Friday, March 20, 2015
The Summer Tanager taking a bath in a muddy puddle was the highlight of my Butterfly Walk at Estero. This poor bird's bath did not work out so well. She got muddier and muddier and looked frustrated. We were very entertained during the highest heat in humidity of the day. "It's to dang hot!" May said and added, "I waited all winter to say that." She is right, the weather was cool and rainy most of our time SRGV. We hardly had more than two days of sunshine in a row. Fridays were not sunny or warm which is the best for finding butterflies, but I am grateful for the time with an interesting group of naturalists. Thank you Rick and May for hosting the Butterfly Walks and Dave for making it fun.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
I have been hoping to see a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in the SRGV for the last 4 years. This Flycatcher is common in the summer in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansan and Louisiana. Well, summer came for me today! As we left Estero the Scissor-tailed was just sitting there on the barbwire posing for us.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Most times when we see the clay-colored thrush, they are high in the trees or off at a distance. This Thrush was right on the ground and on the road in the Tropical Area at Estero. Clay-coloreds really behavior as our familiar American Robin. The last photo is the one I took months ago of the White-throated Thrush. It is still probably at Estero but seldom reported with no multi-sightings in one day. Last week as workers were removing fallen trees it was flushed for a moment.
White-throated Thrush, you may see why it is difficult to distinguish one from the other.
Little Red-slider Turtle catching a little of the morning rays, not exactly sunshine.
Green backdrops for
Great Blue Heron
the Showy Egrit
This pair of Green Kingfishers photographed by the entrance.
After(because) this photograph(er) the area was sealed off. 3/17/15
|NOT MY PHOTO - taken by a invading photographer.|
Monday, March 16, 2015
There three Thrashers in SRGV here is one the Long-billed Thrasher that inhabit Estereo Llando Grande State Park. One usually greets the visitors in the parking lot or on the walk way to the Visitor Center. A long-billed thrasher can usually be seen in the Tropical Trail by the water feature. The song of this Thrasher is strong and melodious and I will miss it, but we have the Brown Thrasher in Southern Minnesota.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
|Mating White-checked Skipper|
|White-stripped Longtail (Skipper)|
|Nice Guy Novice from Nova Scotia|
Then there was the bit about who was really the renown expert bird and butterflier of the South Rio Grande Valley and who was the first time butterflier and first year birder in the Valley. Thanks Chuck for the confusion which turn out a great laugh on me. Hope we can meet up with them again.
|Dan Jones, Field Expert ID-er|
|Nicolas sharing photo of the Green Kingfisher with Nice Guy|