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~Carolina Chickadee gathering nesting material

Photo taken in South Llano State Park

Junction, Texas-March, 2017

 

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Carolina Chickadee

Our Keeshond has lots of fur, so I try to brush her often. While camped at South Llano State Park a few days ago, I got our her brushes.

After I was finished brushing Skye, I placed several clumps of her fur in the surrounding trees near our RV site. It is almost spring and I noticed the birds were starting to gather materials for nest building. What better nest material than thick, soft doggie fur?

It didn’t take long for the birds¬†to find Skye’s present. With amusement,¬†I sat back and watched this Carolina Chickadee¬†pull apart a¬†ball of fur and fly off with¬†it toward a distant tree. Perfect!

 

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Skye likes to share!

 

 

 

 

~A Change of Scenery

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Easy and slow,

is the way, 

we want to go,

doing our best,

to relieve our stress

.~

Holding lovely memories,

in our hearts,

adding new ones,

as we enjoy,

what comes next.

~

Well, it has been eleven months since we have traveled in our RV. We arrived home at the end of March, 2016 and haven’t¬† been out on the road since. We elected to stay home with Kloudy, because of her illness and we have no regrets with that decision.

A week ago we decided a change of scenery was needed, so we hit the road. Our first night we stayed in Lamar, Colorado, second night we stayed at Amarillo Ranch,  in Amarillo, Texas, the third night, Lake Colorado City State Park, in Colorado City, Texas.

OoO Lake Colorado City State Park:

Site 46, Lake Colorado City State Park
Site 46 at Lake Colorado City State Park. Quiet, nice sites, not crowded, beautiful sunsets.
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A great place to spend a couple quiet nights. Lots of space between sites.

For four nights we stayed at South Llano State Park in Junction, Texas. This state park is a birders paradise and one of my favorites. The weather has been wonderful, not too cool and not too warm, and no rain! The park is still experiencing late winter, but if you look closely you can see spring trying hard to grab hold. Also, the male birds are dressed in breading plumage and chasing the ladies around. I wish it was April, because I believe we would have seen a lot more birds.

OoO South Llano State Park, Junction, Texas

Site 34, South Llano State Park
Site 33. Huge sites, plenty of birds and deer, lots of hiking trails.

We have seen twenty-five species of birds, including Wild Turkeys, which this park is known for. We enjoyed a few fun walks and a few trips into town to eat at some of the local restaurants. Junction has some excellent BBQ places. And, we met lots of wonderful, nice people. Why is it that we find the people down south so darn friendly?

OoO We are headed somewhere we have never stayed before. Waco, Texas here we come!

I want to walk around The Silos, eat at some of the food trucks located there, and of course eat a cupcake at Joanna’s Bakery. I have fallen in love with the Gaines family from Fixer Upper and thought, what the heck, lets go visit Waco.

Hoping to tour downtown Waco and find a few neat shops to browse. And, maybe tour a few antique stores, if I can convince Howard what fun that might be!

It is amazing how many people are staying in Waco, just to visit The Silos. We arrived today at Riverview RV Park, Waco, Texas, after trying several other parks (all full). A neighbor told us that he felt there were at least four hundred people at The Silos on Thursday! Wow!

Our ride here from South Llano State Park, at first was most enjoyable, traveling the back roads of Texas (which we love to do) on highways 377 and 29. Beautiful, rustic towns along the route, especially  Mason, with Bluebonnets blooming almost the entire way.

Highway 29, taken from a pull off.
Bluebonnets along the side of a Texas highway. Taken from a pull-off, when we stopped for a short break.

We wanted to get on I-35 at Georgetown, which we did without any trouble. But, further north driving through Tempe it was awful, lots of construction, which had traffic backed up for miles. There were two accidents within a mile of each other, one going south bound and one going north bound. Horrible!

OoO Anyway, I have several photos of the birds I saw at South Llano State Park, which I will be posting. It will be to get back to blogging, it has been awhile.

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Vermilion Flycatcher. Check out the new growth.

Has anyone been to Waco, Texas to visit The Silos?

