San Angelo State Park Birds


Tuesday began with overcast skies again.  Temperatures were quite nice, though.  With the cloudy skies I decided to get out of the house and visit the blind at San Angelo State Park.  I love the lighting in these conditions; no bright sunlight or harsh shadows.  Ann had to do some household chores, so I could concentrate more on my bird photography, and less on just bird watching.

When I first got there, I first saw a Spotted Towhee, (Pipilo maculatus), darting in and out of some nearby brush.  Occasionally, he would flit up into a small tree.

Spotted Towhee

Then there were the two Pyrrhuloxia, (Cardinalis sinuatus), a male and a female.  Two very beautiful birds.  One, the male, was in a bird feeder.

Pyrrhuloxia (male)

The female was peeking around from a small log.

Pyrrhuloxia (female)

I hope you enjoyed the photos. Click on any image to see a beautiful enlargement.  More to come soon.

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38 thoughts on “San Angelo State Park Birds

  1. Bob
    Thanks for sharing……the shot of the male Cardinal on the feeder turned out really nice and sharp. I have never seen this type of Cardinal before. It is really nice to see the different species of Cardinals from around the country.

    • Yes, Toby, I would think it very unusual for a Northern Cardinal to have a white crown. Personally, I have never heard of that happening. But I guess it could happen to be some kind of morph or quirk.

  2. Okay, your photos have convinced me that I really need to get a better camera. On the other hand, perhaps I should go back to the posts where you talk about the photography itself and give myself a lesson. Fantastic photos as usual!

  3. I’ve never seen a Towhee yet, and probably won’t see that “Cardinal on steroids” (Pyrrhuloxia) either… but I have seen a Black Capped Chickadee or two at my bird feeders these past two weeks! So cute! Hey, I’ll take what I can get, and let you bring me the rest! Lovely!
    ~ Lynda

  4. As usual, great photos. I love the birds with the crests..last two shots are awesome. Who says birds don’t have character? Look forward to more posts..

    • The Spotted Towhees are elusive. They usually stay pretty much hidden and just dart out of the brush for a tidbit, then disappear just as quick. Thanks for the comment.

  5. I love the last two birds… That start with a P :). That male is so stunning and I love how the female was peaking out from behind a log. So cute! Great post, Bob! I look forward to the photos to come 🙂

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