quick, out of focus shot of a male cardinal who was taking a keen interest in his reflection in my rearview mirror.
both shots of same individual
11 June 2012
image 1 shows male (right) and female "psaltria" race Lesser Goldfinches at thistle feeder. The other images show assorted other males, mature and immature. Sometimes people report "green-backed" Lesser Goldfinches in Texas, but the green-backed race is not known to occur in this state. The green-backed birds in Texas are just immature male "psaltria" black-backed race birds.
male (left) and female American Goldfinches in winter plumage at a thistle feeder.
The winter of 2011-2012 I was covered up with Pine Siskins at my house and 2012-2013 was the same. Last winter, 2013-2014 I did not see a single siskin, but had hundreds of American Goldfinches. This winter, 2014-2015, I have had a handful of Am. Goldfinches but no big numbers like last year, and not a single siskin until yesterday when this one individual showed up.
DOR - beautiful animal with long, flowing coat.
These exotics are present on many ranches in the Hill Country of Texas
two out of focus coots in front of a pair of Am. Wigeons
DOR adult Red-tailed Hawk. The image shows the underwing and patagial markings of the bird as well as gcwarbler's hand holding one of the tail feathers.
distant views of several sleeping female Ring-necked Ducks