Archive for June, 2013

New member of the pack

June 27, 2013  |  Dogs  |  3 Comments

I was in Sacramento and Jen picked up a new member of the pack.. Everyone.. meet Chuck. He is a Corgi/Heeler mix and seems to be doing great… the rest of our crew are training him up for us and he has been a lot of fun!

Chuck is asleep

Chuck is asleep

 

 

Chuck is Awake

Chuck is Awake

 

 

Chuck chilling by the couch

Chuck chilling by the couch

 

 

Chuck

Chuck

 

 

Who is the Proud Daddy

Who is the Proud Daddy

Rookery

June 26, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Rookery

On the Back side of Smith Oaks is a lake with a horseshoe shaped Island called heron Island. It was covered in Snowy Egrets and Roseate spoonbills raising their young.. its an annual event and one of the better rookeries in the area.

 

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

 

 

Baby Snowy Egret

Baby Snowy Egret

 

 

Roseate and young

Roseate and young

 

 

Nesting

Nesting

 

 

Looking for a snack

Looking for a snack

Around the trail

June 25, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Around the trail

Nice view of the flower lined trail around the lagoon at Smith oaks. In this part of Texas you have to keep your eyes open.. as not only are there a ton of great birds, but you will likely stumble across a 14 foot Lizard..

Wonderful path lined with Flowers

Wonderful path lined with Flowers

 

 

Right off the path!

Right off the path!

 

 

Spoonbill

Spoonbill

 

 

The back lake

The back lake

 

 

Spoonbill

Spoonbill

Smith Oaks

June 24, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Smith Oaks

At HIgh Island we ventured over to the much larger tract the Smith Oaks Sanctuary.. we experienced another fall out. There were so many different birds.. and all were moving very quickly as they fed frantically.

The trail wraps around this water feature

The trail wraps around this water feature

 

 

Dinner time for this little guy

Dinner time for this little guy

 

 

Native Lantana

Native Lantana

 

 

Night Heron

Night Heron

 

 

Roseate Spoonbill in flight

Roseate Spoonbill in flight

Remote

June 20, 2013  |  Ranger  |  Comments Off on Remote

Hi Everyone.. sorry for the delay.. I am posting from a remote location.. so these are shots from before! I snapped these when I got my new 10 MM lens and we went out to the barn.. Ranger was looking good!

 

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High Island

June 17, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on High Island

One of the premier birding locations in the US is high Island.. remote and at the end of the Bolivar peninsula its a long drive from anywhere. They have wonderful Habitat.. and the convergence of the central and eastern flyways..

Chestnut Warbler

Chestnut Warbler

 

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Lantana

Lantana

 

 

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Bottoms up

June 14, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Bottoms up

Lafitte’s was wonderful… black and white warblers..Promothary’s..we also saw some great wood peckers..Super fun! but as the light faded we had to head out for some chips and salsa!

Bottoms up

Bottoms up

 

 

Warbler

Warbler

 

 

Wood pecker

Wood pecker

 

 

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

 

 

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

 

 

Warbler

Warbler

Lafitte’s Cove

June 13, 2013  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Lafitte’s Cove

So After the Texas Birding classic.. Jen and I had the fever.. the migration was still on so after work on a Friday night we drove down to Galveston and went to Lafitte’s cove.. a small but bird friendly park on the island in a nice neighborhood.

Sparrow or Thrush

Sparrow or Thrush

 

 

Oriole

Oriole

 

 

Not to sure but great light

Not to sure but great light

 

 

White eyed Vireo

White eyed Vireo

 

 

Eastern Wood Pewee

Eastern Wood Pewee

Day 4

June 12, 2013  |  Birds, Family  |  1 Comment

The Texas Birding classic was amazing.. we wrapped it up with a drive back through central texas.. 177 species in 4 days and about 2500 miles of driving.. We came in 4th place overall.not to bad..

Jen and Val

Jen and Val

 

 

The Bird mobile

The Bird mobile

 

 

Jen

Jen

 

 

One last swamp

One last swamp

 

 

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Painted bunting Takes a bath

June 11, 2013  |  Birds  |  1 Comment

We moved North to Goose Island and were treated to one of the best events of the trip.. This Painted bunting pulled into a water feature as we happened to be there.. what a great event..One of my favorite birds.

 

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