Tag Archives: Birding

~Birding in Texas, Snowy Egrets

High Island, Texas, Smith Oaks Rookery, April, 2017

Could the Snowy Egret be my favorite Egret. Possibly! They are beautiful with long white plumes on their head and neck. Their facial color, during breeding, is mostly yellow. And, they have bright yellow feet! They are fun to watch being both silly and elegant. Their babies began to fly after 20 days and their life span is at least 16 years.

Snowy Egret
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Watching

I didn’t notice a lot of them, perhaps I was focused on the Great Egret babies.

Snowy Egret fishing
Snowy Egret fishing

 

Happy Birding!

~Birding in Texas, Roseate Spoonbills

High Island, Texas, Smith Oats Rookery, April, 2017

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

The Egrets were ahead of the Spoonbills in nesting and raising chicks. They were still gathering sticks to add to their nests, sitting on the nests to hatch more chicks, and hunting for food to feed the chicks they had. Not sure how many chicks are hatched during a breeding season, but probably not very many of them make it to adults. 😦

The Spoonbills were chasing each other, mating, and vocal. Howard captured the sounds at this amazing place, which I will share in a future post.

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A pair
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Sweet
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A funny photo, mirror images!
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Hunting
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Bird Hotel

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It would have been a treat to see Spoonbill chicks!

~Birding in Texas, Little Fuzzy Heads

High Island, Texas, Smith Oak Rookery, April, 2017

Very excited to see babies in the nests; a first for us.

Great Egret Baby
A very young chick
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Notice the different sizes of the chicks.
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“How can I feed you if you are going to hold my beak?”
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A lovely Egret family.

Happy Birding!

Shared this with Eileen at Viewing Nature with Eileen

~New Year’s Day-2017

Happy New Year!

~Peace to all…

Peace

~Share your life with those you love….

A Little Thaw

~Enjoy what you do…

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Mr. Redhead having a fun moment

~Treasure your friends…

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“I’am looking out for you.” Redheads

~Do fun things with your spouse…

Hooded Merganser piar
Mrs. and Mr. Hooded Merganser

~Laugh a lot…

"Look at them Sally, they are all asleep."
“Look Sally the guys are snoozing!”

~Enjoy going places…

"I think we need to head south."
“I think its time to move on; it cold here.”

 

~Today’s Feathered Friend

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

What a wonderful surprise it was to glance down at one of our feeders and see this beautiful, perhaps first spring, Indigo Bunting. I don’t like posting photos of birds at the feeder, but he was so skittish I was just glad to capture him at all.

We haven’t spotted him since this photo was taken and we are hoping, after being in its breeding range this spring and summer, he is well on his way to winter ranges.

 

Bluejay feather
Bluejay feather
A Northern Flicker feather
A Northern Flicker feather

 

Happy Birding!

 

Sharing with:

Charlotte at Prairie Birder

Michelle at Rambling Woods