|Photo by Barry Noret|
I spent about an hour in those woods and had a great time watching 1 loosely associated mixed species flock of songbirds in the tree canopy. I found a Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, and Blue Headed Vireo in that flock, as well as more Yellow Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, and 1 beautiful male Black-throated Green Warbler. Here's a poor photo I got of the Black-throated Green.
Later on the trail through the playing fields I got to listen to the same trombone player we heard last week as I found 4 or 5 Baltimore Orioles and another Yellow Warbler. I was unable to get a decent photo of any of the orioles. They really are sneaky when the pass through central Texas during spring and fall migration, usually staying behind layers of foliage and out of view. But I did get this photo of the Yellow Warbler.
Further upstream in the creek bed I checked for shorebirds and found Least Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and of course Killdeer. I also found 3 Inca Doves, our smallest and least common species of dove in the neighborhood. They have ann elegant scaly appearance and have reddish brown wing patches visible when they fly. This one let me get pretty close.