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





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

32 thoughts on “Weekend of Birding Fun

  1. A nice collection Bob. I especially enjoy the kestrel. And the Canvasback – we usually don’t see many of them around here but there was one exception about 4 years ago when there were oodles of them. Birds are hard to figure out sometimes…

  2. Wonderful post Bob. I can’t wait to see Northern Mockingbirds again, they are only here during the breeding season and are actually few & far between, quite a switch from living in the south where they live year round.

  3. That sounds like a very productive two days! I love the iridescence on the Bufflehead – how beautiful. Lovely photos!

    • Thank you very much, Alison. Actually I didn’t get off a good shot of a Kestrel this weekend. This photo was taken a few months ago. I just love to photograph them when I can, though, they are such cuties. 🙂

  4. Beautiful birds and beautiful photos!! Love that little bufflehead and kestrel. Well, they are all very nice…so well done Bob and Ann! Thanks for posting-hugs

  5. absolutely beautiful shots…they are all so great..will be glad when spring comes and we get our ducks back…thanks so much for sharing…the colors in the bufflehead are so brilliant, but then the others are too…Have a great evening..

  6. What a great set of photos! Tack sharp, colorful, and a wide variety of species. In spite of its relative lack of color compared to the others, I really like that Mockingbird. It is such an entertaining bird to watch (especially if there is a cat around).

    • Thank you very much, Dwynn. I realized when I posted the Mockingbird that I really don’t have very many images of one. I guess it is probably for that very reason you mentioned. Not very colorful, and there are so many of them around here, I guess I take them for granted and mostly ignore them.

  7. That is a great weekend bird count, Bob! I am curious, do the birds that fly south go through another breeding session with hatching ?Or are the nests just for resting? Do they go through another moult? A lot of the ducks that I see go through a molt after breeding in the late summer in Alberta, Canada then get new feathers before flying south. But not all, some song birds like the warblers have duller colours when they leave. do you see them get more colourful before they head north again? I am totally ignorant on this topic.

    • I, also, am very ignorant on those topics. However, I do believe that the nests are used for breeding. As for the moulting, I don’t think I would hazard a guess, either. Maybe someone who reads this, can enlighten us.

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