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to the country

04 Feb

This afternoon, I ventured out for a ride on some back roads.  I drove north on Highway 77 to Raymondville and then got off on the road that goes to Port Mansfield.  This first 10 miles is mostly farm land.  Then it changes to Texas scrub land/ranch land.  This is very interesting habitat.  Partially flooded here and there and in other places cacti are prevalent.  These areas are very birdy.  Unfortunately, there really isn’t any access point to get out of the car and wander.  However, many of these back-roads have very wide, paved shoulders.  So pulling over is what I do a lot.  Harris’ Hawks were numerous all along this road.  Lots of Orange-crowned Warblers, good looks at Ladder-backed Woodpeckers was nice.  A one point a Greater Roadrunner flew up onto a fence post and sat for quite some time, not worrying about my presence.  I also saw a Cactus Wren and a Pyrruloxia.

I had fun watching this Ladder-backed Woodpecker working this fence post.  Eventually it rested on the top, just looking around, when out of nowhere.....

I had fun watching this Ladder-backed Woodpecker working this fence post. Eventually it rested on the top, just looking around, when out of nowhere…..

this Greater Roadrunner jumped onto the post and scared off the woodpecker.

this Greater Roadrunner jumped onto the post and scared off the woodpecker.

 

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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “to the country

  1. Bob Zeller

    February 4, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Texas is know for it’s wide shoulders, or break-down lanes as we call them. I love to get out on one of the lesser travel roads, and just creep along at about 2-4 mph along the shoulder and just see what I can see. I have seen lot’s of birds and raptors that way, and have got many nice photos. We are fortunate in this part of the state as it is less populated, and therefore the traffic is very tolerable, and those drives without the heavy traffic are very relaxing. There is nothing better than the emptiness of west Texas.

     
 
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