February 28, 2009
February 27, 2009
February 26, 2009
We spent the afternoon canoeing on the Rio Grande up river from Roma with a World Birding Center trip. Highlights were Gray Hawk, Green Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher, and Muscovy Duck! After taking out, we all spent a bit of time enjoying the feeders at Salineno before heading back to Roma where we spent the night.Birdwatching on the Rio Grande - by David Such
February 25, 2009
February 24, 2009
February 23, 2009
This morning we essentially get a private tour of Estero Llano Grande State Park by Jonathon, a volunteer. We learn all about the history of this place. Just a few short years ago this land was converted from cotton and cornfields to very productive wildlife habitat. Shallow ponds were dug into the earth and the land was vegetated with native plants. It is a highly managed landscape with irrigation water filling these man-made water features and much effort spent trying to keep exotic plants in control. There is a butterfly garden where we saw Mexican Bluewing, Giant Swallowtail, Soldier Monarch, Mexican Spotted, and Pipe-vine Swallowtail butterflies. We also saw this really cool beetle, an iridescent tortoise beetle.
February 22, 2009
February 21, 2009
At Goose Island State Park we visited a couple of campsites with feeders and a drip. Highlights included a Hermit Thrush and our first ever Clay-colored Sparrow. Down at the fishing dock, we witnessed a pelican feeding frenzy. Fishermen were cleaning fish and the Brown and American White Pelicans were feasting! The Brown Pelicans are especially habituated to humans and this easy source of food. The fishermen even gave us four fillets of Black Drum fish for our own meal and it was TASTY! That made for feast number three!
Herring Gull - by Joel Such
Brown Pelicans - by Joel Such
Brown Pelicans Waiting for Hand-outs - by Joel Such
Laughing Gulls Attempting to Steal from
a Lucky American White Pelican - by Marcel Such