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…………….