Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On the way home from work...

I stopped by Encanto Park, only a slight deviation from the I-10 highway. I only saw the resident Lewis's Woodpecker at a distance, but it was very nice to just sit and observe for 15 minutes. There are plenty of Ring-Neck Ducks in the ponds, and always a few Kinglets and Gila Woodpeckers bumbling about. This Pied-Billed Grebe, done up right nice in his breeding plumage, was a special treat:

Here's a non-bredding Grebe, meaning it is without the namesake stripe on the bill, for comparison:

You can hear and see the Yellow-Rumped Warblers just about everywhere in the autumn and winter months. I must admit, I usually ignore them. But when it's a slow evening and there's not a lot of activity, you're forced to focus on every bird, and it makes me appreciate them once again.


  1. The Yellow-rumped Warbler's might be ubiquitous for you during the fall and winter, but when they migrate to n. Maine in the spring, they are quite a spectacle, and very welcome!! Your photos are beautiful.

    1. Thank you Karen. I certainly hope to see them in breeding plumage some day.

  2. Very nice post and some wonderful photos. This time of year also has me watching more closely the fewer birds we have.

  3. Outstanding photos of the Grebe!