X-Bar Ranch Birding

As most of you know, Ann and I just returned from spending three days at the X-Bar Ranch Nature Retreat, near Eldorato, Texas.  We had a fantastic time.  Since we are in the midst of the migration, we were able to see quite a  number of birds.  The best part, all we had to do was to sit in an area about 50 feet from our cabin.  There was a small group of trees with a bubbling bird bath near by.
I set my Canon 7D on my tripod with a 500mm lens attached.  I kept my other 7D with a 100-400mm lens at my side.  So, between the two, I was pretty well equiped.  From the birding aspect, we saw 35 different species, all in that one little area.  A list is at the bottom of this post.


During our stay, one of the owners, Stan Meador, took us on a tour of the ranch.  He showed us a few other areas that could make good birding and photography areas.

Here are a few images that I captured.  I still have a large number of photographs to go through so there will be more posted in a few days.

Scrub Jay
Blue Grosbeak
Hermit Thrush
Summer Tanager

 Location:     X-Bar Ranch
Observation date:     4/18/11
Notes:     These are our observations at the Lodge April 18, 19, & 20th.<br>from
the north & south ends of the porch!
Number of species:     37

Northern Bobwhite     8
Wild Turkey     4
Turkey Vulture     6
American Kestrel     1
Eurasian Collared-Dove     2
White-winged Dove     6
Mourning Dove     10
Black-chinned Hummingbird     4
Golden-fronted Woodpecker     1
Eastern Phoebe     1
Eastern Kingbird     1
Western Scrub-Jay     7
Barn Swallow     2
Black-crested Titmouse     4
Bewick’s Wren     2
Hermit Thrush     2
Northern Mockingbird     6
Orange-crowned Warbler     2
Nashville Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     2
Yellow-rumped Warbler     3
Spotted/Eastern Towhee     5
Rufous-crowned Sparrow     2
Canyon Towhee     2
Chipping Sparrow     6
Lark Sparrow     2
Savannah Sparrow     2
White-crowned Sparrow     2
Summer Tanager     3
Northern Cardinal     6
Pyrrhuloxia     1
Blue Grosbeak     1
Painted Bunting     4
Great-tailed Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
Scott’s Oriole     2
House Finch     10
House Sparrow     2


12 thoughts on “X-Bar Ranch Birding

  1. Wonderful wonderful photos Bob! I’m bookmarking your site and plan to come back often because I think I could learn a lot from you! Take care.

  2. How much more does it cost to get only the very best bird models and perfect perches? 🙂 These are really beautiful, but then I guess I should just be expecting that from you.

    • Thanks, Linda. This place that we went to is a pretty neat place. Secluded and quiet. All those birds that you saw listed, we actually saw about 30 of them in one day. All in a small area no bigger that square footage of our house. Then the following day we would see the same with maybe another one thrown in. A lot of them are birds that we don’t see often where we live.

  3. Beautiful photos..I have never seen a blue grosbeak. We have the Pine Grosbeak and Evening Grosbeak here where we live. Can’t wait to see the rest of your photos. We were thrilled today as we had 6 American Gold Finch at our feeder..have not had them before..

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