Best Birds Thursday #5

March 13, 2014

 I feel as if we are just on the verge of Spring! The weather has been so nice, and there have been lots of good and much needed rain. I'm looking forward to seeing what new birdies come to this area of the Texas Hill Country! I have seen this little falcon all winter. He is becoming quite aggressive and territorial now... putting on all kinds of shows every time I happen to be driving past his area.

American Kestrel male (Falco sparverius)

 ... and a new female has arrived...

 The resident Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

... and the resident Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) and her suitor.

This Mockingbird isn't my resident one, but he was cute sitting on top of a pile of excavated rock and dirt at a nearby construction site... throwing me an over-the-shoulder glance.

We went to the restaurant La Gloria on the San Antonio Riverwalk extension, and there are a ton of city birds to keep you entertained while eating outdoors.

Double Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Common House Sparrow male (Passer domesticus)

Great Tailed Grackle male and female (Quiscalus mexicanus)

At the Live Oak City Park, I spotted the invasive Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). As the Cornell Lab of Ornithology states, "A native of northern and central Eurasia, the Mute Swan was introduced into North America to grace the ponds of parks and estates. Escaped individuals have established breeding populations in several areas, where their aggressive behavior threatens native waterfowl."

An American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) laying low... with a few what looks like to me, some female Ruddy Ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis).

American Coot (Fulica americana)
Until next time! 

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