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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.
great photos.. on vacation in Oregon ..warm and sunshine ..snow in Colorado..l
Thanks, Syl. Enjoy your vacation. Thunder here, but no rain yet. 🙂
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.
Thanks, Lisa. I always love photographing the Green Herons, as I do all the herons.
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!
I think Little Fella Chipmunk qualifies as a Texas Tweetie. Good thing you were there at the right time.
Yeah, I guess that little guy does qualify. I was very lucky to get that shot.
I hope you get to shoot a lot of great pictures down by your creek now.
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!! 🙂
Thank you very much, Judy. Glad you liked the photo of the finch. 🙂
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.
Yes, I was lucky that the little guy showed up when he did. I appreciate your nice compliment.
Great photos. Loved the chipmunk. It is always fun to see something out of the ordinary and capturing with a good photo is icing on the cake.
Thanks so much, Alison.
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!
I think the last chipmunk that I had ever seen before, was in Michigan. Thanks, Amy, for your great comment.
Love the Chipmunk. Always great to find something a little unusual.
Thanks, Dave. I agree, but I was looking for unusual birds. HaHa!
Very nice Yellow Warbler!
Thanks, Bob, I appreciate it.
As always Bob you manage to get those great shots! 🙂
Thank you, H.J. I always seem to get lucky. 🙂
All great shots, Bob. What a pleasure it is for me when I see that you’ve posted again. Thanks
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. 🙂