The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Yellow crowned night heron

The early birder gets the birds.

Do you see what I see?

a flock of birders

At zero dark thirty all the avid birders meet at the rec hall for a morning (or all day) of birding. It doesn’t matter the weather. One morning we went out in the rain, another morning the temperature was 32f  (that’s 0 celsius for you Canadians), and some days the weather gets up into the 90s. This is a sport not for the faint of heart or the financially challenged. But there are always the avid birders, looking for new life birds; those are the birds they are seeing for the first time.

look up, look way up

look up, look way up

In this part of Texas are birds indigenous to this area only so it is a destination for birders who want to add to their life lists, and they do take it seriously, going out every day to a different wildlife refuge or state park to catch the most elusive birds.

some pretty expensive equipment

some pretty expensive equipment

we all got to look in the scope

we all got to look in the scope

I’m not an avid birder but I do want to know what I see at my feeder or on the side of the road so I always have a guide book with me, and there is always a helpful birder to help identify that small grey bird, or this little brown one. As far as I’m concerned all sparrows look alike and if you’ve seen one duck you’ve seen them all, and I can’t tell the difference between a tern or a gull, and nearly every bird I see here is a life bird for me. Spring is sprung, the grass is riz; I wonder where them boidies is?

the family that birds together stays together

the family that birds together stays together

Boscoe likes to bird too

Boscoe likes to bird too

I have seen some pretty neat birds, though. The best was the pauraque, found only here in south Texas. If you were to look up camouflage in the dictionary that would describe this bird. I stood for ten minutes with someone pointing it out and describing exactly where it was before I finally spied it. Didn’t take a picture, though, it wouldn’t have shown up.

sharp shinned hawk

sharp shinned hawk

We’ve trudged along dusty or muddy paths, stood along the banks of ponds and lakes, ploughed through bogs and marshes looking for that special bird.

turtles

turtles

alligator had to be 8 feet long

alligator had to be 16 feet long

green winged teal

green winged teal

a lot of discussion on this one. General consensus, probably a coopers hawk  juvenile

A lot of discussion on this one. General consensus, probably a coopers hawk juvenile

kildeer

kildeer

Here are pictures of some of the birds, and a couple of beasts we saw.

green jay at a feeder

green jay at a feeder

green jay afar

green jay afar

Maybe I’m hooked. Ya think?

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