July State Park birding tour

Well, it looks like the rains are gone for a while.  We awoke this morning and wondered if the monthly Adult Birding Adventure at the park would be rained out.  We went to breakfast at Kenny Blanek’s Village Cafe and we could see broken clouds with daylight shining through.

By the time we got to the park to feed the birds it was warming up and the air was steamy with humidity.  Everything had gotten a pretty good soaking.   Apparently most of the birders thought we would continue to have rain so the participating crowd actually wasn’t a crowd at all.  Besids Ann and I, we only had five takers.  One was a new birder, Jeannie, from Hunt, Texas.  She has been visiting San Angelo for the last five days and was fixin’ to leave later today.  But a fine time was had by all.  We actually birded for about three hours and saw a total, according to Ann, of about 33 species.  Not too bad.

We’re taking a day trip to Junction and Llano State Park on Monday so maybe I’ll have some new things to report after that.  If you remember, we went there a couple of weeks ago to get the lay of the land.  Now we feel we know our way around there and know the best places.

Happy Birding!!

Today’s new birding news.

Heck, I sure am running behind.  I just realized that it has been several days since my last post.  Still doing the same old fun stuff.  Birding, taking photographs, watching the Texas Rangers baseball games.  Life doesn’t get any better than this.

Ann, Jodie, and I went birding for the whole day on Monday.  I can’t believe we spent so much time at the park.  We really explored the whole place.  We went to the North Shore and saw some birds that we hadn’t seen at the South Shore.  Eastern Phoebes for one.  We also checked out the Isabel Harte park area and the equestrian area.

Bronzed Cowbird

A week or so ago we saw a Zone-tailed Hawk, a lifer for me.  Those birds act like a Turkey Vulture, and nearly look like one, as least the way the sit on a tree branch.  Yesterday, we saw our first Bronzed Cowbird of the year.  We also saw three Painted Buntings, singing at the tops of some trees.  Caught a great photo of a Blue Grosbeak.

Blue Grosbeak

In other news, I had mentioned before that I have a compression fracture on my spine.  I think, and hope, that it may be healing.  This morning I had an injection of Re-clast to strengthen my bones.  It is an annual injection so I am good to go for a while.

Enjoy the photos and click on either one to see an enlargement.  Happy Birding!!

Kingbird nest re-visited

Since I took nearly seventy photos of the Western Kingbird on Thursday, I had this image showing the kingbird to the side of the nest watching over the babies.  At first I thought it was to under-exposed, but thanks to good photo editing I was able to brighten it up enough to post here.  By the way, the fledges are just about ready to attempt to leave the nest.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they were flying by tomorrow.

Western Kingbird on nest.

This morning as Ann and I were driving around after taking care of the bird blind, we came across this Brown Rock Dove.  It is not a rare bird, but one that is seldom sighted.  This one was near the Prairie Dog village at the San Angelo State Park.

Brown Rock Dove

Also I got lucky again, spotting this Northern Bobwhite, in a tree calling to a mate.  I heard it before I saw it.  Happy Birding and enjoy the photos.  Click on the images for an enlargement.

Northern Bobwhite

Nesting Correction

Okay, I am learning.  It seems that I made a mistake in my previous post.  I went by that nest today.  The light was better, and better still, the mother bird was easier to identify along with her young ones.  It is not an Ash-throated Flycatcher as I said previously.  It obviously is a Western Kingbird with her chicks.  I got lucky again and got what I think, is a great photo of her and her hungry fledglings.  So enjoy this photo below and click on the image for an enlargement.

In other news, Ann, Jodie Wolslager, and I made a trip to Llano State Park down at Junction a few days ago.  An enjoyable trip despite rainy on the way down, then hot and humid after we got there.  The bird blinds there, four of them, were really sweat-boxes because of the high humidity.  However, we saw many birds that we don’t usually see around San Angelo.  A Yellow-breasted Chat, Yellow-throated Vireo, both lifers for me, and a Black-throated Sparrow.  Those birds are around here but not in the large numbers as they are down there.  I want to make a return trip soon.

Western Kingbird with hungry children