Following up on the Sunday birding bonanza at Corp Woods, here’s an update with Monday’s action.
This male Summer Tanager was resting on a utility wire in the back yard Monday afternoon. He then flew over to a branch near the deck where I was sitting (also resting) and afforded me a proper portrait. Well done little birdie! Now go tell all the other birdies this is how it’s done. I also saw a Yellow-throated Vireo and a Yellow Warbler out back. The influx of migrants after that rainy front no doubt spilled out along much of the UTC.
Mid-morning Monday, April 13th, 2015, headed back out to Corp Woods and the sun was actually shining this time!
Another view of this exotic little blue bird. I did not see any females. They probably travel separately to avoid all the inter-gender bickering during that rather daunting trans-Gulf flight. The anoles were also well represented with their bizarre courtship displays.
This is my first sighting of the male American Redstart. I have seen the females in past years and they are, frankly, much cuter.
This bird was by far the tamest of all I saw in the two days covered by these postings. My first photo of a Hooded last Spring was the same deal. It flitted around by the side walk down the street from my apartment and let me approach with very little concern. The Chestnut-sided Warbler was another happy discovery out there. Really an astounding array of migrants!
And here’s documentation on the Swallow-tailed Kite I saw the day before. When we saw it then I asked a lady nearby what it was and she said, “White-tailed Kite.” Sorry, not with that crazy forked tail. Had to look it up later when I got home. Another migrant, swooping low and probably feeding on migrant songbirds. This is a South American hawk with a summertime population seen mainly in Florida.
I think I got more photos of this species than any of the others. I like this pose and the bright green back-lit leaves. Spring gets so punchy with the color green!
Seen commonly all over the country in Spring, this species is known for its strong voyeuristic tendencies and single topic mono-culture. There were only a few people out there on Monday, but Sunday was like a theater lobby at intermission.
At a glance, the Blue Grosbeak might be mistaken for one of those Indigos, but for those dead give-away rusty wing bars. If it was bright red it would look like a Cardinal. And if my grandmother had wheels she’d be a wagon. One day I will see a hummer that is something other than the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
I saw my first Inca Doves last year right in the East End residential district, in the street by the curb. I yelled at Carol to stop the car but I had no camera with me. All you see in town are the White-winged Doves so these are pretty rare in the city. Two were at my feeder this morning.
I love that scale pattern all over the body. Seen in the Southwest and Mexico year round, Texas marks its eastern boundary.