[Sandia Crest, Albuquerque, NM, March 2013.]
Not far East of Albuquerque lie the Sandia Mountains. An excellent resource regarding the avifauna of the area can be found at birding the sandias. Famous as the best place to see all species of Rosy Finch in the winter, the Sandia mountains also harbor other choice species such as the Red Crossbill.
John Cassin -- the acclaimed American Ornithologist of the 1800's who is credited with describing close to 200 avian species.
Of course, no visit to the Sandias could be complete without a visit to the Crest at 10,678 feet.
Three lifers: the Pine Grossbeak, Cassin's Finch, and Red Crossbill combined with the stunning Rosy Finch species make this area a "must bird" hotspot for every birder.