Gray-footed Chipmunk and other photos


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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.

Gray-footed Squirrel

Gray-footed Chipmunk

Gray-footed Squirrel

Gray-footed Chipmunk

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.

House Finch

House Finch

I edited a few more photos from our Pedernales Falls trip and they are ready to be published here.

Orange-crowned Warbler (winter, oresta)

Orange-crowned Warbler
(winter, oresta)

Painted Bunting - female

Painted Bunting – female

Yellow Warbler peeks from the leaves.

Yellow Warbler peeks from the leaves.

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.

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

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.

 

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24 thoughts on “Gray-footed Chipmunk and other photos

  1. Great photos, Bob! I had a cooperative chipmunk this weekend too but nothing so exotic. Love the Green Heron. They’re showing up here but still very shy.

  2. We’ve been seeing the green heron in our creek lately — been a long while! Perhaps I can get him with the long lens. I captured a nice shot with the 180mm in full zoom at Scottie’s 4th grade field trip. No one had any idea what I was a taking a picture of, couldn’t see him at all. But Scott and I could!

  3. Great photos. Very cool about the chipmunk. Love the Yellow Warbler shot. And good for you for taking the time to photograph the ‘common’ and very beautiful House Finch!! 🙂

  4. That chipmunk is quite a find, Bob. We’ve camped and hiked many times where they are SUPPOSED to be (Guadalupe Mountains) and have never seen one. Your photographic record of this one was both beautiful and zoologically significant. Good work.

  5. How exciting to see a rare species, even if it’s “just a chipmunk”! I happen to love chipmunks even though they eat a lot of my bird food, LOL. Terrific green heron photos!

    • Thanks, Jim, for all of your great comments and support. I try to post at least a couple of times per week, depending if I have gotten out and got new images, or have decided on something to write about. 🙂

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