Waiting for Spring


Cold weather here in San Angelo, with drizzle and freezing temps.  A few days ago it was near 80 degrees.  But wait.  In a couple of days it will be back to near spring temperatures again.  Such is living in west Texas.  Anyway, I am anxious for spring and the spring migration.  Needless to say, with the ups and downs of the weather, birding is pretty slow.

Because of that, my blog posts have been a bit slow, too.  But I am taking advantage of such lulls to get personal projects done.  I got my two broken front teeth replaced.  Crowns on those and the two adjacent canine teeth.  However one glitch.  When installing the four crowns, one that was supposed to go on one of the canines, accidentally fell off and I swallowed it.  Such fun.  Got x-rayed to confirm it and another is ordered.

But in between dental appointments and drizzly days, we did manage a few outings.  Here are a few images from those forays into the wild.

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Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owls had been missing from Spring Creek Park, where we had seen them the past few years.  Finally a couple of weeks ago, a pair finally show up.  This is the male.  The female usually takes flight and heads across the water.  I have not determined where or if they have  nest.

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Greater Roadrunner

For some reason, probably because of the changeable weather, it was a few weeks into the near year before we spotted a Greater Roadrunner.  Finally a fellow birder tipped us off of one at Middle Concho Park.  You can see, this one looks like a young one.

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker

This is one my better photos a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.  I have gotten some in the past, but I was never as satisfied with them as I am of this one.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

I never tire of trying to photograph these tiny kinglets.  It takes great effort and lots of photos to get one in focus.  The are feisty, fast little guys.  Constantly on the move.  On this one, I got a glimpse of the red crown that they expose occasionally.

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker

I believe the Golden-fronted Woodpecker is one of the most photogenic birds.  I love photographing them when I get the opportunity.  This one is a male, identified by the red crown atop the head.

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Eastern Phoebe

The ever-popular Eastern Phoebe.  Cute little guys.  Always around.

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Canyon Towhee

I was fortunate to catch this Canyon Towhee pretty close to me and singing his heart out.

That is all of the photos that I will to show at this time.  Again, I hope you enjoy all of my posts.  With nice weather on the horizon, I hope to get out in the field again soon.

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2 thoughts on “Waiting for Spring

  1. Hi Bob! Great to have a post from you and your dazzling bright smile, now that it is complete again! Wonderful photos! The Great Horned Owl is amazing; I never tire of seeing the complex feathers and coloring. And a fluffy Greater Roadrunner – so different from the normal sleek ones, but this one is “cute” and colorful. The Ladder-backed Woodpecker IS a winner and the Golden-front Woodpecker is not far behind. The cute little Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Eastern Phoebe show your skill and patience and quickness. I play my own little game when reading your posts: I scroll down slowly and attempt to name the bird before I see the answer. I must admit, the Phoebe and Towhee stumped me. Those “little brown birds” are all sparrows to me, but I am working on it! That is why I enjoy challenging myself on your previous posts. Stay warm, enjoy the moisture and tap your foot until spring! hugs, Beth

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