My Blunch Lifers
After breakfast I was walking around with Patty and her brother who were telling me about the deers they encountered that morning. I noticed this large bird in the distance and quickly pulled the binoculars up . . . could it have been??
Patty and Harry needed to head back to the house and I began working my way towards the bird to confirm its identification!! I didn’t get too far before the Crested Caracara (Yep Lifer – CHECK) flew into another cluster of trees. I tried to approach closer but the Caracara was easily spooked and flew away. I decided to go explore the area it was in with some hopes that the bird would return (and find other cool birds)!
I weaved through all the Prickly Pear’s and flushed this sparrow up from the ground!!! As I pulled my binoculars up to scan the LBJ’s identification . . . . it flew towards a bird which I had already recognized without too much confusion. Too many decisions on which way to go!!
Question is do I get a picture of this Loggerhead Shrike (Lifer – CHECK) or do I try to follow this little brown job for another possible lifer?? I went after the Shrike and the bird was very cooperative in allowing me to capture a series of pictures of it! Like my Carolina Wren from yesterdays post . . . . those Northern Shrike’s would never let me get this close for a picture (even when photographing from a vehicle)!! I figured I needed to take this opportunity because I have no idea when I could get this opportunity to photograph such a stunning bird like this again.
I was finally happy with my pictures of the Shrike and then worked my way back to the little brown job where I was try to be blend in with the surroundings. The sparrows finally flushed into this shrub not that far from me. I kept taking pictures of the bird with each step closer that I took . . . . . I honestly couldn’t identify these little brown jobs until I returned back to my room to consult my Sibley guide. However I knew this was a lifer for my checklist!!
These ended up being Lark Sparrow’s (Lifer – CHECK) and they were the cutest little things ever with their funny striped heads and bullet mark in the chest. Not a species I had expected to find but they were happily added to my life list! Throughout the time we spent on the ranch . . . . I was able to relocate many of these birds with Patty so that she could also add them to her life list!!
I spent a few hours out in this one section of the ranch chasing these 3 lifers around and it was finally lunch time. I headed back to the house to sharing my new birding stories with Patty’s family and their hunting guides. The next blog post (since I am running out of room here) . . . . . I will explain two more lifers that I encounter during my first full day at the ranch. ( Hint – – – – be careful what you wish for )!!
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