I just got home a couple of hours ago and have been going through over 300 images that I took today. Of course, about 280 of them will be trashed, but I did get a few good ones. In all, the three of us, Ann, Carl Williams, my neightbor, and I saw/or photographed 43 species of birds. We never left the San Angelo city limits.
One of the highlights was to see a Western Grebe in the Middle Concho River. It is an unusual bird to be seen around here. It usually abides further west. Then when we were driving throught Spring Creek Park, Ann pointed up into a tree where a Great Horned Owl was sitting on a branch. It was back-lit by the sun, but somehow I was able to come up with a barely acceptable print. Below is a complete list that we reported to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
- White-crowned Sparrow 12
- Brown-headed Cowbird 4
- Bullock’s Oriole 4
- House Sparrow 10
- House Finch 14
- Northern Mockingbird 22
- Red-winged Blackbird 12
- White-winged Dove 29
- Pyrrhuloxia 1
- Orange-crowned Warbler 1
- Northern Cardinal 3
- Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
- Mourning Dove 4
- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 24
- Lark Sparrow 10
- Barn Swallow 8
- Chipping Sparrow 4
- Bewick’s Wren 1
- Black-throated Sparrow 1
- Turkey Vulture 12
- Great-tailed Grackle 36
- Common Grackle 12
- Vesper Sparrow 6
- Black-necked Stilt 4
- Northern Shoveler 12
- Ash-throated Flycatcher 4
- Red-tailed Hawk 1
- Pied-billed Grebe 3
- Inco Dove 2
- Curve-billed Thrasher 2
- Double-crested Cormorant 10
- Neotropic Cormorant 3
- Black-crested Titmouse 2
- European Starling 3
- American Coot 3
- Western Grebe 1
- Great Blue Heron 3
- Savannah Sparrow 2
- Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
- Black-crowned Night Heron 1
- Osprey 1
- Eastern Bluebird 1
- Great Horned Owl 1
I hope you enjoyed this post. I will have more photos later in the week. I was somewhat rushed to get this done to publish it today. Don’t forget to vote in my weekly Bird ID quiz at this link: https://bobzeller.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/birding-quiz-of-the-week/ or at the “Birding Quiz of the Week” post on right side of this page. Results will be published Friday. Then on Saturday I will have a brand new quiz for you. I have already written it, and can’t wait for you to see it.
Sounds like you had a great day, my friend! I think I can give you a little bit of leeway with the photograph, because I know how talented you really are, and how difficult it is to shoot such a backlit subject really well! Anyway, I’ve already seen the next shot of him and it is much better! Ha! Ha!
Thank you, John, I really appreciate it.
I was a birder in high school and my first two years in college at Texas A&M. Then I had to get busy, study, graduate, get a job, all those things in life that interfere with fun. After a 37-year absence, I took up birding again this past January. It’s a lot of fun to go with a group, especially when the leader and several other people can identify birds by their movements and sounds.
I certainly agree with you, Russel. Work can sure get in the way of birding. Welcome back. 🙂
Hi Bob! I will be voting for you! What I would give to see all of the beautiful things you see.
Thank you very much, Adriana. Welcome to my blog.
Wow just to see one, let alone photograph one would be a treat for me!!!
Thanks, David. It is always exciting to see one. I wish the lighting would have been better, but as you well know, you have to take what you can get. 🙂
The owl is gorgeous. I love his ear tufts. He is winking knowingly, as if he knows the answer to the quiz!
He might know. Heh Heh! thanks for the comment, Jo.
This was a busy and fun day for you. That is an impressive list of birds. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Elizabeth, more pics to come. 🙂
I too like the winking pose Bob. I’m very impressed by your species list for the day – especially considering they were all in the city. Interesting that Western Grebes are unusual in your area – we’re swimming in them right now. Clark’s Grebes too.
It is me or the owl is winking an eye?
I do believe it is. 🙂
These owls are so magnificent and stately. Great shot..sound like you had a fabulous day with the birds..
Thanks, Syl. Not a great image, but I like the pose. :0(
The owl looks like a painting! I love how he looks like part of the tree himself because of his coloring. Can’t wait to find out who the mystery bird is!
You flatter me, Karin. But thanks anyway. On Friday I will disclose this mysterious creatue. 🙂
How cool! What a thrilling day 🙂
Yeah, it was a lot of fun. 🙂
Sounds like you all had a great Day Bob! I like the Great Horned Owl image.
Thanks, Mia. But definitely one of my best. The sun was behind him, and I did a poor during post processing.
This sounds like a wonderful day indeed!
Thanks, Ted. Indeed, it was a blast. 🙂