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Wilson's Phalarope...

...yep, it's a bird! I saw several the other day at the two ponds in Calallen, Texas when I was walking around the river park. One, I happened to have a chance to record its feeding frenzy.  Normally, I post birds and photos of birds at I'd Rather B Birdin', but, I was hoping that since I have more to come visit me at Hootin' Anni's, I could share with more of you. I read a long time ago in one of my many bird guides at home, that these Phalarope [FAL uh rope] species uses this maneuver while feeding to stir up the insects and eat them as the water swirls around them. If you look closely, keep a sharp eye on the beak...you will notice, at times, the beak opens to chow down on those yummy morsels!! If you have the volume up and are able to hear...in the background, the birdsong is from a Red-winged Blackbird.   And now that you've seen ONE, "stir" your imagination, and picture several dozen [like near 100] Phalaropes on a lake all feeding at once.  

Hear My Voice...

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Granted, I did NOT go to the movie theater at all in the last year, year and a half. Sad, 'cause I love movies. For virus reasons, we stayed away. As most movies either stopped production or a longer, covid break, took its toll in direction, etc.   BUT!! I watched the 93rd Annual Oscar Presentation this past Sunday. Of course, I had no idea what was going on with showcasing actors and their roles, nor the content of the movies nominated. I must say, tho, I was impressed with the singing the songs of the year at the pre-oscars. It kinda saved a bit of time during the broadcast. And ONE SONG in particular hit me where my heart is! It didn't win the award, but oh my, the lyrics hit home. The words could be meant to be our own country's  theme song with what our world, as we know it, has turned into the past few months! It's a poignant piece in all retrospect ---2020-2021.... Please, listen to it as you read the lyrics. See if you may agree it's a song of

Monday...

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To begin my week, I thought I'd start off with a 'shot in the arm'!! Pertaining, of course, to Covid-19, what else? I can't help myself. Even if you personally like Dr. Fauci, this is still a hoot. In my opinion anyway!!! Okay, confession time...Dr. Fauci yanks my gears the wrong way. Again, personal opinion, and when Erik texted this to me, it made my day and I giggled a lot. On the required 2nd "dose" here, I follow this medical expert's theories more so when it boils down to the pandemic. Besides, the pandemic AND Science is all based on theory ... Dr. Jha, I like him more. - - - - Now, on with a Monday blog... I found a few more hearts. A tree [where a limb had been cut off long ago, a leaf, and one I unintentionally made. The birds get fed royally in our yard. Seed, water, seed bars, suet, fruit, jelly, and peanut butter sometimes. But the suet cake was a fluke of my maneuvers. You see, before I unwrap the suet cake from the plastic cove

Ringo! El Bandito....

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Yesterday [Friday], I drove to the island to see if any new migrants showed up. At my first two stops, either no birds at all, or the same species seen throughout the week. So, hopping back in the car, I drove further up the island highway to Port Aransas. The largest birding hotspot parking lot, at that early hour, was filled up and I had to park on the street. I remember the days when I first took up the hobby of birding, there were few to little other birders. This pastime has taken off the last decade. Anyway, as I walked the boardwalk, I saw a very unusual "bird". Well camouflaged and sneaking through the tall marsh grasses. I knew what it was, but couldn't believe what I was actually seeing. Not a bird at all, but a little masked bandit. It finally came out in the open so I could use the shutter button... Digging deep, I think it was hunting tubers in the mud. Do they eat veggies? I really don't know.  I'm sure somebody does.

AWOL, I've Been...

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I haven't posted anything lately 'cause I haven't been home much. When I am home, I try to view some of my favorite blogs [since I only allow myself an hour online time so I won't be sitting all day at the computer.] Some blogs I haven't visited for a few days...I apologize. And I also figure if I have nothing noteworthy to say, why bother y'all with prattle that impedes with your time.  I also kinda figure boredom overtakes you coming here when I post the same stuff day in and day out. Tuesday is/was our day of continuing our clean up in the yard. This year it seems like an unending chore! Then, the rest of the week so far, I've been leaving before sunrise to go birding, and gone all day. I tellya, this week it's been phenomenal!! I just can't keep up with all the migrants. They are everywhere. And parks I stop at, the camera seems to be whirring around from one spot to the next. A new bird just flew in before I can get a photo of the previ

Kaleidoscope of Color...

