Back after a brief rest……

I have been reminded that it has been about ten days since I last posted.  Sorry about that, folks.  It has been a somewhat traumatic ten days.  I was diagnosed with a severe urinary tract infection nearly two weeks ago.  An anti-biotic was prescribed.  It was the type that can have a nauseous side effect.  And it did.  We had previously made plans for a three-day trip to the Big Bend, leaving the 26th.  Up until that date, we were trying to decide if we had to cancel, as I was having some difficulty.  We decided not to cancel, and on the 26th we left, after Ann loaded the car.  I wasn’t feeling really great, but decided the worse that could happen would me spending a restful three days in a motel bed.

Well, that was not to be.  I started to have serious problems with light-headedness, nausea, and nearly passing out as soon as we arrived.  The EMTs were called to the motel, and after much discussion, we decided to return to San Angelo the following morning, with orders to see the doctor to have the meds changed.  We ended up going to the Emergency Room here in San Angelo.  By then, we were informed that the urinary tract infection was gone and to stop the meds.  To be brief, it was determined that the unsteadiness, headaches, etc., were caused by a serious sinus infection.  We had been thinking that the all the problems were caused by the prescribed antibiotics.

The sinus infections has improved although not completely gone, and I have been able to get back out the past few days and catch up on the avian populations in the San Angelo area.  We are now seeing returning grosbeaks, buntings, flycatchers and others.  All good signs of returning summer birds.

Here are a few images that I have captured since my last post.  These are from San Angelo State Park.  Please click on the images to see enlargements at their best.

Lark Bunting

Lark Bunting

Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Blue Grosbeak - female

Blue Grosbeak – female

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

On Sunday, May 1, we ventured out to the Twin Buttes Reservoir.  I managed to get these photos although we were constantly near a bunch of noisy off-roaders in the vehicles.  Of course, the area is open to everybody, but I think a few of them were trying to make it uncomfortable for us.

Lark Spararow

Lark Spararow

Lark Bunting

Lark Bunting

Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren



By the way, lest I forget, during the few hours that we were in Big Bend National Park, I came away with the only photo of the short trip.  this Cassin’s Kingbird on an ocotillo branch in the desert.

Cassin's Kingbird

Cassin’s Kingbird

41 thoughts on “Back after a brief rest……

  1. Great captures, Bob. UTI’s, particularly for older people are NOT fun, can cause hallucinations not to mention a lot of pain.Sinus problems too, are very painful. I am glad you are recovering from the misadventures.

  2. Sinus infections are very nasty. I’m happy to hear you are recovering. You’ve got some beautiful birds here. I especially like the lark bunting and the kildeer. Stay well now!

  3. Hi Bob – It’s great to have you back. Sorry to hear you were down but I’m glad to hear you’re on the mend. Hope you’re 100% soon.

    • Thanks, Jim. I feel pretty good. But that sinus problem got to me and I had a hard time trying to concentrate on anything. I was just disappointed that we had to come back from our trip.

  4. Glad you are over your health problems. Your photo’s are great, Bob. I always enjoy it when I see a new post from you in my mailbox.

  5. Glad to hear you are well Bob.
    The Redwing Blackbird looks like it has red and yellow on it’s wing. Are those common there? We have a few here but very rare. Love the Northern Bobwhite!

  6. So sorry to hear you were out of sorts, Bob! Shame that it spoilt your break, but I’m glad to know you’re bouncing back. Great pics! You made the Kingbird a good one!

    • Thanks, Jo. As usual, I am ‘bouncing’ back quickly. I don’t stay down long. It did spoil our trip, but we will re-schedule it in a few months.

  7. Glad to hear that you are getting back up to snuff. You sure posted some nice trophies from SASP. Hope you and Ann have a great trip in Big Bend National Park.

  8. Glad you’re back in the saddle again, Bob. I miss the (no doubt, great) photos you would have taken at Big Bend. However, the shots in this post are a excellent collection of images. Thanks.

    • Thanks very much, Dwynn. Glad you like this images. Yes, it would have been to get some from the Big Bend, but we will re-schedule and go back in a few months.

  9. So sorry to hear you were so sick. I’m very glad you’re much better now. I know you were probably really looking forward to that trip. You have some really awesome photos in this post. Especially that first Lark Bunting. Gorgeous! They are very difficult to photograph being mostly black.
    I’m heading to Roswell and Carlsbad later this week for an annual birdathon. I’m hoping to get several new lifers.

    • Thanks, Kelly. We hope to re-schedule that trip. I’ll wait until I get a final clearance from the doctor. Glad you liked the photos. I agree about the Lark Bunting, they are difficult to get a good exposed image. I hope you have great luck on your trip to Roswell and Carlsbad.

  10. Funky Old Dude….I am happy to hear that you are feeling better. Like Rick up there ^^^, I am sad for you that your Big Bend trip got cut short. The photos you take there are always breathtaking. Heal up quick and get back to it, amigo !!! Love and respect to you and Ann. BTW…if Ann loads the car for your trips, she’s a keeper. 😀

    • Thanks, Amigo. 🙂 I am nearly back to 100% and I want to reschedule that trip. Yeah, Ann is definitely a keeper. Don’t know what I’d do without her. I appreciate your comments. 🙂

  11. Bob, sorry to hear of your illness and shortened Big Bend trip but I am glad you are on the mend. I spent last week camping at South Llano River State park enjoying a fine time. Lots of birders there all week. I’m more learned now about birds since I have been reading your blog as a guide and reference. Thank you. Get well soon and thanks for blogging.

    • Thanks, Rick. South Llano River SP is one our favorite places to go birding. I am glad that you are enjoying my posts. Might ask you to go with us soon. 🙂

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