Foggy Monday Birds and a Beast

Okay, okay, I know I haven’t posted in a few days.  I’ve been waiting for a sunshine-filled happy day.  As I am writing this, it may not happen for awhile.  This morning it is very, very foggy.  However, I am hoping for the sun to break through later today.  So I will fill in with the latest birding results from yesterday, posted at the end of this post, and a couple of pictures.

Nine-banded Armadillo

What is a post without some pictures, right?  Yesterday, after doing a little birding, we were on our way out of San Angelo State Park, when we observed a couple of Armadillos rooting around, looking for something edible.  The above image  pictures one of them.  Also, a little earlier, while at the bird blind, I photographed this Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).  I believe that it is a 1st year male. Click on either photo to see an enlargement. 

Red-winged Blackbird

The following is a list of birds that we saw and reported yesterday.

Location:     San Angelo State Park
Observation date:     1/16/11
Number of species:     24

Northern Shoveler     6
American White Pelican     20
Great Blue Heron     2
Red-tailed Hawk     1
American Kestrel     2
American Coot     12
Killdeer     2
Greater Yellowlegs     2
Least Sandpiper     6
Ring-billed Gull     50
White-winged Dove     6
Greater Roadrunner     1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     1
Northern Mockingbird     10
Curve-billed Thrasher     1
Spotted Towhee     1
Canyon Towhee     1
White-crowned Sparrow     12
Northern Cardinal     4
Pyrrhuloxia     5
Red-winged Blackbird     10
Western Meadowlark     1
House Finch     6
House Sparrow     8

Happy Birding!!

5 thoughts on “Foggy Monday Birds and a Beast

  1. Very interesting post! I didn’t know there is more than one species of armadillo – ‘nine banded’ – and although the song of the red-winged blackbird brings joy to me every time I hear it, visiting ponds and lakes in the summer, I have never seen one without its breeding plumage and I would never have recognized this gorgeous fellow. Beautiful images, as always, Bob.

    • Honestly, Cindy, I really don’t know if there is another species of Armadillo. I just know what the “official” name of this one is, and it is common in Texas. As for the Red-winged Blackbird, I am more surprised with the more I learn. At first glance I thought it was a female of the species. Shows how much I still have to learn. Thanks for commenting.


  2. Nice shots Bob! My daughter will love that Armadillo, she’s had a fascination with them since then mentioned them in class last year. That blackbird is awesome, I love the detail on it, the wing feathers almost seem unreal!!

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