Back from X-Bar Ranch

We got back from the Live Oak Lodge at the X-bar Ranch this morning.  Still in the act of getting caught on some of my stuff that needs doing.  We picked up Suzie, our Shi-Tzu from the sitters and she is glad to be back.  We had a great time and are looking forward to going back in the spring.

We saw a bunch of birds there that we don’t usually see around San Angelo.  There were many Hermit Thrushes.  I hadn’t seen one in the wild in a couple of years.  Susan and Sid Johnson, who live in Eldorado not far away, brought pizza out to our cabin Tuesday evening so they could bird with us for with a couple of hours.  Suzanne instantly brought our attention to a Dark-eyed Junco.  Darn, she’s good. 🙂 

Hermit Thrush

Wednesday morning Ann and I got out early and saw a Spotted Towhee, then a somewhat rare White-throated Sparrow.  That is another lifer.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of it.  It didn’t stay long enough to get a decent image. 

In other news, I have decided to start a Bird of the Week series.  It will begin tomorrow, so watch for it every Friday.  Earlier I had contemplated doing a Bird of the Day, but decided that series wouldn’t last very long at that rate.   But the weekly idea means I can string it out much longer.

As you can see, I have inserted a photo of the Hermit Thrush.  On Monday, I will show you some more images after I sort through them and do a little editing.  And I’ll have a little story about our hike.

10 thoughts on “Back from X-Bar Ranch

    • Thanks for the compliments on the shot. Those thrushes are little cuties. I must have took nearly images of them alone.

      As for the hike story, well, hmm…..I was afraid you’d say that. 🙂

  1. Nice work on the Thrush, Bob. I’d heard of X-Bar on the Heart of Texas trail, but I never made it down there before Uncle Sam sent me north. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you scared up while you were there.


    • Thanks, Jim.

      The only Hermit Thrush that I ever saw was at a banding session. I took of it while someone was holding it in their hand. I didn’t think that should count toward my life list, so now I don’t have a guilty conscience for adding it anyway. 🙂


  2. Bob…glad you two made it back safely. Regarding the white throated sparrow, if I am not mistaken, we have an abundance of those little boogers up here. If they aren’t white throated sparrows, then they are close cousins. I’ ll try to get a snapshot of one of them and maybe you could help me determine what it is. Take care, amigo.


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