Monday morning was getting warm but there was a thin layer of high cloudiness. With the diffused sunlight, I thought I would venture out to the San Angelo State Park to see what I might find to photograph. Ann was doing the laundry and housecleaning and preferred that I was somewhere else anyway.
Arriving at the park, I decided on going to the bird blind first. If a person is going to sit in there very long, it is best to do it early as it warms very fast these days. However, when I got there I was very disappointed. The grass and weeds were more than two feet deep. The pond was covered in algae. There was no trace of anything in the feeders. I scrounged in the bin, and found only a handful of seed that I could scrape off the bottom. I put that meager amount out in hopes of attracting a few birds. It is obvious to me that the park personnel have no desire to maintain the place anymore. The “Friends of San Angelo State Park”, seem to be directing their efforts elsewhere. I don’t understand this, as birding is one of the largest growing hobbies in the state now.
Enough of my rant. I sat there long enough to get a photos of a Northern Cardinal and a House Sparrow. In it it’s own way, the sparrow is a very pretty bird. Of course, I can’t say enough about the cardinal.
I also saw, while sitting there, numerous White-winged Doves, a couple of Black-crested Titmouses, and a Curve-billed Thrasher. There were a couple of Bobwhites calling in the distance, too.
I decided to take a drive thru the park then, only to find that the birding was a bit sparse there, too. Probably a combination of the heat and scarcity of water. However, I did spot a Greater Roadrunner that I was able to photograph.
Early fall migration is right around the corner. Beginning in late August, we might start to see some birds coming back from their journeys elsewhere. Enjoy the photos, and click on any of them to see enlargements.
Don’t forget, Part IV of my music journey, will be published this coming weekend. The plot thickens…………….
Sounds to me as if you will become a volunteer birding activist. No one wants to throw money at nature anymore. It’s all roads, bridges, malls…nothing left for the wetland areas and open migrating spaces.
Yeah, it makes me want to burn my bra! HaHa!! Seriously, I am going to suggest that they bulldoze the place. Thanks for commenting, Shannon.
That is a beautiful Roadrunner!! And I swear, you have stuffed birds and just set them in front of the perfect backdrop for them and shoot away!! The Sparrow and the Cardinal are both just right. But then you have had a bit of practice at this! Thanks for the great post and I look forward to Part IV!
Thanks again, Beth. You are too nice. I just get lucky with being in the right spot and waiting for the opportunities. 🙂
Love the Roadrunner…reminds me of the days when cartoons were cartoons..Wiley Coyote and all. I agree with you that the House Sparrow has a beauty of its own and always the Red Birds!! Great Photos..
Thanks for the humorous comment, Syl. I appreciate it. 🙂