Sunday morning found me [Bud stayed home] at a local park on a birding expedition with a small group that showed up. There were about 20-25 of us...all arising before sunrise to reach our destination by 7ish. During the month of April, the Audubon Society of our fair city has guided birding tours at several of our parks. Today, tho not many birds and plenty of standing water from the week's heavy rainfall, it was still a pleasant walk. After we all had signed in, and waiting for any late arrivals, I was talking to one of the guides about a new area I had heard about. I got directions to the new spot on Mustang Island and she informed me of a species of bird that had been sighted at Port A's Charlie's Pasture North...one that I have not seen here, but did when we lived in Colorado very frequently. I hope to get there tomorrow [Monday] and check it out. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!
Anyway, very few birds at the time, so I ended up going across the street to the nature facility - Conservatory [closed on Sundays] and walked the back yard where there is a Koi Pond. So without further ado, I share these to log my activity:
The Koi Pond had three fish that I found. Plus, a waterfall and aquatic plants--
The exterior of the converted 1800s home is landscaped with flowers that are indigenous to our temperate zone, here and there are bird feeders, benches along the walkways, and all lighted--
Hibiscus Blossom and macro shot of the same
I believe this is called a 'Shrimp' Plant [please correct me if I'm mistaken]
A multitude of lampposts along the shaded pathways.
I stayed in the area a little over a couple of hours, it was beginning to get hot with the intense humidity. It was time to get back home to the A/C, and make something I promised Bud I'd make for our week's dessert. Bud'll have some vanilla ice cream after I warm the bars in the oven for us. I, of course, will ration mine to a very small square with NO ice cream :-)
Date Bars Crisp
This upcoming week will be quiet I hope. Both with the lack of torrential downpours like we experienced a couple nights last week and very little domestic issues like house repairs, etc. In fact, one night from 10 PM to 2 AM we had tornado warnings!! There is water everywhere. Our back yard is nothing but a mire of mud and muddy water. We need a few days of sunshine to dry things out. Our lawn will be knee high if we can't get out to mow it. Oops, let me rephrase that, if BUD CAN'T get out to mow it. This week, we'll go to the islands a day or two, then do some catch-up on laundry and perhaps I can feel up to cleaning some bathroom fixtures. They are in dire need. But, if I'd rather be birdin'...then, so be it. The bathroom fixtures'll remain in need of a cleaning for another week. Oh and one more thing...
...when I get a total of eight "new" birds photographed, [and take the time to actually get out and buy another frame, lol] I make another collage for our 'bird' walls! This is the newest additon:
Top row: Yellow Throated Warbler, Common Loon, Warbling Vireo, Bobwhite Quail
Bottom row: Cerulean Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Piping Plover, Pintail Duck