We woke up to howling coyotes, which is how I prefer to be woken up really. They sounded quite close so we dragged ourselves out of the tent and into the bitter cold to look for them. There were 2 of 'em less than 100 feet from our tent, nice! (top photo: Mexican Jay with a Pine nut, Pyrrhuloxia below)
I made coffee. Lots of it. I forgot the coffee press that goes with my Jetboil so I had to do some serious makeshift coffee filtering. Took longer than it should have, but it got the job done. Afterwards we went to look for the Tufted Flycatcher (that's him below) one more time. Scored again on that one - and still no other bird nerds around looking for him. (Roadrunner from later in the day below him) Nature Notes
We did a short hike by the Rio Grande, where the canyon narrows. Pretty cool spot to watch the sun come up and the shadows disappear. Wish we would have brought our kayaks...Here's a shot of the sun behind one of those big rock walls. (below: my handsome husband)
After we packed the tent up, we drove up to Panther Junction. We left our Big Bend trail guide at home (oops) so we were going to look at some books at the visitor center to find a trail. We left promptly though because the jackass ranger was there again. (This guy shouldn't interact with people. We had issues with him in 2008 also, some pompous arrogant ass. Also, he couldn't identify a Red-tailed Hawk which amused us greatly. I'll just leave it at that).
We decided to head to the mountains instead. Put the tent back up and did a short hike before the sun went down, down, down. We ran into a guy with a giant lens who said he was looking for cougars and bears...in the middle of the day?? We headed in at dusk with the hope of seeing a black bear that frequents that trail, but no luck. Great little trail though!