Thanksgiving Birding


Ann and I are thankful that, at our age, we can still get out and enjoy the outdoors and wildlife.  That said, we have no encumberments, no close relatives, so we are free to do as we please regardless of what the calendar says.  Besides, I wanted to play some more with my new Canon EOS 7D Mark II.  So, a few days this week, including Thanksgiving morning, we got out and did what we love to do best.  Here are a few highlights from those outings earlier this week.  Enjoy.

Osprey on Monday

Osprey on Monday

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Mr. and Mrs. Hooded Merganser

Mr. and Mrs. Hooded Merganser

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Osprey on Thanksgiving Day.  He loves this spot to do his hunting.

Osprey on Thanksgiving Day. He loves this spot to do his hunting.

We saw many bird species, averaging about 30-35 each day.  However, most photos were not display materiel.  Just grab shots for ID, etc.

We added one more to our 2014 Big Year list.  A Forster’s Tern a Lake Nasworthy.  We are now at 198 in our goal to get to 200 by December 31.  However, we are heading to the Davis Mountains area in two weeks so hopefully can get those two that we need out there.

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16 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Birding

  1. Beautiful captures of the birds.Is that round swelling on Mrs. Merganser’s cheek normal, or a growth? I hope the one spotted here at the beginning of the month is gone, as it is a most inhospitable climate now. I am hoping you will go above and beyond your original “big year” goals-exciting!

  2. Excellent pics, Bob. I like Mr and Mrs Hooded Merganser. They sound like the kind of guests you’d want at a Hallowe’en Ball. Wow, only two away from your target!! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you! 🙂

    • Thanks, Dave. I need to get serious about this now. 🙂
      There have been some good sightings around Lake Balmorhea so I will check that out during our trip in a couple of weeks.

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