This Texas Tortoise wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are coming to the end of our stay near Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park. At least until March when we return for the Spring Hawk Watch. Almost every day we ventured into the park and were greeted by new creatures.
|Blue Spiny Lizards|
This is the prime time for butterflies and between Bentsen and the National Butterfly Center, a mile down the road, there was plenty of beauties to find.
|Stinging Puss Moth (spines extremely poisonous)|
This Clay-colored Thrush is one of the many rarities that bird watchers come to Southern Texas to see. It was great to bird two days with friends from Green Bay: Joan Grant, Curt Ellifson, Jim Johnson and Mike Gottfredsen who were here for the RGV Bird Festival.
|White-winged & White-tipped Doves|
|Adult Grey Hawk|
|Secretive Olive Sparrow|
|Raccoons go for a drink|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk watches the feeders|
|Resaca at Bentsen Palm|
|Texas Wasp Moth|
|Great Purple Hairstreak|
One of our day trips took us over to Anzulduas County Park, Hidalgo Pumphouse and checking the fields along the way.
|Greater Pewee - rare bird for Texas|
|Monk Parakeet in colony nest on power pole|
|Unicorn Mantid - a close look|
|Bobcat quenches thirst at the feeder area|
|Striped Skunk vacuums up sow bugs|
Three turkeys that are having a great Thanksgiving, free and wild on the road at Bentsen State Park.
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann