CRITTER SIGHTINGS IN BOSQUE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS
A week ago last Thursday we saw what looked like an eagle surrounded by branches in a tree. We could see a head that was mostly–if not all white, but we couldn’t get a good look at the tail. When I expanded it on my camera it turned out to be an Osprey. The pictures there were not clear at all, but we spotted the same Osprey two other times, or a couple of Ospreys in separate places. The two pictures here are of an Osprey soaring in a thermal at least 100 yards out. I usually think of them as a sea bird, and they are often called Sea Hawks. They can have a wing-span of six feet. I think this one was a little shot of that.
Here’s a picture of a Black-crowned Night Heron, a bird I haven’t seen in at least two years. He was scoping out the river for breakfast. Good to see at least one back in the Bosque.
Several pictures of a Double-crested Cormorant, another bird much more common in the Gulf, or over the ocean. The second picture shows him acrobatically scratching his chin with a foot. The third shows a Cormorant, a Belted Kingfisher and a Mallard Duck sharing the same downed tree. The Kingfisher and the Cormorant are mainly competitors for the same prey, so interesting to see them together.
Here’s my first shot this spring of a Cooper’s Hawk.
Next a Great Blue Heron croaking in a tree, then a shot of six Blues hanging out together. Must be mating season.
Three pictures of Turkey Vultures. The first one keeping an eye out for fish in a pond. We counted at least 35 Vultures in the next shot, and a shot of a solitary vulture starting to lift off.
Pictures of a Red-winged Blackbird, a Kildeer and another Porcupine. Now that the trees are leafing out It will be rare to spot them until next winter.