Spent some time at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in their desert campground at the north end of the lake. The weather was great, high 70′s during the day, in the 50′s at night. The nights were beautiful, with so many stars visible.
Not a lot of birds near the campground, but large flocks of white pelicans fished in the lake, along with grebes. The fish were really jumping. The campground was not crowded. Most of the people there had come to fish and had boats.
One night saw a blackhawk type of helicopter circling the mountain in the background. It was eerie because you just saw a faint blue glow in the darkness. Knew it was a helicopter from it’s sound and had seen the blackhawk (type) helicopter earlier in the day. Did see a blinking light when it sped away really fast. The next morning a fighter jet circled the mountain once.
When I went to the post office to pick up my mail, saw the above dog in the driver’s seat with the car motor running. Had to get a picture. You just have to imagine the sound of the motor.