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Sum-sum-summertime Scissortails

July 27, 2018 - Last year I was thrilled to see that a pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers had built a nest in a local park. They are suc...
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Parenthood

June 12, 2018 - There are days when you go out with the camera and you get squat (today). And there are days when you can't believe how...
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You Know You're a Birder + Photographer When...

February 06, 2018 - ...you peruse the TEXBIRDS Facebook page during the Superbowl ...you shout "No way!", share your excitement about a rar...
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2017

December 22, 2017 - When I logged in for the fan club ticket presale, I about jumped out of my skin when it offered me front row seats. Buy!...
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Let it Snow!

December 11, 2017 - This past Friday, it snowed! If you reside in a northern climate, you're now thinking, "So, what?" But I've lived in Hou...
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BioBlitz at Kleb Woods

October 05, 2017 - Tucked away in Tomball, TX is my birding home away from home - Kleb Woods. Yesterday, there was a BioBlitz, a day devot...
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2017 Solar Eclipse

August 22, 2017 - In spite of abundant clouds and not being able to travel to the totality zone, I captured my first solar eclipse photos.
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Spring Babies

May 03, 2017 - There have been many many baby and fledgling birds to enjoy the last couple of weeks! Loggerhead Shrike Blue Jay...
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Great Horned Owlets, 2017 Edition, Part III

April 25, 2017 - Owlets doing some bug-watching. One week later, one owlet "branched", climbed from the nest, and explored a tree limb. T...
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Featherfest 2017

April 18, 2017 - The first weekend of April I attended Featherfest, an annual birding and nature festival in Galveston, TX. I'd signed u...
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Great Horned Owlets, 2017 Edition, Part II

April 05, 2017 - Spent a couple more hours with the Great Horned owlets. They are simultaneously shy and curious. And, they are growing s...
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Great Horned Owlets, 2017 Edition

March 28, 2017 - I am fortunate again this year to be able to watch a Great Horned Owl nest. Got my first views of the owlets yesterday....
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Valley Specialties

March 25, 2017 - There are a number of birds that, if you'd like to see them in the U.S., you generally need to venture to south Texas in...
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Maps and Mummies

February 27, 2017 - The Houston Museum of Natural Science held one of their fabulous Pixel Parties on Sunday night. I love these events! The...
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The Merlin

January 15, 2017 - You get up really early, drive an hour and three-quarters to find some lovely birds at Anahuac NWR, and it's foggy. And,...
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Winter Birds

January 12, 2017 - With today's high temperature predicted to be 79 degrees, it's hard to imagine just how cold it was here in Texas this p...
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Chase Bird

December 30, 2016 - It started when someone posted a photo on a Facebook bird group. "Wow, that's a NICE bird," I thought. Two and a half ho...
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Chasing Butterflies

October 27, 2016 - The last couple of weeks, after the summer birds had gone, before the winter birds had arrived, we had a bumper crop of...
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Photowalk Fun

September 18, 2016 - Last night I participated in a big sponsored photowalk event. It was not all it was cracked up to be. It was hot and rea...
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Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

September 12, 2016 - Earlier this year, the Bayou Bend Partnership completed restoration of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern and opened it to t...
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Texas Panhandle

March 31, 2016 - I made a brief stop in the Texas panhandle last week. I really ought to spend some extended time here. The landscape is...
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Ahhh...

March 29, 2016 - You know how great it feels to find something to reach that itchy spot on your back that you can't reach yourself? Yea,...
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The Bobble Buddies, Parental Edition

March 06, 2016 - Yesterday, the Bobble Buddies were alert and curious when I stopped by. As they grow, they spend more and more time on t...
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The Bobble Buddies, an Owlet Update

March 03, 2016 - We're growing and doing great! Hortense and the Mr. are great parents. Big Yawn! Mom's Away. Let's play!
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The Canyon Wren

February 28, 2016 - On a recent trip in west Texas, I drove by some interesting rocks and thought to myself, "If I were a Canyon Wren, I'd l...
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Hortense Has Been Hiding a Secret... wait 'til You See What it Is! (Great Horned Owl, Part III)

February 16, 2016 - Forgive the "hook" blog post title.:P Tonight I had a "Wild Kingdom" moment. For those too young to know what that is,...
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Great Horned Owl, Part II

February 13, 2016 - Last weekend, I discovered a nesting Great Horned Owl. I looked in on her today. She's still sitting pretty! Anyone wan...
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Spring is Here!

February 11, 2016 - The Egyptian Goose is not native to North America but they've been doing quite well establishing colonies around Houston...
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Superb Owl Sunday

February 07, 2016 - Look "Hoo" I discoverd on my walk this morning! I'm excited to watch for chicks in the future. Happy Superb Owl Sunday!...
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Magical Winter Lights - Houston

November 25, 2015 - Last night we took a trip to the Magical Winter Lights show currently on at Sam Houston Race Park. Twinkle, twinkle.....
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November 2015 HMNS Pixel Party / HCP Capture Crawl

November 16, 2015 - The Houston Museum of Natural Science periodically opens it's doors to photographers for specific exhibits after hours....
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What's a Photo Ranch?

