Another lifer. #570 in North America

It has been 6 or 7 years since Tamaulipas Crow has been seen in the United States.  It is normally found in northeastern Mexico.  They used to nest in the Brownsville Landfill and could be found regularly there.  But for some reason they stopped showing up at the Landfill.  But this year they are popping up in several locations here in Texas.  On Friday, November 24th, we went to the dump (where they are being reported this year).  Spent 4 hours looking and came away without seeing one.  I went back and spent another 3 hours looking again.  Still did not see one.  There are also 2 Tamaulipas Crows being reported on South Padre Island, at the World Birding Centre.  (Go figure)  So when I left the Landfill, I drove over to the Island.  Bingo.  Got the bird.  Worth the effort.  The photos on this post aren’t the best, but they are the best I could get.


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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


Dickcissels west of Strathroy

Yesterday, July 18, 2017, I drove out Calvert Road, west of Strathroy.  My thought was to turn onto Kerwood Road and see if I could find an Dickcissels.  I have seen them here is past years, but as far as I know, none have been reported there this year.  The field on the west side of Kerwood Road and along the north side of Calvert is ideal habitat, tall grass with scattered scrubby bushes.  Before long I could hear Dickcissels singing.  I waited for awhile and finally saw one or possibly two.  I took a few pictures, but the light was not all that good.

Today, I went back.  Again, I could hear them singing.  But I could not see one.  I turned off Kerwood Road and onto Calvert, slowly driving along the edge of the road.  Before long, a Dickcissel popped up out of the grass and sat on the fence, right near the car.

Here is a picture I took.



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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized


Pt. Pelee and Strathroy area side roads

On Monday, May 8, 2017, Bob Turner, Ron Runstedler and I met up at the Visitor’s Centre at Pt. Pelee at 8 am.  We took the tram down to the tip.  We hung around the tip for awhile, hoping to get a glimpse of the Eared Grebe that has been reported there of late.  We saw a Horned Grebe and lots of Double-crested Cormorants, but no Eared Grebe.  There were numerous Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Blue Jays at the tip area.  Also quite a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  We took a seasonal trail back to the Visitor’s Centre.  Along the way, we Field Sparrows, a Cooper’s Hawk, a rather wet, female American Redstart and Tree Swallows at the “Sparrow Field”.  Further along on the seasonal trail we had Orchard Oriole, Blue-headed Vireo, a Broad-winged Hawk, Yellow Warblers, Red-breasted Nuthatches,

We also ran into an Mike Master and his wife, Sandy.  I worked with Mike for many years.  And we have gone birding together numerous times over the years.

Went we got back to the Visitor’s Centre, it was time for lunch.  There are lots of picnic tables around the perimeter of the main parking lot.  After a quick lunch, we headed down the Tilden Trail.  We head Hermit Thrush, an Eastern Screech-Owl, a Blue-winged Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, more Orchard Orioles along this trail.

After Tilden’s, we drove down to the Delaurier Trail.  We saw a number of Wild Turkeys, displaying, White-throated Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow and a couple of Bald Eagles,

When we finished this trail, we drove down to the Marsh Boardwalk.  Back during the winter a fire swept thru this marsh,  It was very obvious to see the damage left by the fire.  We got a pretty good look at a Marsh Wren as we walked along the boardwalk.

All this walking made for a pretty long day, so we packed it in and headed for home at 6:30 pm.

Today, Tuesday, I got in the car and drove out to the MacArther Road area.  Along Calvert Road, before MacArther, there was an Upland Sandpiper sitting on a fence post.  And the field on the north side of Calvert had numerous Bobolinks.  As I drove down MacArther, I had more Bobolinks, some Eastern Meadowlarks, some Savannah Sparrows and a Grasshopper Sparrow.  Further down MacArther, I had another Upland Sandpiper.  Then, in the field, at the corner of MacArther and Walker’s Road, there were lots of Bobolinks, more Eastern Meadowlarks, more Savannah Sparrows and yet another Upland Sandpiper.  Oh, I almost forgot, there were at least 4 Brown Thrashers together in the bushes along the road in one spot.  Very birdy morning.


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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized


Starting another book

Today I started reading another book.  INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer.  This book is about climbing Mt. Everest, and particularly a personal account of the Mt. Everest disaster.  This is quite a departure for me.  I very seldom read non-fiction books.  Novels are more my thing.  But this book was recommended to me by my son, Cory.  Looking forward to getting into this story.  Should be interesting.

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Uncategorized


Starting a new book.

My son, Cory, recommended a few books that he thought I might enjoy reading.  Today, I am beginning one of them.  THE LIGHT BETWEEN THE OCEANS by M. L. Stedman.

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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Uncategorized


Recent photos taken near-by in RGV

Curve-billed Thrasher


Aplomado Falcon


Aplomado Falcon pic taken on Canon Road near Adams Reservoir

Roseate Spoonbill



Red-crowned Parrot at the bird garden in our park


A flock of parrots on the telephone wires


Peregrine Falcon


Audubon’s Oriole

Audubon's Oriole1



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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Uncategorized


Interesting week

I had an unusual week.  On Monday, I was out driving the back roads.  I had been seeing a number of American Kestrels.  Not unusual.  As the car approaches their location (mostly perched on wires), they always take to the air and move to a new location on the wire.  As I slowly made my way along a dirt road.  I saw what I thought was another Kestrel.  But this bird did not take to the air as I drove pass.  So I stopped the car to see if I could get a picture.  It seemed a little odd that the bird did not fly off.  I started towards it, taking photos, getting closer and closer.  Eventually when I was almost under it, the bird did fly off.  Something about this bird seemed different.  Today, I showed the photo to a friend.  We both agreed that it did not look like a Kestrel.  This afternoon, I put the photos on the computer.  The only bird down here like a Kestrel is the Aplomado Falcon.  Sure enough.  The photos confirmed my ID.

Aplomado Falcon pic taken on Canon Road near Adams Reservoir

This morning, I went to the library before 8 am.  Residents here in our RV Resort have been reporting seeing parrots in the bird garden that is behind the library.  I put out some peanuts in the shell on one of the feeders.  5 minutes later, a Red-crowned Parrot flew down and landed on the feeder and started eating the peanuts.  I took this picture of the parrot.

parrot4 at the bird garden

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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Uncategorized