Tag Archives: Junction

~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!

 

~Birds-Carolina Wren, House Finches

March, 2017

Some more birds from South Llano State Park.

OoO – A pair of Carolina Wrens were flying around our site. This one landed at the top of a tree and serrenated us.

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

OoO – I don’t often get the opportunity to capture, good, photos of House Finches. This male was beginning to show his breeding plumage.

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House Finch (male)
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House Finch (female)

 

~~~Happy Birding~~~

House Finch (male). Looking for a mate.

~Carolina Chickadee gathering nesting material

Photo taken in South Llano State Park

Junction, Texas-March, 2017

 

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Carolina Chickadee

Our Keeshond has lots of fur, so I try to brush her often. While camped at South Llano State Park a few days ago, I got our her brushes.

After I was finished brushing Skye, I placed several clumps of her fur in the surrounding trees near our RV site. It is almost spring and I noticed the birds were starting to gather materials for nest building. What better nest material than thick, soft doggie fur?

It didn’t take long for the birds to find Skye’s present. With amusement, I sat back and watched this Carolina Chickadee pull apart a ball of fur and fly off with it toward a distant tree. Perfect!

 

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Skye likes to share!

 

 

 

 

~Today’s Feathered Friend – silky-tailed songbirds~

 

Cedars have velvety chests of gold,

and crests fitting of a king,

their colors so prominent and bold.

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While wearing a black facial mask,

and smiling, it appears,

stealing berries their task.

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Bright as the sun, a tail dipped in yellow,

distinguished with age,

are these fellows.

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Among the ladies, they are measured,

 for their waxy, red, wing tip,

and then granted pleasure.

 

 

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

 

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A Cedar Waxwing sitting in an Oak Tree

 

Gregarious by nature
Gregarious by nature

 

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Sun-streaked in beauty

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a charming, courtship ritual they exhibit,

while sitting on the branch of a tree,

passing a cherry, insect or petal of a flower,

back and forth to each other,

until the gift is accepted, freely

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A pool party
A pool party!

 

We have never seen so many Cedar Waxwings in one location. It was fun watching them come in for a drink. In all the photos I captured of them drinking, there was always one Cedar preforming the task of “lookout”. Photos taken in April 2014 in South Llano State Park, Junction, Texas. I was using my Canon 70D with Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens.

 

Added to my Birding Life List

on o6/09/87

Loveland, Colorado

(with Ann Means, my birding friend

and my Mom who came for a visit [special])

 

Sharing with: Wild Bird Wednesday

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com

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Prairie Birder

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~Today’s Feathered Friend-Color Me a Rosy Red~

 

A Haiku

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large bright yellow bill

color me a rosy red

my name, Tanager

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Summer Tanager eyeing  a suet feeder
Summer Tanager eyeing a suet feeder

 

Figuring it out!
Figuring it out!

 

Imitation
Water Fall Imitation

 

Today’s Feathered Friend:

Summer Tanager

Male:

`Seven and three-quarters inches in length

`Bright rosy red overall – all year

`Large yellowish bill (more yellow during breeding season)

`Darker red wings and tail

Female:

`Yellowish below, slightly darker above

`Yellowish bill

`Olive-green upper parts

`Orange-yellow under parts

Facts:

`Tanager is from language of Tupi Indians of Amazon region, who called these brightly colored tree-drelling birds tangaras

`Most common North American tanager in its range – eastern and southern United States

`Song is Robin like and is a repeated Pick-a-Tuck

`Eats mostly bees and wasps and known to catch them right out of the air

`Habitat: Pine Oak woods, willows and cottonwoods, along streams

`Likes peanut butter and cornmeal from your feeder

~Neotropical migrant

~Vulnerable to habitat loss and forest fragmentation

`Host to Cowbirds, uncommon {yeah}

`Usually monogamous and many appear to remain in pairs all year

`Information taken from several sources including: Stokes Field Guide to Birds and Smithsonian Handbook Birds of North America, NGS Birds of North America

 

Going to get a cool drink of water
Going to get a cool drink of water

 

A beautiful Summer Tanager
A beautiful male Summer Tanager

 

Large Yellowish Bill
Large Yellowish Bill

While camping at South Llano State Park in April of 2014, I captured these photos while sitting in a bird blind. It was a thrill to see this beautiful Summer Tanager up close. I also saw the female, but didn’t manage to capture her with my camera. She was pretty shy!

The Field Sparrow told me about this water slide
“The Field Sparrow told me about this water slide”

 

He was right: "This is fun!"
“He was right this is fun!”

 

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Added to my Birding Life List in April, 2007

at Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Cottonwood, Arizona

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 My Birding Life List – 366

 

Links:

Paying-Ready-Attention (Wild Bird Wednesday)

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Prairie Birder (Feathers on Friday)

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