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Birds and burgers anyone?

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY If you'd like to participate and share your birding experiences, see meme links on my right sidebar - Or if you would enjoy my birding photo blog click on "I'd Rather B Birdin'" bumper sticker on the right sidebar also] INDIGO BUNTINGS at our backyard feeder WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE [Joyce has these questions for us this week. If you'd like to participate, see meme links on my right sidebar] 1. This week's Hodgepodge is Volume 123. What's something you've done recently that was as easy as 1-2-3? Does eating count as 'doing something'? I'm pretty good at that and it's such an easy task; I excel in fact. 2. The Wednesday Hodgepodge also happens to fall on the first day of May ...what is something you may do this month? It's not a 'may do' but 'a given'. Bud and I will celebrate 45 years of marriage on May 11th. 3. The Englishman Horace Walpole is credited as saying, "The

Spring in the Gardens

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I mentioned a couple of weeks ago Bud and I took a trek through the Botanical Gardens in our vicinity. While walking the nature trail and visiting the butterfly house we saw more shadows than we did birds. LOL Oh ya, we saw ducks and coots on 'Gator Lake and along the trail to Oso Creek we saw the usual cardinals and doves. So, I thought I'd share some of the 'other' kind of photos, a tortoise, rose from the rose garden, butterfly, ladybug [lady bug release the day we were there], along with a couple of birds spotted along the trail. --- In sequence top to bottom: South American Red Footed Tortoise [first two images] Lady Bug Patented "Royal Highness" Rose Malachite Butterfly Northern Cardinal on Oso Creek Trail Gator Lake [duck in silhouette] CORPUS CHRISTI BOTANICAL GARDENS Texas

Wednesday notes

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY Northern Mockingbird WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE JOYCE has these questions for us this week. If you'd like to participate, find on my right sidebar, the link is there. 1. April showers bring May flowers...what have you been showered with this month? Definitely NOT rain showers. Altho, the wind is blowing and the clouds are drizzling lightly...we need a deluge to make up for the lack of showers. Let's see, what have I been showered with this month? ---a long list of migrating birds that are showing up in South Texas, and Bud and I are showered with itineraries of 'hot spots' for birding. We've been out and about each and every day this entire month of April. We've been 'showered' with color of all the wonderful migrants in our yard, in the Coastal Birding Trails, and Audubon Parks!!  And all this explains just why I've not been blogging or visiting.  Just not  home enough these days. 2. What is th

PART II - Port Aransas - History, Hurricanes, Hotels...

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Post Card Image from Port A Museum of Tarpon Inn ...continuing with the museum and history of Port Aransas, along with the 1919 Hurricane and its devastation on the Coastal Bend of Texas, I would like to share some more images around the little fishing village and tie in some interesting facts. At least interesting to me. Port Aransas, a small town on Mustang Island is the only town on the island! As recently as 3000 years ago there was no island. In the 1500s the island was inhabited by the cannibalistic Indians, the Karankawa tribe. At one time the island, Mustang Island, was called "Wild Horse Island" because of the wild horses roaming the sand barriers and dunes. Rich in history, the American Indians, Spanish and French exploration, pirates such as Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers having buried treasure and never found again because of the constantly shifting sands from the wind and surf, the Civil War, the building of the lighthouse previously mentioned in a

"just a rat: with a cuter outfit...."

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Thursday, on Bud's Birthday, we went out to lunch of his choice...on the North Shore of the Corpus Christi Bay, at Blackbeard's. It's really more or less a little out of the place shanty town restaurant, but oh the food. It's very good. Bud had a favorite of his at this establishment...a guacamole burger. I, on the other hand, had my usual 'birthday' lunch item. Fried Shrimp. Luckily there are only two of us at home any more, so I'm not splurging on fried foods all that often. And their butterflied shrimp is extraordinarily sweet and tender. Yum. Anyway, after we ate our lunch, and everyone there that works, wished him a happy birthday, we drove back into town over the harbor bridge and stopped at Blucher Park to see if we could catch some bird activity. Along about 5 minutes after arriving, we were interrupted by a phone call from Erik. I talked with him a few minutes while looking up into the trees for birds as the wind howled through the branch

Port Aransas - History, Hurricanes, Hotels...

