Wild Bird Wednesday 138

Another hawk caught the attention of my lens.  This was along I 37 and we just pulled on the shoulder (illegal : / ).  Maybe that explains the blurred images along with a very skittish hawk.  So the question I bring today is what kind of hawk, a juvenile red tail or an adult female Northern Harrier?  Or maybe neither.  Please let me know if you have an opinion.

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Wild Bird Wednesday 137

These are a few shots of gulls we saw while visiting South Padre Island last December.  The first are on the beach of the Island facing out into the Gulf of Mexico.  The last are on the mainland looking over Laguna Madre.  For simply marvelous birding folks and photos, please, visit Stewart M. by clicking here.

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 Not sure if these are Laughing (non-breeding) or Franklin (1st. winter) Gulls or some other group.  It is a challenge to pick up on all the details of the birds for proper identifications.IMGP4087141203IMGP4105141203

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Wild Bird Wednesday – 136 – Spoonbills

Still more photos from our visit to the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center.  We were pretty psyched to see these beauties!  At first there were just four.

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Then in the distance there came a much larger group following this one.

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Even though it has been almost 3 months, it is still pretty exciting to think of all the wonderful birds we saw in this very small birding center.  Can hardly wait for the next adventure!  Till then I invite you to join all the great birders over at Stewart’s.

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Wild Bird Wednesday – 135

First post in almost a month.  My mom was put in the hospital on Jan. 17, the day after the last post.  She died 10 days later.  Mom always loved cardinals.  She would call and inform me if the cardinals were visiting her bird feeder.  These were the only cardinal photos I could find to honor her memory and love of birds.

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Wild Bird Wednesday -131

More from the December visit to South Padre Island, USA.  This island is located at the very southern most tip of Texas.  We visited nearby Brownsville to allow my husband to see if he could locate a buddy from his Army days.  No luck on the buddy but we did get to go through an immigration check point that was several miles within the border.  We had not crossed to border into Mexico.  Kinda strange to be asked if we are US citizens on a highway inside the US.  Sign of the times.

I have done my best to identify the birds but, please, let me know if any are misidentified.  Still working on focus with fast moving objects.  Birds are fast moving objects.

spotted sandpiper, South Padre Island

spotted sandpiper, South Padre Island

spotted sandpiper, South Padre Island

spotted sandpiper, South Padre Island

As I am a senior citizen the term old coot is now a common description of myself.  I do think this American Coot has its own kind of simple beauty.

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IMGP3874141203Avid birders will post the common moorhen.  I have not spent much time in the areas the common moorhen live so it was fun to see the antics of this breeding adult try to get the weed off of its back.

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After dunking and dunking several times the poor bird just gave up and started swimming.

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Finally the lovely common moorhen was able to rid itself of the weed.  Well, it basically just slipped off its back.

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Nearby was a moorhen displaying non-breeding coloring according to the Silbey Field Guide.  Well, the best I can tell.

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To close today’s visit the last birds I will share are the mottled duck and Northern Pintail .  These birds were not close and lots of movement so I apologize in advance for the quality.

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Mottled Duck, with the yellow beak and eye markings per Silbey Field guide, anyway.

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail

And here is a group doing some preening.  You might see a reflection of some of next weeks post in this last photo of the Northern Pintail.

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Wild Bird Wednesday – 130

So glad to be settling back in to a semi-normal routine.  I have missed my birding blog friends.  Our son’s girl friend’s dad is an avid birder!  I certainly enjoyed visiting with him at Thanksgiving.  Then he presented me with The Sibley Field Guide To Birds as a gift.  Yesterday and today I have been searching the book for the birds photographed on our early December trip to the Texas coast.  I would like to share a few with you.

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I was not certain if this was a plastic bag or a bird at first.  Had to use some zooming to determine.

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Snowy Egret ©  Janice Adcock

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Walkways and bird blinds for observation. ©  Janice Adcock

This lovely reddish egret was not the least bit happy about the wind causing such a bad hair day!

Reddish egret having a windy hair day.  And not happy about it, thank you!

Reddish egret ©  Janice Adcock

 Then I just was way too close for comfort!

Reddish egret in flight

Reddish egret in flight ©  Janice Adcock

Great Blue Herons were foraging, resting and flying about the birding area.

Waiting for a meal or just trying to stay warm?

Waiting for a meal or just trying to stay warm? ©  Janice Adcock

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron ©  Janice Adcock

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron ©  Janice Adcock

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Great Blue Heron ©  Janice Adcock

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron ©  Janice Adcock

Further along the walkway this bird was foraging in the grasses.

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron  ©  Janice Adcock

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Just Thought I Was Back

The past several weeks there have been a myriad of things going on around the new homestead/apartment.  Weddings, funerals, visitors, costumes and forts to be made.  Then a camping trip to a nearby lake.  Became drenched during the visit to the park and promptly came down with chest cold.  Was much improved until I had to run errands yesterday in the near freezing weather.  Now the cough is back.  Not complaining, just stating the facts, ma’am.

With tissues, cough syrup and hot cocoa nearby I’ll attempt to share a couple of critters, some skies, a bird or two and finish with some fences.  Sorry I have not been keeping up with dropping by all the great posts out in the blogosphere.  I am certain a lot of beauty has been missed.

For Saturday’s Critters I give you this critter found outside the cabin.

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Macro Monday 2 and I Heart Macro

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For Stewart and the Wild Bird Wednesday folks a couple of shots of some feathered friends we made.

Another couple at Inks Lake, TX.  They appear to reside in the area.

Another couple at Inks Lake, TX. They appear to reside in the area.

Geese landing on Inks Lake, Texas

Geese landing on Inks Lake, Texas.  You will have to look closely.

For Good Fences here is this nice wooden one.

Fence along path, Inks Lake, TX

Fence along path, Inks Lake, TX

Thursday Photo Challenge for this week is “Architecture:  Buildings inside and out of all kinds”.

Inside of Inks Lake cabin

Inside of Inks Lake cabin, simple and functional.

Sky Watch Friday fans may enjoy this photo of the Inks Lake’s deep swimming hole and the sky above.

Near Devil's Hole at Inks Lake, TX

Near Devil’s Hole at Inks Lake, TX

Hope all have a pleasant week!  Thanks for dropping by for a look around.

Wild Bird Wednesday 121

On Halloween morning our son stopped by to be helped with his costume that I had put together for him.

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Including in WBW as I have a nice turkey waddle

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Yes, that is a bloody neck.

Once he left for his day of ‘business’, I sat down for a cup of java.  Outside I noticed movement in the sky.  The hawk is back!

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Not great focus but I loved the light on it!

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Then, I am certain it was just for Halloween, a buzzard/turkey vulture joined in the fun.  This dude/dudette was huge.

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Going camping for a few days.  Hope to get some new bird photos to share.  Best wishes for a great week everyone.  Make sure you stop by:

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