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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

 

 

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12 thoughts on “And the Rains Came…..

  1. I live in the UK and follow you on Twitter. I love your posts and your beautiful photographs. I used to be a keen bird watcher until I became severely disabled through MS and cannot get out to reserves or anything like that. I live on the East coast where we have some Marshland and obviously coastal birds. We have a big reserve called Minsmere run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and there we also have Avocets who come every year to breed. We have Marsh Harriers and Sparrowhawks. I used to take my kids there and spend many happy hours. Now I can at least watch the birds in my garden! I do hope your health problems go away with the rains. Thank you for your lovely posts.

    • Thank you, Anonymous, for your very nice comment. My brother is afflicted with MS, also and is confined to a wheelchair. I am glad that you can watch your birds in your garden. Birding is such a soothing hobby, I think. I am growing older, but I still have that love for the birds, too. 🙂

  2. What fun for your area to have an ibis visit! I’m sorry you didn’t see it. I still have trouble sorting the glossy and the white-faced, but I’ll have plenty of time to practice this summer. I was going to say I hope your health allows all the birding you could want this summer, but I suspect even with good health and lots of money, none of us gets as much as we want! Thanks for these glimpses into your bird world — I agree about the gracefulness of the avocet.

    • Thank you, Shoreacres. I had to consult my guides to see the differences in the White-faced and Glossy Ibis. I appreciate your nice comments, about my health. I do hope to get more birding done this summer, but I won’t travel as much as I would like. But that’s okay, there are plenty of birds around my home area.

  3. I too , enjoy American avocets. That Red-Shouldered Hawk sure has pretty markings and the Egret would be a great find. Wishing you health and continued birding that reaches your goals.

  4. Three amazing photos! You did good back a few years and you still do great! Thanks for sharing these while we wait for dry weather; thought the rain was over when I saw a dove sitting on a fence holding a sprig in his beak, but maybe not-hey, it worked for Noah! I was wondering how you were doing—push when you must but get that rest. hugs to you and Ann

  5. Hope your health improves, so that you can go out and about to continue your hobby! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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