We stopped of at the Inn of the Mountain Gods near Ruidoso, NM a few Saturdays ago to check out their buffet which turned out to be not so good. There was quite a bit of confusion between the hostess and servers about which sections of the restaurant were actually open to the buffet customers. We sat for 15 minutes before a server came over and informed us that the hostess had seated us in an area that was supposed to be closed for cleaning.
There is a beautiful lake near the Casino. The picture you see is the underside of the Hotel Casino. You will notice the security camera and immediately to the left a large number of mud nests. I think these are probably the nests of some type of bird indigenous to this region in southeastern New Mexico.
The mud nests are too small for mud dauber wasps that prey on black widow spiders. The nests are probably for some kind of swallow bird. I just know at first glance the nests look kind of gross and scary/foreboding reminiscent of the Sigourney Weaver Alien movie.