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Everything posted by Mark

  1. True Charlie, true. I haven't hit the point of leaving the camera in the car - I have to leave it at home so my wife can use it watching the feeders. Hmmm,,,sounds like a good excuse to buy another camera ?
  2. American Kestrel: "Jets, who needs jets. Check out MY contrail!"
  3. Thanks folks. I really appreciate it. Funny story with this one. I was driving saw the bird, didn't have my camera with me. Drove back home about a mile, grabbed my camera and went back out hoping it would still be there.
  4. Thanks. That would make sense also. They were in the same area as the other Chipping Sparrow you helped identify for me.
  5. Thanks Bird Nuts. I was wondering about Savannah, but like I said, I am not up on my sparrows.
  6. Thanks. That would make sense for sure. I have seen at least one Red Tail there.
  7. An American Goldfinch and a Lesser Goldfinch.
  8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Morning "hair".
  9. Same day in Government Canyon Nature Reserve here in San Antonio on the Front Country Trails down in the Savannah area. Still not up on my sparrows yet, but wasn't sure. The wing bars threw me off and the second pic (believe it or not same bird) is not that good of a pic. The pics aren't the best quality, my apologies ahead of time.
  10. This was from the middle of the day out at Government Canyon Nature Reserve here in San Antonio down on the Front Country Trails in the Savannah area of the reserve. There are two birds in the photo.
  11. Again on an early morning walk on Lackland AFB, overcast day. I'm not up on my sparrows yet, but heck, this could be a house finch. But my thought was a sparrow since it was low on the ground, next to a scrub brush field on the one side of the road. Small scrub oak trees on the other side of the road.
  12. I have gotten the pic of this fellow while on a morning walk on Lackland AFB here in San Antonio. He just took off from a tree and I snapped a photo. No clue and I know it would be a long shot to getting him ID'd. But thought maybe somebody would like the challenge - because I am too new at this and have NO CLUE LOL!
  13. Was driving down the road late afternoon here in San Antonio and saw this guy. Not sure, but based on the hawks I have seen in the area, my first thought is Red Tail. But, not sure since I couldn't get a good enough pic of the full bird.
  14. This shot was taken at a different spot where my last Red Shouldered Hawk pic was taken. It was an overcast day, so he was just sitting down low in the trees next to a baseball diamond area where some kids were practicing. I had heard him a little earlier, and walked over to that area and there he was. Got within about 10 yards before he took off and I was lucky enough to get these shots.
  15. Thanks. Very fortunate to have gotten them for sure.
  16. When I saw him, thought it was a N. Mockingbird, until I got the pictures downloaded. Once I saw this pics, I could see the color was more brown. These were taken here in San Antonio on a mid-morning walk down a dried creek bed. The bird stayed in the lower branches of the scrub trees along the edges of the creek bed. There were pools of water in some areas of the bed rock because it had rained a couple of days before.
  17. Sitting on the front porch watching my feeders. I have two of these little guys who come calling.
  18. I had posted on this guy before, but the photo I had wasn't all that great. Now that I have gotten better pictures of him, wanted to post again and just clarify in my mind what he is exactly. These were taken here in San Antonio on late afternoon walk to the greenbelt behind our neighborhood. Previously, my pic was of him up on a chimney vent. But this time, he was down in the brush along a fence line. Was able to get fairly close to get the good pics. Didn't seem to be skiddish as long as I move slowly.
  19. This were taken on MLK day here in San Antonio at Lackland AFB. Typically, don't work on the holidays, but decided to work this day since it was a flex holiday and I could use the hours this Friday to watch my son swim in District Championships. Since there wasn't going to be very many people at work, I decided to take my camera along for when I would go out for a break. From the break area, I saw perched in a small scrub pine this bird. It was across a rolling field so couldn't see it very well, even with my lens. So I started across the field. I was able to slowly come up over one of the small hills in the field and get within 15 yrds of this fellow, and got some great shots. Being new to birding, I feel very fortunate to have gotten these.
  20. Thank you all. I really appreciate all of the help I have been receiving on my new venture and learning.
  21. This bird was spotted on Lackland AFB here in San Antonio, TX. Not sure if a type of sparrow or not based on the bill. The bird was part of a flock of about 15-20 birds that were coming in and landing in the grass field and would move along the ground as a group foraging. This was about mid-morning.
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