Monday, December 24, 2012

Avenue A - Dec. 24, 2102

It was too perfect a day to just sit around, so we decided to take a morning birding walk along River Road and Avenue A here in San Antonio.

The area was the birdiest it's been in recent memory, giving us 27 species of birds. They were all in pockets of mixed flocks, and mostly where there was an abundance of berries and seed grasses.

I think our favorite birds of the day were a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches foraging near each other. There seems to be a larger number of these in the area this winter and I'm enjoying every encounter.

Also delightful was seeing a White-eyed Vireo and a Blue-headed Vireo. They're both very pretty birds and it's always a treat to see the former.

I took a few photographs by the levee area and am posting them below, followed by the day's list. (I know I took some photos of a Great Egret, but they seem to have disappeared sigh!) Enjoy!

Red-tailed Hawk in flight.

Red-tailed Hawk perched before being mobbed by Mockingbirds and Blue Jays.

Couch's Kingbird

Couch's Kingbird
The list:

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Couch's Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-crested Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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