November 12, 2015 - The birds are already flitting about the trees fringing the blind as photographer Ruth Hoyt sets things up for our shoot...
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Waugh Drive Bats

July 23, 2015 - I've lived in the Houston area a LONG time now. And I'm embarrassed to say that I'd never gone to see the Waugh Drive ba...
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Suburban Safari

July 20, 2015 - I love to visit parks and nature centers near home. One I visit frequently is Kleb Woods Nature Preserve in Tomball, TX.
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Hatch of the Day

July 14, 2015 - Sunday morning, this little guy was just an egg. Yesterday - poof! Fuzzy little Killdeer chick racing across the grass....
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Leucistic Ladder-backed Woodpecker

May 13, 2015 - From Wikipedia: "Leucism / ˈ lj uː s ɪ z əm / [1] is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an an...
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Flying Rainbows

May 11, 2015 - If you think birds are brown and boring, you are looking at the wrong birds. For example, Painted Buntings. They are fl...
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Happy Earth Day!!

April 22, 2015 - I spent the morning of Earth Day 2015 at the weekly Kleb Woods Nature Preserve bird walk. I happened to park near a mulb...
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Down in the Valley (the Rio Grande Valley)

April 21, 2015 - The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is rich in wildlife, especially birds. The many parks and sanctuaries along the river ass...
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Clapper Rail

April 07, 2015 - You're out birding and you hear what sounds something like hammering. But, it's 7 AM at a nature preserve in Texas. Ther...
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Brown Anole

March 31, 2015 - Brown Anole on a sunny spring day.
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Brazos Bend State Park (Again)

March 28, 2015 - It seems I am always extolling the virtues of Brazos Bend State Park. So, why break tradition and stop now? At this tim...
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Wolf Spider

March 26, 2015 - When I am out birding, I often have to remind myself to "Look down!" There are obstacles out there - holes, rocks, roots...
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Spring Is In the Air

March 23, 2015 - After what (at least seemed like) weeks of wet, grey weather in the Houston area, it was dryish this past Friday. Despit...
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Morning Surprise

January 10, 2015 - I took the camera on our morning walk today as I discovered a nice Horned Grebe earlier this week. Most days I see Ospr...
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Meep! Meep!

November 10, 2014 - A little Roadrunner humor for the day. Enjoy!
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Fabergé: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg

November 03, 2014 - Faberge: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg is now open at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The museum most graciousl...
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Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR

October 31, 2014 - An hour west of Houston, you'll find the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. The Attwaters Prairie Chicke...
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Velvet Ant

September 10, 2014 - Have you even seen a Velvet Ant? I hadn't even heard of one until today. It's a pretty big and colorful ant!
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Purple Martins

July 26, 2014 - In many parts of Texas in July and August Purple Martins form large flocks and roost together in preparation for migrati...
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Signs of Summer

June 06, 2014 - Each June I have baby Mourning Doves in my yard. This is the first fledgling of the year. I call him Squab 1. Two more n...
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The Snake that Ate the Swallows?

May 27, 2014 - Apparently, rat snakes are known for their climbing abilities. This snake was up high just under a roofline at the top o...
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HMNS Pixel Party - Bulgari

May 19, 2014 - The Houston Museum of Natural Science had another Pixel Party last night. Here are a few of my favorite shots from our e...
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So Ugly They're Cute

May 13, 2014 - Baby egrets serenading mom (or driving her crazy...l) ~ High Island Rookery, Texas
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Cuckoo for Cuckoos!

May 08, 2014 - Last week I saw my first Yellow-billed Cuckoo. He was not cooperating for a photo, though. But, this past Tuesday I fou...
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Blackpoll Warbler

May 05, 2014 - I nearly mistook this guy for a chickadee on first sight (newbie birder!). The Blackpoll Warbler passes through Texas on...
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Common Nighthawk

May 03, 2014 - Birds often fluff up to stay warm. Here's a Common Nighthawk fluffing in the cool morning air this past Thursday at Anah...
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Battleship Texas

April 23, 2014 - Last weekend, I attended a Houston Photowalks event aboard the Battleship Texas. This ship has quite a history (read her...
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Roadrunner Says...

April 07, 2014 - Today's Public Service Announcement. <wink>
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Circle of Life - Catfish Edition

March 10, 2014 - Everybody's gotta eat...
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Vermillion Flycatcher

March 07, 2014 - What a stunning bird!! ~ Brazos Bend State Park, 3/6/14
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HMNS Pixel Party - 2/23/14

February 24, 2014 - Every now and then the Houston Museum of Natural Science hosts a "Pixel Party", allowing photographers after hours acces...
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Squirrel!

February 16, 2014 - Two squirrels have settled into a box at Russ Pitman Park in Bellaire, TX. One popped out to say "Hi!" as the other eyed...
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Caption This Cardinal

February 10, 2014 - I just love the expression! What do you think she's thinking? Send me your caption.
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Bird Blizzard

February 03, 2014 - Red-winged Blackbirds come in to roost at Brazos Bend State Park as the sun fades.
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Small Bird, Big Personality

January 31, 2014 - Tufted Titmouse - so fun to watch!
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Couch's Kingbird

January 30, 2014 - Nifty bird find from last Saturday's Houston Audubon Field Trip. He was WAY across the bayou! The next field trip is...
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Can You Count the Red-winged Blackbirds?

January 26, 2014 - I sure can't! I found this flock, nearly acting like starlings, a couple of weeks ago.
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San Jacinto

January 23, 2014 - San Jacinto, birthplace of Texas liberty: "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" On April 21, 1836, General Sam Houston...
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Blending In

January 13, 2014 - American Bittern's sure do have good natural camouflage. I nearly walked right by this guy on Saturday standing right ou...
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Curious Armadillo

January 09, 2014 - I ran across this armadillo last weekend. The clicking of my camera shutter caught his attention. So much so, that he st...
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Attwater Prairie Chicken

December 19, 2013 - Yesterday, I spent the day volunteering for the Christmas Bird Count at Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refug...
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