The day in Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge started cold and and dark. In Texas, we don’t ever expect it to get that cold, though it does often enough. But with the prospect of getting pics of new and interesting birds, Shey and I pressed on, and it’s a good thing we did.
Moving through the trees and fields, we came to realize that the leaders were well-versed in sparrows. A rarity, since there are so many kinds and the differences are often minute. They spotted a new bird, for us. The Spotted Towhee. We’d never seen one, but the birds were too quick for us to get a pic or even a good look at it. We started to believe we wouldn’t get a pic of this colorful bird. While we searched, we got pics of other birds.
Hours later we were cold and tired and hungry, and me with a pulled muscle in my leg. We separated from the main group and journeyed to a picnicking area where we’d seen Towhees before. We ate hard-boiled eggs, dried beef, and bananas. As hungry as we were, this felt like a feast! Afterwards, I could hardly walk with my injured leg, but we decided to search a short path to see if we could find Spotted Towhees. At last, we got lucky.
Lastly, here is Shey, elated after a Happy Bird Day.
Shey got the best pics between us. You can find them here: http://sheywicklundphotographs.com/2014/03/09/balcones-canyonlands-bird-walk/