Friday, July 11, 2008

July 6th Report - San Angelo S.P.

A very good day in the blind. Species spread was really good, but even more importantly I had really good company in the blind as well who pointed me towards a few more places to shoot. So to the couple from Eldorado, I say Thank You Very Much again. Now, the laundry list...

Species List
Black-Chinned Hummingbird (Male & Female)
Black Crested Tufted Titmouse (Adult & Juvenile)
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole (Female)
Curve-Billed Thrasher
Golden-Fronted Woodpecker (Juvenile Male)
Grackle, Great-Tailed
House Finch
House Sparrow
Ladder-Backed Woodpecker (Male)
Mourning Dove
Northern Bobwhite Quail
Northern Cardinal (Male & Female)
Northern Mockingbird
Red-Winged Blackbird
Turkey Vulture

White-Winged Dove
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

The juvenile Black Crested Tufted Titmice were out in force. Towards the end of the morning I was seeing 2-3 at a time, eating seed and starting to mimic their parent's behavior (grab, eat, come back).

Hummingbirds also continued to run strong. But as the numbers go up, so do the territorial tensions. There is one artificial feeder in the blind area and a couple of other plants that are hummingbird friendly.

The Yellow-Billed Cuckoo was unusual to see in the blind, but a welcome visitor. Of course it wasn't too helpful to me as a photographer, but it was nice to see.

Red-Winged Blackbirds seemed to be a little more numerous and the White-Winged Doves far outnumbered their Mourning Dove brothers.

No return visit from the Ash-Throated Flycatcher this time, but my fingers are crossed for next time around.

Image: Black Crested Tufted Titmouse (Juvenile), San Angelo S.P., (c) 2008 Jim Miller

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