Today’s Monthly Bird Adventure

This morning was our monthly birding adventure at San Angelo State Park.  I fully expected no one to show up, and was prepared to head back home and get warm.  The temp was mid-thirties with 25-30 mph winds so the wind-chill factor was down to about 10 degrees.  But surprisingly four people showed up.

We headed to the bird-blind first, mainly just to get out of the wind.  Inside we sat and shivered but kept the windows closed.  I did manage to get there earlier and put out a little feed for our avian friends, so there were several of them in attendance.  We watched for awhile, found that there wasn’t anything unusul that was going to appear.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

We then done a driving tour in our mini-van, keeping it cozy with a little warmth from the heater.  Linda White, the ever-popular Sue Oliver,  a lady named Sally from Rhode Island and my wife Ann were with me.  It was very enjoyable and the highlight for me, anyway, was the sighting of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius).  See picture on left.  I shot it from the van window with my 500mm lens on my Canon 7 camera.  It was another lifer for me, bring my total to 195 if anybody is counting.  Heck, maybe I’ll hit 200 by the end of the year.

Also yesterday I managed to get this photo of a Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes varius).  I think this bird is one of  most photogenic of the woodpecker family.  See picture to the right.

Gooden-fronted Woodpecker


Enjoy the photos.  Click on either one for an enlarged image.

Happy Birding!