I only had one day this week where I could go hiking and birding all morning. So I headed out early to maximize my time. I first stopped at the Ojito de San Antonio Open Space. I only went in a little ways where the spring and fruit trees are just to see what might be around. I saw lots of birds, but most of them didn’t cooperate for photos very well. They insisted on staying high up in the trees or deep in the bushes. It’s like a bulletin went out or something :-\
I did manage to get photos of a Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Cassin’s Finch and Evening Grosbeak. I also got a photo of what at first seemed to be a Red Crossbill. But upon closer inspection I think it’s an American Robin with a beak deformity. It seems the bottom half of the beak is normal while the upper portion is severely curved.
I then drove into town to walk along the bosque to the Tingley Beach Duck Ponds. I saw quite a few birds. There were lots of Yellow-Rumped Warblers in the canopy. I was lucky to find one male singing in a low bush. It was a beautiful crisp spring morning so lots of bird activity along the trail.
After visiting the duck ponds I headed out to see if there were any baby owls showing themselves. Success! The nest at the Calabacillas Arroyo had two babies. One of them looked quite a bit further along than the other. I didn’t see the parent around. But the babies were as curious of me as I was of them. Adorable!
I then headed over to the Piedra Marcadas nest. I don’t think they’ve hatched yet. Still only the female on the nest and no sign of the male.
I did see a really pretty butterfly there. Thanks to Joe I’m noticing them all the time now 🙂 It was plain brown on the outside but beautiful orange when it spread its wings.
All in all a great morning for hiking and birding. Was really nice to get out after working the gardens and greenhouse and doing my bookkeeping all week.