San Angelo State Park – March Birding Tour

On Saturday March 17, San Angelo State Park had their new monthly birding

Northern Cardinal

tour.  I used to lead it until several months ago, when I gave up the job so someone else could take over.  It took awhile to find someone to fulfill the position, so finally one of the park personnel, Ranger Jade, decided that he would give it a try.  We met at 8:30 at the gatehouse and headed for the blind.  Ranger Jade asked me to assist him as this was all new to him.

Field Sparrow




It went quite well.  There were nine of us this time, but I think when the word gets out, there will be larger turn-outs.  This time they made the birding tour part of a spring break celebration of sorts.  They also had a nature tour, and a bison tour going on also.  Because of this the birding was somewhat abbreviated.  Most of the time was spent at the blind and with a quick drive by the lake to check out the water birds.   We only saw 25 species.  This is the complete list.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  1. Canyon Towhee   1
  2. White-crowned Sparrow   12
  3. Northern Mockinbird   12
  4. Yellow-headed Blackbird   1
  5. Red-winged Blackbird   13
  6. Phrrhuloxia   3
  7. Mourning Dove   6
  8. White-winged Dove   8
  9. House Finch   15
  10. House Sparrow   10
  11. American Avocet   3
  12. Northern Shoveler  50+
  13. Northern Harrier   1
  14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet   1
  15. Field Sparrow   1
  16. Vesper Sparrow   6
  17. European Starling   4
  18. Golden-fronted Woodpecker   2
  19. Killdeer   2
  20. Western Meadowlark   6
  21. Turkey Vulture   4
  22. Black-crested Titmouse   1
  23. Ring-necked Duck   1
  24. Barn Swallow   4
  25. Curve-billed Thrasher   1

    Curve-billedl Thrasher

Click on any image to see an enlargement.  In the future the birding tours will be on a regular schedule of the third Saturday of each month, meeting at the South Gate at 8:30AM.

31 thoughts on “San Angelo State Park – March Birding Tour

  1. Some nice photos here Bob! The birding tours look like fun! I’m very partial to the Curve-billed Thrashers as several of them live at my house. They’re very entertaining birds.

  2. Great shots as usual..Even the field sparrow is a delight. The Kinglet is awesome and so hard to see, let alone photograph. I love red to..this is one bird that says GO instead of stop. I think it grand that you are having tours and getting people involved in nature..we need more of it in the world..have a great eveing..

  3. I especially like that thrasher image Bob. The only thrasher we get around here in any numbers is the Sage Thrasher – a species I love but they sure don’t have the dramatic bill that yours does. Our state parks are under-utilized too – a fact we don’t bemoan when we’re out shooting since we like the solitude. That said, our state parks need more support from the public, especially in these tough financial times.

    • I agree, the Sage Thrasher doesn’t seem to have the personality tha the Curve-billed does.

      I know what you mean about the parks, Ron. It is nice to have no one around when I’m shooting, but then without any support the parks won’t exist long. A real catch-22.

  4. I adore that kinglet! They are listed in my Michigan species book so I always hold out hope I’ll see on some day. (: Glad the tour went well Bob! It’s been days of 80 degree temps…. today will be almost 90! Loves! ~ Melissa

  5. Lovely images as always Bob. It was wonderful of you to help out Ranger Jade. The more people that get interested in birds and nature in general the brighter the future looks for all wildlife.

    • Thanks so much, Mia. I couldn’t agree with you more. You would be surprised to know how few people in this city have ever been to the state park. We are trying to correct that.

  6. Have you ever gotten a ruby-crowned kinglet with his little ruby showing? I have a couple but nothing outstanding. Those little guys never sit still! You got a nice pose, though

    • No, I have never been that lucky to get a shot with the ruby showing. You nailed the problem, they move too quickly, and hope you get the right shot. That’s how I got lucky with the pose. 🙂

  7. Great shots Bob! I tried leading a nature group, we always had a few people sign up that didn’t know the meaning of quiet, then wondered why we never saw anything. Sounds like your group is quiet enough to see birds.

    • So far it has been pretty good. We try to discourage young children. In fact, the State Park advertises it as an Adult Birding Tour. But then, it seems every once in a while there is an adult that is louder than any little kid. Go figure. Thanks for the comment, Jerry.

  8. I may have to do some research and see if there are any birding tours in or near Atlanta. I think it’s great you used to lead the tours! I bet you were hard to replace! Love the photos, but especially the Northern Cardinal. Beautiful reds! Great and lovely post as always, Bob!

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