Much has been said in my post about our birding at Spring Creek and Middle Concho Parks. Most of my recent photos have been taken at one or both of these areas. Such as the Great Blue Heron and Great Egret, both of which I took yesterday.
But another area that we have pretty much neglected to bird, is an area at Twin Buttes Reservoir. This lake, with one of the longest earthern dams in the country, was built in the early ’60s as a flood control project. As with most of the local lakes around here, it has almost dried up during our drought. However, with a thunderstorm a couple of days ago, there are a few puddles of standing water. Such is what we found when we decided to drive out there after spending time at the above mentioned parks.
It was hot by the time we got there, but this one spot among a dozen mesquite trees felt like a little oasis. There was a low area about 50 feet long by about 15 feet wide filled with muddy water that hadn’t soaked into the ground yet. There were numerous small birds flitting between the trees and the water.
Besides the above birds, we also saw a Painted Bunting take a quick splash in the water, but was gone before I could get the camera to my eye. We also spotted an Orchard Oriole on a nearby high wire.
This is the kind of birding that I really enjoy. To find a nice birdy spot like this, sit and watch from our blind, a.k.a. our car. The fun is not knowing what you are going to see. We will be going back very soon, before the water dries up.
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