sunday Kitty and I took a little trip down south to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a wintering grounds for several thousand sandhill cranes and snow geese. On the way down we picked up tenax and then proceeded to the refuge. We got there just before sunset which is the time most of the birds fly in and congregate. We watched in awe as wave upon wave of geese flew overhead. The cranes were also there, but they were in smaller groups and most were already on the ground for the night. I also saw clouds of smaller birds which I thought were starlings or crows. A quick look through binoculars revealed that they were in fact ducks! Dang! There were a lot of ducks out there! I snagged a few pics which I'll link to:

Snow geese and mountains

Snow geese in flight

Last night we went to a concert featuring the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Brian Setzer was the front man for the 80's group The Stray Cats. They had 4 top 40 hits but their rock-a-billy style faded as quickly as the swing fad did in the 90's (Everybody remember The Cherry Poppin' Daddies? Big Bad Voodoo Daddy? The Squirrel Nut Zippers?). The thing about Brian Setzer was that he is a very accomplished and well-respected guitarist. His career was able to survive because there was some talent behind the pop star hype. He certainly didn't disappoint last night.

The concert was held at one of the local Indian casinos. The venue was not great, but it was nice to be able to be so close to the stage. He was backed up by a 15-piece band including 2 female backup singers. The show was mostly Christmas music done in a swing style. The peak of the show for me was when he did a "Stray Cat Strut/Mr Grinch" medley followed by his big band signature piece "Jump, Jive and Wail." That worked so well! After an hour he gave his band a rest while he did a set with just his drummer and bassist. He rocked the house with his Stray Cats anthem "Rock This Town" where he was rejoined by the whole band. Overall it was a most enjoyable concert.
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