Monday, April 20, 2015

Birding at White Rock Lake

Today visited the White Rock Lake for my first bird walk in this park, erlier during winter went for birding but had to return because of the severe cold. Such a majestic lake and we are lucky to be staying close to such a good lake. The variety of birds around the lake is very good here.

I started with a group of cedar waxwings who were enjoying their morning breakfast. And then came the moment to see the flycatchers and the sparrows and other birds. I was seeing some of these birds for the first time. Indigo Bunting, Lark Sparrow, and Eastern Kingbird. There were couple of Scissor-tiled flycatchers flying around too.

Cedar Waxwing

Lark Sparrow


Indigo Bunting?

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Indigo bunting(Back)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird





Then near the bay I saw my first Avocets. Pied Avocets are seen in India during winter but I haven't been lucky to see any of them till now. So seeing an American Avocet here was good. I saw three of them on a floating log near the bay.

American Avocet


There were lot of coots, geese and mallards near the bay. I also saw 3 male Wood Ducks and 2 of them were kind enough to give me some nice photographs :-)

Wood Ducks



While I was taking rest on one of the benches there I saw a Spotted Sandpiper coming out looking for its meal. Again fist time sighting of this bird for me. There were couple of American-white Pelicans too trying to dry themselves.

Spotted Sandpiper


American white-pelican


Great-tailed Grackle

Northern Mockingbird

Lincoln Sparrow?


As I drove into a parking lot I saw a lone kill deer walking along.

Killdeer




Also saw lot of Mallards with young-lings today. Kids were really enjoying in the park feeding these Mallards with bread.

The last beauty that i saw during day's walk was a lone Pied-billed grebe. Very pretty bird.



Pied-billed Grebe



Mallard
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List of birds seen during the day.

Wood Duck  
Mallard  
Pied-billed Grebe  
Neotropic Cormorant  
American White Pelican  
American Coot  
American Avocet  
Killdeer  
Spotted Sandpiper  
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  
White-winged Dove  
Mourning Dove  
Downy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker 
Eastern Phoebe 
Eastern Kingbird  
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  
Blue Jay  
American Crow  
Barn Swallow  
American Robin   
Northern Mockingbird  
European Starling  
Cedar Waxwing  
Lark Sparrow  
Lincoln's Sparrow  
Northern Cardinal  
Indigo Bunting  
Red-winged Blackbird  
Common Grackle  
Great-tailed Grackle  
Brown-headed Cowbird  
House Sparrow  



6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed the pictures.

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  2. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed the pictures.

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  3. Beautiful images...Learning a lot about these birds through your blog, do keep it up!

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  4. What camera did you use and binoculars ?

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