Monday, 22 February 2016

This Morning's Birding

Skip and I went to the Birding and Nature Center this morning to see if we could see anything new.
Northern Mockingbird
It is sunny and warm today so lots of critters are out sunning themselves.
Red-eared Slider
Baby Alligator
This group of roseate spoonbills was out in the open for once.
The male belted kingfisher was in his usual spot.
This great-tailed grackle didn't seem bothered that we walked within a couple of feet of it.
The reddish egret was hunched down. The main part of its bill was really pink this morning.
 It didn't seem to be bothered by these redheads that were preening.
This female blue wing teal was in her usual spot.
Far off, I zoomed in to get this shot of a black neck stilt with juvenile roseate spoonbills in the background.
By one of the bird blinds, this green heron was hunkered down.
Just as we were leaving the boardwalk - very close to where we saw the Wilson's snipe two days ago - this little blue heron was standing atop a tuft of grasses.
The Eurasian Collared-Dove was introduced in North America in the 1980s and has made its way quickly to the north and west. We see a lot of them in this part of south Texas.
Just as we were heading back to the car, I spotted what is probably a Couch's kingbird.

It always seemed to be facing to its left.
The sea grapes are in bloom.
Both these blooms were from the same plant.
Although we didn't seem anything new today, it is always nice to spend a couple of hours in the sunshine and fresh air taking in what nature has to offer.

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