 

 

~Today’s Feathered Friend – silky-tailed songbirds~

 

Cedars have velvety chests of gold,

and crests fitting of a king,

their colors so prominent and bold.

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While wearing a black facial mask,

and smiling, it appears,

stealing berries their task.

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Bright as the sun, a tail dipped in yellow,

distinguished with age,

are these fellows.

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Among the ladies, they are measured,

 for their waxy, red, wing tip,

and then granted pleasure.

 

 

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

 

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A Cedar Waxwing sitting in an Oak Tree

 

Gregarious by nature
Gregarious by nature

 

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Sun-streaked in beauty

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a charming, courtship ritual they exhibit,

while sitting on the branch of a tree,

passing a cherry, insect or petal of a flower,

back and forth to each other,

until the gift is accepted, freely

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A pool party
A pool party!

 

We have never seen so many Cedar Waxwings in one location. It was fun watching them come in for a drink. In all the photos I captured¬†of them drinking, there was¬†always one Cedar preforming the task of “lookout”. Photos taken in April 2014 in South Llano State Park, Junction, Texas. I was using my Canon 70D with Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens.

 

Added to my Birding Life List

on o6/09/87

Loveland, Colorado

(with Ann Means, my birding friend

and my Mom who came for a visit [special])

 

Sharing with: Wild Bird Wednesday

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com

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Prairie Birder

http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com

 

 

~Today’s Feathered Friend-Color me Indigo~

A Tanka

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unique in color,

depending on how the sun,

shines its light on him,

a deep blue to purple sheen,

is how seen, his name Bunting

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What a beautiful bird!
What a beautiful little bird measuring only 5 1/4 to 5 3/4 inches

 

¬†Today’s Feathered Friend:

Indigo Bunting

 

Male:

`deep-colored bright blue overall (breeding plumage)

`only North American small finch to appear blue all over

`blue-purple head

`dark blue to black lores

`blue edging to blackish wings and tail

`dark gray conical bill

Female:

`plain, but beautiful brown

`two tawny buff wing bars

`short, gray, conical bill

`blue-edged feathers on wings and tail

Facts:

`populations are expanding with the creation of disturbed habitat after logging, highway and power line    construction and from farmland abandonment (yeah to expanding)

`likes forest edges, roadsides, hedges, dry brush lands, orchards, open woods, creeks and rivers

`eats grasshoppers, beetles, weevils, aphids, cicadas, cankerworms, span worms, flies, dandelion seeds, aster, thistle, grasses, grains, berries and more

`nests in raspberry and other shrubs

`song is a sweet-sweet, where-where, here-here, see-it/see-it (pretty melody)

`many are killed, while migrating at night, striking power lines and tall buildings (wind farms next?)

`neotropical migrant, flight speed measured at 20 m.p.h

`common hosts to cowbird parasitism ūüė¶

 

Indigo Bunting taking a bath
Deep blue with purple sheen on head

 

Splish-Splash I'am taking a bath
“Splish-Splash I’am taking a bath”

 

**If  you want to learn more about the Indigo Bunting, please go to The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds, Smithsonian Handbooks, Birds of North America and Stokes Field Guide to Birds. I used these sources for my information.

Artsy background highlighting a beautiful Indigo Bunting
Artsy background highlighting a beautiful Indigo Bunting (I played with the background in this photo.)

 

Added to my Birding Life List

on o7/12/88

Sky Rocket Road, Loveland, Colorado

(with my amazing birding mentor- Ann Means)

 

 Photos taken at South Llano River State Park in April of 2014 while sitting in a bird blind. I was using my Canon 70D with Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens (no stabilization).

 

 

Links:

Paying-Ready-Attention (Wild Bird Wednesday)

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com

Prairie Birder (Feathers on Friday)

http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~My Contribution to Good Fences #9~

 

My contribution to

Good Fences

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

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aged wood, creatively used,

constructed into a fence,

surrounds a yard.

 

filled with water falls,

feeding stations and birds,

a place where they, feel safe.

~

 

 

White-winged Doves sitting on an old fence
White-winged Doves sitting on an old fence

 

This fence is in South Llano River State Park, Junction, Texas