March 21, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

Scissortail flycatcher
Scissortail flycatcher

A Mixed Bag of Birds

Another solid overcast cloudy day here on Goose Island. Sunday, I leave here for South Llano River State Park out in the hill country of central Texas so this may be the last post for a week or two as it appears there is no Verizon coverage out there.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Bluebells
Bluebells

I am hoping to find wildflowers in bloom out there as well as spring migrants and there is supposed to be a large turkey population in the park. I have noticed quite a few flowers starting to appear in the pastures here in Lamar.

Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail flycatcher

This flycatcher was caught doing his thing along the fence line of the pasture on 12th Street.

Turkey Vulture landing
Turkey Vulture

Not just another pretty face!

Great blue heron
Great blue heron

This great blue heron was just passing through

Roseate spoonbills feeding
Roseate spoonbills

as was this roseate spoonbill. In addition to the whooping cranes, there is a large variety of birds using the pastures and the pond within as a roosting and/or feeding resource.

Long billed curlew
Long billed curlew
Long billed curlew
Long billed curlew

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Long billed curlew feeding in the shallows within the state park.

A gathering of whoopers
A gathering of whoopers

Not a great photo, but it is rather unusual to see this many whoopers peacefully hunting together, usually they tend to stick to pairs or a family unit of three and aggressively chase other whoopers away. Today, these guys were actually kind of boring to observe as there never were any flare-ups amongst them.

Whooping crane in flight
Whooping crane in flight 
Whooping crane
Sharing a pasture

I kind of liked the dark background this grazing cow provided for the whooper.

Whooping crane family flying in
Whooping crane family flying in
Whooping cranes
Whooping cranes
Whooping cranes
Whooping cranes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whooping cranes
Whooping cranes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 17, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail Flycatcher

Migrants are arriving!

On the way out of the campground, I caught this tricolor heron fishing in one of the ponds just as the sun was beginning to light things up.

Tricolor Heron at Sunrise
Tricolor Heron at Sunrise

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Tricolor Heron Fishing
Tricolor Heron Fishing

While there were 9 Whoopers scattered around the pastures, none were close enough to get any good shots, so I headed back to the campsite to get some computer work done. At the last second I decided to run up to the fishing pier in the campground just in case there were some small wading birds on the water’s edge.

As I drove between the two sections of waterfront campsites, I spotted some colorful movement in the tall grass and shrubs on the side of the road…a scissortail flycatcher, a new bird for me!

Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail Flycatcher Pair
Scissortail Flycatcher Pair

 

 

Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail Flycatcher
Scissortail Flycatcher

 

 

 

 

 

On my way back from shopping yesterday, I spotted this odd couple along the road in Fulton. They appeared to be channeling their inner hunting dog, although they seemed a little confused as to which way to point.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret