A few weeks ago, Avi and I mistook a mostly drab bird with blue highlights for an immature Eastern Bluebird, since the Choke Canyon Bird List has them as the only likely one in the park. We were a little insecure, not totally convinced the call was correct.
Today I went out with a woman from Birdingpal who wanted to go out birding during her visit to San Antonio. The bird was still there. We scoped it and moved on. Well, when I got home I found out many Western species are having an irruptive year, moving east in Texas. So -- what we really saw was a Mountain Bluebird.
The lesson here? Never take anything for granted.
So, now for some of the other highlights of the trip and, luckily, this time I remembered my camera.
The Green Jay is a fixture in the park. It's always a pleasure to see them. It's even more of a pleasure to get good photos. Happily, today the "Birding Sanctuary" by the RV Campground at the Calliham Unit was very birdy, so we were able to get great shots.
|Green Jay and Audubon's Oriole|