A new week, a new day……

I am sitting here at my computer pondering the day, and wondering what I am going to write about.  I sometimes never decide until I am actually here with my fingers on the keyboard.  Ann and I had a pretty nice weekend, but now it’s time to get after it.  “It” being doing something constructive.

On Friday we decided to make a birding run through our local parks in the Lake Nasworthy area.  We actually came away with seeing 43 species in about three hours time.  I didn’t get any photos that were in an award-winning fashion, but here are a few images from the morning.

Eared Grebe

Eared Grebe

The Eared Grebe was the first we had seen this year, and we were fortunate to do so, as they usually have all left by this date except for a few hangers-on.

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal

The Blue-winged Teal was feeding pretty near the grebe, as was the Great Egret pictured below.

Great Egret

Great Egret

Sparrows are difficult to photograph, because of the small size and also because it is hard to catch them still enough when they are in the grass.  I got lucky with this Savannah Sparrow.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

So photographically the day wasn’t a complete waste.  I have to admit, though,  that sometimes I get caught up with the birding aspect, and sub-conciously forget the cameras.  Then I have a ‘V-eight’ moment, slam myself in the forehead about possibly missing a great shot.

Speaking of great birding here is a list of our sightings, which included our first Bullock’s Oriole of the year.

  1. Blue Jay   1
  2. White-winged Dove   7
  3. House Finch   9
  4. Great-tailed Grackle   11
  5. House Sparrow   5
  6. Mourning Dove   3
  7. Neotropic Cormorant   15
  8. American Coot   25
  9. Gadwall   5
  10. Pied-billed Grebe   3
  11. European Starling
  12. Killdeer   1
  13. Turkey Vulture   5
  14. Eastern Bluebird   3
  15. Red-winged Blackbird   7
  16. Northern Shoveler   1
  17. Golden-fronted Woodpecker   4
  18. Bewick’s Wren    1
  19. Northern Cardinal   5
  20. Ash-throated Flycatcher   2
  21. Eared Grebe   1
  22. Blue-winged Teal
  23. Common Grackle   7
  24. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  25. Brown-headed Cowbird   1
  26. Chipping Sparrow   7
  27. Vermilion Flycatcher   2
  28. Lark Sparrow   7
  29. Black-bellied Whistling Duck   25
  30. Barn Swallow   5
  31. Great Blue Heron   4
  32. Savannah Sparrow   3
  33. Great Egret   1
  34. Black-crested Titmouse
  35. Yellow-rumped Warbler   3
  36. Ladder-backed Woodpecker   1
  37. Bullock’s Oriole   2
  38. White-crowned Sparrow   3
  39. Wild Turkey   1
  40. Belted Kingfisher
  41. Cinnamon Teal   1
  42. Rock Pigeon   1
  43. Northern Mockingbird   7

I hope you enjoyed the images.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

Sept 11 San Angelo Birding Tour Report

Wow, what a great time we had this morning for the monthly Adult Birding Adventure at San Angelo State Park.  There were only six of us so somebody missed out on some fun birding.  It could be my fault, because I sent reminders a few days earlier that usual, and some people may have forgotten.  I would like to thank Mark Frank from Goodfellow AFB for joining us.  He is a very personable young man and he enjoyed being with all of us seniors.

But here is a full list:

3  Bullock’s Orioles

12  Scissor-tailed Flycatchers

3   Golden-fronted Woodpeckers

1   Greater Roadrunner

4   Black-crested Titmice

2   Pyrrholoxias

12   House finches

12  Red-winged Blackbirds

24   White-winged Doves

3   Northern Cardinals

12   House Sparrows

12   Northern Mockingbirds

6   Canyon Towhees

4   Brown-headed Cowbirds

3   Common Nighthawks

12   Turkey Vultures

1   Northern Harrier

3   Roseate Spoonbills

15   Least Sandpipers

6   Greater Yellowlegs

1   Snowy Plover

10   White-faced Ibises

5   Great Blue Herons

2  Double-crested Cormorants

1   Tri-colored Heron

2   Black-necked Stilts

6   Killdeer

1   Great Egret

1   Mississippi Kite

75   Wilson’s Phalaropes

6   Mourning Doves

8   Common Grackles

4   Barn Swallows

18   Blue-winged Teal

1   Black-chinned Hummingbird

That is a total of 35 species as a group.  In addition Ann and I saw a Swainson’s Hawk on entering the park, then on the way out we saw a Cactus Wren.  Also yesterday, Ann and I saw a Dickcessel at the viewing area. the first that we had seen at that location.

This morning we had started with a stop at the bird blind and spent about 30 minutes there.  Just saw the usual birds there, nothing exciting.  Then after that we drove around to the boat ramp where we had access easily to the shore of O. C. Fisher Lake.  We hiked along ths shore line for maybe a quarter to a half-mile, and that is where we were able to see so many water birds.

Along with the Peregrine Falcon that Ann and I saw several days ago, it has been quite an exciting week.  After hiking this morning as much as we did in this 90 degree heat, I feel that I am getting back in shape after my broken back problem.  I may be able to tackle some of those trails in Big Bend National Park next month.  I guess getting old can be fun after all.  🙂

Happy Birding!!