2021-05-04-5-6 SPI The Big Fallout That Wasn’t

This is a three day post. With my 2021 visit in south Texas drawing to a close, I’ve been pushing my limits to maximize my opportunities to meet migrating birds. This story is about Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on South Padre Island. Besides the Convention Centre, I spent most of Thursday at the SPI Birding … Read more

2021-04-27 SPI and Tuesday’s Babies

Earlier in April, I visited the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center and saw Green Herons sitting on eggs. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to return and see how the next generation of Green Herons was coming along. This past Tuesday I took the time to revisit the SPIB&NC and was not disappointed. … Read more

2021-04-08 SPI Birding & Nature Center

I’ve made it no secret. My mission is to experience as much of the vernal migration through south Texas as I can. South Padre Island is the best place I know to meet these birds. It lies at the crossroads of their trip from Mexico, Central and South America, before they scatter with the winds … Read more

2021-03-16 SPI Convention Centre

On this early Tuesday morning, cloudy gray skies greeted me at the South Padre Island Convention Centre (SPICC). I investigated the center’s bayside and its boardwalks, but the birds were not active. It encouraged me to see offerings of nectar and fruit placed around the grounds, even though no migrants were in view. Having these … Read more

2021-02-08 South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is part of a network of birding meccas in south Texas, collectively called the “World Birding Center”. It sits next door to the Convention Centre, which I love, and so I’ve not bothered to pay my fees to enter its grounds. On Monday, with my time in Brownsville … Read more

2020-11-20 Mid-November Gallery Updates

I know I’ve been posting a lot lately about the updates on the bird species galleries I’ve been doing. This updating process is going to take a while. After all, there are over 450 species in the collection to address. I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I originally sculpted the galleries when we were constructing … Read more

2020-11-09 Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

After driving all day from Ely Nevada, I felt tuckered out. I didn’t want to boondock camp in Las Vegas, so I booked a night at an RV park in Henderson. The stay at the RV park was a good idea. It was only five minutes from the Bird Viewing Preserve, and Monday morning I … Read more

2020-03-15 My First Day At Aransas NWR

As I write this episode, I’ve been so involved taking pictures this past week that I buried myself under a ton of work to prepare them for my stories. I also had to honor a request to deliver images for a published report from the amazing February 2017, nineteen day science expedition I took aboard … Read more

2019-08-17 Klamath Veterans Park

The story of Veteran’s Park this stay was the midges. Millions of black flying bugs too small to provide much of a meal were hovering low over the waters of the river flowing into Lake Ewauna. All the birds not committed to a fish diet were pursuing these winged morsels. These insects were ⅝” long … Read more

2013-06-13 Tijuana River Valley

I visited four places in the Tijuana River Valley on a Thursday mid-June morning. I started at the Bird and Butterfly Garden to be teased by Black-Throated Magpie-Jays. I followed with a bike ride to the Tijuana River Mouth where terns (Least & Forster’s) and plovers (Snowy) played in the sand and surf for me. … Read more