CLOSING PHOTOS from the BIRDING FESTIVAL with help from GOOGLE

Wilson’s Warbler

November 12, 2018

I hope you enjoyed all  the beautiful birds from my latest adventure.   The following  birds  I saw, but  could not capture with my camera – mostly due to their speed and my lack of speed.  So, rather than my readers miss out, Google supplied the photos in this posting.

Yellow Throated Warbler –

Blue Gnat Catcher

Ladder Backed Woodpecker

Ringed Kingfish

Lastly, the Orange Crowned  Warbler.

For all the birders and nature lovers out there, if you ever have the opportunity to visit Texas, you will not be disappointed.

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LAST DAY of the RIO GRAND BIRDING FESTIVAL 2018

Hooded Oriole

November 12, 2018

The last day of the birding festival I ventured alone to a nearby park.   I was delighted to see some of the south Texas birds that I had missed on the previous days…..

Here are my favorites……

Gotta love the colorful orioles!

Especially when they are drinking from  humming bird feeders.

Black Crested Titmouse

Golden Fronted  Woodpecker – not the best photo but I liked how it  especially showed off his yellow and orange head.

After  more than  an hour of  investigation – this last bird is still  a mystery to me.  Mockingbird?  Cuckoo?

Had to share this last photo of the Green Jay having a bad hair day.

Can you see it?  There were spider webs, spider included, at every turn.  The drizzle  in the early morning light  made  the webs sparkle  incredibly  with just  a touch of eeriness…….

especially, in this setting of over grown grasses  and  gnarly  mesquite trees.

Hope you enjoyed!

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DAY 3 RIO GRAND BIRDING FESTIVAL

Texas blooms in November

Nov. 10, 2018

Day 3 at the birding festival brought some pretty birds, scary  looking  fauna and dinner at a unique steakhouse.

First – the beauty……

Couch’s Kingbird

Another Altamira  Oriole

A parade of White Pelicans

and a clever Green Jay.

Texas  bird  feeders  also are impressive…..

and some are complete with stadium seating.

Next, the scary ….

Lastly the unique…..

Only in Texas can you go to dinner and see……

In the back yard there are horses and ……

But the flip side – they  bring delicious  free cowboy soup and my diet coke in a pitcher!

Hope you enjoyed!

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RIO GRAND BIRDING FESTIVAL’S FALCONER and his BIRDS

November 9, 2018

The  highlight of the festival’s trade show was a  falconer and his 17 birds.   Twice  a day he would introduce his birds,  give a little history about each one and demonstrate the  flying abilities of 2 or 3.   Now when I watched, it seemed most of the birds did not really co-operate, but I enjoyed them anyway!  Here are 13 members  of  his beautiful  bird family………

 

American Kestrel

Eagle Owl – he was huge!!

I never knew there would so many kids of owls!!

what was Mother Nature thinking????

 

this is the national bird of Iceland

This was my favorite – a snowy owl  and he was napping  every time I saw him.  The falconer would kiss the top of his head when he introduced him and  explain that the snowy owl was an old guy so he  just lets him sleep.

Hope you enjoyed!

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DAY 2 at the RIO GRAND BIRDING FESTIVAL

Green Jay

November 9, 2018

Day 2 of the Birding Festival in southern Texas was wonderful!  I successfully saw some new birds  to add to my birding  history and I  owe it all to the terrific professional bird guides.

The Rio Grand Valley  is home to the World Bird Center which  is made up of  several  different locations of nature centers/ sanctuaries.  Many of the sanctuaries also set up bird blinds and feeders to lure  the birds more easily into view.   Through the festival, I could pick from a large selection of birding field trips led by guides.   My opening photo is of the Green Jay, who were beautiful,  plentiful and noisy.

Altamira Oriole

Great Kiskadee

Inca Dove (which is cute and about 1/2 the size of other doves)

Scissor-tail Flycatcher

Female Indigo Bunting

Plain Chachalaca (also plentiful and noisy)

Red Winged Blackbird

Lastly a  Texas Spiny Lizard showing off his colors..

Hope you enjoyed!

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RIO GRAND BIRDING FESTIVAL NOV. 2018

November 8, 2018

Hello from the Rio Grand Birding Festival!  My first ever birding festival!  So come along with me and I hope to
have interesting birds (and other tidbits) to report.

Day one was arrival  at the Harlingen, Texas airport and a 45 min trip to South Padre Island to try some birding on my own.  Here is what I found….

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Duck’s bottoms up

Duck’s bottom down

Great Tailed Grackle

Baby Alligator who laid very, very still waiting for lunch to float by.

Things really  are bigger and better in Texas….

Lesson of the day – watch where I am walking while  looking for birds – Texas has  yucca  trees that grow taller than me and are extremely painful when walked into…..

Stay tuned……more birds to come……

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Hope you enjoyed!

 

BIRD SIGHTINGS IN GERMANY, AUSTRIA AND ITALY

June 21, 2018

I am always on the look out for new bird sightings!!  This trip did not disappoint me. There was a small park in Bolzano, Italy  and, seriously-  there was a bird house of some sort in every tree.  Most were occupied  by,  what we call in the USA, house sparrows.  But if  I didn’t  keep looking, I  might miss someone new.  Or a surprising  picture like this…

where Mama  bird  is practically   sticking her whole head down  baby bird’s throat!  Or…

I might have missed my  only sighting of a chaffinch, which is supposed to be very abundant in Europe.  But  I only saw one.   Maybe it was because I have never fed the birds hot dog pieces before.   :  )

This white wagtail was in a park in Munich, very busily searching  for bugs in the grass.  It must have been a lucrative spot because he was there for a long time and  could have cared less about me taking photos of him.

In Austria, I saw dozens and dozens of house martins, in the sky and flying  to and from their nests. Martins, like swallows,  spend most of their time in the air and only eat bugs.  They can mate and feed their young in the air.  House  martins  make cup-shaped mud nests, usually below the eaves of buildings.

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”   by Saul Bellow

Family portrait of  barn swallows  in Italy.

This shot really shows off  the forked tail.

Feeding time.

This barn swallow’s  nest was under the awning of a gelato  stand/store but she didn’t seem to mind all of the  gelato-loving people  traffic.

Hope you enjoyed this final and all  of my posts from my  Germany/Austria/Italy trip for 2018.

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