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Excellent day at Pedernales

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Not a drop of rain overnight. Very cloudy early this morning, but quickly cleared up. Upon arriving at the Pedernales bird blinds, the first thing we noticed was the area between the two blinds had been cleared and architected for the upcoming butterfly garden. When this will happen is somewhat up in the air. March was the schedule date, but it sounds like it may be put off due to budget cuts and lack of personnel.

In contrast from previous visits, the new blind was very popular. This is great for us, as the birds are lit from the foreground. The old blind usually is backlit or pretty harsh. Two photographer ports have been added on the left side. One or more are scheduled to be added to the right side. Also of note, the open are on the right side of the old blind has been closed up (not the photographer windows).

Both blinds were well populated today. Two new birds for us: Pyrrhuloxia and Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Technically only one for me, as I didn’t see the woodpecker, but Doris did. This was the first time we’ve seen a Pyrrhuloxia (anywhere). He was amazingly still, which gave us plenty of chances for some good shots. The cute rats were out en masse today as well. Pictures are not linked to my gallery yet. I just picked these quickly so I could post same-day.

This was by far our best “winter” trip. It’s almost 80 now, but should drop to the teens in a couple of days.

Pyrrhuloxia

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

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  1. February 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I will have to make a trip there to see the blinds. Could you tell me exactly where they are. You must make a trip to San Angelo. The Pyrrholoxia is quite common here.

  2. February 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    It’s probably easiest to give you a google maps link:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=30.325416,-98.255351&aq=&sll=30.325416,-98.255914&sspn=0.001952,0.003213&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17

    I would like to make it out to SA this spring…

  3. February 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Okay, I gotcha. Pedernales Falls State Park. Duh… A senior moment.

    Bob

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