.One of the (many) things I like about living in our part of southeast Texas is that I get to see quite a few birds without going on birding walks or trips. Last week produced a couple of typical examples.
I took Dee to have some tests done at a local hospital and, while I waited for her, I strolled over to a small artificial lake on the hospital grounds. Among many exotic ducks, I spotted some Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, including one with a damaged wing.
The injured bird was accompanied by a duckling.
Nearby a female Great-tailed Grackle was also looking the worse for wear.
Barn Swallows were swooping over the water, male Great-tailed Grackles were swaggering around, and male Red-winged Blackbirds (below) were singing from treetops.
A Great Blue Heron flew over.
Just as I turned to walk away, a Green Heron flew down onto the grass below me.
Not bad birding for 15 minutes outside a hospital!
A couple of day's earlier I had spent some time sitting in a parking lot waiting for Dee to emerge from a visit to the dentist. A small clump of trees in front of me was surprisingly empty of birds. Then I realized why: A Red-shouldered Hawk was sitting in the trees while its mate was circling high overhead.
The hawk let me approach and take a couple of photos before it took offense and flew off. A minute later its mate landed in another tree.
Birding doesn't get any easier than that!