Some pics from a day in Texas


This blog was begun as a way to keep people in the Strathroy Area informed about the birds in this area.  However, since I now spend my winters in Texas, I thought I would share some words and pictures of a trip I took yesterday.  I went to Estero Llano Grande State Park.  This park is about a 30 minute drive from my place in the Rio Grande Valley.  It is a wonderful park that caters to birds and birders.

For the past two weeks, a Rose-throated Becard has been hanging out in the park.  Most often it is seen in and around this feeding area.

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I took this picture of the Becard.  Not a very good picture.  But the bird is constantly on the move.  It was the best picture I could manage of this very beautiful bird.  It has sort of a blackish tuft of feathers on the head.  A light reddish line around the throat.  A white belly.  And a tan coloured back.

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Along the trail leading to the visitor centre, I took this picture of a Long-billed Thrasher.  I also saw an Olive Sparrow along this trail, but I could not get a picture.

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On my walk towards the back of the park, where the feeding station is located, I spotted an American Robin perched high on a snag.  I took this picture.  American Robins are a bit on the rare side in the Rio Grande Valley.  However, most winters, there are a few that stay in the park.  There was also a flock of Clay-coloured Thrush in the park.  They were feeding on figs in the fig tree.   They are related closely to American Robins.

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Back beside the feeder area there is a large cactus.  This Northern Mockingbird kept his eye on me as I stood beside the cactus.

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This hummingbird feeder, one of many in the park, is situated right beside the visitor centre.  This Ruby-throated Hummingbird made frequent visits to the feeder.

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The visitor centre is situated adjacent to a small lake.  This body of water, one of several in the park, is full of wading birds, ducks and grebes.  he Least Grebe is a local bird in the valley.

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These pictures are of a Blue-winged Teal and a Green-winged Teal.

On the way back home, I stopped to get a picture of the Mountain Bluebird that has picked this area to spend the winter.  Unusual.  First time in the 4 winters that I have spend here, anyway.

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Right across the road from the Mountain Bluebird, there is a ditch.  These Roseate Spoonbills flew up out of the ditch while I was watching the bluebird.

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A little closer to home here in the valley, I stopped to take this picture of a Ringed Kingfisher.  There are three species of Kingfisher resident here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Ringed, Belted, and Green.  I should also mention that, for three out of the last four years, an Amazon Kingfisher has made its winter home in the valley.

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I hope you enjoyed this little travelogue of a day out birding here in the Rio Grande Valley.  I took these pictures with a little point and click camera.  The lighting was not the best.  Still, some of the pictures turned out okay.

 

 

 

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ulila Robson on January 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Thank You so much for the pics. They are great to see when one is wintering up here in Canada! Although I have seen a Brown Creeper and a Fox sparrow at our backyard feeder in December. Nice surprise.

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  2. Posted by Lynn Sanders on January 23, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Thanks Dave. Great pics. Nice to see what some of our “snow birds” are doing for the winter. We saw 5 robins feeding on crabapples beside our house this winter. And one male is still around. We only hope his audacious strategy for being first on the breeding grounds pays off!

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on January 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Very Nice Thanks for sharing.
    The Baldeagle is chasing the local turkeys on our concession.
    Mike

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