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Birding – Jan 8

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

We went out specifically to look for a couple of birds I had seen on the previous outing. While the severe overcast conditions were not welcomed, it turned out to be a very good day for new birds!

Walnut Creek Wasterwater Treatment Plant

Came here looking for a specific duck, but no luck. But we were rewarded with 3 new birds. First was a lone, Double-crested Cormorant.

Double-crested Cormorant

Stalking bugs in the grass was an American Pitpit thrush. I think it is a Hermit Thrush:

American Pitpit

Not pictured, were several Ring-necked Ducks. Couldn’t get decent photos, but good enough to make identifications.

Hornsby Bend

Hornsby was equally exciting. We drove around on Platt Lane to the north, where there’s usually a hawk or two hanging out or something interesting on the wires. Hawk was too far away for even an ID, this time. Most interesting was an American Kestrel hovering. Quite amazing to watch.

American Kestrel

Back inside Hornsby, another Kestrel was at the same spot as last time. Took quite a few tries, but I finally got a good shot on the way out. Up on the wires, was a Loggerhead Shrike, again, probably the same one.

Loggerhead Shrike

Shorebirds seemed a little more numerous. Here’s a Sandpiper, I think, but no idea of the exact species.


Not new by any means, is the American Coot. Bob’s post earlier this year made me realize that I don’t think I actually have a photo of this duck, since it’s always around. It’s like taking a picture of a sparrow or Cardinal :P

American Coot

Finally, our last new one, the Northern Pintail. I find it strange that so many of our new bird sightings only involve one bird. Is it lost or are the others off partying?

Northern Pintail (male)

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  1. January 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Hi again! This isn’t a thrush but a pipit….thrushes prefer wooded areas and are more heavily streaked. I’m not sure where this photo was taken, but it looks to me more like a Sprague’s Pipit (which I have never seen) than an American Pipit (which I have).

    Anyway, it’s a fantastic picture. The pipits I see (during migration) are usually too far away to get any decent photos.

  2. January 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Great series of images. Looks like an awesome day of birding.

  3. January 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks Jim.

    Thanks Gillian, that makes more sense. I added a side profile in my gallery; the colors appear to match up better with the American rather than the Sprague. Oh, all these photos were taken in Austin, Texas.

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