Wood Stork taken through binoculars with old digital camera,
a first Uvalde Co. record at Utopia July 11, 08
In an emergency any image will do.
P.S., this was my very first digi-bin shot,
which is digital camera held up to binoculars.
Here's a sketch of the Rufous-backed Robin that Kathy and I saw at Ft. Inge, Uvalde, February 19, 2011, which I submitted with my description to the Texas Bird Record Committee.
Note the local common birds don't really care how rare you are, they'll kick your arse just the same. Here a common Black-chinned Hummingbird focibly removes an accidental vagrant Lucifer from a feeder.
This is two of three Hudsonian Godwit I found at a tank near Sabinal on May 11, 2015, this photo by Ken Cave on May 12. A Stilt Sandpiper is in front. It is the second UvCo record for Hudsonian Godwit, the first with multiple individuals. The 2006 first UvCo record is below.
Avocet, April 24, 2015 at "Haby's wet spot" on W. Sabinal Rd.,
Bandera Co., found and photographed by Steve and Sylvia Hilbig.
One of two Black-necked Stilt with the above Avocet at a
flood pond in Bandera Co., April 24, 2015, photo by Sylvia Hilbig.
Here is one of the two immature Roseate Spoonbill Sylvia Hilbig
photographed in Bandera Co along W. Sabinal River July 10-11, 2014.
Here are both of them, a great record, and thanks Sylvia for sharing your great photos!
Here's a poor digiscope of the Purple Gallinule at Utopia Park May 12, 2011
Purple Gallinule at Utopia Park May 13, 2011 (2nd day) Thanks Audrey for letting me get closer!
A male Lucifer Hummingbird, the first in Uvalde County June 29, 2011, about the 10th on the Edwards Plateau.
White-eared Hummingbird, July 21, 07, near Utopia second hill country, first Uvalde Co. record
same female White-eared Hummingbird
Tricolored Heron, juvenile, Uvalde, July 08
This is one of the 2 immature Tricolored Herons
that spent most of fall 2009 at Utopia Park.
Cassin's Finch, Nov. 07, near Utopia
Rusty Blackbird in fog 150' from porch, Dec. 9, 2013.
This bird was around through January into February.
Annual or nearly so here in winter in very low numbers.
Here she is in 2014, still a Rusty Blackbird, a returnee back for its second year around UvCo 360 south of town. This photo taken in our yard December 24, 2014, it continued to early March 2015.
The first Hudsonian Godwit ever found in Uvalde County,
May 5, 2006, with a Wilson's Phalarope at the Uvalde Nat. Fish Hatchery.
rump and tail shot
Rufous-capped Warbler, Concan March 06
Audubon's Oriole, March 1, '06, near Utopia
note green back (Scott's is black or streaked with black)
not a rarity, but rather a resident around Utopia.
American Woodcock at Utopia Park on Dec. 27, '05
I prefer "Timberdoodle", the hunters' name ...
Same Woodcock at UP - which was a one hour wonder
Another American Woodcock (Timberdoodle) at Utopia Park Dec. 15, 2012
This one stuck around three weeks at least.
Hammond's Flycatcher north of Utopia in Bandera Co., Dec. 25. 2005
Note compact size and shape, gray head and throat contrast with
green back very short bill (reversed from distal most feathering
would only reach front of eye), long primary extension, etc.
Same Hammond's Flycatcher - Note yellow in lower belly, narrowness of bill,
and broken eyering above with slight teardrop effect behind.
First Uvalde Co. photo record, and one of the furthest north ever,
about 2 mi. west of Utopia June 7 to Aug. 29, 2005)
White-tipped Dove making the ID of vulture or hawk.
April 1, 2012, no foolin', in our Seco Ridge yard, the
third to have appeared here, our first spring record.
Townsend's Warbler at our bird bath Sept. 25, 2013
This was probably the 3rd Uvalde Co. record, first photos,
the other two were seen at Utopia Park fall of 2012.
Kentucky Warbler at Utopia Pk., fall adult male,
present August 9-18, 2009. (taken through binocs)
This is a hybrid Gray-headed x Pink-sided Junco,
seen a few times between Feb. 13 and March 31, 2012
in our winter yard junco flock. A little talk
of the marks on the ODDITIES bird photo page.
I can find no one that knows of a prior Texas report.