Tuesday, May 28, 2013

YES, I'm still around............somewhere

I'm still alive and well, just on the road yet again and with no reliable internet service except intermittently.  So, I'm behind in posting and reading of blogs. 

Hopefully, that will change this next week.  Meanwhile, enjoy a few pictures. 
Tulip poplar blossoms, Missouri 
Does this look like trouble?

Purple leg tutu, anyone?
Back soon.  Meanwhile, y'all take care. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

If this is Tuesday, this must be............

Now, where was I?   And what day is this?  There have been times lately when those questions were forefront in my mind and the answers were hard to come by!!
Virginia Rail
A thrush - hermit, I think 

I spent six days in and around High Island, Texas birding with a couple of friends.  We had a fabulous time and totaled 165 species for the trip.   Our days were long but fun. 
A small fraction of the birdwatchers!
male Scarlet Tanager 
Indigo and Painted Buntings 
Splish Splash -- Painted Bunting 
Willet on a fence post 
We'd pick a location and then devote the whole day, or a big part of it, to finding the birds that were present.   I added several new birds to my life list, including a White-tailed Kite and Mottled Ducks.

We spent a considerable amount of time at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.  I love that place.  On the surface it looks desolate and deserted, but if you look for the details you can see all kinds of critters and birds.  

It was mostly cloudy the whole time we were there, with only brief periods of sunshine.  And the wind!!!!   A cold front was coming through and our house (which was on pilings) was rocking and rolling all night.  We also went from air conditioning to heat within a twenty-four hour period.   And did I mention the ever present threat of rain?  

There's more to tell.  I'll be back. 

Y'all take care.