Quiz results are in…..


What a fun quiz that was.  Click here to see the original post. The photo is, of course, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  It is identified from the Orange-crowned Warbler by the two white wing bars, one of them is usually concealed.  The eye, instead of being barred like the OCW, just has very pale crescents in front of and behind the eye.  The ruby crown can be seen only part of the time, depending on the mood of the bird.  The female has no ruby crown.

The Orange-crowned Warbler is rather plain, dull and unmarked.  Kind of a flat oliveish/green.  The most distinctive part is the bit of yellow under the tail.  But it does have a bar thru the eye that you should look for.

Initially, the Orange-crowned Warbler obtained a prompt 25 votes, making me go back to the guides and see if I had made a monstrous mistake.  But soon, people starting taking a closer look at the guides and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet got 49 correct votes, and the warbler with 36.

There were a five people who were obviously not birders, but enjoyed the quiz just the same.  And I am glad that they did, and hope they will participate in some future quizzes.  They are the ones that failed to see that the Red-topped Titmouse is fictional, and a figment of my own imagination.

Of course, this was not a contest.  Only a fun quiz to test your knowledge.  I will try to come up with another one soon.  I thank everybody for participating.  For my identifications, I usually consult the Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America.

A few recent photos…..


Hi, everybody.  My health is still having some minor issues, and I am still not up to 100%, but gaining on it.  But I know that you readers love to see what photos I have taken recently, as I am still trying to get out in the field for a few hours.  Here are a ten images, including maybe a few older ones that you may not  have seen before.  Click to see enlargements, and enjoy. 🙂

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

American Robin

American Robin

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron – in flight along the Concho River

Bewicks Wren

Bewicks Wren

Burrowing Owl - in early morning light.

Burrowing Owl – in early morning light.

I’m Back…….With a quiz


I haven’t published a meaningful birding post since May 30, nearly a month ago.  Of course, I did notify my readers of that decision later in my last post on June 17, and then I was halfway through my so-called sabbatical.  I still will be cutting back on my posts, to probably only two or three per month.  We will see how that goes.

I am feeling much better, by the way, but still trying get a handle on getting my creative juices flowing again.  One suggestion from a dear friend and fellow blogger was to do something simple and entertaining, like one of the old quizzes I used to do in the past on occasions.  So I have come up with this tricky little test of your ID talents.  Just tell me what bird this, vote on the multiple choice poll, and comment if you like, and tell me why you think you are right.  You may click on the photo to enlarge it.

I will be back in about a week and give you the poop on what this little cutie is. 🙂IMG_8141-net-kinglet-ruby-bob-zeller

Taking a few weeks off….


Okay, I guess the time has come to cut back on my posting.  I am not discontinuing my blog, but I am going to take a sabbatical of a few weeks, maybe longer.  Not sure how long.  I have been somewhat under the weather for the couple weeks.  Nothing serious, but I haven’t been able to get my creative juices going.

But, I have to admit, I may be getting a bit tired.  I am approaching my 80th birthday.  I have been blogging here since September of 2009 and this will be my 758th post.  In that period, I have received 145,995 hits, readers in 156 countries, and 11,174 visitors in just the past six months.  Of the top 1,000 birding blogs, mine is number 217.

Most importantly, I have met some very special people that have definitely changed my life.  That would not have happened if I hadn’t started this Texas Tweeties blog.  And, by the way, I can’t forget that it was another special person that talked me into starting this in the first place.

I have also gained friends in other countries.  I am thankful for all of the loyal readers that I have had.  I have enjoyed their comments and also enjoyed reading their blogs.

But, of course, this is not good-bye.  I hope to be back soon and someday post that 800th post before I “retire”.  So keep checking back.  You subscribers, of course, will get an e-mail notification when I resume.