Our Birding Honey Hole


First, it should be explained that in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, honey hole is defined as slang for a location that yields large quantities of valued commodities.  Quite often it is applied to great personal fishing spots.  In our case, it is a hot spot for birds.  We discovered it several days ago near Twin Buttes Reservoir near a park area.  It is nothing more than a puddle of standing water, about 50 feet by 15 feet, surrounded by about five Mesquite trees.  Until it dries up, which will happen in a few days under this hot Texas sun unless we get more showers to fill it up again, it will be our little birding mecca.

Ann and I, after getting some yard chores done, decided to run over there this morning, which is only a couple of miles from our house.  We spent one hour and thirty-five minutes.  We just parked about twenty feet from the puddle/pond, turned the engine off and just watched from the car.  I had my Canon 7D with a 500mm lens and 1.4 teleconverter at the ready.  We weren’t disappointed.  In that short period we saw and ID’d nineteen species, saw another that we couldn’t identify, then also heard a Common Nighthawk and a Northern Bobwhite.  A total of 21 identifiable.  Here are a few photos from our little trip.

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Painted Bunting - female

Painted Bunting – female

There were several Bullock’s Orioles and one female was foraging in the bark of a mesquite for grubs.  This sequence of photos shows her success.

Bullock's Oriole - female, searching for grubs.

Bullock’s Oriole – female, searching for grubs.

Gotcha!!!

Gotcha!!!

Mmmmm  Good!!!

Mmm Good!!!

Here is a list of all 21 species that we encountered this morning in and hour and thirty-five minutes.

  1. Vermilion Flycatcher
  2. Canyon Towhee
  3. Bullock’s Oriole
  4. House Sparrow
  5. Ash-throated Flycatcher
  6. Curve-billed Thrasher
  7. Northern Mockingbird
  8. Black-throated Sparrow
  9. Painted Bunting
  10. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  11. Greater Roadrunner
  12. Brown-headed Cowbird
  13. Northern Cardinal
  14. House Finch
  15. Northern Bobwhite – heard
  16. White-winged Dove
  17. Pyrrhuloxia
  18. Common Nighthawk – heard
  19. Red-winged Blackbird
  20. Lark Sparrow
  21. Killdeer

We also saw an un-identified bird splashing in the water, that bore resemblance to a Yellow-rumped Warbler, but it was too wet and scrubby looking to make a definite ID.  Hope you enjoyed the photos.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

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20 thoughts on “Our Birding Honey Hole

    • Wow, that is amazing, Lisa. Only six? I need to come up there to fill up my life list. 🙂

      My honey hole will be a birding hot spot only until the water dries up in a few days. Thanks for the compliment on the Oriole.

  1. Gorgeous! Love the great sequence of the oriole and the grub! Nature in action! Looks like an awesome little “honey hole”! Saw some rain was heading through TX today. Hope some of it falls in your area!

    • Thanks, Amy. It is amazing that there were so many species in such a tiny area. We didn’t see them all at once, obviously. There would be one, then a few minutes later another. Every five minutes there was a surprise. We didn’t want to leave. 🙂

  2. Red is the one..and the other shots are great..we have had Eve grosbeaks and yellow headed black birds at the feeders all day..and no wind..just a light pleasant breeze..such a relief…

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