Anyway, this is a photo of my Golden-cheeked Warbler! I went to San Antonio to visit my parents for a while, but I resolved I was only going to bird locally so I could spend more time with them. (Usually, my sister Mary and I head down to the Rio Grande Valley for a few days to get some crazy lifers.) Dad's had some health issues of late, and I just wanted to be with him and my mom. Got to see all my siblings except for my baby sis who lives in Ohio. A great trip!
Still, Mary and I did get out a few times, and we scored the Golden-cheeked. We went to Friedrich Wilderness Area near town. We'd gone there a few years ago but had no luck. This time, we nailed it! I was also hoping for Black-capped Vireo, but no such luck on that one. Still, it was pretty exciting.
Saw some other western birds:
Get off my lawn!
We also saw some nice sparrows:
Also seen at Hornsby, my FOY peeps:
Also saw this Funereal Duskywing:
Here's an Eared Grebe. One of these days, I'll see a male in breeding plumage...
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in south San Antonio. What a great place! A lot of ponds, some elevated paths (better looks into the treetops!) and great birds.
Black-chinned Hummingbird--this is the best pic I could get:
Great looks at a Verdin, though the photo is awful:
Also had some Ruddy Ducks, but no one with a blue bill:
These Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were everywhere:
Sadly, this is as close as we got to seeing my nemesis bird, the Painted Bunting:
Some Northern Shovelers at Hornsby:
Well, this has taken about two hours, and it's time to go to Reny's (a Maine advenchah!). I couldn't find one with a Mainah accent, but you MUST click on this link to see what life in Maine is all about!