|An Olive Sparrow on the cobblestones|
Being the laziest birder on earth, I sometimes enjoy the birding center; sitting on the patio, watching the parade of waterfowl and wading birds on the marsh.
|The patio overlooking the marsh|
Today there was a volunteer with a spotting scope. He invited me to see a Wilson's Snipe (first snipe-of-the-year for me). I asked if I could take a digiscope of the bird (that is, an iPhone video shot through the eye piece of the spotting scope). The video is horrible, but at least its short.
|Tiny scattering of the b'jillion Least Sandpipers by the boardwalk|
|close-up of yellow legged, Least Sandpiper|
|rainbow-headed Blue-winged Teal drakes & hen, plus yet-another-coot (foreground)|
|Sunning Gaitor along 'Alligator Alley' at Estero Llano|
|Awaiting Squirrel Nutkin no doubt...|
After viewing the little owl, and the large gator, I sat on a wooden bench for a spell. I noticed I had company in the trees on the opposite shore.
|Yellow-crowned Night Heron|
|snoozing Night Heron youngster|
I then headed off to another World Birding Heritage site, in McAllen, called Quinta Mazatlan, which is as much fun to pronounce, as well as visit (HEEN-tah MOT-zat-lon).
Had my eyes open to spot a Parauque in the shrubbery on the way in, but no dice today, but I did find some interesting statuary.
|Javelina sow with metallic piglets|
|Plain Chachalacas and chicks|
|Texas Horned Lizzy|
|Gateway entrance to Quinta's inner sanctum|
|beautifully cobbled pool & garden|
We get Long-billed Curlews on open farm lots and at wildlife refuges in my area at home, but a in a suburban lot? Not so much... lots of children were on their way home from school, and they walked with their backpacks, just feet from the foraging birds. The kids didn't look up or seem to notice the birds. Hope I never get blasee about such long legged far-from-the-sea birds.
I imagine there are wiggly and yet yummy things down in the grass
|Winner of the 'stare back at 'cha' competition|