Archive for May, 2013

Laguna Atascosa

May 31, 2013  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Laguna Atascosa

Laguna Atascosa is a massive National Wildlife refuge on the mainland side of S. Padre Island. It borders the Laguna Madre on the Gulf of mexico and is home to more than 400 species of birds.

Laguna Madre

Laguna Madre

 

remnants

remnants

 

Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear

 

Yucca growing up along the laguna

Yucca growing up along the laguna

 

Laguna Madre

Laguna Madre

Right before we left the island

May 30, 2013  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Right before we left the island

We took one last look around on the beautiful S. padre Island… we will be back..we have this awesome spot about 5.5 hours from the house..

Dowicher

Dowicher

 

 

Looking all the way up the Island

Looking all the way up the Island

 

 

Boat moves past the Jetty

Boat moves past the Jetty

 

 

pretty good size waves

pretty good size waves

 

 

Tern

Tern

 

 

last shell on the beach

last shell on the beach

 

 

Flotsam and Jetsam

Flotsam and Jetsam

South Padre Island

May 29, 2013  |  Outdoors  |  1 Comment

From the Sheepshead park on the Laguna Madre side of the Island, we made our way out to the tip of the island, and one of the more famous beaches in the world known for its racous spring breaks and or course.. birds!

 

America's Third Coast

America’s Third Coast

 

 

The Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico

 

 

Heron and his nest

Heron and his nest

 

 

Sands

Sands

 

 

Silver waves in the early morning sun

Silver waves in the early morning sun

Sparrows and friends

May 28, 2013  |  General  |  Comments Off on Sparrows and friends

We saw these Great sparrows, and walking up and down the street nears Sheepshead we saw, Rose breasted Grosbeak, Orioles, Yellow headed black bird, and a Pelican.

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Sheepshead

May 23, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Sheepshead

We awoke the next morning to wonderful weather and a trip to a small park that was full of Birds.. Sheepshead!

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

 

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

 

Dickcissel

Dickcissel

 

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

 

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Winding up the evening

May 22, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Winding up the evening

We finally wound up day 2 of the Birding classic at S. Padre Island.. it was time for some sea food and a little rest.. as we walked out of the convention center area we saw the great blue heron bringing back materials for his nest.. and the humming birds as always were active and feeding!

 

Bue Heron

Bue Heron

 

 

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

 

 

Great Blue Heron brings back nesting materials

Great Blue Heron brings back nesting materials

 

 

Ruby Throat Hummingbirds

Ruby Throat Hummingbirds

 

 

Even right before dark they remain active

Even right before dark they remain active

Great Blue Heron

May 21, 2013  |  Birds  |  1 Comment

Growing up, Dad always pointed out the Great Blue Heron.. and now today no matter where, both Jen and I are always Wowed by this big fisherman…Love the GBH…

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

 

Actually a Belted Kingfisher here

Actually a Belted Kingfisher here

 

 

Great Blue Looks for fish

Great Blue Looks for fish

 

 

Stalking in the shallows

Stalking in the shallows

 

 

He's got something

He’s got something

Shore birds

May 20, 2013  |  Birds  |  1 Comment

On S. Padre Island we moved out to the Boardwalk and began to see more Herons and shore birds

Night Heron

Night Heron

 

Brown heron

Reddish Egret

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

Black Neck Stilt

Black Neck Stilt

 

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Just Birds

May 17, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Just Birds

All From South Padre Island here…Our Most productive day! Also!! Its Ride you bike to work day!

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

 

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

 

Blue Headed Warbler

Blue Headed or Maybe a Tennessee  Warbler

 

Female Blue Grosbeak

Female Blue Grosbeak

 

Flycatcher

Flycatcher

 

Lesser Yellow Legs

Lesser Yellow Legs

Boardwalk

May 16, 2013  |  Birds  |  1 Comment

We Went to the South Padre Island Convention center and walked out to their pier on Laguna Madre.. wonderful Facility

S Padre Island Convention center

S Padre Island Convention center

 

Magnolia Warbler Peeking out

Magnolia Warbler Peeking out

 

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

 

Chestnut Sided warbler

Chestnut Sided warbler

 

Black Bellied Whistling Duck

Black Bellied Whistling Duck