Friday, December 14, 2007

Just Another Cardinal - Or Not?

On Wednesday I took an hour away from work to check out Longenbaugh Road again. Among many other birds, I spotted what I was sure was a Pyrrhuloxia. But when I checked on the Internet, I found out that this bird would be very unusual here. So I assumed I was mistaken and didn't report the sighting.

This morning I read a message on Texbirds from Jim Hinson (a great local birder), saying that he had seen a Pyrrhuloxia at exactly the same place where I saw my bird.

Naturally I did a detour to Longenbaugh Road on my way to work. And the Pyrrhuloxia was very obliging this time - not only did she appear, but she kept coming out into the open over and over again.


The site also had several sparrow species, including Field Sparrow (US life bird #396 for me), White-crowned, Vesper, Song and Lincoln's.

Field Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Immature White-crowned Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

The busiest and perhaps the prettiest bird was this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Other birds included American Robin, Roby-crowned Kinglet and Orange-crowned Warbler.

American Robin

1 comment:

Tom said...

Hey Jeff-

The Pyrrhuloxia was still there today, 12/16 at about 1500 hrs. I stood on the bridge and watched it for 15+ minutes. Thanks for posting it over on texbirds.

There was also a skunk just on the other side of the gate on the north side of L.Baugh/west of the bridge.