Blanket flower, Firewheel, Gaillardia — all names for this beautiful flower that is blooming nearly everywhere, it seems, in the Hill Country now. It’s also good to see a bee. A real bee. They seem to have become so rare…
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Went back to the rookery near Goose Island State Park again today and got two sets of chicks in one photo! Two little yellow beaks in the left nest and one big chick visible on the right side. The adults sit upwind to protect the chicks from the wind, and sometimes spread their wings a bit.
Great Blue Heron with two chicks at the rookery near Goose Island State Park. This rookery may be doomed because it is now on the grounds of a gated community and will soon be surrounded by houses — assuming they do not plan to destroy the pond and trees themselves… It was purchased just as Goose Island State Park got money to purchase the precious property.
This is a Snowy Egret (black beak, black legs, yellow feet) who got in a fight with the bird flying away at this point. I had noticed his impressive topknot earlier, but didn’t know what was going on.
The picture below is earlier in the battle…
So happy to see a few butterflies this year! In the first few springs we lived here there were SO MANY butterflies! It was wonderful. Then things went wrong for them I guess. Hard winter frosts made many of the plants they like die back to the ground and hence bloom much later. Other things have been blooming earlier due to warmer weather. Whatever it was, there have been very few butterflies. This year a few more, and I was very happy to find this black swallowtail yesterday. It is not perfect — it seems to have lost one of its tails… It is enjoying a Mexican Hat flower. We planted some wildflower seeds in the yard a few years ago and the Mexican Hats took over. They are beautiful this time of year — a sea of yellow and green.
We were in Rockport, Texas, for a quick trip and Nan and Donald took us birding for a couple of hours. They had had a huge deluge 2 nights before. There was water everywhere, on the roads, in the fields. And one of the birding sites was closed. But we did find a few at this location, including this Stilt.
Just returned on Monday from a 10 day birding trip to Chiapas. Birds and culture and archaeological sites. Great trip organized by Chiapas Birding Adventures. I love to take pictures of the domestic animals, and they are everywhere! Most are not constrained. Even in our hotel close to downtown San Cristobal de las Casas we were woken up every morning early by a crowing rooster and a gobbling turkey who lived in the yard next door.