San Angelo State Park – Great Birding Day


Ann and I spent four hours at San Angelo State Park Saturday morning.  Weather was beautiful and the birds were alive.

Wild Turkey

This Wild Turkey was wandering through quite frequently.  Almost too close for my long lens, so I decided on a formal portrait for the upcoming Turkey Trot dance.

Green-tailed Towhee before toweling off.

There was a Green-tailed Towhee in attendance again after a three-week vacation.  I don’t know where he went, but he looked pretty fit.  Expecially after he got toweled off after his bath.

Green-tailed Towhee - looking dapper.

Like I said, there were plenty of birds. We saw our first two of the season of the Painted Bunting and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  Here is a complete list of 32 species from our four hours of birding:

  1. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher   7
  2. Bullock’s Oriole   4
  3. Wild Turkey   2
  4. Mourning Dove   6
  5. Red-winged Blackbird   11
  6. White-crowned Sparrow   12
  7. House finch  10
  8. Common Grackle   13
  9. Brown-headed Cowbird   6
  10. White-winged Dove   20
  11. Canyon Towhee   1
  12. Yellow-billed Cuckoo   1
  13. Verdin   1
  14. Northern Mockingbird   10
  15. Bewick’s Wrn   1
  16. Painted Bunting   1
  17. Clay-colored Sparrow   1
  18. Green-tailed Towhee   1
  19. Western Kingbird   1
  20. Lark Bunting   2
  21. Ash-throated Flycatcher   2
  22. Great-tailed Grackle   10
  23. House Sparrow   13
  24. Turkey Vulture   4
  25. Barn Swallow   5
  26. Savannah Sparrow   4
  27. Says Phoebe   1
  28. Ladder-backed Woodpecker   1
  29. Curved-bill Thrasher   1
  30. Lark Sparrow   6
  31. Golden-fronted Woodpecker   1
  32. Greater Roadrunner   1

Voting will be open until next Thursday afternoon for playing our bird ID quiz.  Click here:  BirdQuiz.  Great fun for all.  Results published next Friday, then a new quiz wil start next Saturday.  Click on any image to see an enlargement.

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27 thoughts on “San Angelo State Park – Great Birding Day

  1. I really envy your GT Towhees Bob. We have them here but they’re difficult to find and approach. In a way that species is partly responsible for me getting into birds – 40+ years ago they were my field study species in a college ornithology class. It upsets me that I don’t even have a category for them in my organizer (no decent photos to put there).

    • Thank you very much, Ron. I only wish the light might have been a bit better. However, that bird is rare here, and it is the only one around, and it will be gone soon. I just make the best of it. 🙂

  2. Toweling off- that’s a term I didn’t know about. But yes, I have seen many birds do this. They look so cute. And this Green-tailed Towhee is really adorable. And “pretty” after everything has settled down. 😀

    Beautiful photos, Bob. 🙂

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