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Ann and I visited the bird blind at San Angelo State Park over the weekend. We met our friend Bill Yeates while we were there. The light was awesome for photos and we got several nice bird photos. But, also, while we were there, Bill and I happened to see an unfamiliar creature in the grass. It didn’t look like our regular Mexican Ground Squirrels that are so plentiful. When it emerged into the open, we realized it was some kind of chipmunk. The surprising thing is, there aren’t supposed to be chipmunks in the area. I took a few photos, (see below), and then showed the image to the resident park ranger. He said that it was a Gray-footed Chipmunk and it had never been seen in the park or in the area. They should be in the Guadalupe Mountains in far west Texas. How or why it is here, is anyone’s guess.
Below is probably the best photo of a male House Finch that I was able to get in a long time. They are so common and plentiful around here that I tend to ignore them. I got it shortly after photographing the chipmunk.
I edited a few more photos from our Pedernales Falls trip and they are ready to be published here.
After getting home from Pedernales Falls State Park, we made a quick trip to our regular birding areas around Lake Nasworthy. We came upon this beautiful Green Heron.
For those that are following our progress on our “Big Year” in Texas quest, we are at 166 with the addition of a Western Sandpiper and a Blue Grosbeak.