On Wednesday, Ann and I, along with our neighbor friend, Carl Williams, set out for the South Llano River State Park near Junction, Texas. A distance of about 100 miles, we covered it nicely in about an hour and a half. Before I get into the photos from the park, I want to mention the Red-tailed Hawk that I photographed on the way. We were cruising along about 75mph when we saw the hawk sitting on a wire fence. I whipped the car into the left lane, drove to the next turn-around and came back around. As we pulled up to the hawk that was still sitting on the fence, it noticed that Ole Bob was coming with his camera. He figured he would look better on that stub of a tree branch, even though he was going to get windblown. The gusts were about 35mph at that time. I remembered to thank him before I drove off, after I got a few nice photos.
South Llano River State Park is relatively small, only about 200 acres, consisting of many, many oak trees. It is a popular camping area, but also has four bird blinds and is considered one of the better birding areas. We decided that we wanted to visit each blind. I think we spent a total of three hours there and saw thirty-two species in all. We missed some nice ones, like the Lazuli Bunting, Painted Bunting, and Indigo Bunting. Some other birders said that those three were around just before we got there. But it is early yet so we will probably go back in another two or three weeks.
Here are a few images of some that we did see. They can be viewed best if you will go to the blog, then you can click the images and see some beautiful enlargements.
The next photo is one of my personal favorites. The Yellow-rumped Warblers consists of two sub-species, the ‘Myrtle’ and the ‘Audubon’s’. This image is an Audubon.
What would a birding trip be with out a bunch of sparrows. Here are three that we encountered in the park.
Then last, but not least is the ever-popular Spotted Towhee.
That does it for photos on this post. I got a few others that I may post later, and I got a lot of throwaways that will never see the light of a computer monitor.
Update on Texas Big Year list:
#141 Neotropic Cormorant
#142 Little Blue Heron
#143 Wilson’s Phalarope
#144 Western Kingbird
#145 Summer Tanager
See complete list on my blog.