Birds and the Beasts


Wow!  People sure enjoy reading about Red-tailed Hawks.  That post about Shooting Red-tailed Hawk got a near record number of views around the world.  I appreciate all of you.  Now I will tell you about the birds and the beasts.

Today, I will bring you up to date on all of the other bird and other images from the past week or so.  We have made several trips to San Angelo State Park and the local parks within the Lake Nasworthy environs.

This little critter was munching among the fallen leaves at the blind at San Angelo State Park.  I am not sure what it is, as I am not up to date on the rodent population in the park.  Perhaps a field mouse of some kind.

Mouse or rodent

Mouse or rodent

This Hermit Thrush showed up at the blind.  It was the first time I had ever seen one there.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

This is a Dark-eyed Junco, the Oregon variety.  We were prowling along the perimeter of Spring Creek Park near Lake Nasworthy and spotted about six of these in one brushy spot.

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

We spotted this Carolina Wren just a few yards away from the juncos.  That blurred object near it’s right foot is a blossom on a weed, and I think it caused me to get a less than perfectly focused image.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Along the way, we saw this cat, perhaps a feral, or maybe someone’s lost house cat.  He may have been eye-balling some of those Juncos.

Feral Cat, I assume

Feral Cat, I assume

There were many White-tailed Deer in abundance.  This one had a beautiful eight-point rack.

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

We caught this Osprey having it’s lunch on a mesquite branch.  He was alert for anything that may want to try to snitch a bit from him.  I don’t think he had to worry about me.  I was about 175 yards away.

Osprey with fish lunch

Osprey with fish lunch

Over near Middle Concho Park, we spotted this Porcupine in an open field.  He was feeding in the grass and weeds.  He look pretty battle-scared in the face, from an old fight with something.

Porcupine

Porcupine

Meanwhile, back at San Angelo State Park, this young Armadillo was doing some feeding of it’s own.  Back-lit gave it some lighting problems, but I think you can see enough of it’s face.

Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo

Hope you enjoyed this post, where sometimes the beasts outnumber the birds.   Such as it is in a wildlife photographer’s world. 🙂

Foggy Monday Birds and a Beast


Okay, okay, I know I haven’t posted in a few days.  I’ve been waiting for a sunshine-filled happy day.  As I am writing this, it may not happen for awhile.  This morning it is very, very foggy.  However, I am hoping for the sun to break through later today.  So I will fill in with the latest birding results from yesterday, posted at the end of this post, and a couple of pictures.

Nine-banded Armadillo

What is a post without some pictures, right?  Yesterday, after doing a little birding, we were on our way out of San Angelo State Park, when we observed a couple of Armadillos rooting around, looking for something edible.  The above image  pictures one of them.  Also, a little earlier, while at the bird blind, I photographed this Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).  I believe that it is a 1st year male. Click on either photo to see an enlargement. 

Red-winged Blackbird

The following is a list of birds that we saw and reported yesterday.

Location:     San Angelo State Park
Observation date:     1/16/11
Number of species:     24

Northern Shoveler     6
American White Pelican     20
Great Blue Heron     2
Red-tailed Hawk     1
American Kestrel     2
American Coot     12
Killdeer     2
Greater Yellowlegs     2
Least Sandpiper     6
Ring-billed Gull     50
White-winged Dove     6
Greater Roadrunner     1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     1
Northern Mockingbird     10
Curve-billed Thrasher     1
Spotted Towhee     1
Canyon Towhee     1
White-crowned Sparrow     12
Northern Cardinal     4
Pyrrhuloxia     5
Red-winged Blackbird     10
Western Meadowlark     1
House Finch     6
House Sparrow     8

Happy Birding!!

Nine-banded Armadillo


We went to the San Angelo State Park wildlife viewing area this morning  to feed the birds and we surprised this Nine-banded Armadillo romping in and around the little pond.  I believe it is an adult pregnant female.  Enjoy the photo and click on the image for an enlargement.

Nine-banded Armadillo