Waiting for spring birds…..

But aren’t we all, waiting for the spring birds?  We are never satisfied.  A few months ago we were waiting for the winter birds.  So it goes, year after year, watching the changing seasons and migratory trends.

But since the spring birds haven’t arrived, Ann and I decided to go look for the winter residents that are still here.  Unfortunately, we picked a very windy day.  It was sunny and the temps were moderate, but the strong breezes kept the birds at a minimum.

We at first, thought of heading out on the nearby country roads, as we had heard of some nesting Golden Eagles about twenty some miles south of us.  Now, that would have been something, but with the high winds, and the fact that the directions we had to the location were wrong, it turned out to be a bust.  We have new directions so maybe soon we can be successsful.

So we head to our usual haunts, the local parks near Lake Nasworthy.  As was the other areas, the 25 mph winds and stronger gusts kept most of the avian population down.  However, there we did see a few that gave cause to some nice photographs.

A couple of Great Blue Herons, in two different locations.  Usually we see a combined total of around 6-8 when going out there.  This one was hunkered down out of the wind next to the lake bank.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

This one was in a more sheltered area.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

This Pied-billed Grebe unperturbed in a calmer area of water.  He was far off and the image is very tightly cropped, so the image quality has suffered.  I show it because it was the only duck on the open water, except for a few Double-crested Cormorants.

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Back in the trees this Cooper’s Hawk thought he was out of sight of me.  I had seen him a few minutes earlier in the open and he took flight to this location.  I actually had to search for an opening that I could focus between some trees.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

I, at first, considered that it might be a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and I really hoped that that was what it was as I could have added it to my 2015 list.  But, alas, and I am an honest man, but to me the large size and the flatish head tells me it is indeed a Cooper’s.

Cold wet days are in store again for us so I don’t know if I will have a post by the weekend.  We shall see.  After that we are heading west to Fort Davis Mountains on Monday with hopes of getting some fine photos and seeing some of the winter birds there.  We will be returning next Thursday so it may be a week before my next post.  Until then, stay warm and dry and, Happy Birding!

14 thoughts on “Waiting for spring birds…..

  1. Hice images, blue heron is very similar to Cocoi heron we have here and pied-billed grebe are in the same plumage this month. I stay dry and specially very warm this days…months…I’m enjoying summertime.
    I hope you can watch many winter species

  2. Ah Bob, Cooper’s Hawk knew you were there…those keen eyes are fierce! I think he was being tolerant. Have a great time and enjoy the change of scene.

  3. Wonderful photos Bob. I am so envious of your ability to get such great shots of the Herons. They are so skittish here and not any opportunity to take photos of them from a car. Your post made me smile. Yes we seem to always be looking forward and not living in the moment. 🙂

    • Thank, Alison. The GBHs are skittish here, too. Except for rare occasions, I really appreciate having a long lens. Some of my best images of them have been from afar. Glad to make you smile. 🙂

  4. That first heron photo is STELLAR!!! Loved it! Hope you have good luck on your trip and see lots and lots of birds to add to your 2015 list. May the weather cooperate and may you have safe travels! We are still anxiously awaiting spring, but they are calling for more ***snow*** Sunday. 😦

    • Many thanks, Amy. I love photographing Great Blue Herons. But I am always looking for a different perspective. I have so many shots of them simply standing in water, so I keep searching. Our weather for our short trip is forecast to be quite nice. Sorry about all the snow you guys are having. I grew up there. So glad to be here. 🙂

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