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  1. These guys were in the local park I go to here in San Antonio early this Easter morning. In the one picture is what appears to possibly be a male and female with a N. Mockingbird in the same tree. Good reference for size comparison, they were smaller than the Mockingbird. I figured it was a warbler based upon the bill shape and the song he was singing out - but wasn't sure it was matching up to my resource for calls and songs to the detriment of my memory. But, I got the pics. Looking at my Cornell resource, the pics appear to match up, but when I tried to add to my list  for my area, the Magnolia wasn't in the list. So, am unsure of the ID.







  2. This was this Easter morning at a local park here in San Antonio. these two were initially on the ground and flew off into the tree. They had white outer tail feathers. I initially thought Vesper Sparrow. But once I got the pictures downloaded, they didn't appear to match up with my picture resources. 


  3. This was also on my normal Saturday trip to Lackland, AFB here in San Antonio. The park has some larger trees and a wood-lined creek nearby as well as open fields. This fellow was up in the branches along with some others and a couple of Lesser Goldfinches. I feel fairly certain he is a Blue-headed Vireo, based upon his colors and the large white eye-rings. At first, I thought a White-eyed Vireo, until I noticed the eye rings seemed to connect like spectacles, which according to my Cornell app, is a trait of the Blue-headed Vireo. So, just wanted to make sure I was thinking along the correct lines.




  4. This was this past Saturday at Lackland, AFB in San Antonio.  I was moving from one spot to another and saw this fellow soaring around over an open field with trees and a creek nearby.  I know there are red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks here. But I am not sure this is one of the red-shouldered. I couldn't get a good enough angle for me to tell and there appear to be somethings about the wings and head that don't look familiar to me for a red-shouldered.





  5. This was this past Saturday, 20 Apr, about mid-morning at Lackland, AFB here in San Antonio. He was at a distance, so my camera pulled him in only so much. I was driving from one spot to the next when I spotted him just soaring around. I initially thought it was a red-tail until I got home and downloaded the pics. No not so sure. The coloration of the wings seem to match up with the pics I have seen of Swainson's, but not sure.



  6. I have seen these guys in a few of my regular spots, but was trying a new spot yesterday (Monday, 15 Apr) here in San Antonio. It was late afternoon/early evening and along a creek bed that the city has put walking trails along. They were coming out from under an overpass where the highway passed over the creek.



  7. Not sure on this one. It was late afternoon at a local park here in San Antonio. Open field, low cut grass/vegetation. There were about 6 in a small flock and they were on the ground moving along feeding. The flock wasn't the same size of American Pie Pits I have seen and there wasn't that in unison type of grazing movements I have seen.  




  8. Later afternoon here in San Antonio on Saturday 12 Apr. I had gone back over to around my son's high school to see if any of the birds I had spotted earlier in the day were still in the area - namely a hawk. No luck. So, just down the road a bit was a small parcel of land with a different variety of coniferous trees than the rest of the surroundings. Thought, hmmm, maybe I will check that out and see if perhaps there would be any different species to see; particularly golden cheeked warblers. 

    As I was walking in the area, scared up a deer out of a small thicket. She stood there looking at me, I stood there looking at her until finally she took off. I continued walking up to the thicket she had been bedding down in and was looking at the wood line ahead of me. I turned to the thicket and saw something hanging in the branches. Hmmm. I took a couple of steps closer, focused my camera and low and behold, it was a snake. Don't know what kind, but a snake was going up the branches into the tree. Now, this was the same thicket the deer jumped out of.

    Couldn't see the head of the snake, so I started to take a step to get a better angle, but before stepping I looked. Right at my feet was this little dove. Tiny little fellow. He didn't move, didn't fly off, and stayed stock still. So, I took some photos.

    Based upon the feather, I think it may be an Inca Dove. But, it also looks young, so may be another species of dove. I have gotten better at identifying, but mainly males of the species. Still learning the females and really haven't started on the young ones.

    So there you have it, a tale of a deer, a snake, and a dove. All in the same spot, literally.




  9. Got this pic this evening while my son was at swim practice here in San Antonio. He was perched upon the top level of the net around Homeplate at the baseball field. Interestingly enough, just about 10 feet down away on the same net, was a scissor-tailed flycatcher. Got good pics of him also, but wasn't 100 percent sure of this fellow.




  10. I wish I had been able to get better pictures, but the story is a good one. Front porch here in San Antonio about mid-afternoon. I had just came out onto the porch and I had just sat down. There were several white-winged doves on the ground underneath the areas of my feeders. There also must have been a whole bunch more up in the trees that I was unaware of until this: a small hawk/raptor came flying into my trees under the upper canopy and scared off all of the doves and anything sitting on my feeders. He went out the back side of my trees, circled around, and flew into the trees on my neighbor across the street - which is where a lot of the birds scattered to.  Appearance: He was smaller than the red-shouldered hawk we have in the neighborhood area. He was light colored underneath and appeared to have light brown/russet bands on the underside of his wings. When he circled and went into the neighbor's trees, I got a decent look at his tail. He appeared to have the same light colored brown/russet bands on his tail. I included the best pic I could get that would lighten up and one that shows his silhouette and wing profile pretty well. Hopefully it can be enough for an identification. When I looked at the pic, I wondered about a red-tail, but he was smaller than the red-shouldered.



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