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Finally, after all the years we've lived here in the Coastal Bend, I am now able to scratch that off my to do list...visiting a small local museum on Mustang Island [Port Aransas, Texas]. Understand that it has never been open when we've been there for a leisurely day trip or birding, or just walking the shores of the bay waters on the beach, sitting on the jetty catching the sea breeze and watching big ships come into the channel on their way to the Port of Corpus Christi. The museum's "open for business hours" never coincided with our times we were there. Open only on Friday and Saturday, and then for four hours only. Bud and I rarely go to the islands on weekends because of the amount of traffic and people with their rented golf carts meandering dangerously in and around the village's streets, impeding the flow of automobiles. I love the area. It's so pretty, so much to watch, not to mention a lighthouse just on the other side of the Ships' Ch
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD!!!

Birds, Books, And Blog Hodgepodge

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY If you'd like to participate, check out my right sidebar under "Memes".... One of my favorite song birds! I love to hear their trill when out on a birding 'expedition'. And they sing to me their song, I instantly feel welcomed to their territory!!! THE RED WINGED BLACKBIRD <><><>- - -<><><> WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE Joyse, our fearless leader, has these questions for us to answer.  If you'd like to participate, check out my right sidebar under "Memes".... 1. April 15th is the deadline for Americans to file their state and federal income tax returns. What's a job you do on a regular basis that could be described as 'taxing'? Well, it's taxing for one thing...and that's sweat created by yard work! In such a humid environment here in South Texas, right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, you can't help but sweat profusely when it comes to mowing and edging the lawn

Just because I'm presumin' that I could be kind-a-human...

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camera critter below I've been having problems with my smartphone and the email applications this past week, and with all the photos I've taken of the museum in Port A. So that post I had planned on creating is 'on hold'. I have a partial draft saved, with a few of the pictures I took there when we visited, but then the rest of the images are not being sent...only showing that they are 'sending' in the outbox folder on the phone. I am working on getting it so it will get out of the outbox on the phone and into my inbox. So far, nada, zilch, nuttin'!!! It's been a very busy week. Not much blogging got accomplished tho. To my dismay. It's so frustrating when you have something in mind and then technology says "Back up"...."I'm not gonna work properly for you for a while"!!! Okay, so since I couldn't get the museum post done because of the glitch in the phone's software, I finished my craft project. It was l

Only the Hairdresser knows for sure...

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[I try and post my Wednesday meme activity on Tuesday since WBW is hosted in Australia] WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY ...ever had a day where nothing looked right? Snowy Egret image taken in February 2013 Hans Suter Nature Reserve Corpus Christi, Texas <><><>---<><><> WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE Joyce has these questions for us to answer this week: 1. Share one fun thing you did last week, while the Hodgepodge was on 'spring break'. In a comedic way, I think being able to swing my body off the bed in the morning and get up to face the daybreak; smiling and happy to be alive, as fun. This past week tho, it would be getting outdoors; taking a special photo for my photo blog as the 'fun highlight'...in fact, I am 'killing two birds with one stone' so to speak [as I have become an avid birder, there is no pun intended in that remark]...I am also getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and walking. Boring, huh? 2. Apri

It's about time...

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...Finally, the collection of cans and other goodies has been completed. I now have enough to start working on a project for the yard. Can you guess what I decided to try and construct with the photo below? Been doing a backyard bird count...well, not necessarily a 'count' of actual numbers, but trying to keep track of the different birds here this last week. We've had numerous house sparrows. They tend to overtake the feeders. And for some reason, when the yard is lacking any bird activity and I go out to refill the feeders, within minutes of me going back indoors...from the window, I see they KNEW the feeders were full of seed again. How do they do that? Do they have a hidden sentry in the tree somewhere where I can't see 'em, and the look-out tells the whole 'hood that Anni refilled the feeders? Anyway, sparrows, white winged doves, inca doves, both female and male cardinals, red-winged black birds, nashville warblers, hummingbirds, and one

Thoreau, I'm not...neither is this WALDEN Pond

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Northwest of Corpus Christi via Interstate 37 [heading toward San Antonio], there is a birding trail that is quite, more or less, unknown to many. But the area does have a section in the book, Birding Corpus Christi. It is very often overgrown, weedy, and traversing the trail can be a challenge at times during the year. Overgrown grasses, divots in the path and fallen tree limbs sometimes block the way, and or creates a goodly chance of sprained ankles or deep scratches on the legs. If you go there, it's best to go on the west trail. There are two trails that follow a drainage ditch that is nestled between the trails. The Eastern trail is rarely cleaned out of bush, brush, trees and grasses. For the most part, the western trail is best. But again, it depends on how the upkeep is. Now and then, it's considered [at least by me] a hazard. This Spring it's been cleaned out fairly well by a group of volunteers....the path is quite passable all the way to the Nueces [