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....And Then, Oh the Noise!!!

I normally hold off on posting about my birding excursions for my bird photo blog, but today it's gonna be different.  Bear with me....On the way to Port Aransas the other morning, my first stop was The Willows. It's just a small pond, surrounded by willow trees that is off the main highway a few yards between the condominiums and sand dunes near the Gulf shore. Here at the pond during migration season, if the timing is right, there are birds seen. On this day I sighted a red Summer Tanager, a Pyrrhuloxia [a silver gray cardinal-like bird with a very long red crest on its head], a cat bird, a loggerhead shrike, and mockingbird singing somewhere hidden in the branches. I photographed the ones in the open air, and then got back in the car to resume my road trip. Arriving in Port A, I was awestruck at the amount of white pelicans, ibises, herons, and egrets on the fresh water ponds across from the Post Office! And I hadn't even reached my birding destination yet. But, I stopped at the ponds and took more photos. I was pleased with the high number of birds seen!!



...as I was leaving this stop-over, before I hit the parking area, a cute little wren sang to me a good day greeting!!

Then, the world of birds opened up!!!!  As Dr. Suess's How the Grinch Stole Christmas line goes, from The Grinch, "And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!"  When I walked around the entrance of the bird refuge at Leonabelle's, I was literally speechless. I couldn't believe what I saw before me. Hundreds....no THOUSANDS OF BIRDS on the lake. Everywhere I looked, spoonbills, egrets, herons, grackles, ducks, pelicans, avocets, shovelers, cormorants, stilts, seagulls, bittern [only ONE of these in the reed], swamphens, sandpipers. More species I can't recall at the moment. The ruckus was at a high decibel range too....they were all calling and chattering at a pitch that deafened any other sounds around.  I assume they were happy to finally arrive at their winter destination after a long migratory flight from up north. You just had to be there to believe it all. I spent a good long hour or more just bedazzled by the numbers.  Here, I'll show you just some of the many pictures taken by me, even tho they really don't depict the masses of feathers as well as seeing it live and in person.  I also singled out some individuals that I'll share at another time on my other blog...I'd Rather B Birdin'.




I finally talked myself into leaving this birding hotspot, to go to another. There, it was quiet. On the pond, one lone mallard [female].  In the trees, doves, shrikes, grackles and bronze headed blackbirds. And on the mudflats, a snipe. Before I left this area to go back home another second snipe flew in. On the way home, on the power lines along the island highway, four osprey and a trio of caracaras bid me adieu.


25 comments :

  1. Absolutely beautiful captures, have a lovely weekend ☺

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    1. Thanks. It was such an impressive sight.

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  2. That's a lot of birds. I don't think I've ever seen so many different birds all gathered together like that. It was a bird fiesta.

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  3. What a massive number of birds! And your description was also fun, I could almost hear the cacophony myself! :-)

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    1. I'm still not sure the amount of noise was pleasant...truly comparing it to the numbers seen.

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  4. Birds! Birds! EVERYWHERE! What a gathering and how wonderful you had the experience and took so many great photos! I think their assembly was planned just for you!

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    1. You think so? Lol. It was pretty to be sure.

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  5. I am totally surprised you were able to leave and go home after all those bird sightings. I think number 7 and 8 are my favorites and should be called Birding Bedazzled 1 and 2.. Wow! I have persaonlly never seen that many different types in one spot

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    1. I really didn't want to leave, thinking more would come.

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  6. Oh my Anni you struck the Mother Lode for a birder with her camera.
    WOW
    Do you still watch NCSI: New Orleans? If so were you in shock at the events in this past weeks episode. I did not see that coming. I won't mention it in case you haven't seen it.
    Hugs Cecilia

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  7. Truly a birdwatcher's Heaven! I can just imagine! I think my favorite picture is the second one with all the bird's feathers fluffed up.

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  8. Oh my word! I am not sure I could have left that place before, either the birds flew away or my camera batteries were dead.WOW!!!!

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    1. It was difficult to leave with so much to see.

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  9. I have never seen such a gathering and such a variety. It is enough to make a birder's head explode. Lucky you to have caught it all.

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  10. "Oh the noise" What a wonderful experience!!!!! How great it was, that you were there, then. -smile-

    🍁🔥🍁

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  11. Oh!!! MY!!! GOODNESS!!! Just unbelievably amazing!!! You surely were at the right place at the right time. Bless all those beautiful birds little hearts! Migration really is a big deal!

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    1. That it is. And I think they had it perfectly timed. A cold front moved in here the day after!

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  12. How amazing! My eyes just can't stop jumping from one to another and seeing how many I recognize! What an awesome sight for a birder! WOWZA!!!

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  13. Wow, awesome sightings. It is a birders heaven. Great photos.

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  14. It would have been so very hard to leave this spot! This is a day you won't forget! So love seeing all of these.

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