Another fun forty species day!


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It’s always fun to go out and see a large number of species.  Along the gulf coast and down in the south Texas Rio Grande Valley, it is easy to do so, as birds fill the trees there.  However, out here in west Texas, we have to go on the hunt.  So on that note, Ann and I started out by checking out the owl’s nest at Spring Creek Park.  We failed to spot the owlets as they stay pretty much hidden down in the nest.  We did spot the male guardian in a nearby tree again.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

We didn’t spend too much time there but headed to San Angelo State Park.  We saw several more species and I got these images.

The Brown-headed Cowbird, like the infamous European Starling, is also a beautiful bird if you overlook it’s nasty reputation.

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

We spotted this female Northern Bobwhite in a small tree.  I think the wind blew up her skirt.

Northern Bobwhite - female

Northern Bobwhite – female

And then, of course, was this image of one of my favorite flycatchers.  He looks a little wind-blown, too.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Another flycatcher in large numbers during the summer months here in west Texas.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

From there we decided to head for the Twin Buttes Reservoir area.  The large lake is not large anymore.  The drought really took it’s toll.  In the park area, there are a few rutted areas where water is still standing from recent rains.  It was at one of these places where we found numerous birds having a real pool party, minus the hor’deurves.  We just parked nearby, turned off the engine, and just watched and waited and I was rewarded with numerous photo ops.

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting - female

Painted Bunting – female

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Bronzed Cowbird

Bronzed Cowbird

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Killdeer- chick

Killdeer- chick

Bullock's Oriole - female

Bullock’s Oriole

Then watching from the cheap seats in the trees were these spectators.

Bullock's Oriole - male

Bullock’s Oriole – male

House Finch

House Finch

Summer Tanager - first spring male

Summer Tanager – first spring male

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Of course, these are just a portion of the birds that we saw.  I wish I could have photographed every specie that we observed, but of course that would be next to impossible.  For example, we saw a Yellow Warbler that would have made a nice image, but it stopped in a nearby shrub just for a few seconds, just long enough to start reaching for the camera, but gone before I could get it to my eye.

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30 thoughts on “Another fun forty species day!

  1. New to San Angelo. Excited to see new birds. You posted a picture of a female Bullocks Oriole. I saw and photographed the same looking bird out my back fence. Are you certain it’s a female and not an immature male? I have had trouble identifying it. According to the books the females don’t have black under their chin. Is this a local variation? Help!

    • Hi, Kate. You are indeed correct. It is an immature male. You are correct in saying that the females don’t have that black under the chin. I don’t know why I failed to make the proper I.D., so thank you so much for pointing that out to me. I am glad that you are reading my blog. Nice to have another San Angeloan as a reader.

  2. Looks like you had another wonderful day of birding! I always enjoy getting a glimpse of the owls. It was great to see the blue grosbeak but I have to say those two painted bunting photos are spectacular! It was great to see such a wide variety of birds that I don’t normally see here in the northeastern Midwest. (Is that even a region? LOL)

    Have you gotten any rain from all the storms that have been passing across the country?

    • The Painted Buntings are a very popular bird here because of their beauty. They are so photogenic. Yes, we did get a great deal of rain finally. Our lakes finally have water in them. Many thanks for writing, Amy. 🙂

  3. Great shot of the Horned Owl Bob. Majestic bird. I especially like how the light was caught on that cluster of pecan blooms to the right of his head.

  4. Yeah, the Killdeer chick is really cute! Bob, did the Redwing Blackbird just get out of the ring with Mike Tyson, he looks pretty scuffed up! Nice shots.

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