I did make my trip to Texas in April for the spring bird migration. It was a different trip in that my Birdlady friend couldn't go because of her health. Unfortunately, her Parkinson's disease will no longer allow her to hold binoculars steady enough to view birds. Her heart is broken as is mine. She was and is such a mentor to me when it comes to the birding world.
|Birdlady in green fleece|
Anyway, my friend, Larry, was also along with us on most of those outings and he went with me to Texas this time too. We didn't have much luck seeing raptors at all. Then, one day on the way back up to our motel we were cruising along when I noticed "something" out in a field. Since I was buzzing along about 65 mph at the time, it took me a minute to get pulled over and stopped after I registered what it was. I then threw the jeep in reverse and buzzed back down the road to get a good look. Yeah, I made sure no traffic was coming behind me before doing that. Anyway, it was a great horned owl being dive bombed by mockingbirds.
|Photo by Larry Goodman|
We usually also see Crested Caracaras some time on the trip. I think it might have been the same day as the owl, but as we were scooting down that same highway toward the gulf, there on the shoulder of the highway was a caracara just strutting toward us on the ground like he owned the place. Didn't even fly as we passed each other.
We didn't see any unusual birds on the trip but we still enjoyed seeing the same old, same old. We never get tired of them.
|Yellow crowned night heron|
|Rookery in full swing|
|Nesting birds decimate any vegetation under trees|
|Black bellied plover|
|Great Blue Heron|
|Least Bittern, little thing and a bugger to catch|
|Lots and lots of swallows|
So, who's up for a trip next April?
Y'all take care.