After several days of yard work and installing a couple of new water heaters, I jumped at the chance to chase a Mountain Bluebird when word got out that one had been discovered at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. Moutain Bluebirds are well known for their propensity to wander widely during winter in search of food. I have seen several in the Rio Grande Valley but never one in Cameron County so I loaded the car and ran out to the Island. The female Mountain Bluebird had been found by campers at Isla Blanca Park so my strategy was to wander the campground till I found it. Well I made a few unsuccessful rounds and then tried the nearby shoreline as Mountain Bluebirds like lake shores and this bird had even been seen by the Christ the Redeemer statue. Still no luck but I found a plover standing on the grass and acting very golden-plover like. I was able to get close and it turned our to be an American Golden-Plover. These are common in migration in pastures and at turf farms but pretty uncommon on SPI. The smaller bill and dark rump separate it from our common Black-bellied Plover.
Friday, March 31, 2023
Friday, March 3, 2023
Well I'm cleaning the SD card again and I have some pretty photos so I guess it's time for a blog post. Green Jays are normally pretty uncommon in our neighborhood at Progreso Lakes so when I saw one eating the seed I put in the driveway for the doves and blackbirds, I decided to try and keep it around with more regular feeding. It was joined by others and now I have a flock of four. They like the seed but have really taken to fresh oranges.