Saturday morning images Nov 16.

Here are a few photos from a short three-hour birding trip to Middle Concho and Spring Creek Parks.  The first two images are of a Cooper’s Hawk.  The same bird, but taken in two different trees.  It was on the move but we followed it.  The sky was bright but cloudy, and the subject was back-lit in both images.  The Cooper’s is often confused with the Sharp-shinned Hawk.  The Cooper’s is the larger of the two, but since I hadn’t had them close together, I opted for the Cooper’s because of the flatish head.  The horizontal breast markings show that it is an adult.

Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

We came upon several Yellow-rumped Warblers.  I was able to get this close shot when one lit on a small tree just a few feet from the car.  It wasn’t there but for a few seconds.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This Great Blue Heron was taking it easy atop an old concrete pier.

Great Blue Heron

We saw a good many birds, including our first Cedar Waxwing of the season.  Here is a complete list of our 29 sightings.

  1. Northern Mockingbird    4
  2. Great-tailed Grackle    35
  3. House Finch    2
  4. Northern Cardinal    3
  5. American Kestrel    2
  6. Eastern Bluebird    8
  7. Red-winged Blackbird    7
  8. American Coot    16
  9. Great Blue Heron    4
  10. Northern Harrier    1
  11. Double-crested Cormorant    9
  12. Pied-billed Grebe    1
  13. Mute Swan    2
  14. Vermilion Flycatcher    1
  15. Cooper’s Hawk    1
  16. White-winged Dove   20
  17. Golden-fronted Woodpecker    5
  18. Blue Jay    2
  19. Black-crested Titmouse    4
  20. Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1
  21. Yellow-rumped Warbler    3
  22. House Sparrow    10
  23. Belted Kingfisher    3
  24. Ring-billed Gull    11
  25. Gadwall    3
  26. Cedar Waxwing    3
  27. Eastern Phoebe    2
  28. American Robin    1
  29. Mallard    6

Enjoy the photos and click on any of them to see enlargements.