Tag Archives: Texas State Park

~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

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~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.

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

(Beach Number Four, Washington)

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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!

 

 

Just as I am! Every Friday you may participate in Feathers on Friday at Prairie Birder.

Here is Charlotte’s Blog web-site:

http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com

This is another great Blog to learn about Birds!

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Enjoy Birdwatching!

It can be entertaining as well as educational!

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~A Walk in the Woods~

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A walk in the woods,

Expectations await.

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Strolled upon a flowing creek,

Bringing life from afar,

A melody of sweet harmony fills the air,

What secrets are you sharing?

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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?

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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?

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Dusk begins to blanket the woods,

Inviting shadows out to dance,

They present a choreographed musical of enchantment,

For whom are you performing?

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A walk in the woods.

Expectations fulfilled.

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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.
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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!

~Nature’s Bouquet~

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Nature’s Bouquet

After drinking a Kona, 

We went for a walk,

Not until I spotted them,

Was there much talk.

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I was delighted to see berries,

 Hanging on lime green trees,

It made me so giddy, 

I nearly fell to my knees.

The sun highlighting them perfectly,

It was still early,

Their beauty was enough,

 To make a girl  girly.

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Never before,

Have I ever seen,

This color so beautifully displayed,

Except in my dreams.

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Why, my favorite color, 

There is no logic,

Purple of course,

Is simply magic.

Purple Berries
American Beautyberry
Lime and Purple
Lime and Purple Dance well together.
A Purple String of Berries
A Purple Necklace of Berries
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Does the color look like wine?
Beautiful
Beautiful

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These are called American Beautyberry. Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ (Purple Beautyberry)

I  have never seen these before!; what a treat!

All Photos: SkyeRiver Photography ©Sheila de Laneuville

“It is the Journey that Matters in the End”

~Tennis Balls on the Forest Floor?~

Tennis Bals on the forest floor.
Tennis Bals on the forest floor.

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Big, brainy, lime green, balls.

Just lying on the forest floor.

Have they fallen from the sky,

No matter, how deeply I try;

I can’t begin to offer a guess,

What could have made this mess;

Just lying on the forest floor.

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How, who, what placed them there,

If they have a purpose, please share,

Everywhere I look, I see more,

A rather unlikely decor;

Just lying on the forest floor.

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Big, brainy, lime green, balls,

Just Lying on the forest floor.

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Brainy Lime Green Balls
Brainy Lime Green Balls

I took these photos, this week, at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

All photos: SkyeRiver Photography ©Sheila de Laneuville

These are called Osage Orange or “Hedge Balls”. Information below taken from the web:

Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) is a relatively small, unusually twisted, and frequently multitrunked tree with a small natural range in northern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, and neighboring parts of Arkansas that roughly coincides with the historical home of the Osage Indians. Because they and other native groups used its wood to make bows, French explorers called the tree “bois d’arc,” and it is still sometimes referred to colloquially as “bodarc” or “bodock.” The range of the Osage orange expanded dramatically between 1840 and 1880 when, before the development of barbed wire, it was seen as the best and cheapest way to control livestock on the Great Plains. When planted close together and appropriately pruned, its branches and spiny thorns make a nearly impenetrable hedge able to turn away any animal larger than a bird or a rabbit. While it remains common in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska and present even in many eastern states, Osage orange fell from general use as cheaper fencing materials became available in the late nineteenth century.

Enjoy the Journey!