This past weekend, the last of January, Ann and I decided to see if we could add a few more to our 2016 list. We did, and ended up with 98 for the month. Not bad, but heck, that’s better than last January when we only had about 75. So we’re happy with the start. Oh, I know what some of you are thinking. If we lived in east or south Texas we probably would have about 150 already. But it is what it is. We love being where we are. We love the challenge of actually having to go out and hunt for the birds.
So back to the details. We started out at Spring Creek Park. We had been told of a location where a Great Horned Owl was nesting. We had no trouble finding it,but it was located about seventy-five yards back in the trees. I lugged my camera and tripod back in to find a line of sight where I had a somewhat un-obstructed view. Not easy to do. I wanted to be able to train my long lens on the nest. Here is the result, from about 50 yards.
I will continue to monitor the nest to see some young ones come along soon. The adults incubate the eggs for 30-45 days. Then they will feed them for another month or so. I also want to scout the area for another view, perhaps more free of tree branches, but still far enough away so as not to disturb the owl.
After photographing the owl for about fifteen minutes, I stole away quietly. We then head for another area near the water where we had seen a bit of activity the past several days. There in the early morning light we saw this happy Carolina Wren.
Nearby, several Cedar Waxwings flew into a tree. One of them obliged me by flying down to perch near the water for a few minutes…….
as did this Northern Mockingbird.
After the tree was free of the waxwings, this little Eastern Phoebe decided to stop by.
After spending about two hours there, we decided we had time to drive to the north portion of San Angelo State Park. It had been several weeks since we had visited that area. We had the place to ourselves. That part of the park isn’t visited as much since it was much farther away. We spent a couple of hours there, too. We love to get off the beaten paths and drive through the boonies. We spotted this Ladder-backed Woodpecker working hard at something.
Also a Vesper Sparrow…..
…….and a juvenile White-crown Sparrow.
So that’s about it for this post. Hope you enjoyed it. I welcome any comments. Also, click on any image to see enlargements.