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