Mid-2016 Update!

May 16, 2016

So it has been a while since posting about what birds I have spotted and photographed... since January when I visited Brooklyn in fact! I have been keeping busy with drawing the ABA Checklist. Only up to 9 life-sized birds drawn to date. I am not sure which will be lucky number 10...

 I have been completely enthralled by this time capsule account of Alexander Wilsons endeavor into ornithology in early American history. "... what drove him to write (and illustrate) America's birds was a desire to make every American realize the value of our birds and thereby want to ensure their survival for all time." 

I am almost done with a full USPS stamp collection of birds... that's right... a full collection of all the postage stamps released by the United States Postal System which depict a bird on it! (Mega nerd status for sure.) Here is a small sample of red and blue.

And just a sampling of some birds since January... this is a terrible photo... but this was the first time lifer in spotting a Bufflehead Duck (Bucephala albeola) - New Braunfels, TX.

An Egyptian Goose and goslings along the Comal River.

An adorable Downy Woodpecker.

Eastern Bluebird watching for bugs...

A happily singing Loggerhead Shrike...

Yellow Rumped Warbler...

A kind of mad looking Red Tailed Hawk.

I am not super sure about the identification of this one... but I believe this is an American Goldfinch. The brows look a little odd to me though...

Couch's Kingbird.

An American Robin at sunrise.

A lucky find in spotting this Great Horned Owl on a drive home one night.

A Spotted Sandpiper...

That actually only takes us through March... ha. I will update soon with some more of my sightings.

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