Today we spotted several Purple Martins out at the state park. I got a few photos. I will post a couple here. Tomorrow is our monthly Adult Birding Adventure. I hope to have a good showing. Rick Smith gave us a great write-up in his column in the San Angelo Standard-times this morning. The subject is “Things You Can Do For Under 5.00” You can read it at this link: http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/jun/10/having-fun-for-5-or-less/ For more info don’t be afraid to give me a call at 325-944-1839. But, basically, just show up at the South Gatehouse at San Angelo State Park at 9:00AM. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them. Event last until around 11:00AM.
The Snowy Plover eggs are still intact. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they survive for annother 2-3 weeks so they can hatch a couple of babies. The odds are not very great since the eggs are in the middle of a parking lot. In plain sight for the predators, not to mention an automobile or two. The park personnel and myself are trying to warn visitors. They put up a temporary barrier, which usually goes mostly ignored, and I put a rock marking the spot.
In my Bugs, Beasts, and Birds post I wanted someone to help with the identification of the spider. Tony, of San Antonio, thought it was a Marbled Orb Weaver, but in doing my own research, even though it is similar to a Marbled Orb Weaver, it doesn’t look like any of the dozens of photos I have looked at. Very similar, though. May be some kind of variant.
Here are the Purple Martin photos. Click on either on to see and enlargement. Enjoy.