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...and Go DOWNtown!!!


I left home later in the morning than usual...the fog was dense and I wanted to make sure I wasn't out on the freeway during rush hour traffic. And, I must say this year....well, ever since hurricane Harvey in 2017 the bird life has been disappointingly scarce. I hope to find a spot that will have some migrant birds. The Sandhill Cranes should be arriving, along with the Whooping Cranes. Maybe I can get lucky.

Anyway, I took a very short drive to the downtown area and stopped at Blucher Park. Usually this is a 'hotspot' for migrant birds. But, not this time! I saw two mockingbirds, and one inca dove and at the parking lot by the library, one golden fronted woodpecker! That's it. Throughout the whole park grounds! The sun broke through the haze and the dense growth above held the humidity in, so it was a short stay.

Here's what I saw:





26 comments :

  1. Your last photo of the Inca Dove, all puffed up with the sun on his chest is a masterpiece!!!!!! What is this strange tree? I have never seen anything like it. And the yellow berries...

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    1. I know the tall one with the 2nd photo of the blossom close-up is a kind of yucca. Not sure what the yellow berries are.

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  2. How sad that the birds are not returning. That last photo is amazing. Love the feathers on that.

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    1. ...for some reason only the birds know.

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  3. Hello, I hope the birds return. Looks like a pretty park for a walk and birding. The plants are beautiful. I love the sweet dove photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day! Have a great weekend!

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    1. The Inca dove is my favorite dove!

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  4. It's a beautiful place, even if little scarce on birds. They will come back through, I'm sure. Love the beautiful plants. You are a talented photographer. :-)

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    1. Golly...thanks for the positive feedback!

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  5. Gosh, everything is so green and lush, I love it

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    1. With all the rain in September & October...everything remains green!

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  6. What a great shot of the Flicker! For the longest time seeing 'just' a Dove at the feeder seemed uneventful. Not particularly rare and not color but I soon came to appreciate their devotion to 'my feeder' and I think they have the sweetest faces.
    I haven't seen as many backyard birds as I used to see. For the past years, us included, have had huge 50'+ pines removed from yards due to ice storms and 2 years of hurricanes making their way 150 miles inland.
    Hugs to you and yours
    Cecilia

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    1. I can understand taking out the tall pines! And it's a woodpecker, not a Flicker...two totally different birds.

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  7. Your first and second shots are of the Agave plant. I did a complete series of its final show of growth and blossoms before it died when we were in SC. Fantastic Plant. The final bloom took three weeks to happen. Amazing plant. Fluffy sweet dove!

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    1. Agave!! Yes. Living in the desert of Tucson, you'd think I'd know that! lol

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  8. Birds are scarce in most all places now. The squirrels have taken over tho. Someone said it is full filling the bible. Regardless, you make a plain old tree look nice.

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  9. the doves, the doves, I LOVE the doves. all this beauty you bring to us is exactly what we see here in our part of Florida. so much like it I can't tell the difference.. We watch The Voice on TV and one of the contestants is from Texas and his parents lost their home in Harvey, he talks about how bad it still is in the aftermath

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    1. Yep...it's gonna take years.

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  10. Oh my! It looks so pretty there. I love that last photo!

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    1. It's a pretty park! (Spoiled tho, by transients often)

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  11. Beautiful pictures. All that greenery is refreshing.

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  12. Annie thank you for these beautiful pic that dove is amazing. are those yellow berry things *kumquats? just kind of looks like what I remember them looking. We still have very green grass here in for the first FREEZE of year tonight (22) for low. Our feathered friends will be here before long at their feeding buffet(s)

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    1. We have a cold front dropping into south Texas too! No freeze tho.

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  13. I do miss the birds. I recall growing up the birds would be so loud it would wake me up in the morning. No doubt spraying probably has impacted. Gypsy Moth has killed so many trees as well.

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    1. That is something I never thought.

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