19 and plus…

 I decided to do my-before-lunch walk at 9am this morning and on a whim I decided to make a list of birds. It had been a long time since I had used ebird. I was pleasantly surprised on the ease of entering the species than what it use to be, after getting out of the location as Mexico instead of Texas LOL. Here is my list:

Curry Ranch


Jan 13, 2021
9:17 AM
0.75 miles
All birds reported? Yes
51 Minutes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.3.1 Build 2.3.8 2 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- male
8 American Crow
1 Northern Flicker -- Yellow shafted
1 Loggerhead Shrike
1 Blue Jay
1 American Robin
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Eastern Bluebird
5 Purple Finch -- 2 males at least 3 females
4 Savannah Sparrow
10 American Goldfinch -- in neighbor's field in a Bois D'arc
8 Dark-eyed Junco
8 Harris's Sparrow
1 LeConte's Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
18 Western/Eastern Meadowlark
5 Northern Cardinal


Number of Taxa: 19


This bird is always on my list, but ebird does not have an entry for it.,..hmmm. It is nailed down (literally to the tree) to the rare species of Shovel Pileated Woodpecker.
Frost got on the boots this morning.

When I start out on the 9am walk, frost quickly dissipates as the sun hits it.

Heavy frost on the bluebird nestbox. I actually saw a bluebird checking out a box in my backyard.

The lichens really shine on the fence in the early morning because the frost had melted and left the pipe wet.

The afternoon walk bird count…

Curry Ranch
Jan 13, 2021
3:26 PM
1.13 miles
49 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.3.1 Build 2.3.8
4 Black Vulture
4 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Blue Jay
7 American Crow
1 Hermit Thrush
2 American Robin
1 Vesper Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
2 Western/Eastern Meadowlark
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
5 Northern Cardinal
Number of Taxa: 14


Beside the birds that I put in the lists above I saw the following birds in Decatur and on our way home today:
At Judy’s house:  30+ Pine Siskins, 20+American Goldfinches, and a Mockingbird 
Along Greenwood Rd, I saw Ring-necked ducks and other species that were too far away for me to ID. So today I saw a total of 26 species of birds. Not bad, eh.
Yesterday on the grasslands, I had a few good birds too.
Double-crested Cormorant at Rucker’s Pond.

Blue Heron at Rucker’s Pond.
Greater Yellowlegs at Rucker’s Pond.

Great Blue Heron on Cottonwood Lake overflow side. On the the lake, I saw a couple of Pied-billed Grebes.

So a great frosty start to the day with the birds. 

Keep looking!


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