THIS WEEK at I'd Rather B Birdin' - photos of ...

CHACHALACA & White Tipped Dove
click on bird name[s] to view them
and read a bit of trivia about them!!
...............Hope to see you there!..............

Tales of Texas...

I haven't done too many posts lately because it's the BiG WeeK!! Spring Migration is now at its peak, and Bud and I are not home much. Just last night after dinner, I always check the Texas Bird Sightings for the day. Lo and behold, posted at 17:14CDT a couple rare birds were spotted on the bay downtown!! Not only rare, but they're not shore birds or land lovers...they prefer the sea, only coming near land to breed/nest. Bud and I hopped in the car and drove to see if we could find them and get photos of them within minutes of the ABA Texas posting. WE DID encounter their perch as reported, but they were too far out on the breakwater and daylight was nearly gone to get really good photos. I took pictures, and will get them off the camera shortly and share on my bird photo blog in the upcoming weeks. Exciting for any birder to see this species... Also, Rubbish by Roan has a fairly new meme going on her blog each Tuesday...Rubbish Tuesday --- post anything old, and link up if you wish!!

I have mentioned weeks ago about receiving a book, Petra's Legacy, from Bud as a gift. Mainly it's about Petra and her notorious husband in the annals of South Texas history...Mifflin Kenedy [one 'n']. Petra was of Mexican decent, having acquired land that was once Old Mexico but all part of the state of Texas after the Mexican-American War in the mid 1830s. Mifflin Kenedy married Petra...hence the land was now in his possession. This was all in and around Brownsville, Texas. Petra had several children from a previous marriage...Mifflin was then a of Petra's eight children was stepdaughter Maria. Mr. Kenedy conveyed land along the Rio Grande River to Maria when she married Frank Rabb. The Plantation house, built in 1891, at the cost of $15K and figuring inflation of ration $1=$25 today, that would be over a quarter million [approximately $375K].  The ranch/plantation was once called San Tomas Plantation and encompassed just over 20,000 acres [20,253] and the river views could be seen from the Queen Anne style plantation home from the windows and verandas...but the river changed course through history and now, you must walk some distance to see the flowing course of the USA boundary with Mexico. Historians changed the name to Rabb Plantation and the Audubon Society was granted the property [2010 I believe] along with the plantation house which was refurbished just a couple of years ago, and is now the sanctuary's visitor center. Here, we paid our admission to hike the trails and eventually see Old Mexico from the safety of American soil....

...after touring the plantation home and walking the surrounding grounds, we began walking toward the river through the heavily wooded areas and finding a resaca trail which we gladly walked!! It was beautiful within the many mesquite trees...and oh so green and filled with scenes that you don't see every day. I will post the trail pictures another time. In the meantime, Bud and I viewed for a short time in silence, after spotting her, so we wouldn't disturb her...a nesting Great Horned Owl; well camouflaged and more than likely not noticed by so many. She was watching us watch her...she was very pretty!!!  It was like nature's nursery...the stillness and quiet surrounding this nesting area was could hear a pin drop on the forest groundcoverings!!

linking to: Nature Notes, Wild Bird Wednesday, Our World Tuesday, Rubbish Tuesday

Frank RABB -[plantation namesake]
Texas Annexation
Sally Scull [aka Skull]- notorious gunslinger/killer of Wild Texas and cousin to Frank Rabb
Petra Kenedy
Mifflin Kenedy
Stepdaughter, Maria's Genealogy listing
Petra Genealogy

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linking to: Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way? Inspiration is the beauty of nature...I'm inspired many ways. Colors, sounds, scents. Everything, I guess. Exception may be the destruction of what we humans can leave behind, i.e., trash, debris, waste, pollutants.

2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth...which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain. I guess for me it'd have to be 'down to earth' as I try to be me...nothing more.

3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple. Go into a marriage with the hopes of a good life together, and remember that it's 'for better or worse, richer or poorer, etc. etc.' WORK on a marriage.

4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided? Auto mechanic...errr, um, they prefer to be called technicians now. But, I took the car in for a leak...we'll see in perhaps several weeks if the work was satisfactory.

5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between? It's so cliché a conversation, and I really don't like it and try to avoid it...but here goes:

"Hey, Anni? When you get done edging your lawn, you can come here to do mine!"
And I usually respond with some mundane reply..."blah, blah, blah."
Both neighbors will say the same thing...
...and it gets to be old hat!!!
[that's my small talk]

6. What was the last historic place you visited? In state: The 123 year old plantation mentioned above. Out of state: The French Quarter in N'Awlins, LA.

7. The world would be a better place if we just made efforts to respect people, animals and our globe.

8. Insert your own random thought here. The American Birding Association is holding their national birding convention here in our town this year. I plan to attend at least ONE day. And since this is such a busy week, I'm sharing a fence image for Thursday at this time since my schedule is erratic right now:

linking to Good Fences