Snowy Egrets and more…..


This morning, after resting the weekend from our Fort Davis trip, (more on that later), we ventured out to the local parks.  What a nice surprise we got when we got to Spring Creek Park.  There we found two Snowy Egrets wading in the water.  It was the first time this year we had seen any of these wading birds.  They are not rare, but they are hard to find.  They are also hard to photograph in the early morning sun.  Click on any photo to see some nice enlargements.

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

As I mentioned above, we spent most of last week in the Davis Mountains of west Texas.  The birding was slower than we expected.  I guess Ann and I tend to rush the season sometimes, and I perhaps we may have been a couple of weeks early.  Never the less, we added three more species to our 2016 list and one more lifer.  The lifer, a Black-bellied Plover, we saw in a plowed field that had water standing in it, about a mile east of Balmorhea, Texas.  There were some other water birds there including another first of the year for us, a Western Sandpiper.

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

We stopped at nearby Lake Balmorhea, where we have had good luck in the past.  Again, I feel we were a couple of weeks early.  Usually, in the fall and winter, it is teeming with all sorts of egrets, herons, grebes and other duck species.  We did see some Cattle Egrets and Clark’s Grebes, plus some other common resident sparrows and other birds.

Cattle Egrets

Cattle Egrets

Clark's Grebe

Clark’s Grebe

After arriving in Fort Davis and getting settled in to our room at the Davis Mountains Inn we spent a couple of days mostly relaxing.  Birding in the mornings until about 3:00 PM then retiring to our room to rest of the day and evening.  Here are some more of our birding highlights.

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow.

 

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

We did see many more birds than the above, but they were mostly too far off for any decent photos, or they were elusive, and flew away too quickly.

The village of Fort Davis continues to be one of our favorite places to vist, along with the Davis Mountains and Davis Mountains State Park.  As on other visits, we enjoyed staying at the Davis Mountains Inn.  This time we met some great people that we enjoyed visiting and eating with.  Walt and Carol Kraatz from Fort Worth, and Mike and JoJean Ray from Fredericksburg, Texas.

That’s it for this post.  Happy Birding!!