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I know I've mentioned this before. Being that this is Texas State Flower, and is now in full bloom in different areas of the Lonestar country. When I have a chance to pull off the road and get out to get photos of them, I always like to take a different-view perspective of the blossom. From the very top, looking down. It's like a kaleidoscope of color, and each blossom is different. As if you're twisting the kaleidoscope beads to get different shapes!!!  Truly, a never-ending array of shapes. See? This is Bud's Birthday today.

Tickle Me Elmo...

There is a factory that makes the Tickle Me Elmo toys. The toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms. Well, Lena is hired at The Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00 am. The next day at 8:45 am there is a knock at the Personnel Manager’s door. The Foreman throws open the door and begins to rant about the new Employee. He complains that she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up, putting the entire production line behind schedule. The Personnel Manager decides he should see this for himself, so the two men march down to the factory floor. When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmo’s all over the factory floor and they’re really beginning to pile up. At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmo’s. She has a roll of plush Red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles. The two men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and be

North Beach Video...

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I've shown walks along the North Beach in my blog a few times. This time around, I would like sharing a country western songster that made a new, recent, video of his song "A Woman Like That". It was filmed on the very beach of Corpus Christi. And, I think it turned out great.  Tastefully done, showing a bit of the city's culture too.   Here is Johnathan Len's newest released song: The ship in the background is the USS Lexington, a WWII aircraft carrier that is permanently docked on the shore and now a military museum. This vessel has been used in a few movies and documentaries also.   Read more on Johnathan Len HERE

Scare Tactics? Just My Opinion...

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I am not here to make an argument! Just my concern of our government and its seemingly controversy of public safety issues. Are they warranted, or is this all political? So, really, no need to state I'm wrong in the comments. These issues are purely personal!!! Okay, the news now is about the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine. The FDA, CDC, and more government agencies decided to halt this particular vaccine in wake of blood clots. But, if y'all recall this has been happening with ALL the rushed vaccines!!! A study by Oxford University found the number of people who receive blood clots after getting vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine are about the same for those who get Pfizer PFE, 1.24% and Moderna MRNA, -1.63% vaccines as they are for the AstraZeneca AZN, 2.11% vaccine that was produced with the university's help. According to the study, 4 in 1 million people experience cerebral venous thrombosis after getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, versus 5 in 1 million

He Needs a Beach Towel 'bout Now....

I have nothing much to post. No clever humor, no day trippin'.  No recipes or crafts.  And, I'm sure y'all are bored with my wildflowers and walk-abouts. I stayed home Tuesday to help with some yard work. And, now out of complete boredom at Anni's Abode [Bud and I worked in the rose patch this morning, ridding the ground of frozen from February's deep freeze Mother-in-law tongue ]...ugly, slimy, frozen plants in among the roses, I thought this is a good time to upload the short video of a bird in the pond, bathing:

Hobies & Interests...

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As much as I find birding my number one interest outside the homefront, I have other 'favorite subjects' to photograph also. Including the sea, sunrises, and wildflowers. They are really not 2nd 3rd or 4th choices for preference as I see the beauty and tranquility of them all equally. I view all my interests as a healthy lifestyle of exercise but mostly... education. Birding, on the other hand, is much more challenging and I tend to take that all in stride and accept it and have literally made it into a hobbyist situation. In Texas alone, I have spotted and recorded with photo nearly 300 species!! But, wait, a bird is found, and I set my camera and that bird flies off before I get a chance to focus and record it by photo, I still call them nasty names under my breath, but I've learned to move on. Anyway, as much as I'd like to type more on my interests in photography, I will stop the chit-chat and show some recent images while walking on park trails and at birdin

Park Trails...

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Nothing is built in the USA anymore. Just the other day I bought a new TV and the box had "Built in Antenna"!! I have no idea where that is!!!     In the previous post I mentioned that after walking around the port and bridge construction, I drove to a nearby park in the city to see if I could find any birds of interest. The park was quite beautiful. Most all the flowering trees were in bloom and like snow laden branches for the most part. I'll just post photos for the scenery. The only bird worth watching for me was a well hidden white winged dove doing his courting ritual. The female dove was somewhere on the ground, probably, out of sight. Anyway, here are some photos of my walk along the park trails.  The beginning photo, by the way, is the Blucher landmark home.  This is the family from the 1800s that donated the land nearby the house for a bird sanctuary since the Mrs. was an avid birder.  Today it's called Blucher Park, and the residence is now a bed