The birds are coming! The birds are coming!!

We are finally starting to see some more birds arriving again.  Where we would see just empty waters at Middle Concho Park, here in San Angelo, Texas, we are seeing now a few more waterbirds, and other migratories.

Wood Ducks

Our latest trip allowed us to see some Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, and four Wood Ducks.  On that latter one, I got an improved photo over the one I showed in a previous post.  We also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and possibly a second one.  I was unable to get a photo, but the red nape and center white feathers on it’s back were pretty distinctive.

Swainson’s Hawk

We also saw a flyover of about a dozen geese, but I was unable to identify them, as they were moving pretty fast.  I got a pretty good image of a Swainson’s Hawk, and also one of a Belted Kingfisher as he was intent on watching for a meal in the waters below him.

Belted Kingfisher

In the case of the Wood Ducks and the Belted Kingfisher, the birds were quite a distance away and I had to rely on some creative cropping to get these close-up images.  My old friend, the Great Egret, was still hanging around and I have a hard time resisting getting more images of him.

Great Egret

So that’s it for this post.  It is raining this morning, but later, if it clears out, I may make another run to see what is arriving today. 🙂

16 thoughts on “The birds are coming! The birds are coming!!

  1. And they are so beautiful. I have always wanted to see a Wood Duck. I believe I will someday.So appreciate your photos. Of these three, I have spotted a Belted Kingfisher.

  2. Super shots Bob…especially after clicking to enlarge them. I have never seen wood ducks outside of photos. I have seen many nesting boxes folks have put up in the marshes around here, so this was a real treat!

  3. Good Morning..All of our summer visitors are leaving and headed your way. The Canadian Geese are flocking up and birds are hitting the feeders like there is no tomorrow..Love the photos..I really like the Belted Kingfisher..he is a sassy looking little guy. Can’t wait now for more of your photos…take care and have terrific Tuesday.

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