I am sitting here at my computer pondering the day, and wondering what I am going to write about. I sometimes never decide until I am actually here with my fingers on the keyboard. Ann and I had a pretty nice weekend, but now it’s time to get after it. “It” being doing something constructive.
On Friday we decided to make a birding run through our local parks in the Lake Nasworthy area. We actually came away with seeing 43 species in about three hours time. I didn’t get any photos that were in an award-winning fashion, but here are a few images from the morning.
The Eared Grebe was the first we had seen this year, and we were fortunate to do so, as they usually have all left by this date except for a few hangers-on.
The Blue-winged Teal was feeding pretty near the grebe, as was the Great Egret pictured below.
Sparrows are difficult to photograph, because of the small size and also because it is hard to catch them still enough when they are in the grass. I got lucky with this Savannah Sparrow.
So photographically the day wasn’t a complete waste. I have to admit, though, that sometimes I get caught up with the birding aspect, and sub-conciously forget the cameras. Then I have a ‘V-eight’ moment, slam myself in the forehead about possibly missing a great shot.
Speaking of great birding here is a list of our sightings, which included our first Bullock’s Oriole of the year.
- Blue Jay 1
- White-winged Dove 7
- House Finch 9
- Great-tailed Grackle 11
- House Sparrow 5
- Mourning Dove 3
- Neotropic Cormorant 15
- American Coot 25
- Gadwall 5
- Pied-billed Grebe 3
- European Starling
- Killdeer 1
- Turkey Vulture 5
- Eastern Bluebird 3
- Red-winged Blackbird 7
- Northern Shoveler 1
- Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4
- Bewick’s Wren 1
- Northern Cardinal 5
- Ash-throated Flycatcher 2
- Eared Grebe 1
- Blue-winged Teal
- Common Grackle 7
- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
- Brown-headed Cowbird 1
- Chipping Sparrow 7
- Vermilion Flycatcher 2
- Lark Sparrow 7
- Black-bellied Whistling Duck 25
- Barn Swallow 5
- Great Blue Heron 4
- Savannah Sparrow 3
- Great Egret 1
- Black-crested Titmouse
- Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
- Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
- Bullock’s Oriole 2
- White-crowned Sparrow 3
- Wild Turkey 1
- Belted Kingfisher
- Cinnamon Teal 1
- Rock Pigeon 1
- Northern Mockingbird 7
I hope you enjoyed the images. Click on any of them to see enlargements.
Such a successful day for birding, what with nearly 60 bird species in the course of a day. I wonder though, what is a BAD day for you? Forty birds? Thirty? You’re like a bird (chick?) magnet. LOL
And I must say I’m a bit jealous about your upcoming Big Bend trip. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through your posts. No doubt you’ll throw in a couple of scenic panoramas of Santa Elena Canyon or Mule Ears just for me too. Right? 🙂
Oh funny…you saw 43 birds. I thought it was 53. So now you seem more like a regular guy to me. (But still a special regular.)
Yeah, it was a fun day even if it was only 43 species. Chick magnet??? Hey, I like it. 🙂 And, oh yes, I will be brushing up on my landscape photography down there. Just for you. 🙂
What a blessing to have so many lovely species of birds in your area. Sounds like you had an awesome outting. Love the pics!
Thanks very much, Amy.
Wow! You guys were busy. Nice pictures. I’ve never seen that eared grebe before.
Thanks, Dina. I really appreciate your comments.
Lovely photos – sounds like you had a great time! The teal is just gorgeous – look at that plumage. Totally different from the teal we get here. Hope the weather is warming up for you now!
Thank you so much, Jo. The temps are definitely getting warmer here, 95 is forecast for today.
Ah, yes, at least I can dream! Gale force winds again here, and raining!
Hello! I grew up in San Angelo, but I never realized that there is such a variety of beautiful birds in the area!! Guess I was just too young to be interested and attentive at the time. I found out about your postings a few months and want to thank you for sharing your great shots! I am thoroughly enjoying them!! Gloria
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Thanks, Gloria for the comment. I am always grateful for new readers. I hope you will continue to read my posts. Hope you will return to San Angelo some day.
Great photos as usual..Love all of them..especially the little Savannah Sparrow..sometimes we forget the little birds..We have not seen to many species of birds lately, as we are in the migration time frame..lots of Pelicans and Scaups on the lake..Snow is expected today..Springtime in the Rockys. lol..
Thanks, Syl. I appreciate you. You are one of my very faithful readers. 🙂 It is hard to imagine your snow as it is getting quite warm here now.
I generally take my camera when I going birding. But often, I get too busy looking for birds that I also forget about taking pictures. Had a good day yesterday as I got a Fox Sparrow, an Eastern Towhee and a Sandhill Crane. All at one of our local conservation areas. Today is quite warm. 66 F. Warmest day we have had so far this spring.
Thanks, Dave, for the comment. Birding is so darned much fun, I really get caught up in it. Our highs are now in the low 90s. Next week when we return to the Big Bend I imagine it will probably be in the low 100s during the day. But I won’t complain. Should be good birding.