Birding before the storm…….


Well, I don’t know how much of a storm it will be, but getting extremely cold, (for here), tomorrow.  High predicted 38 degrees.  That’s after us having the hottest temp in the nation yesterday of 85 degrees.  Today was almost as warm, but a beautiful balmy day.  What to do.  What to do.  Go birding, of course.

First we decided to visit the blind at San Angelo State Park.  There we saw basically just the regulars, but not much in the way of anything new.  Like going into a tavern and seeing all the regular locals at the bar, but no new pretty girls coming in.  I did get a nice photo of a House Finch.

House Finch

House Finch

After that we headed for our usual spots at Lake Nasworthy.  Two parks, Spring Creek and Middle Concho, are usually pretty good at producing a nice variety for us birders.  Today was no exception.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Ann spotted the Great Horned Owl.  We knew one was hanging around, but we didn’t know which tree it would be in.  It was in a sleepy mood.  Whooooooo could blame him. :-)

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron was busy looking for breakfast, or was it lunch.  No matter.  He probably didn’t know the difference.

American Wigeon

American Wigeon

This American Wigeon was doing a bit of searching on his own.  I don’t know what the American Coot was doing.  He may have been jealous of the wigeon’s colors.

Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal

A Cinnamon Teal gliding placidly along showing off.

Wilson's Shrike

Wilson’s Snipe

This Wilson’s Snipe was in a very shallow area near the bank of the river.  I almost didn’t see him as they are so tiny.  Actually, they measure 10 inches, but half of that is it’s bill.

All in all, we saw about 35 different species.

We added three more to our 2014 West Texas Big Year list.

#88  Mourning Dove

#89  Cinnamon Teal

#90  Blue-winged Teal

Enjoy the photos, and click on any of them to see enlargements.

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20 thoughts on “Birding before the storm…….

  1. What is going on with our weather!? I mean, here in the UK as well as the US! I wonder how the birds and other wildlife are coping. Love your photos, Bob – I can’t imagine what it’s like seeing owls like that in the daytime, it’s such a rare event here. We are getting frustrated about our lack of trips out – the wind is raging again this morning. Sometime soon it might be spring! I hope your cold spell doesn’t last for long.

  2. Your clarity on these photos is fabulous..and the colors are so true..love them all..we are getting hammered today with snow..we needed it so badly, so kegged up the wood stove, hot tea and sketch book in hand..can’t beat that for a cold winter day…

    • After a beautiful day here, it is getting cold again. I think back in the 30s tonight and staying around 39 tomorrow. Oh well, spring is around the corner…..I think…..

  3. Sharp shots of a nice assortment of bird types, Bob. I think the Wilson’s Snipe is my favorite. I hope your storm is neither too severe nor too cold. This past week, some of our nighttime lows were lower than my daughter in Anchorage, AK, was experiencing.

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