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Wecome to my World...

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...Won't you come on in? As Eddy Arnold used to sing...where there is an abundance of wildlife; from coyotes, rabbits, opossum, the dreaded snakes, birds that are permanent residents and migrating, lizards and anoles, turtles, insects from the nasty fire ants to the more beautiful butterflies year 'round, and more... Along some of our foot travels, here are some we meet. [and no, the two tortoise images that show red shell...it's NOT naturally red!! ---it's the glow from the heat lamp [at the Botanical Gardens] ... ...added thought: finally, after a long three year drought of no Spring or Summer rains, this year it's getting back to the normal foggy morning, misty days, and rains of Spring once again. And that all makes for some wonderful colors around the city!! Spring rains bring wildflowers abundant!! I love the dew drops from the morning mist on the rose blossoms!! And the field of Texas State Flower, the bluebonnets, I just had to get out of the car and

...it's all about this and that

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1] Ms. T [as I call her], Theresa, or if you prefer TexWisGirl from The Run*A*Round Ranch Report, has taken over the reins of hosting the meme on fences. She's retitled it to "Good Fences" and the link up begins on Thursday Mornings. Tho, I rarely get a chance to photograph any good fences that show some theme or story behind it since I live within the city and rarely get a chance to find rural fences that have more of a story behind it, I  still wanted to encourage her in her new endeavor and participate today on the debut of Good Fences....Here is my photo... not of an entire   fence, but one lone fence post I found sticking out of the prairie grasses while birding. I like the barbed wire that twists around the post.  The history behind this area of what is now a birding sanctuary was once a grazing land for area cattle.  The Port Aransas Nature Preserve encompasses 1,217 acres in an area formerly known as Charlie’s Pasture. The area was named after early resid

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You...

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...All the live long day The eyes of Texas are upon you And you cannot get away Do not think you can escape them From night till early in the morn The eyes of Texas are upon you Till Gabriel blows his horn University of Texas [Austin] "Fight Song" Lyrics written in 1903 by John Sinclair [sung to the tune of I've Been Workin' on the Railroad] I was aware of this song in my youth [before residing in Texas]...didn't realize it was a university theme 'til I read it online just this week. ...Now, here are some Texas "Eyes" Let me get this first one out of the way before the 'fun' eyes show... Texas Alligator Eyes In order [top left to right]: Savannah Sparrow - Green Heron Barn Swallow - Red Shafted Flicker Brown Pelican Cooper's Hawk - Osprey Kitties, Winston and Tahoe ... Hello Spring!! linking to: Nature Notes , Wild Bird Wednesday , Our World Tuesday HODGEPODGE 1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the

Yea, though I walk....

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You may find it odd that recently we've been heading out to the largest cemetery here in town.  Reason?  Of course...what else but birding.  On the hot spot list of places to go birding during the Spring [and Fall] migration seasons is the Rosehill Cemetery.  The area is vast in size...and loaded with such a variety of greenery, from small ornamental bushes to colossal oaks!  There are quiet streets meandering throughout all the sections, and they're lined with the cooler shadows of the overhanging branches.  Now, to be honest, we've gone there at different times of day, without seeing much difference in bird residents than what we have in our own back yard.  This past week, tho, I saw at least what I think I saw was a migratory Mississippi Kite .  I stalked it from tree to tree and section to section only to have it take off long before I was within camera range.  Eventually, the last tree it landed in by the time I got even half way near, I saw just the shadow of it flyi

The Week that Was...

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1 Around here, Spring Migration is becoming a reality again for the season. It's only just begun, but so many of the wintering birds of the warmer climes south of our borders are returning north. And they're stopping by on their way!! The cattle egrets [seen below] are nearly as abundant in the fields as the Texas Bluebonnets!! I've seen the first arriving Black and White Warblers, and one Black Throated Green Warbler! Both warblers are favorites. Tho, difficult to get good photos of since they flit around so quickly!! Altho the migration has begun, you wouldn't know it in our yard yet...so far the same ol' same ol' year 'round residents: doves, sparrows, mockingbirds and grackles! I'm waiting..... 2] I finished reading a pretty good mystery this week!! The Lincoln Deception. John Wilkes Booth has always been a fascinating character in America's history for me ever since I toured the Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. Well, ac

Ya, Ya, Sisterhood---

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Redwing Blackbirds, Blue Bonnet Fields, and wild flowers... linking to: Nature Notes , Wild Bird Wednesday , Our World Tuesday HODGEPODGE 1.  Thursday marks the first day of spring...to celebrate would you rather plant a garden or go for a walk in the woods? Would either of those activities be possible on Thursday where you live? Either or, huh? Well, I like doing both. And around here Spring is the BEST time of year for walking and gardening. Before it gets too blazing hot to do any kind of labor outdoors. Let's see...choosing between back ache and just enjoying a leisure time walking. I think I'll choose walking in the woods. And yes, it's possible to do either, year 'round almost, in fact. 2. When did someone last spring something on you? ( or  when did  you  last spring something on someone?)  I can only give you a hint on this particular answer this week, 'cause I'm gonna post about it sometime later when I have more time s