Migration is underway and we are still waiting for many spring birds. Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have been sighted. We saw three ourselves, but too far away for photos. However, Ash-throated Flycatchers are beginning to appear in large numbers. I got my first nice photo of one a couple of days ago.
We had to make our regular stop at Spring Creek Park to check on our family of Great Horned Owls. We caught the female off the nest, taking a break from caring for junior.
Meanwhile, back at the nest it is ‘home alone’ all over again. The kid seems to be gaining weight. I would estimate him to be about three weeks old.
Later, back on the nest, the mother seems to be daring me to step over that twig.
I would like to mention that for these photos, I was around fifty yards away. With my long lens, there is no need for me to get closer and agitate the birds.
Nearby, I captured this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in some bushes.
We headed to San Angelo State Park where I managed to capture a few more resident birds.
Driving along the base of the O. C. Fisher Reservoir dam, Ann spotted a Rock Wren flitting around the rocks. I had never been able to get a nice close-up of one before. Up on those rocks, they are hard to see, and difficult to get one in the viewfinder of my camera. But my perseverance paid off, and I was able to get this one, again with my long 150-600mm Tamron lens. The image is still quite cropped to get this close-up.
Elsewhere in the park, I got these photographs.
We finished the day by catching this hard to spell and hard to pronounce, Pyrrhuloxia.
So that’s all for today. Tomorrow we are off to the South Llano River State Park. Reports are coming in of several migratory birds there. Plus, there’s alway great food at Lum’s Bar-B-Que before coming home. I’ll report on the journey in a few days.