Archive for June, 2014

Rockport

June 30, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Rockport

We Drove N. of Corpus Christie TX to Rockport Texas.. we observed the big rookery they have there and spent some time on the public beach which has some great birding..

Ruddy Tirnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

 

The Rookery

The Rookery

 

 

Bronze headed Cowbird

Bronze headed Cowbird

 

Little Bunny Rabbit

Little Bunny Rabbit

 

Vireo

Vireo

Processing ponds

June 27, 2014  |  Birds  |  1 Comment

On Mustang Island or otherwise known as Port Aransas next to Paradise pond is the water treatment facility..these always make great birding spots..and we saw some good ones..and a Nutria!

Black Throated Green Warbler

Black Throated Green Warbler

 

 

Black polled Warbler

Black polled Warbler

 

 

Pie Billed Grebe

Pie Billed Grebe

 

 

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck

 

 

Nutria

Nutria

 

 

USS Lexington

June 26, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on USS Lexington

The USS Lexington anchored off the coast of Corpus Christie TX. The Grey Ghost as its known has a long and storied career and makes for one of the better living history museums I have ever visited..

We did not get over to the Lex on this trip, and I took these shots from across the bay.. but what a ship!

 

USS Lexington

USS Lexington

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Ladder Back Woodpecker

Ladder Back Woodpecker

Painted Bunting seen at Paradise pond

Painted Bunting seen at Paradise pond

Paradise Pond

June 25, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Paradise Pond

Located on the island at Port Aransas on the Texas coast. Paradise pond is a tiny but very productive Birding area.. it is situated in a place where tons of birds stop off for a rest, but its only about 2 football fields big with all the terrain..

Green wing teal

Green wing teal

 

 

Another shot of the teal

Another shot of the teal

 

 

Brown footed booby actually near corpus christie

Brown footed booby actually near corpus christie

 

 

Yellow Throated Warbler

Yellow Throated Warbler

 

 

Another view of the Yellow Throated Warbler..love this little guys mask

Another view of the Yellow Throated Warbler..love this little guys mask

 

 

Veery

Veery

 

 

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Herons on watch

June 24, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Herons on watch

These great blue Herons were on watch for anything coming close to their area..

Herons on Watch

Herons on Watch

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

 

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

 

 

Ibis

Ibis

 

 

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Tidal area

June 23, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Tidal area

2 shots here tell the story of a huge Tidal area that looks dry while we were here.. some of this is from drought and the fresh water meeting the salt water not being present..some is from the tide being out..

Looking North

Looking North

 

 

Looking south

Looking south

 

 

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

 

 

Osprey

Osprey

 

Scissors tail fly catcher

Scissors tail fly catcher

Boca Chica

June 19, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Boca Chica

The Very Tip of Texas, Where Mexico and Texas meet at the mouth of the Rio Grande.. Not much is out here.. a couple of red necks driving on the sand dunes and us.. Birders having a look around.. This is Cool place to visit just for the remote feel of being out there!

There had been some serious onshore winds lately and the Seaweed was thick like a mattress on the beach

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Painted Bunting

June 18, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Painted Bunting

Looking like it just fell into a bucket of paint.. one of the prettiest birds of the trip..and we actually wound up see a lot of these..

Painted bunting

Painted bunting

 

 

Chacalaca

Chacalaca

 

 

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Night Heron

Night Heron

 

 

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Santa Ana National Wildlife refuge

June 17, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Santa Ana National Wildlife refuge

Another stop along the Rio Grande river was Santa Ana National Wildlife refuge.. This is a much larger track of land and fun because it has some hiking to get back in by the ponds and the river..

red wing black bird

red wing black bird

 

Ibis Taking Flight

Ibis Taking Flight

 

Dowitchers

Dowitchers

 

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Kildeer

Kildeer

Hidalgo pumphouse

June 16, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Hidalgo pumphouse

Again right on the border of Mexico, was an old pump house that supported the irrigation in the Rio Grande Valley.. not only a great birding location, but also a very cool historical site..

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A gate..into Mexico?

A gate..into Mexico?

 

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Green Parrot

Green Parrot