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~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day




Hilltop Community....


With the onset of some “miracle on 37th street” [interstate 37]…the hatching of Killdeer chicks, last Sunday morning I drove to the nesting area to check and see if the babies were out and about. It’s been nearly 24 days since I found the nest…when I arrived both mama and papa put up a show of wounded bodies and screeching to distract me. Eventually, I walked along the wall and through the rock outcropping to find the nest, and mama Killdeer was frantic and very nearby. I found two hatchlings out of the shell, just so new they barely moved…one unhatched, and the fourth egg was nowhere around. Did a snake get it? Or a hawk? I don’t think either scenario fits in…if any predator found the nest the entire nest would no longer exist. Perhaps the egg was not fertilized and she shoved it out, keeping the others. Who knows? Nature. If you’d like to see the nestlings, CLICK HERE! Anyway, I took a few photos of this, and left quickly.

Since I was out in the area and heading back toward home, I pulled off the interstate and used the Violet Road exit to an area park that has a lot of hilly paths and shade for me with the show of the white hot sky promising another day of dangerous heat index. I’ve only been walking a short distance because of the temperatures. A little bit of outdoor exercise is better than none. Once home again, I use my stationary bike to complete my routine ‘steps’. [Yes, I've had gym memberships, but I don't care for them...not to mention they're nothing but an indoor petri-dish]. The park is called Hilltop Community and it’s within a small burb of Corpus Christi. Annaville, Texas. Here are some photos of what I saw besides the bird life of doves, kiskadee youngsters galore and busy parents of the kiskadees coming in with their breakfast feast of spiders and insects, cardinals, blackbirds, grackles, starlings, thrashers, mockingbirds, and more…




A few miles down Up River Road is another park where I then turned into and stopped at the duck pond. While there only a few minutes by the pond, in the shade of an oak tree, I saw one long billed curlew, several domestic ducks, geese, gulls, terns, stilts, vultures. Down the hill several car loads of gentlemen were setting up to play disc golf, and behind me on the other side of the park road a lone Mexican squirrel was dining on his breakfast. Photos of this park will be in another post.

My appointment with a new cardiologist specialist went well.  He read my history and checked my charts from years past, did another EKG, and could see I have an extra heart beat each time [I've been told this before].  It also showed up in my holter monitor 24 hour wearing.  The carotid ultrasound was good for my age and heart history  Anyway, instead of going with another ablation or becoming a candidate for a pacemaker, he adjusted meds to nearly half of what I've been taking...even my blood pressure is dangerously low for now.    We'll then work further if anything scary develops.  I like the fact he didn't 'jump to any conclusions' without trying what he recommended!!  Unwanted surgery or unnecessary surgery has always been my way of thinking...in fact, I am more than likely to push my luck to the limits first.

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  1. Looks like a really nice park. So glad to hear that all went well with the cardiologist.

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    1. Thanks...Hope you're doing well.

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  2. Praying for your health.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks for your concern...I have to learn to survive in a whole new light.

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  3. Hi Anni, I popped over to the Kildeer nestling post. Thanks for sharing. The kildeer looks similar to our plover. Greetings Jo

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    1. I think they are part of the plover family.

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  4. I am with you on pushing the limits, surgery is a last ditch stand for me... hope the reduced dosage works like a charm... how do you know the squirrel was Mexican? did he have an accent or speak Spanish??? he he he.. sorry its what I thought when I read it. all the photos are wonderful, love the yellow flowers and the air moss. I took air moss pics in the back yard this week.. seems to be the time of the year for it.

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    1. Si! The squirrel was very fluent in Spanish!

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  5. Wonderful posts.. just loved the photos. Nature takes care of business.. So glad to hear you had a better approach to your health issue.. Surgery is always a last stand imo... Have a great day.

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    1. Have a great day yourself. And, thanks.

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  6. So glad to hear you don't need further surgery, at least not yet. And the birds are wonderful, as always! :-)

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  7. Good to hear you appointment went well. Keep on getting those fantastic photos and sharing them.

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  8. Sounds like you have a Dr with common sense! Glad the appointment went well.

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  9. Kildeer seem to live in lot of places in world or lease in United States.
    Sure your heart and rest of you do well.
    Coffee is on

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  10. I'm glad you have a doctor you like and he is being sensible. Like your pictures as always.

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    1. I'm not sure if I'll like him...it takes years for me to really 'know'.

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  11. Wonderful, beautiful nature shots, and the second bridge is a thing of beauty, too!
    Have a great week!

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    1. ...that 2nd one is a bit 'new'

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  12. You truly have a gift for seeing what a beautiful world of nature surrounds us. Love your bird shots especially.
    I am not a gym fan either. I tried to like it, but I just wasn't the gym rat type, I guess.
    I've got a weird heartbeat as well. All goes well, beat, beat, beat, then it pauses and goes beet,beat! Apparently I am somewhat musical!
    I have see your name around on other Blogs for many years. I thought today I would drop in and say hello!

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    1. Thanks...nice to have you stop by & say hello!

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  13. You have packed so much beauty and information into one post that I can't comprehend how you get so much covered. Your posts continue to amaze me and best of all I will expect many more according to your current upbeat health report.

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    1. I hope the health 'issue' continues to improve in the coming weeks. Thanks for the encouragement Ms G

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