.As Dee had never been to Cullinan Park in Sugarland, I drove her down there yesterday. The weather was very different from how it had been a week earlier. This time it was horribly cold, cloudy and windy.
The lake had much the same water birds as last week, except that this time some Ruddy Ducks were in evidence. The only birds in the trees around the lake were dozens of White Ibis.
We spent a couple of hours birding the undergrowth and trees along the road. All we managed were glimpses of common birds: Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, Carolina Chickadees, American Crows, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, American Goldfinch and Eastern Phoebes - lots of Eastern Phoebes.
As we left the park, we stopped so I could grab a photo of a pair of Red-tailed Hawks perched on utility wires opposite the park entrance. Not a great photo but it shows pretty clearly the difference in size between the female and (smaller) male and the difference between front and back plumage.