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Come Saturday Morning....



I attended the annual Hawk Watch on Saturday Morning. For three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday [Sept 23-25th] Corpus Christi holds a special event. The Hawk Watch Platform is open year 'round, but the daily count of Hawk Fall Migration begins in August and runs through November 15th. The count this year is up in the thousands. Of course they count ALL birds, but hawks are the major interest.

Saturday's featured talk and exhibit was from Sky King Falconry. And, not ALL were hawks! We had live bird demonstrations....too bad they were cut short and condensed by the threat of heavy rain. Some of the live birds were a Harris Hawk, a Barn Owl, a Laughing Kookaburra, a Falcon [I am waiting for the ID from Sky King to help me before I share the photos I got of the falcon], and yes, even a trained Black Vulture.


Harris Hawk


Barn Owl


Laughing Kookaburra


A couple of times I walked over yonder to the Hawk Observation Platform. In the sky, several Crested Caracaras did a fly over, once at a very long distance, a White Tailed Kite, and several other migrating birds. At ground level, I saw sparrows, hummingbirds, mockingbirds, a green jay, a female cardinal, several doves, kingbirds, kiskadees, woodpeckers, ducks and sandpipers on the pond, and a surprise visit from...


Mo, Larry, and Curly....three Javelinas. [pronounced HAH va LEEN ahs]

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Then, afterward, I got back in the car and since the area of the park was cordoned off for pedestrian traffic, I took the back, circular drive to the river and the two ponds to have a quiet walk around the area...along the river...




...I kept my eye on the storm clouds...



Altho the clouds were ominous at times, and thunder and lightening was close by, only sprinkles came. It felt good. And besides, I enjoy a stormy day. The hot temperatures are much more tolerable when there is cloud cover. After walking as far to the River Kayak/boat ramp, I did a full circle and walked back to where I had parked the car...the Scissortailed Flycatchers lined the power lines and sang their song. At the end of the trek along the river banks, I called it a morning and left with this view in my rear view mirror....