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!!

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12 thoughts on “Snowy Egrets and more…..

  1. Bob, have you seen the new Nature PBS documentary on Super Hummingbirds. I watched it the other day and thought of you. Spectacular photography just like yours.

  2. Bob, when you said 1 mile east of Balmorhea, I presume you meant the newly constructed wetlands. I checked it out about 3 weeks ago and it was without much in the way of birds. I am in FD now and will check the blinds at the State Park which always provide a number of good birds. Two weeks ago I had some spectacular luck at Shafter (see Facebook page) and Cottonwood campground in the National Park. Great Horned Owl and Golden fronted woodpecker. Then, of course, the feeders in my backyard at Limpia Crossing. Didn’t see the Montezuma quail on that trip but they are here.

    • Thank you, Bill, (or Aiice) for writing. Actually, we were on the way to the wetlands. The area I was talking about is some fields on the right, after you make the turn off of the highway. We did continue on to the new wetlands area, but there was no activity there at all. We didn’t have much luck at the Davis Mountains State Park either. I love those areas in the national park that you mention.. We will be returning there probably in February. What Facebook page do you speak of??

  3. Looks like a great trip! Congrats on the lifer. I visited both San Angelo State Park and spring creek. I left a note for you in the bird book at the bird blind. Great setup you have there.

    • They are fun people. We had great visits around the breakfast table and evening visits to local restarurants. I also understand we have another mutual friend in Toby Shoemaker. I have never actually met him, but through Facebook and my blog, we have become very good friends.

  4. I’m jealous, Bob, about your Ft. Davis trip but glad you both had a great time. I’ll be heading out there in a couple weeks. The unusual warmth has thrown things off a bit but that is the nature of things in nature.

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