It’s nineteen degrees and barely 0700 hours. What was I thinking? Brrrrr… Birding! A chance to catch some sleepy waterfowl.
The rest of my group will not arrive for 3 hours… so… time for me to creep around the lake. First things first… walk across the spillway. Ever wonder what 19 degrees looks like? No Kayak will be placed in the water today. =/
The mist was kinda eerie. The geese and pelicans were already starting to move around. Geese were lined up in rows while pelicans were spaced out equally around the cove in front of me. Military maneuvers?
During my walk, I discovered what was obviously a Wren. Based on the initial observation, I thought Bewick or Carolina Wren. Bewick are similar to Carolina Wren but longer-tailed and no buff or orange underneath. So, which am I? Most likely a Carolina Wren. I had the pleasure of watching it flick around the interior of a log for about 45 seconds. It soon discovered me, found me boring and took off.
Song Sparrow – Eastern form has coarse brown streaks on breast, often with a spot in middle. Rather long tail.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet is similar in size and shape to Golden-crowned Kinglet. Has White eye-ring. Lacks bold black and yellow markings on crown. Overall more olive-green than gray. The Golden-crowned always has that distinct yellow crown showing.
Birds seen but not photographed on Saturday: Turkey and Black Vultures. Red-Breasted nuthatch, Pine Siskin, Black-crested Titmouse, Marsh Wren. Great day for birding around Mineral Wells Lake State Park.
Also seen by my fellow birders but missed by me this weekend: Eastern Towhee. American Kestrel. Bald Eagle. Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Below you will find the rest of my birdlist for Saturday. Can you match them all up?
American White Pelicans
Golden-crowned Kinglet.jpg (male and female)
Great Blue Heron
Mallards (male and female)
Muscovy Hybrid Resident
Northern Cardinal (male and female)
Tern (Most likely Forsters)
- Aperture: ƒ/5.6
- Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
- Taken: 29 December, 2012
- Focal length: 105mm
- ISO: 400
- Shutter speed: 1/50s