I drove and hiked various trails along the California-Nevada border earlier in the week and rarely saw the advertised wildlife. Except for a coyote and a covey of quail, there wasn't much on the critter front.
Yesterday I flew to Phoenix and today drove on to Socorro, New Mexico. The first order of business was a swing through Bosque del Apache NWR south of town. Within two hours I had photos of 3-4 different types of raptors, including one series very close to what I think was a red-tailed hawk. (Photos when I get back in a couple weeks.) And of course there are the sandhill cranes and assorted ducks and geese. That was just the first afternoon.
That's why I come here. I know I'm going to see something, usually several somethings.