Weekend of Birding Fun


Ann and I had a fine time with our birding over the weekend.  On Saturday we went to our usual haunt at the parks around Lake Nasworthy.  On Sunday, she wanted to go again, but I thought it would be fun to go somewhere different for a change of scenery.  We decided to visit the water treatment ponds down at Eldorado, Texas.  I am glad we did, as there were numerous water birds there, some that we hadn’t seen up here around San Angelo lately.  After visiting the ponds we drove out a local county highway where there are a couple of Crested Caracaras nesting in a tree about 500 yards off of the road.  We spotted a couple of their heads above the nests, but too far away for any pictures.  Down the road a little farther we came to a large bridge over a creek bed.  There was a large pond of water where there were about 40 Canvasbacks swimming around, along with some Ruddy Ducks and Northern Shovelers.

All in all, we had a total of 52 different species spotted for both days.  We added several more to our 2013 list.  We now have 56 for the year already, of the 200 that we are shooting for.  Here are a few of those species.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

Northern MockinbirdState bird of Texqas

Northern Mockinbird
State bird of Texas

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Canvasback

Canvasback

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Red-tailed HawkWind-blown atop utility pole.

Red-tailed Hawk
Wind-blown atop utility pole.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Here is a complete list of our birding weekend.

  1. Northern Shoveler
  2. White-winged Dove
  3. Killdeer
  4. Inca Dove
  5. House Sparrow
  6. Northern Mockingbird
  7. American Coot
  8. Pied-billed Grebe
  9. Red-winged Blackbird
  10. European Starling
  11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  12. Black Vulture
  13. Double-crested Cormorant
  14. Western Meadowlark
  15. Eastern Bluebid
  16. Gadwall
  17. Vermilion Flycatcher
  18. House Finch
  19. Northern Harrier
  20. Great Blue Heron
  21. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  22. Belted Kingfisher
  23. Black-crested Titmouse
  24. Black-bellied Whistling Duck
  25. Red-tailed Hawk
  26. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  27. Eastern Phoebe
  28. Northern Cardinal
  29. Ring-billed Gull
  30. Common Grackle
  31. Great-tailed Grackle
  32. Western Bluebird
  33. Bewick’s Wren
  34. Osprey
  35. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  36. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  37. Green-winged Teal
  38. Mute Swan
  39. Ring-necked Duck
  40. Greater Roadrunner
  41. American Kestrel
  42. Ruddy Duck
  43. American Wigeon
  44. Lesser Scaup
  45. Bufflehead
  46. Eared Grebe
  47. Crested Caracara
  48. Canvasback
  49. American Goldfinch
  50. Savannah Sparrow
  51. Common Raven
  52. Northern Pintail