Catching Up on Recent Trips
I did manage a second day in a row of days off in the middle of the week yesterday. I visited another San Antonio area park. The weather was cool and breezy and bird life was minimal. I made a few images, but mostly for ID purposes.
I did go back and rifle through my images from Tuesday and found that I had misidentified one of my birds both in my image tagging and then further when I discussed my day out with a local birder group. I thought I had seen a Fox Sparrow. But when I went back it something was wrong. Delbert Tarter’s words of wisdom, “Look at the bill,” was pulsing through the brain again. Nope, couldn’t be a sparrow–the bill was too slender. So what birds look like Fox Sparrows but aren’t Fox Sparrows. Both Cornell and R.T. Peterson agree: Hermit Thrush. So after some research and a couple of inquiries to folks I trust, we all came to the conclusion that what I had seen instead was a Hermit Thrush. Make that Life Bird #136 and #11 for the year.
I should have the visit to Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area written up for tomorrow and then the weekend will be upon us again.
About the Image:
I know I didn’t get this one wrong. This is a female Slate-colored Junco (Junco h. hyemalis) from my trip to Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area on Tuesday. A larger/sharper version of this is up on Flickr.