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~Our visit to Texas Hill Country

Our visit to the Texas Hill Country and the Buckhorn Lake Resort…

Kerrville, Texas, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country is a picturesque place, and one of our favorite cities to visit while traveling along I10.

The Buckhorn Lake Resort is one of our favorite private parks. The Buckhorn is unique in that it offers travelers many choices of RV sites: back-in sites along grassy fields, pull-throughs in the interior of the park, pull-ins with a view of beautiful Goat Creek, an area for adults only, and privately owned Casitas with RV parking. They have rental cabins, a huge barn where entertainment and dining are offered, meeting rooms, two bath houses with hot tubs and pools, an exercise room, a doggie park, a tennis court, basketball goals, four Pickleball Courts (new), and an outside meeting place for happy hour. They also offer scheduled events and bus transportation to many of the attractions in the area – Bandara, Fredericksburg, San Antonio plus many others.

I am sure I have missed something. If interested go to their web-site and have a peek at this beautiful RV park – Buckhorn Lake Resort. They truly have earned the “Resort” in their name.

When you enter the park there is a lot of room to stop for registering or hooking-up when leaving. The registration office below.

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This huge windmill sits in the middle of a circle as you enter just below the office.

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View of a bath house, pool, Red Barn, rental cabins and gathering place for happy hour.

 

A view of the Casitas. These were built during phase three. The ones below this photo were built during phase one. You can see as time passed the Casitas got larger.

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Beautiful Hill Country stone, which everything is build with in the park. Another view of the Casitas below.

Look close, in the middle of the photo below and you can just spot our coach.

View of the Casita and RV Park from a hill.
View of the Casita and RV Park from a hill.
Casitas on the right and RV Park on the left
Casitas on the right and some of the pull-in RV sites on the left.

 

Fishing Pone, edge of exercise room deck
Fishing Pond, edge of exercise room deck.  Our site, located two sites down from the jeep above.
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Bridge and Gazebo
Gazebo
Gazebo at night.

We spend three nights at the Buckhorn this trip, and enjoyed each day. We have traveled from Kerrville to Lake Colorado City State Park.

Until next time….. Happy RV’ing!

 

 

 

 

~My Contribution to Good Fences #10~

My contribution to

Good Fences

http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.ca

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a fence built with wire and old trees, 

stands along a Texas Hill Country road side,

it can be a lonely place,

for a little Lesser Goldfinch, 

until his pals show up

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A Lonely Place
A Lonely Place

 

Waiting
Waiting! Where are they?

 

Pals are wonderful to have!
It is wonderful to have pals to share your life with!

 

We were staying at the Buckhorn in Kerrville, Texas back in April 2014 and I spotted these Lesser Gold Finches flitting around. I didn’t get the best shots of them, but of course the chase is always fun!

However, I did remember this lovely fence.

 

 

~Friday’s Feathered Friend – Killdeer~

 

Friday’s Feathered Friend

 

Killdeer Showy wings and tail
Killdeer
Showy wings and tail

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Killdeer added to my Birding Life List in April of 1986

(Loveland, CO)

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Killdeer: 

`largest of the ringed plovers and the only double-banded plover

`probably the most familiar shorebird in North America

`in the summer it is found across (almost) the entire continent south of the tundra

`two black bands across chest

`red eye ring

`slim black bill

`bright rufous-orange rump and upper tail coverts

`white underparts

`long-pointed wings with long white stripe

`loud cry sounding like, kill-dee or kill-deear

`monogamous, solitary nester, often returns to same mate and breeding site

`nests on open ground

`juveniles are similar in appearance, but have only one black band across the chest

  • **information above taken from Smithsonian handbooks, Birds of North America**

 

On April 10th we arrived in Kerrville, Texas staying for three nights at the Buckhorn Lake Resort. Howard and I were out walking the doggies and we heard then spotted a pair of Killdeer. After a few minutes of watching them we discovered they had three babies. These little guys were running all over the place and their parents were going crazy trying to keep track of them. I read that the babies feed themselves, but the parents tend to them. They will fly at around 25 days old.

I was so disappointed I didn’t have my camera with me. I ran back to the coach, picked up my camera and ran back to take a few shots of the babies. Well, I don’t know where they went, but I never did spot them again.

However, I did capture one of the parents faking injury to lure me away from the babies. It was amazing to watch this display. I had only seen this performed once before by a Nighthawk.

I didn’t want to disturb the family too much so I stayed well back from them.

Under behavior in one of my bird books it states the following about this fake injury display and it is very actuate.

Leads intruders away from nest and young with “broken wing” act, rapid calls, one or both wings dragging, tail spread, and often limping or listing to one side.

Killdeer, pretending to be hurt to lure me away from their young
Killdeer, pretending to be hurt to lure me away from young

 

"Come after me, can't you see I have a broken wing!"
“Come after me, can’t you see I have a broken wing!”

 

Tail spread with left wing dragging
Tail spread with left wing dragging

 

Notice the beautiful red eye ring
Notice the beautiful red eye ring

 

They are so well camouflaged
They are so well camouflaged

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Enjoy Birdwatching!

It can be entertaining as well as educational!

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