Sunday, May 18, 2008

May 18th Report - San Angelo S.P.

Interesting morning of shooting. Can't say there was a lot of new species this morning, but good light and relatively cool temperatures made for a very good shooting situation.

Species List
Black Chinned Hummingbird (Female)
Black Tufted Titmouse
Bullock's Oriole
Cowbirds (Bronze and Brown-headed)
Doves (White Winged and Mourning)
House Finch (M/F)
Northern Bobwhite (Mating Pair)
Northern Cardinal (M/F)
Northern Mockingbird
Painted Bunting
Pyrrhuloxia (Mating Pair)
Red-Winged Blackbird (Mostly male, a couple of juvenile)
Sparrows (House & Rufus-Crowned)
Turkey Vulture

Light was pretty tough. No clouds to speak of in the sky so the light was pretty harsh.

Notable sightings included the return of the Bronzed Cowbird and the first female Painted Bunting I've seen in the park. The Bullock's Oriole seen this morning had a far deeper orange than the juvenile/first year male from last week and had his black cap firmly planted on his head.

A couple of species missing this week to include the Curve-billed Thrasher, Wild Turkey, and Golden-fronted Woodpecker. So far I've seen fewer hummingbirds than I did last year, but admittedly the 2 feeders that were attached to the blind last year are not there anymore. Anecdotally there seem to be fewer Red-Winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds this year.

The notable this morning was the volume of bird calls. The Northern Bobwhites, timid quiet creatures that barely get any more than a short squawk from were loud as can be. Must be "that" season. Brown-headed Cowbirds were also more vocal than normal.

Butterflies are starting to come in with large numbers, to include my first sightings of the summer of the Pipevine Swallowtail and the Variegated Fritillary species. I desperately need to start walking some trails to see what else is in the park, but I've not had the time to devote to it.

Had a couple of photographers in the blind with me this morning as well.

Image: Black Chinned Hummingbird sloppily feeding, San Angelo S.P., (c) 2008 Jim Miller

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