Sunday, January 3, 2010

Carols of gladness ring from every tree. Frances Anne Kemble

Being back home has been truly amazing. I think we forget how much like Paradise this place is to us.

One of the first mornings back I let the dog out and heard this funny bird call. It was one that I wasn’t familiar with. I dashed back inside, grabbed my camera, then started chasing this bird down the street in my pajamas and bedroom shoes.

He was a very vocal fellow, so I could keep track of him easily.

This is a Gold Fronted Woodpecker.

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One of the advantages of living next door to a birder is being able to take pictures and then asking him what was it I had just taken a picture of. Dennis identified him and a couple of other birds for me.

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The same morning I saw a Logger Headed Shrike

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And a Meadowlark

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Sometimes I cannot believe that we actually live here!

Monday I planted some flowers in our little flower bed. I don’t have much of a green thumb, but here’s hoping.

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Tuesday we went to the Dodge Arena to see the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees play hockey. It was a Winter Texan night, so we all got in for six dollars apiece, and many refreshments were available in small sizes for a buck each. A gaggle of Retama Village people went.

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The Bee

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New Years Eve night we had a party at the Retama Club.

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There was food and dancing.

The girls line dancing.

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Me having a good time

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The blue moon on New Years Eve

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I had another pleasant surprise out side our bay window the next morning – a sharp shinned hawk!

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He is so handsome.

The big news over at Bentsen State Park was the first recorded sighting of a Bare-Throated Tiger Heron. It has never been recorded as being seen in the United States before.

I was dying to get over to the park to see if I could get a glimpse of it, but I had no real hopes of doing so. Well, as luck would have it, there was a group of birders on the levee that had already spotted the bird, so I not only got to see it, I got two decent pictures of it!

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Isn’t he a strange and wonderful bird?

There were so many beautiful birds to see at the park yesterday.

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So that was my week. I’m so happy to be back home!

Books this week:

Absolute Rage

Cold Truth

Gil's All Night Fright Diner

P.S. Your cat is dead