Before I start, I wish to welcome all of the new readers that have subscribed to my blog in the past several months. One of them, in particular, caught my interest. Duane Sugarbaker, of my hometown of Muskegon, Michigan recognized my former street address there at 913 Fleming Avenue on this image inserted in my last post. He well should have, as he lived at 901 of the same street. He and I and my brothers were childhood friends back in the ’40s. Talk about a small world. I haven’t seen him in around 65 years. Duane, tell all the guys from our sandlot baseball team, hello. 🙂
This blog now has 1,472 subscribed readers, plus hundreds more who haven’t subscribed, in 150 countries. It has received, since the beginning about four years ago, 111,295 hits. Rats, I was going to give a prize for the 110,124th hit, but it got away from me. Sorry about that. 🙂
Okay, now about today’s birding. Ann and I decided to see if there were any birds about at Spring Creek and Middle Concho Parks. We spent about two hours, and only saw 17 different species. So much for the mid-summer doldrums. Here is one photo of a Black Vulture wandering around in the grass.
However, one of the highlights was spotting a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. They usually keep themselves hidden. This one did so, partially, but I was unable to get a decent shot. So I will show these images from my archives. I don’t think I ever blogged about them, anyway. If I did it was probably several years ago.
They perch pretty much upright on the branch, usually with their bill pointing upward. Their white breast stands out when you are looking for them in the trees.
I don’t usually publish photos with birds and their tail cut off, but it didn’t hurt the composition in this photo, I don’t think.
I hope you enjoyed the photos and the narrative. Click on any image to see an enlargement.
Coming this weekend, Part III of my on-going Yakkety-Sax Man epic. If you haven’t done so check out Part I and Part II.
Also, I have now sold nearly 100 copies of my book “Birds, Beasts and Buttes”. They are still available from my Blurb publisher on the right side of this page.