Archive for May, 2013

S. Padre Warblers

May 15, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on S. Padre Warblers

Well not all Warblers here, but we did see quite a few!

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

 

Olive Warbler?

Blue Headed Warbler?

 

Louisiana Water Thrush

Louisiana Water Thrush

 

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler

 

Taking flight

Taking flight

South Padre Island

May 14, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on South Padre Island
Olive Warbler

 Warbler

We moved on from outside Brownsville to S. Padre Island.. well known spring break destination.. but also.. World class birding..

 

 

 

 

 

Some Type of Thrush I think

Eastern Kingbird

 

Ruby throat

Ruby throat

 

Common Jack Rabbit

Common Jack Rabbit

 

Ruby Throuat Humming bird

Ruby Throat Humming bird

 

 

Resaca De La Palma St. Park

May 13, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Resaca De La Palma St. Park

Down Near the Rio Grande River and East of Estero Llano St. Park is Resaca.. Known for its old Ox bows of the Rio Grande the Park is a Hidden Gem in Texas, with a Fantastic staff!

Resaca

Resaca

 

 

Wonderful Grass lands

Wonderful Grass lands

 

Resaca De La Palma

Resaca De La Palma

 

Dry Conditions

Dry Conditions

 

Harris or Red shoulder Hawk

Harris or Red shoulder Hawk

 

Orioles Nest

Orioles Nest

Wild flowers

May 10, 2013  |  Dogs  |  1 Comment

What a mild spring for us from a Temp stand point.. we also had a mild year for Wild Flowers.. however there were a few at this day hike at Decker lake.. and Of course.. the Dogs LOVED it..

Casino

Casino

 

 

Blue Bonnet

Blue Bonnet

 

 

Loved this Tree

Loved this Tree

 

 

Cachina

Cachina

 

 

Little Paws a little tired

Little Paws a little tired

 

 

Chief

Chief

Estero Llano Grande St. Park

May 9, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Estero Llano Grande St. Park

Moving East in the Rio Grande Valley and another stop on the World birding centers tours.. Estero Llano Grande… very nice place with excellent staff.

Fulvous Whistling duck

Fulvous Whistling duck

 

This will become a Dragon fly

This will become a Dragon fly

 

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

 

Night Heron

Night Heron

 

The Night Heron

The Night Heron

 

Beautiful Reseca

Beautiful Reseca

Common for the Valley

May 8, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Common for the Valley

Most of these are common for the Rio Grande Valley..

Sparrows are hard to ID

Sparrows are hard to ID

 

Marsh Thrush

Marsh Thrush

 

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

 

Earless

Earless

 

Neo Tropic cormorant

Neo Tropic cormorant

Birds on the Pin tail lakes

May 7, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Birds on the Pin tail lakes

I got a few shots here, it was a blustery day and cool. Normal temps would have been in the 80’s, but on this day I don’t think it got out of the 60’s.

Field or swamp sparrow

Field or swamp sparrow

 

Lesser Yellow Legs

Lesser Yellow Legs

 

Lesser Yellow legs showing his legs

Lesser Yellow legs showing his legs

 

Anahingas in the classic pose

Anahingas in the classic pose

 

Caspian Tern Hunts

Caspian Tern Hunts

 

Caspian tern

Caspian tern

Pin Tail Lakes

May 6, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Pin Tail Lakes

As we hiked around Santa Ana NWR, we came to the Famous Pin Tail Lakes.. the Lakes have been significantly impacted by the drought.. but with water.. there are birds…

Anahingas

Anahingas

 

Dowichers

Dowichers

 

Chipping sparrow?

Chipping or maybe a Lincoln sparrow?

 

Lesser Sandpiper

Sandpiper?

 

Least Tern

Caspian Tern

 

Least Tern

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

May 3, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Situated right along the Rio Grande River with great views into Mexico, Santa Ana NWR is a Gem in the USA! They are however experiencing one of the most significant droughts in the last 100 years.. its really looking tough. What is normally a jungle looks more like a Hill country area…Still we saw the mighty Rio Grande with its little trails on the Mexico side leading down to the water. Heck, My cell phone even jumped over to the Tel Cel network in Mexico.

Dry Conditions At Santa Ana

Dry Conditions At Santa Ana

 

 

Hall way of trees typically way more lush

Hall way of trees typically way more lush

 

 

Bird Blind no longer in use as the lake near it is dry

Bird Blind no longer in use as the lake near it is dry

 

 

Baltimore Oriel

Baltimore Oriole

 

 

Trail over to the Rio Grande

Trail over to the Rio Grande

 

Looking across into Mexico.. a small side trail on the other side

Looking across into Mexico.. a small side trail on the other side

Wrapping up Bentsen Rio Grande

May 2, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Wrapping up Bentsen Rio Grande

It had been a long day.. we drove through a dust storm of huge proportions.. Birded in Edinburgh and on the Rio Grand..Time for some Chinese food and a little sleep…

Couches King Bird

Couches King Bird

 

Huge Hornets nest

Huge Hornets nest

 

Vireo Nest maybe

Vireo Nest maybe

 

Crossing a canal in the fading light of the day

Crossing a canal in the fading light of the day

 

Sunset

Sunset