The temperatures are still the same but spring has definitely arrived in South Texas Birds are arriving daily from Mexico and countries farther south. More flowers are blooming and butterflies are in a flurry busy pollinating. Birds are building nests and protecting their territories. Here's a sample of all we are seeing.
|Scissors-tailed Flycatchers arrive in big numbers|
|Prickly Poppy at Butterfly Center|
|Giant Leopard Moth|
|Great Kiskadee in messy nest|
|Nutria suns at resaca nearby|
|N. Cardinal sings out his Spring song|
|Coyote - looking good|
|Olive Sparrow looking for breakfast|
|Crested Caracara soars over hawk tower|
|Local Gray Hawk|
|Blue Grosbeak at S.P.I.|
We took a day trip to South Padre Island with stops at Estero Llano Grande State Park on the way back to Mission.
|Blue-winged Teal and Cinnamon Teal|
|Softshell Turtle at Estero Llamo|
|Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake|
Birds are building nests everywhere and this Clay-colored Thrush has chosen the side of a palm tree right by the visitor's center at Bentsen.
|Common Pauraque with two chicks - look carefully|
|Buff-bellied spreads tail and heads out|
|Coral Bean blossom|
We have two more weeks left on the Hawk Tower here at Bentsen. If you want to check our daily sightings: go to HawkCount.org and put Bentsen for site and check dates. We then head north hopefully all the tornados and other bad weather will be done by then.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann