Tag Archives: Birding

~Birds: A pretty little American Goldfinch

~Loveland, Colorado, August, 2017

While sitting outside with my camera, this little girl flew into the yard. She perched at the top of a dead branch in the apple tree, then dropped down to a lower branch. Sad to say, but she found a worm nest in the tree.

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American Goldfinch (female)

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“What have I found here?”

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“Anything in there I can eat?”

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“Yes”

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“Yummy”

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“Okay, take my photo so I can be on my way.”

 

Well that was fun, having my camera ready when an unexpected visitor arrived. Now we need to get rid of the worm nest.

Happy Birding!

 

 

~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!

 

~Birding in Texas, Snowy Egrets

High Island, Texas, Smith Oaks Rookery, April, 2017

Could the Snowy Egret be my favorite Egret. Possibly! They are beautiful with long white plumes on their head and neck. Their facial color, during breeding, is mostly yellow. And, they have bright yellow feet! They are fun to watch being both silly and elegant. Their babies began to fly after 20 days and their life span is at least 16 years.

Snowy Egret
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Watching

I didn’t notice a lot of them, perhaps I was focused on the Great Egret babies.

Snowy Egret fishing
Snowy Egret fishing

 

Happy Birding!

~Birding in Texas, Roseate Spoonbills

High Island, Texas, Smith Oats Rookery, April, 2017

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

The Egrets were ahead of the Spoonbills in nesting and raising chicks. They were still gathering sticks to add to their nests, sitting on the nests to hatch more chicks, and hunting for food to feed the chicks they had. Not sure how many chicks are hatched during a breeding season, but probably not very many of them make it to adults. 😦

The Spoonbills were chasing each other, mating, and vocal. Howard captured the sounds at this amazing place, which I will share in a future post.

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A pair
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Sweet
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A funny photo, mirror images!
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Hunting
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Bird Hotel

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It would have been a treat to see Spoonbill chicks!

~Birding in Texas, Little Fuzzy Heads

High Island, Texas, Smith Oak Rookery, April, 2017

Very excited to see babies in the nests; a first for us.

Great Egret Baby
A very young chick
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Notice the different sizes of the chicks.
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“How can I feed you if you are going to hold my beak?”
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A lovely Egret family.

Happy Birding!

Shared this with Eileen at Viewing Nature with Eileen

~New Year’s Day-2017

Happy New Year!

~Peace to all…

Peace

~Share your life with those you love….

A Little Thaw

~Enjoy what you do…

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Mr. Redhead having a fun moment

~Treasure your friends…

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“I’am looking out for you.” Redheads

~Do fun things with your spouse…

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Mrs. and Mr. Hooded Merganser

~Laugh a lot…

"Look at them Sally, they are all asleep."
“Look Sally the guys are snoozing!”

~Enjoy going places…

"I think we need to head south."
“I think its time to move on; it cold here.”