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On the Road Again!

Yep, early Sunday morning I had my chores done for the day before sun-up. On purpose. I wanted to get out of the house and on the road to the islands once again. The city/county had all the residents that live on the island stranded. All roads leading into the city of Corpus [the causeway, the harbor bridge, and interstate 37] closed down. But, mild temps Saturday and then Sunday morning upon awakening, the highways were once again open. I couldn't wait. Not necessarily to go birding, just more or less to get out of the house!!

My first stop along the island highway was to check the nest platform of the rare aplomado falcons. I pulled off the road onto the shoulder; saw one of the falcons preening on the perch. As I zoomed for a closer look, it seemed to have brand new, fresh, nesting material in the covered "cage". Once I got home, I expanded the images taken, and the female was INSIDE, laying on the new nest. Obviously the male was preening. If I remember correctly, 6-8 weeks incubation and there may be hatchlings! Success again this year?! I hope so.

There was about a 10 degree temperature difference on Mustang Island than where our house is, inland. But, still quite comfortable even with a mild sea breeze. I hopped back in the car and headed toward the fishing village of Port Aransas. My second stop of course was my favorite refuge. I walked across the street from the park, to a small open area of fresh water pools. The birdsong was nearly deafening...red winged black birds! As I sat and scoped out the surroundings, I noticed a very light colored black bird...not at all a red winged! I turned on my camera and looked through the viewfinder to notice it was a yellow headed blackbird! Awesome. I got busy with the shutter button! Eventually something musta spooked them, and off they flew.

Back to the refuge parking lot, and walking into the area where there is a huge observation deck. Ducks, Teals, Pelicans, Stilts, Cormorants, and Warblers. Not much activity tho, too early for them? Who knows. I walked the newly open trail that meanders behind the refuge into another low-lying wilderness; sat along the side of the path on a park bench and searched for more birds. Nothing happening. I walked back and saw one Ibis, coots, and moorhens and a couple of killdeer. The red winged blackbirds were singing again, near the parking lot. I also saw one Robin and a Wilson's Snipe! Since Snipes don't like to fly much, I had a good opportunity of capturing its feeding ritual on ground! I only spent about another half hour there as I wanted to get to the grocery store. I continue to re-supply things. I even found a deli-fresh pizza at this store. Guess what we had for dinner? Speaking of groceries, the area was being resupplied with bottled water and fresh foods via C-130 military aircraft. I feel like what the cattle musta felt like in the blizzard on the plains from many decades ago when they dropped hay to them so they wouldn't starve! LOL Now that the highways are clearing of ice and snow, I expect things to be back to normal this week.



49 comments:

  1. I'm so happy for you, and for everyone else down there! 😋❤️ What an ordeal that was.

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    1. Normalcy, but still I hurt for those still suffering.

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  2. Fortunately, all misery has passed and normal life has slowly returned!
    Have a great week!

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    1. Still, not for those families that lost loved ones.

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  3. You are amazing. I wish that I had your stamina to bounce back and embrace the chance to jump back into life and what you enjoy doing.
    Thank you for the update Anni.

    Wishing you and your family the very best ☕🌞

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    1. I try. Not always so positive, but I try.

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  4. I'm so happy you were able to get out again. It sounds like it was a perfect morning. Finishing it off with pizza sounds pretty good too

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    1. Pizza was the "icing on the cake".

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  5. So happy you were able to get out and about again, and so glad to hear things are starting to get back to normal for you!

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    1. It seems to improve greatly by the day.

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  6. Well, that was a storm for the record books. I'm glad you escaped the worst of it, and didn't lose water like so many others have. Thanks for the update. :-)

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    1. We had just a trickle for a day. And had to boil tap water.

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  7. So happy that things are returning a bit to normal and you could get out. Hope those who suffered the most can rebuild their lives. There was a lot of pain.
    Hope those Falcons are working on a family. Let us know.

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    1. I'm thrilled to see the falcons return!

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  8. Hello Anni,

    I am so glad you were able to get out, the pizza sounds yummy. It is awesome you were able to see the Falcon too. I hope things return to normal asap for all the residents of Texas. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great new week!

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  9. I still feel such worry about all the others who were not as fortunate as you. It is a very sad thing to even think about but at least I know some are back in the saddle and riding the range again like you. It is good that you are re-invigorated and you are safe.

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  10. It must have felt so satisfying and joyful to be back at your routine again after such an ordeal. And what a terrific sense of renewal to see so much bird and other activity.

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    1. The day was promising! Rejuvenating.

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  11. I'm so glad you had the chance to go out, Anni. I know it made your world seem more normal, didn't it. Still praying for those in your state having water issues. ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. It seems to be improving much daily!

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  12. Maybe the storm brought the unusual birds out! You saw a lot during your travels. What a treat to read about your area. I wanted to retire in Rockport, but...husband wished to return to his hometown. So I just visit and enjoy vicariously!

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    1. Weather probably has a lot to do with it.

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  13. This week is starting off on an awesome note for you! You sound very happy and your photos are beautiful!

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    1. I'm always better when outdoors, walking (birding).

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  14. I'm so glad things are doing better, and that you even had pizza! I am excited about the Yellow Head, and can't wait for your photos!

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    1. I will try to get them on this coming week's bird blog.

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  15. Love hearing about "normal"..
    I don't blame you for wanting to get out and see the birds..keep us posted on the hatchlings...
    Sue

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  16. The Scarlet Ibis is a stunning bird. That's quite a variety of birds you saw, sounds like you had a birdyful day. 😉😁

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  17. The birdsong chorus you describe sounds wonderful . it will not be too many weeks until I can expect to see some returning birds. Yeah!!!!

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    1. It's been good the last three days for birds.

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  18. Sounds like a good walk with lots to see. Glad to hear you now have warming temperatures!!

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    1. I hope winter is over for us here along the coast.

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  19. I am pleased to read that you were able to get out, getting out and about makes such a difference.

    Have to say the pizza sounds good :)

    Take care.

    All the best Jan

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    1. The pizza was good. Not the healthiest meal, but good none-the-less.

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  20. Its Good To Be Us - Keep On Keeping On

    Cheers

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  21. Glad you got out.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. It helps with a change of scenery.

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  22. You must have been very happy with all those bird sightings. I have only recently found out about the yellow headed blackbird. How awesome that you saw one. Glad that you were able to get out of the house and I enjoyed this post very much. Thanks Anni :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed your visit with me.

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  23. 😃😃😃

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  24. WOW! Lots of bird sightings! We have red winged blackbirds here but I've never seen the yellow headed one! Glad thigs are getting back to normal for you guys!

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    1. You will(at least in pictures) this weekend.

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  25. I had never heard of a Yellow-headed blackbirds till a few years ago. I have never seen one but sure would love to. We are almost on the edge of their migration territory.

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