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~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.


While wearing a black facial mask,

and smiling, it appears,

stealing berries their task.


Bright as the sun, a tail dipped in yellow,

distinguished with age,

are these fellows.


Among the ladies, they are measured,

 for their waxy, red, wing tip,

and then granted pleasure.



Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing


A Cedar Waxwing sitting in an Oak Tree


Gregarious by nature
Gregarious by nature


Sun-streaked in beauty


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


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])


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Prairie Birder




~Friday’s Feathered Friend – Pileated Woodpecker~


The Pileated Woodpecker red crest extending from forehead to nape, large black bill, scarlet mustache, white chin, white line from base of bill crosses face to back of neck and extends down neck to side and has a solid black back.


Added to my Birding Life List on 09/21/98

(Beach Number Four, Washington)


Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker (listening to me as I try to get closer to him)


Pileated Woodpeckers:

  • drum on trees and logs to claim territory and attract a mate

  • the male roosts in the nesting cavity before the eggs are laid and afterward, incubates them there at night

  • bore deep into trees, dig on the ground and on fallen logs for food

  • eat ants, beetles and a variety of other insects, acorns, beechnuts, seeds of tree cones, other nuts and various fruits

  • are common to fairly common in the Southeast

  • vulnerable to habitat loss and forest fragmentation

  • have adapted to habitat changes

  • compete for excavated nesting cavities with European Starlings

  • **information above taken from Smithsonian handbooks, Birds of North America**
"Now you see me, now you don't!"
“Now you see me, now you don’t!” (This is how I saw him most of the time.)


He stopped pounding the log for a second.
He stopped pounding on the log for a second.


Stephen F. Austin State Park
Stephen F. Austin State Park

The photo above shows our backyard from April 6th to April 10th. This is a beautiful Texas State Park located in San Felipe, which is about 20 miles west of Katy, Texas and it is a terrific place to see birds.

While there we saw the Tufted Titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Chickadee, Black Vulture, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Common Ground Dove, Wood Duck, Red-winged Blackbird, Chipping Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Mourning Dove, American Crow, Northern Cardinal and Indigo Bunting.


Our lovely and very green backyard for a few days.
Our lovely and very green backyard for a few days. (Look close and you can see a few Northern Cardinals.)

Notice the felled trees in the background on the right of the photo above;  this is where the Pileated was when we pulled into our site. It was a nice welcome!



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Enjoy Birdwatching!

It can be entertaining as well as educational!



~A Walk in the Woods~


A walk in the woods,

Expectations await.


Strolled upon a flowing creek,

Bringing life from afar,

A melody of sweet harmony fills the air,

What secrets are you sharing?


Sheltering Live Oaks and tall Long Leaf Pines,

Swaying in the gentle evening breeze,

Whispering to each other and maybe to me,

What are you planning?


Singing their nightly lullaby of rich, deep notes,

Listen closely, green tree frogs,

Revealing stories of the day, expectations of the night,

Who attends your story time?


Dusk begins to blanket the woods,

Inviting shadows out to dance,

They present a choreographed musical of enchantment,

For whom are you performing?


A walk in the woods.

Expectations fulfilled.




Tyler, Texas is known for growing Roses. Notice the red rose in the water. Someone left several Roses here in memory of a loved one. Touching.
Canoe Guide

All photos taken at Tyler State Park, near Tyler, Texas. We spent two nights there this past Saturday and Sunday. We experienced fall all over again!

After leaving Ray Roberts State Park, we headed to MCD Innovations in McKinney, Texas, for seven nights, where we had our coach blinds installed. I promise a write up on the installation and process. I can truly say, we love the new MCD blinds.

Leaving McKinney, we traveled to Tyler State Park, where all of these photos were taken. Then to Lake Bistineau State Park in Louisiana for a night, finally leaving Texas! I have some photos of Lake Bistineau that I will post. We wish we would have had more time to stay a few more days there, but just ran out of time.

This afternoon we arrived at Natchez State Park, near Natchez, MS and will leave in the morning for Fairview River State Park in Madisonville, Louisiana for eleven nights. We are looking forward to being in one place for a little while. Hopefully, I can get caught up on my blog, answering comments and visiting your blogs!

I hope you enjoy my photos!