my POETRY | ANNI'S BOOK CRITIQUES | my ART | my BIRD photography | MLB | NFL | hurricanes



Got a good reason For taking the easy way out


What's My Line?



:::applause::: Mystery Bird, enter, and sign in!

One question each, from the panel of four:




Q: Where are you from?
Mystery Bird: I usually live in Old Mexico and farther South into Central and South America.

Q: How often do you travel to Texas?
Mystery Bird: I've been expanding my horizons since 1970s and ventured, only occasionally, into Southwestern USA; traveling to parts of Arizona and sometimes into the Rio Grande Valley of the great state of Texas.

Q: Do you have a special song in your repertoire?
Mystery Bird: A rattling whistle on the wing!

Q: Since you're a rare visitor to our country, where do you stay?
Mystery Bird: I love being near water. And some think I'm reclusive since I perch higher than my American cousins; in the trees.

ADDENDUM:  Mystery Bird Revealed HERE


Several days ago, I got a message telling me that a rare bird for South Texas was seen at a nearby park. Tho it was the day after it was seen, I took a drive to the park in hopes I'd find it still in our area. I drove to Labonte Park along Interstate 37 just before the Houston Texas interchange of Interstate 69 corridor. The park is on the Nueces river where there is a spillway dam which halts the salt water from the river's fresh water.

Along the way, as I walked the park's grounds, there were many birds. Mostly seagulls, sparrows, and grackles. I was greeted by several crested caracaras [Mexico's national bird...an eagle to the Mexican citizens], a solitary spotted sandpiper, and a couple of great blue herons. But, even tho the grackles are considered a nuisance bird like a pigeon, I have a new-found appreciation for them! You see, if it weren't for dozens of grackles high up in a tree, I wouldn't have found the MYSTERY BIRD!!!



Spotted Sandpiper along the spillway banks, and a bridge that leads to nowhere!



The spillway was dry, so I climbed over the steel barricade and stepped out on the dry dam in hopes of having a better viewing vantage point.  The first photo from the dam, is looking in the direction of San Antonio [fresh water], the second photo is looking toward the Gulf of Mexico [salt water].  Labonte Park is on the right bank of the fresh water photo.



During the park's 1/2 mile walk one-way, I encountered many many crested caracaras.  Two were perched in a tree on the other side of the river.  A great blue heron stopped to check for fish along the dry spillway dam.


And finally a bit of search saga....while the grackles were making their usual loud ruckus in a large oak tree, I stopped to see if I could count them.  The total was unfeasible since they moved around and the tree was 'black' with birds!  I'd estimate 30-50 grackles.  BUT!!  This is when I saw the elusive bird I was in search of....there it was, among the dense greenery, perched, silent.  I snapped four photos even tho it was mostly silhouetted...the photos would be my bird count record/proof of seeing it.  I then, hoping to get a better viewing of the mystery bird from the spillway side of the tree...I reached the dam;   it had flown away.  I just viewed the landscape and took a few more photos of the river... WAIT...don't leave yet, the story gets better!!!!!

The mystery bird returned, and perched on a rock outcropping in the river!  Not more than 20 feet or so from where I stood.  It came to ME!!  And the snapping finger was put into fast mode; the shutter button was put to good use.  I took large numbers of photos of this beauty!!!  And did she ever put on a show for me, posing!!!!!  I was thrilled.

So...did you guess the mystery bird yet?  Do y'all wanna know what vagrant bird it was?  For the next week, beginning Saturday [December 2nd] at noon, the mystery bird will be revealed at my bird photo blog.  I'll come back on Saturday and link it up on my sidebar here, at Hootin' Anni's.  Trust me, the photos I share will be worth a return trip here if you're at all curious.




26 comments :

  1. I cannot wait! I would be sure it is one that I have never seen. It must be rare around your area and very impressive!! Your kitty sketch is so sweet and lifelike!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is a first time for me too Ginny. And, thanks for the sketch compliment!!

      Delete
  2. I haven't a clue what your mystery Bird is

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know EXACTLY what bird it is! Just ask me. 😁

      Delete
  3. Hello, my guess is one of the kingfishers from Central American, they have a rattle type sound. I'll be back to see your mystery bird. Happy weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope you find time to come back tomorrow after lunch to see.

      Delete
    2. I'll be back and thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy weekend!

      Delete
  4. Your exciting story of the rare bird and the buildup of the reveal brought to mind all of the people sleeping outside of a mall store waiting for the doors to open in the morning! I'll check in tomorrow to learn the name of your newest conquest with the camera. I'm so curious and NEED to know!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. at the mall...."open, open, open!" lol

      Delete
  5. I have no idea, so I'll be going over there to find out! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You'll be able to see well at the distance of your phone connection and your successful surgery!!!

      Delete
  6. Replies
    1. This is a test, and only a test....

      Delete
  7. of course I am interested after this cliffhanger post. I want to see it really bad, what and where and how and how many beautiful shots you got

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I won't post ALL the photos I took...like, over 30 of one bird. But...will post a few. Lookin' forward to your return.

      Delete
  8. Hi Anni
    I am moving to a rental in Aurora in about 10 days, panic. I am an east coaster. Seeking a drier climate because of health, and dh can transfer to company office there. I'd love to talk to you about the area!!! LeeAnna at not afraid of color...email is leeannaquilts at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I only allow myself an hour to be blogging, so I don't email. If you have questions ask here. This is my only outlet since my heart attack.

      Delete
  9. Replies
    1. Come on in...an addendum is now added.

      Delete
  10. Oh what a mystery! I am on the edge of my seat to find out! Great photos of all your other sightings

    ReplyDelete
  11. My first thought was the Frigate bird...think I have heard you mention it before. But then that makes me think it might not be it and be something else. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  12. Interesting story. Glad you got it's photo. I look forward to seeing it.

    ReplyDelete

.