And the Rains Came…..

So much for doing a lot of birding since my last post.  We have had tornadoes, rain, thunderstorms, more rain, and more rain.  Hopefully the rainy season will desist soon and we will be back to a more normal spring and summer.  We were lucky.  The EF2 tornado struck another part of town and we were spared with only losing a large limb out our large live oak tree.  Fortunately, no deaths occurred.

A Glossy Ibis was spotted near Twin Buttes Reservoir by some birding friends, Jean and Larry Haller.  It was the first sighting of this bird in recorded history for Tom Green County.  They were nice enough to tell Ann and me about it.  We have made several trips out there to try to see it, but so far for naught.  We only live about three miles from the area, so it is easy for us to jump in the car and go have a look.  The ibis is probably gone now; heading back to the gulf coast where he belongs. 🙂

During a trip yesterday, we saw some American Avocets near the boat ramp.  I took this photo.  I love these birds.  They appear so graceful.


American Avocet

We are still trying to reach our goal of 200 species for the year.  Right now we are 145.  So with 55 to go, we still nearly eight months to fill it.  However, we could do with some travel to west Texas to catch those birds in that area.  But most likely, that will not happen.  My health is trying to put a damper on such journeys.  I am slowing down and I tire more easily.  I believe it is part to pulmonary fibrosis with which I have been diagnosed with, and maybe it is old age.  Anyway, we will see what happens.

While going through some old photos, I came across this one from about three years ago that I thought you’d like to see.  I love the beauty and grace of the Great Egret.


Great Egret

And another, from nine years ago.  This Red-shouldered Hawk had a nest down near Christoval, Texas.  I was fortunate to get several shots.


Red-shouldered Hawk

So there you have it, folks.  That’s all for this post.  I’ll be back in a few days with some new images……..I hope.  Please let the rains hold off for awhile.

’til then, HAPPY BIRDING!!!