Here in South Texas, our winters are very short and we seem to leap right into spring in January. Here are some pictures of my year so far…
Drew finally got his AK-47 so we took it to the range to try it out. I still prefer the AR-15 because it has a collapsible stock. We’ve found our new favorite indoor shooting range: Point Blank Sporting Goods in McAllen. It’s brand new and really spacious. You don’t feel like you are right on top of everyone while shooting.
I love Green Jays. Just like their Corvid brothers and sisters, Green Jays are so smart. This one found a weakness in the sunflower feeder and exploited it. Sunflower seeds came pouring out. The doves on the ground appreciated his hard work.
A banded Kiskadee at Ruby Pond. My goal is to one day be able to read all the numbers on a band one day so I can report them to the Bird Banding Laboratory.
I also got to see a Rodin sculpture at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. I wish we had more time to explore the whole museum but we had to rush through it.
We finished out duck season and I got a Scaup for the wall! Oakley is good retriever, even if he does chew the butt’s off. I miss duck hunting already. And its been too windy to get out in the boat for fishing.
I kind of stumbled upon this gathering on a house in Mission, across the street from a city park and pond. These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks seem to prefer this one flat roof as opposed to all the sloping roofs in the neighborhood!
Drew and I had a fabulous opportunity to tag along on a Raptor Banding field trip with Bill Clark, who quite literally wrote the book on Raptors. We banded several Red-tailed Hawks. It was an unforgettable experience holding those giant birds. They would look you dead in the eye but were quite docile while being worked up. Then we got to release them right from our own hands.
Now that duck season is over we are doing a lot of relaxing on the weekends and it has been really nice. Its our busy time of the year at work so coming home to these two babies is always a highlight in my day. As spring approaches are calenders are filling up even more (including a last-minute getaway to HAWAII over Easter!) and I can’t wait to see what South Texas has in store for us.