Thursday, November 10, 2011

Power Birding

I fit a 15 minute birding bout in this evening at Encanto Park. The Lovebirds, Grackles, Pigeons, and Mallards were all over, and the visiting Ring-Necked Ducks were also well represented. The surprise of the evening was seeing a Brown Creeper. I did not have my ISO adjusted for the dimming light, and he had moved on before I got a picture, but it was nice to glimpse. Brown Creepers are cool birds and ones I forget about until they pop up here and there, just to remind you of their humble existence before they move on, resurfacing from time to time and seldom when I expect it.
There was also an interesting Gild Woodpecker hanging around, who was catching the light on his undersides in a way that gave him a yellow belly. To make a birding joke, he was trying to become a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.

There's a little gang of Embden Geese at the park. They don't make for exciting viewing, but I like the way their neck feathers congeal, and their big blue eyes.

It should hold me over until the weekend.


  1. Oh I miss the Gila Woodpeckers. I used to get them at my seed block when we lived in Mesa. Those were the days!

  2. Beautiful woodpecker!! I'd just love to see one. Guess I'll just have to travel out your way.