Birding days are here again……

Finally after several days of chilly, undesirable weather, today was a great one.  After a great breakfast with friends, and with Ann getting the grocery shopping done, we were off to the local parks to see what we have been missing for the past week.

We were not disappointed.  From the birding aspect, we saw some 40 species.  We added three to our “Big Year” list, getting up to a new total of 93.  As you know, our 2014 goal is 210.  Will we make it, only time will tell.  It really doesn’t matter, as the fun is in the hunt.

We got a message from another friend that said there was an American White Pelican in the Middle Concho River.  We saw actually about a dozen of them near the spillway at the Twin Buttes dam.  I got several good photos of them.

Northern Pelican

American White Pelican

American Pelicans being photo-bombed by a Ringed-bill Gull.

American White Pelicans being photo-bombed by a Ringed-bill Gull.

We also saw our first Greater Yellowlegs of the year.  I was surprised it took so long for us to see one of these.  Usually there are more of them around.  This one decided to pose on a pedestal of his choosing.

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Amidst all of the action, a pair of American Coots were taking a leisurely Saturday afternoon cruise.

American Coots

American Coots

So it was nice to have a nice warm, (75 degree) afternoon to go birding again.  The forecast is about the same for tomorrow, so we may go out again, because Monday brings another cold front.  But they say spring is just around the corner, so we will be checking the corners.

Big Year list additions:

#91  Inca Dove

#92  Greater Yellowlegs

#93  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Click on any image to see an enlargement, and enjoy.

13 thoughts on “Birding days are here again……

  1. Super photos…spring? Corners? We have a couple of blocks of corners left up her in Pa. But it will be here soon enough. forgot to tell you…we saw a Bald Eagle circling over our yard the other night!

      • I’ve heard predictions we will have Texas weather in Chicago in 40 years. I don’t suppose you heard you’ll have Chicago weather first? I’m working up a Texas bird list. So funny, the Avibase Texas list includes Passenger Pigeon and Ivory-Billed Woodpecker!

        • Maybe they think Texas is so big there are still some unexplored habitats…? They do say the Passenger Pigeon is “extinct” but maybe they want to reserve its place in the phylogenetic order in case it returns,

  2. wow..the clarity is fabulous on these photos. We still are having snow which we needed and lots of Juncos, Chickadees and Nuthatches. so really enjoy seeing your photos.. thanks so much for sharing. glad your weather is warmer..we got up to 37 degrees today..Yeah, above freezing..but it is a typical Colorado Winter..

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