We traveled to the South Llano River State Park as we had planned. However, we picked the wrong day to go. The morning that we left, was the morning that the weather decided to take a wrong turn. A cool front moved in and strong winds changed to come out of the north. Needless to say, the birding there was not up to the usual standards for that park. But that didn’t keep birders, including us, away. The blinds were crowded with “snow-birds”. Those people from the northern states that spent the winter there and hadn’t decided to go home yet. I can’t say that I blame them from hearing reports of winter staying longer in the northern states.
A few pictures that I managed to get.
We did manage to add three more photos to our 2016 list. That helped salvage the day: A Black-chinned Hummingbird, a Purple Martin, and a Yellow-throated Vireo.
Back here in San Angelo, we got out to bird in the local areas. We saw various birds, including a 1st year Orchard Oriole. It was too far away for a decent photo, although I got a salvageable image to make an ID. That was another for our 2016 list. Also we spotted another owl’s nest and I got this photo from about 75 yards away. It is tightly cropped for the close-up.
Driving around the San Angelo State Park I picked a couple more images.
That’s about it for the past few days. Migration is starting so we will be watching for some Bullock’s Orioles and perhaps some Painted Buntings and several more species by the end of the month. Let’s hope. 🙂