Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Warm weather is here

The Thistles are all in bloom

The morning dews make everything glisten in the sun.

The Spanish moss hanging from the trees by the all access bird blind . The first of it's kind in this part of Texas.

Trying to dig  nest in the soft dirt.

The new blind that we all have been working on for the last 6 months .

An Osprey enjoying his fish.

Shore birds on the Gulf

A lone Gull watching for the next wave

Every thing in bloom

A King bird on a tiny perch

Just drying wings

The Cattle Egrets are now arriving in great numbers

There are babies everywhere

And just why does the Black necked Stilt cross the road ? He was after a huge bug.

Our VIS Bunnies

The birds on our feeder are just awesome.

Last night

A big guy hauling himself out of the Bayou

The Purple Gallinule's are now arriving on the refuge.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Trip to Hill Country, Flora and Fauna

We went for a ride into Hill Country with our friend Jeanenne and did the flora and fauna tour and as always the flowers and critters are always so impressive. She knows all the best places to see them.

Blue Bonnets and Indian Paint brush is every where on the road sides .

Just miles of wild flowers .

And then we saw the little horses. You have to love her Mohawk  .

As she grazes the birds run between her feet to eat the bugs stirred up by her movements.

A Scissor Tail Flycatcher

What could be better than after trying to get a picture of a  Road Runner for several years we have one come out and pose for us for several minutes.

What was really great was it turned out that there were two of them.

Just and awesome Blood Moon

Thursday, April 2, 2015

It's Bunny Tme

We have Bunnies every where.

This little one decided to do some posing for Lauren

Totally undisturbed

Just kept eating

A couple of Coots grazing the lawn around the VIS Pond

Flowers blooming every where as it has been in the 80's all week.

So many different wild flowers.

A mud bug mound or as the rest of us call them crawfish

There are babies every where

A pair of Gulls have found a real treasure as the tide goes out. A chicken leg left behind by the crabbers.

Some of the plants from the Prairie restoration project we have helped with this season are finally out side. We had helped with creating a nursery in one of the old office areas on the Refuge.

Getting the cow poo  and everything else off the GOV we have been using while we are here.

A Killdeer  Mom fussing over her nest which they just lay on the ground.

The eggs blend into the surrounding rocks.

A Sparrow uses my make shift bath

Didn't like his privacy being invaded

You just never know what you will see on the roadside in this area.

A American Bittern posing on the roadside.