Friday, March 27, 2015

Salineno Texas

Salineno is a place that unless you are a bird watcher you've probably have never heard of it.
It is located a little ways before Falcon Dam if you coming from the Mission Area.

People go to Salineno for the Audubon's Oriole and the Hooded Oriole. They are also hoping to see a wild Muscovy Dick or a Brown Jay. We took our friends Bill and Cece to Salineno because if your are taking people who have never birdred before it's a great place. Some lawn chairs are set up right in front of the feeders and you can just sit and watch all the beauties come in to your heart's content.

Black Crested Titmouse

Audubon's Oriole

Salineno has been a birding mecca since the seventies. It was given to the Valley Land Fund and is run by volunteers.

To get to Salineno from Mission, Texas, you go 83 west until about 5 miles give or take from Falcon Dam.

The road you want is Salineno road on the left. You drive down that road until you are at the river and you will see a sign for Valley Land Fund.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rancho El CHarco

Rancho El Charco is located in La Joya Texas. One of our neighbors organized a tour for us of thirty people. We toured the ranch on a mule drawn wagon and had a wonderful bbq lunch.
At the entrance there is a entertaining sculpture that catches your eye.

Love the horses and the Texas Longhorn!

We stopped at this waterfall with a swinging bridge. I didn't attempt to cross the bridge, but some of the others did.

We also saw these cute pygmy goats.

Love the painted tiles.

I fell in love with the American Bison.

This statue of a bison made out of  rebar is amazing.

Delicious brisket, chicken and pork ribs.

View from the deck.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Birding with friends

Last Sunday I got to go birding with our friends and neighbors, John and Audrey and Carol and Jerry. We went to the Yturria Brush Tract.
Yturria Brush is an 1,800 acre tract that is a natural habitat filled with birds, butterflies and other species of nature.
Going bird watching with John and Audrey is like having your own personal scientists with you.
The knowledge they have of flora and fauna is amazing,

Black Throated Sparrow

Desert Checkered Skipper

White Eyed Vireo

Clay Colored Sparrow

A Dung Beetle.  I had always believed they were only in Africa.

An Evening Primrose

Gray Hairstreak

I feel so blessed to have such wonderful neighbors and friends to go birding with in the Valley.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge

I met up with Mildred and Charles Langston to go birding at Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge on Sunday.
Mildred and Charles are two lovely people that I met at Quinta Mazatlan and who I met with at the song bird banding at McAllen Nature center.

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is internationally recognized as 'a birder's paradise.'
It's 2,088 acres of subtropical thorn forest are home for numerous birds that are south Texas specialties.
Santa Ana was established in 1943 for the protection of migratory birds,

We got there a little late for the guided bird walk but we managed to catch up with the group eventually and join them. We got some great looks at some water birds and two beautiful hawks, a Red Shouldered and a Harris Hawk.