Saturday, April 9, 2011

Goose Island Camping


Had my friend Kim J. in mind when we chose the pink bait shop.  Guess we can blame her for no fish.
This one is for you Kim J.
Hannah found this lizard.
Lexi in the Bluebonnets.

Micah fishing. 
Lauren set her pole down and the fish jerked it into the water.  Daddy to the rescue, he reeled in her pole and a Flounder. 



Turkey vulture
I learned how to tell the difference between a Turkey vulture and a Black vulture.  The Turkey vultures have white along the entire under wingspan of their wings, where Black vultures have white only on the tips.

Daddy and Lauren playing in the sand.

My feet are getting dirty.
Micah and Mommy playing tag,
An Inca Dove
The Brown Thrasher


The Gray Catbird
The rump of the Gray Catbird is a rust color.
The female Hooded Warbler

The White-eyed Vireo

Carolina Wren

American Goldfinch

I'm hoping Lexi will have a love for birds.  She watched the birds with me for hours at a time.  She loved their songs. 

Hannah hanging out on the tree.
Lexi climbing a tree.
Red-winged Blackbird

Daddy and Micah chasing each other with buckets of water.

Daddy pulling the kids while they sat in the inner tube.


From the left: Dennis, myself, Judy and Larry
Dennis, Judy and Larry were the Bird Hosts.  I really enjoyed birding with them.  They had such a wealth of information and were wonderful educators.  Their love for birding was contagious. 


These squirrels were a hoot to watch.  I am not sure if they were mating or wrestling.

We camped a week earlier this year than we did last year because of this I didn't get to see nearly the variety as last year.  However, I had the blessing of meeting some wonderful people and begin new friendships.

My bird list for this year
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Inca Dove
Eurasian Dove
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Carolina Wren
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
White-eyed Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lincoln's Sparrow
Gray Catbird
Black-crested Titmouse
Northern Parula
Brown Thrasher
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hermit Thrush
Hooded Warbler
Indigo Bunting
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
American Oystercatcher

Interesting Facts
  • The Cowbird lay their eggs in other peching birds (passerines) nest for them to care for their young.  They do this so they can follow grazing animals.  The cowbirds eat the insects that follow these larger animals.
  • The ovenbird build their nest on the ground.  They have a side entrance like an oven. 

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