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Backyard Birding in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas:
Surrounded by great birding destinations, our favorite patch is still the backyard (or the front), where we've seen more than 270 species of birds. Sit awhile, and watch the river and yard with us!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Catching Up

I got off to such a good start for the year--created a blog to record the happenings in the yard, listed yard birds on e-bird--and then all my good intentions (of keeping up with a journal/blog) went by the wayside. But a very nice wayside it was--a new granddaughter! We drove the six hours to our daughter's house and then watched grandchildren instead of birds. Here's our little sweetheart.

Before leaving town, I took a few pictures of the Brown Pelicans that fly along the Arroyo Colorado, diving in when they spot a fish. They especially like to follow the barges and fish in their wakes.

Brown pelicans are certainly not rare here though I know until recently they were a threatened species. Over the years of watching the river we have seen their steady increase and now they are numerous.

Another picture I took just before leaving town for a couple of weeks was of a Kiskadee eating the berries of the shefflera. Remember the papaya tree next to the shefflera with the blooms that the hummingbirds were enjoying so much?
Well, when we returned home, a freeze (first one in several years) had turned the leaves and blossoms into a dark shriveled mess. I don't know if the tree will be lost or not. Most of the yard is not affected. In fact, some plants look better than ever--the lantana, for example.

1 comment:

KaHolly said...

Congratulations on your new grandchild! How many does that make? ~karen