Fall 2011 images from Texas:
Updated: Thursday December 29, 2011
Enjoy the birds and photos below...I certainly did while I was taking them!
December 28th - Weslaco Christmas Count, Weslaco, TX
December 27th - Frontera Audubon, Weslaco, TX
December 20th - La Sal Vieja Christmas Count, Raymondville, TX
December 14th - Santa Ana NWR Christmas Count, Alamo, TX
December 8th - Falcon State Park, TX
December 8th - Salineno, TX
November 18th - Blue Bunting, Casa Santa Ana B&B, McAllen, TX
November 18th - Butterflies, Casa Santa Ana B&B, McAllen, TX
November 11th - Parrots at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Harlingen, TX
October 14th - A Truly "Scary" Bug!, Harlingen, TX
August 29th - "Black Witch" Moth, Harlingen, TX
Weslaco Christmas Bird Count - December 28th:
Red-shouldered Hawk #4
- Red-shouldered Hawks were common throughout the day...this one sat still long enough for a photograph
Sprague's Pipit #6
- the highlight of the day (for me) was a pair of Sprague's Pipits on one of the levees...mousey little birds that scuttle through the grass and are difficult to photograph...
Sprague's Pipit #5
- ...still scuttling...
Sprague's Pipit #11
- ...and, finally, a quick dash across an open stretch...
Frontera Audubon - December 27th:
La Sal Vieja Christmas Count - December 20th:
Spider Web #1
- the morning began with heavy fog and a dew-laden spider's web...
White-tailed Hawk #9
- ...birds, like this juvenile White-tailed Hawk, were sitting around...
Loggerhead Shrike #10
- ...and even a usually shy Loggerhead Shrike preferred to sit for a few photos...
Ladder-backed Woodpecker #5
- ...while this Ladder-backed Woodpecker worked the lower portions of a tree (to stay away from the wet leaves above?)...
- ...but the star of the day was this Verdin, which fearlessly fed along the roadside...
- ...sometimes coming within a few feet...
- ...before flying to the next patch of weeds
Santa Ana NWR Christmas Count - December 14th:
A Few of the Birds We Saw:
Birding Was Slow, but There Were Other Critters to See:
Falcon State Park - December 8th:
- Leps and Odes (more plentiful than birds)
Common Checkered-Skipper #5
- in the butterfly garden near the photo blind
Phaon Crescent #1
- in the butterfly garden near the photo blind...comments on the ID are welcome
Funereal Duskywing #1
- this individual is missing a diagnostic tan spot in the forewing, so it could be a Mournful Duskywing...comments on the ID are welcome
Funereal Duskywing #2
- a second individual missing a diagnostic tan spot in the forewing, so it could be a Mournful Duskywing...comments on the ID are welcome
Painted Lady #5
- wings open in the butterfly garden near the photo blind
Painted Lady #7
- wings folded in the butterfly garden near the photo blind
Fiery Skipper #7
- a small, energetic butterfly...comments on the ID are welcome
Variegated Meadowhawk #4
- enjoying the warm afternoon sun...comments on the ID are welcome
Salineno Feeding Station - December 8th:
Blue Bunting at Casa Santa Ana B&B - November 18th:
Butterflies at Casa Santa Ana B&B - November 18th:
Parrots at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival - November 11th:
"Scary" Bug, Harlingen - October 14th:
Coreid Bug #3
- a large (almost 2 inches!) relative of the Assassin Bug
"Black Witch" Moth, Harlingen - August 29th:
Black Witch #3
- in late summer, my entryway alcove attracts these large, dark moths
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