Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring migration started this week in LRGV!

The birds waited for Spring Break to be over here on South Padre Island. The college kids are gone but the birds have started to arrive. Some familiar old friends are here now like the Black-throated Green Warbler and the Northern Parula.

And the brilliant Cardinal.

The Black and White Warbler

 And one of my favorites, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.


                                                     Indigo Bunting
           Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Kingbird

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Summer Tanager

Orchard Oriole

Poor picture - but a life bird for me, Blue Grosbeak

And another life bird...the Varied Bunting.

The migration is on for the small songbirds on their way to their breeding grounds north of here, following the major flyways.

But the birds that are residents here are pairing up and nesting. A Kiskadee has a nest on top,of an electric pole. We saw both parents going in and out of the nest.

                                    Pair of Caracaras

Nesting Green Heron

Pairing  of White-winged Doves

We are just on the front edge of the migration, and have a few weeks to visit the special sights where the birds come in for a well-earned rest, drink and food. They are inspiring little creatures, so full of courage and song! Would that my life could be so courageous and focused.

The happy parallel for me is that I have found my life partner and we can go to our "wintering grounds" and now are being filled with the energy to travel north.  We can anticipate seeing many of these little beloved creatures at the Warbler Festival in Ohio in May. I am filled with gratitude for her and to her sharing my love for the birds. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•


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