After the rains…….


You have probably noticed that I haven’t posted in nearly two weeks.  The weather has been damp, drizzly, and cool at times.  That didn’t bother me much, but it limited my visits to my favorite areas.  But the big news is, we have had in the past couple days around 5 inches of rain on the watersheds to our O. C. Fisher Reservoir.  The lake was a dry bed, and now in the last 48 hours has become a huge bodyof water with an elevation rise of 18 feet.  And the water is still flowing into it from the North Concho river that crested at 20 feet above flood stage yesterday, the highest rise since 1974.  I took a look at the lake yesterday afternoon, and it has the most water I have seen since 2007.  A long way to go to be completely full, but it is definitely a first step.  More rain is forecast for the following week.

So, I am going to just post the photographs that I have managed to get since the last edition, during short visits to various locations around the area.  I hope you enjoy, and click on any image to see enlargements.

Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Pyrrhuloxia

Pyrrhuloxia

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Common Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

Common Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Bulock's Oriole

Bulock’s Oriole

Painted Bunting - female

Painted Bunting – female

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Bronzed Cowbird

Bronzed Cowbird

Dickcissel

Dickcissel

Vermilion Flycatcher - female

Vermilion Flycatcher – female

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19 thoughts on “After the rains…….

  1. So very glad to hear you have gotten the much-needed rain!! That is great news! How was the art walk?? I hope you sold some prints and books!

    Loved all the photos in this gallery but my favorite was the solitary sandpiper. And you know I always love seeing the pyrrhuloxia!

  2. Bob, I wondered where you were but have been noticing the weather in Texas so should have put two and two together. Great shots one and all but I especially like the Painted Bunting.

    • Bob, I guess I let time get away from me. They say that as you get older, you pick up speed after you go over the hill. But I loved your comment and glad you are reading it regularly, whenever do I get a post published. 🙂

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