Monday, April 25, 2016

Bluebonnets are the color of Texas

Folks come to the HIll Country for the rocky heights and rivered depths, the feeling of the road racing away like the passage of time, and the crest of the hill a gateway to mystery. 



 And in very special Springtimes, for living blue blanketing the roadsides. 

The blue is fading now but we remember the hue of March. 


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Monday, April 18, 2016

Yellow-headed Blackbird -- just passing through

Look who stopped by our neighborhood last Friday--a Yellow-headed Blackbird!


 My generous neighbor Gail Gardner called me over to see him at her feeder--you know your neighborhood is good when someone calls you to come see a bird.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds aren't rare but the only chance to see them here is during migration. 

And I've never seen one before, which made Friday a great day.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the birds range north into Canada and west into Pacific coast states to breed in summer.  For more about these gorgeous migrants, check out this link: Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds.


Then hang out your seed feeders and have your binoculars ready.  You never know what you might see in the Texas Hill Country.













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