| A bit of the Frontera Audubon grounds|
as lovely a goof-off spot as one can imagine
|not my photo|
I knew they weren't Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, because there were no big black and white wing patches or black bellies. YAY! Yes, they are a Lifer for me, so that's one so far for today.
There were other fun birds too.
|Nice Black-throated GreenWarboer, not showing|
the black throat as it's a female or a juvenile male
|Blue-headed Vireo - the head is slate blue and it has those nice 'spectacles'|
A quarter of the way across the bridge, I was rewarded with an I-don't-see-this-species-every-year sight: a Solitary Sandpiper.
|Solitary, & noisy little creature|
|A lovely pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks|
Eewwww. By the way, that little flutterby is barely an inch in size.
Before leaving Frontera Audubon, I added three birds I saw: the Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo and the Solitary Sandpiper (whoo hoooo!). I forgot to add the Fulvous-whistling duckies.
|Who doesn't love marking a B3 - Big Birdie Board!|
|Nice, but not a birding center that I can tell...|
|The buildings in the town of Roma are registered National Historical Landmarks|
|Aha, now we're talking!|
|Grand old grounds with delightful cobbled paving|
|I think the garden dates back to the late 19th century|
|Not sure the purpose of this artful stonework is, but it's pretty|
|These are the first ever photos of the species for me. Am v. happy!|
|Northern Mockingbird scolding me|
|Inside the Barquito Oyster Bar - see the 10 gal hat?|
That's so you know this is TEXAS!
My first choice for chow on the interesting menu was Oysters - because, you know, when in Roma... My second menu pick was local Texas quail, alas, both had run out. So my new friend Lisa and I had salads along with a marvelous chat.
Lisa is living la vida dolce, traveling around the U. S. of A., working here and there and enjoying life. She is currently working a short time at the Roma Bluffs Visitor Center, and she has a stint coming up at the National Park that holds my heart, Yellowstone National Park - the oldest and the BEST, baby! Told Lisa about my dreams of traveling around the country and as a person doing so first hand, she offered encouragement. Really, hearing about her adventures made me want even more of my own.
Totally enjoyed lunching with Lisa. We exchanged email addresses so maybe someday I can meet up with her on the road.
I've decided one of these days I will be brave and invite a likely friendly stranger to lunch in an impromptu manner. How courageous was Lisa to ask a stranger ('moi') to lunch? I mean, not like I bite or anything, but it does take gumption to put one's self on the line and utter those simple words, "Would you like to go grab a bite?"
After the meal, Lisa again caravaned with me, to show me the local of the actual 'bluffs' and then drove off. Thanks again Lisa, it was a pleasure to meet you!
|Entrance to the Bluffs|
|Just a little further past the stone doorway|
|TADA - the spacious and pretty overlook|
|View of El Rio Bravo (The Mexican side of the river) and the Rio Grande (the US side)|
|One of the international bridges that links Texas with Mexico|
|The river was sadly, totally free of Red-billed Pigeons and/or Masked Ducks...|