It was in the low 30s when we woke up this morning, so we took our time easing into the day.
Around 1:00, it had warmed up significantly, so we went for a walk on the Strawberry Trail here at San Angelo State Park.
Whew, it was much warmer in the bright sunshine than I thought it would be. We exited the trail for a short side trip to the wildlife viewing shack. The shack has photos of common birds on the walls, a bird book, a bird checklist, and a journal of recent sightings.
We sat on the benches and raised the windows for a clear view and to let some air flow in.
The park had filled the feeders this morning and some of them still had seeds. We watched the common House Finches, House Sparrows, Mourning Doves, and White-crowned Sparrows, and we re-familiarized ourselves with some of the western birds we haven't seen in a while such as the Black-crested Titmouse ...
and the Golden-fronted Woodpecker with its yellow, gold, red, and orange colors.
Linda was looking through some of the documentation in the shack, and she glanced up to see a Javelina (aka Collared Peccary) wandering into view.
That was exciting for us as it had been a few years since we had seen one of these southwestern mammals. It stopped to eat under one of the bird feeders, ....
before coming a little closer.
You can see its "collar" pretty clearly in the above photo.
It moved even closer and we got to watch it for quite some time.
Right after that, an armadillo came through in typical armadillo fashion with its head down foraging for insects.
Specifically, it's a Nine-banded Armadillo, the only armadillo species in the U.S. We've seen a few of them along the main road here in the park.
We spent a couple hours at the viewing shack and saw fifteen bird species including White-winged Doves ....
and the pretty and hard-to-spell Pyrrhuloxia (aka the "desert cardinal).
We then finished the Strawberry Trail and walked most of the three-mile Roadrunner Trail looking for roadrunners and anything else we might see. Mostly, it was mesquite trees and prickly pear cactus.
We did see a small herd of deer just before we got to our campsite.
So, that was a nice little nature afternoon. Hopefully, we'll get to enjoy some more wildlife over the next few days.