All posts by Sheila

I have a passion for the outdoors and I am most happy enjoying what nature has to offer. Hobbies include photography, birding, Pickleball, astronomy, biking and hiking. I have been happily married, for 40 years, to an amazing person and we share our love with two smart, beautiful and wonderful doggies.

~Birding in Texas, Ladder-backed Woodpecker

South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX, March and April, 2017

Time for me to get back to sharing the birds I observed, this past winter, while traveling in Texas.

If you have been visiting this blog you know that one of our favorite places to stay is South Llano River State Park in Junction, TX. South Llano River State Park draws birding enthusiasts from all over the country, offering four bird blinds for observation. If interested please visit their web-site here, South Llano River State Park.

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker (female), 03/06/2117

This Ladder-backed Woodpecker would shyly makes its way into the bird blind staying along the perimeter and in the surrounding trees. It would eat for a few minutes, always in the same location. She habitually stayed alert for any signs of danger.

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Same location on 03/07/2017

I believe these photos are my first of this woodpecker.

 

Site 34, South Llano State Park

Happy Birding!

 

~A few last photos from Lake Colorado City State Park

~Lake Colorado City State Park, Colorado City, Texas, April, 2017

oOo – Follow your dreams wherever they take you.

Way to the Lake
Path to the lake.

oOo – Take a moment and enjoy your surroundings.

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Eastern Cottontail

oOo – Keep exploring, enjoy the journey.

Cottontail

oOo – Find the beauty in all things.

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Lake Colorado City State Park beginning to bloom.

oOo – Be with those that bring you joy.

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Bullock’s Oriole

oOo – Enjoy spending time alone.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (more photos of these gorgeous birds later)

Howard and I enjoy staying at this 500 acre Texas State Park with lake views and access. It is picturesque and quiet (in the early spring anyway, don’t know about the summer when full lake activities begin). Nature trails to walk with lots of wildlife to observe.

I imagine this park wouldn’t be for everyone. Too isolated with few amenities. However, if you love nature, birding, wildlife, peaceful days and dark skies then stop here for a few days.

oOo – A few photos from March, 2016:

The evening glow of sunlight across the park is gorgeous.

All alone.
All alone and loving it!

Here is a link: Lake Colorado City State Park

Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker

 

Happy Birding and Exploring!

 

~Birding in Texas, Ash-throated Flycatcher

~Lake Colorado City State Park, Colorado City, Texas, April, 2017

I worked hard to capture this Flycatcher, following him/her around the park. Finally, she perched long enough for me to take this photo.

I saw the Ash-throated Flycatcher for the first time on April, 7, 2012 at this park.

Ash-throated Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher

Secretive and usually solitary, they like to perch on twigs within thickets waiting for insects to fly by. They also enjoy eating berries.

 

Great bird habitat
Perfect birding habitat. View outside our coach window.

Happy Birding!

 

~Birding in Texas, Greater Roadrunner

~Lake Colorado City State Park, Colorado City, Texas, April, 2017

Everybody loves the Roadrunner, right?

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Beep, Beep!

I have never seen a pair of Roadrunners. At some point, one would think, we would see a pair. Always searching for insects, lizards and snakes, and seemingly always running. I was lucky to see a few of them running around this lovely state park. Occasionally, a brief pause. And, I mean brief!

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One evening, Howard and I were walking in the park and spotted this Roadrunner sitting in a tree. I have seen them (briefly) sitting on a fence post, but never in a tree. I wonder if he thought he was hiding from us.

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Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner

Now, go catch an insect!

Happy Birding!

~Birding Life List, Number 387

Lake Colorado City State Park, Colorado City, Texas, April, 2017

 ~Scaled Quail

Scaled Quail
Scaled Quail pair

Commonly known as the “blue quail”.

Several of these gorgeous birds were running around Lake Colorado City State Park, Colorado City, TX early this spring. Courtship was in full swing. Often we would see two males trying to win over the attention of one female.

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A typical RV site at this Texas State Park with lots of room. Our site had a view of the lake.

Home Sweet Home for a few days in April, 2017
Home Sweet Home for a few days in April, 2017