Tag Archives: Birding in Texas

~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 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

~Long-billed Dowitcher

Cattail Marsh, Beaumont, TX, April, 2017

Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher

When feeding the Dowitcher uses their long bill in the motion of a sewing machine needle, up and down. They usually stay for longer periods of time in one spot, as opposed to other shorebirds that wade and probe.

I believe this bird is the Long-billed, which has a bulkier body with a more rounded back and a longer bill.

Can be difficult to tell between the Long and Short billed Dowitcher.

Happy Birding!

 

~Pink Legs, Big Eyes & a White Face

Cattail Marsh, Beaumont, TX, April, 2017

Not many Black-necked Stilts on the marsh when we were there. We were lucky to see a few of these cute birds. They don’t stand still, continually using their long bill to forage for food in the muddy waters.

Black-necked Stilt

I saw my first Black-necked Stilt on April 7, 1995 in Kauai, Hawaii. Howard and I were there celebrating our 20th anniversary.

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Too far away for a good photo, but you can still make out this White-faced Ibis in breeding plumage.

White-faced Ibis

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The photo below shows  a typical marshy area in the southern states. Beaumont has done an excellent job in preserving this area. We observed several species of birds; however, it would have been fun to be there a little later to see more of them migrating through.

Cattail Marsh
Cattail Marsh

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Forty degrees this morning in Loveland, Colorado. We have cloudy skies and occasional snow flakes. Spring is coming!