Monday, April 21, 2014

In search of sun, warmth, and birds

Hubby got tired of pretending our living room was the Caribbean on sunny days with his eyes closed. Because Son1 was also pressing for a trip to south Texas to see birds and tree species that are found nowhere else in the U.S., we took a some-what unplanned, spur-of-the-moment trip down to Big Bend National Park and back.

We actually took a whole bunch of pictures (anyone who knows us would be shocked), about .4% of them included us (that's less than 1%; notice the decimal). :) Click on the photos to view a larger version. 
In LA, but still cold!
Ah, there we go...warm enough to go without a jacket at last (in TX).
Common Gallinules among the American Coots.
Tricolored Heron
It's not as lonely with two. (Black-necked Stilts)
Quoth the Boat-tailed Grackle, "nevermore."
One of these things (Northern Shoveler) is not like the others (Lesser Yellowlegs).
Killdeer always look so worried about something. I think I'm a Killdeer in disguise.
Birds not of a feather also flock together. (Roseate Spoonbill with a Snowy Egret)
Loggerhead Shrike
All by myself...Pied-billed Grebe.
Definitely not a bird.
I just love saying "Crested Caracara." It makes me giggle.
Vermilion Flycatchers are as pretty as Northern Cardinals and more fun to watch.
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Javelina on the run.
Common Black-hawks aren't all that common.
Canyon Wren
Hooded Oriole (stalked by a Black-throated Sparrow in the back)
Eastern Curve-billed Thrasher
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are now hubby's favorite bird...sorry, Shrikes.
Harris's Hawk
Green Jay
Altimira Orioles (the immature one is on the left)
Long-billed Thrasher
Great Kiskadee, looking...great.
Plain Chachalaca, dinosaur in disguise (with a fun-to-say name too).
Ruddy Turnstones are masters of disguise.
Black-bellied Plover
American're unique, just like everyone else.
White Ibis, big honker
Sunshine in San Antonio.
At Seminole Canyon State Historic Park
Mesa Grande at Big Bend National Park
Claret Cup Cacti in bloom
Hiking the trails at Big Bend National Park.
More hiking at Big Bend
Boquillas Canyon at Big Bend...Mexico is just a stone's throw away!
We liked Seminole Canyon so much, we stopped by again on the way back from Big Bend.
From the petroglyphs overhang at Seminole Canyon
Prickly Pear Cactus, or nopal
Laughing Gulls, all in a row, more of less.
Hope you're feeling the warmth with us and that all the snow some of you got last week is gone!

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams