Friday, October 15, 2021

Southwest Texas


Summer Tanager male

We continue our journey south to Mission, Texas to volunteer at the hawk tower at Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.  We made stops at Casa Blanca at Lerado, Zapata, and Falcon State Park before setting up at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort.

Here are some of the birds and critters we found on our journey south.  

Summer Tanager female

Carolina Chickadee


Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Grace's Warbler

Crested Caracaras

Least Sandpiper

The invisible Bobcat - at least he thinks so

Great Kiskadee drinks rainwater off our picnic shelter

Shed Rattlesnake skin

Couch's Kingbird grabs Giant Darner

Time to clip the wings off before having lunch

Silver Garden Spider

Groove-billed Ani at Zapata

Falcon Lake - water at extremely low levels

Black-throated Sparrow

Scissor's-tailed Flycatcher

Falcon Lake sunset

Bentsen State Park Hawk Tower where we spend 4-5 hours each morning

Mississippi Kites - 1,786 lifted up out of the park mid-September

13 Mississippi Kites roosted for the night

Juvenile Mississippi Kites

Adult Mississippi Kite

Juvenile Mississippi Kite

Black-crested Titmouse

Great Crested Flycatcher migrating through

Blue Dasher male - threat display

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummers invade the area

Clay-colored Thrush

Javelina cools off

This feels great on a 100 degree day

Another sunrise from the Hawk Tower

Coral Vine - loved by the Hummers

Buff-bellied Hummingbird - a South Texas specialty

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

Monday, September 27, 2021

West Texas


We drove east around El Paso to the Guadelope Mountain National Park which is the highest point in Texas.  Pictured is El Capitan at 8,749 feet.  We camped in the canyon surrounded on three sides by mountains.  Everything is so green in the desert from the monsoon rains that came every afternoon.

Pictured (Painted) Grasshopper

Stag Beetle

Wild Christmas Plant

American Grasshopper

Apache Plume

Singing Blue Grosbeak

Townsend's Warbler sings in the rain

Multicolored Asian Lady Bug larvae

Giant Centipede

A rare find- Black-chinned Sparrow

Red-spotted Toad

Rock Wren

Vagrant Grasshopper

Female Black Widow Spider

Cactus Bugs eating Prickly Pear fruit

Desert Blonde Tarantula

Cactus Wren

Blue Dasher - Male threat display

Elegant Bush Katydid

California Mantid - Male

True Katydid

Looking south toward Ft. Davis from the 5,520ft. lookout at Davis Mountains State Park

Greater Roadrunner - bill clacking

Question Mark Butterfly

Woodhouse's Scrub Jay

Black-headed Grosbeak

Vermilian Flycatcher

Jack-O-Lantern fungus

Sacred Thorn Apple - night bloomer

Devil's Claw blossom

Devil's Claw Seedpod

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Aoudads - exotic escapees in West Texas

Bewick's Wren

Yellow Garden Spider

Axis Deer Herd - Another exotic import

Axis fawn in our RV park at Johnson Creek

Far enough east again to get Carolina Wren

Scissor's-tailed Flycatcher heading south

Black-capped Vireo at Kerr Wildlife Area

So much fun to travel and be amazed at all God has created and put in our path along the way.

Love & Prayers
Ty & Ida Baumann