Some Birds From Houston Arboretum



I take a small field trip to the Houston Arboretum today with the intention of taking some pictures of Birds.

I’ll say one thing, taking pictures of birds in this environment is challenging, at least it was for me.  There’s a lot of brush and twigs that the Birds love to hang around, and that makes taking clear pictures difficult.

However, I did get pictures of some birds I’ve never seen before, much less taken pictures of.

It took Leecy and I a good 30 minutes to identify what type of Sparrow this was.  Thanks to multiple guidebooks and the wonderful site of Greg Lavaty (excellent Bird Photographer), I think we finally agree what type of bird this is.  It’s a White Throated Sparrow (correct me if I am wrong).

White Throated Sparrow Houston Arboretum

White Throated Sparrow Houston Arboretum

Then there was this Woodpecker.  I knew it was a Woodpecker, but for the life of me I couldn’t tell which species.  Again, thanks to Greg’s site and my guidebooks, I finally figured out it’s a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.  Most guidebooks show them with a red head, and you can just barely see a little red in the head of the bird below.  This bird is obviously a juvenile.

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Houston Arboretum

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Houston Arboretum

Then another mystery bird for me.  Once again, no idea what this was.  Turns on it is a Wood Thrush.

Wood Thrush Houston Arboretum

Wood Thrush Houston Arboretum

Last, but not least, a bird I knew what it was.  It’s a Pileated Woodpecker.

Pileated Woodpecker Houston Arboretum

Pileated Woodpecker Houston Arboretum

Valerie Evanson - Really like the sapsucker photo! There was a pileated in our neighbor’s woods, but he/she never let me get close enough to get a reasonable shot.November 23, 2010 – 8:27 am

texdr - Thanks! That was the first time I’ve ever seen one. I do see the Pileated from time to time, and I definitely hear it. Getting pictures is always tricky. They don’t sit still for long. They are BIG birds.November 23, 2010 – 10:00 pm

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