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Backyard Birds of East Texas

Sorry about the lack of posts lately (for those who care).

One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my parents.  I admit that I’d rather do that than post on my blog since we only get to visit them, maybe, once a year.

But I’d like to share some of the beautiful backyard birds we’ve seen daily in their East Texas yard.

Finch
Finch

These little finches are everywhere.  I thought I kept seeing yellow on them, as they flitted by, but didn’t realize how much until I grabbed a shot.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I think there are several kinds of woodpeckers around here.  I’ll keep trying to capture the others.

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

The mockingbirds are probably 2nd to the finches as far as numbers go.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

The Cedar Waxwings are around more than I see.  I think they have striking colors.

Male Bluebird
Male Bluebird

The bluebirds are courting and scouting for the right nest box.  The males chase the females, and fluff up their feathers at her, to show off their colors.

Female Bluebird
Female Bluebird Looking for the Right House

It was icy when first got here but the weather has warmed up.  On the west coast I get to enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean.  Here, in East Texas, I am enjoying beautiful sunrises over Houston County Lake.

Sunrise Fish Ring
Sunrise Fish Ring

I keep telling my fishermen that they’d see more action if they got up earlier.

Lunker!
Lunker!

But they’ve managed to catch a few without my sage advice.

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Day One on the Alsea River

Some may say we live out in the sticks.

Barn
Barn

I love old barns.  This one is along the single-lane-dead-end road where we bought property last year.  We are full-time RVers but wanted a place to live in case we had to stop travelling.  I mean, besides parking in our children or parent’s driveway. 🙂

Yesterday's Sunrise from Tillicum Beach
Yesterday’s Sunrise from Tillicum Beach

We’ve decided to take the winter off.  We’ve been workamping at Tillicum Beach Campground for the last two years.  I’ll try not to whine, too much, about missing my sunrise/sunset/whenever beach walks.

Woodpecker
Woodpecker or Sapsucker?

So look who greeted me this morning, “at the river”, before I even opened the door.  I’m not sure what it is.  I’m still trying to ID it.  S/he has really worked-over our apple tree though.  Look at the rows of holes in the tree.  If you look closely at the bird’s feet, he’s using the holes as foot-holds.  They are precisely the right distance apart!  Smart bird!

Reflections-upsidedown
Reflections-upsidedown

I love nature sounds!  This morning, as I sat on our deck overlooking the Alsea River, I heard the woodpecker, a king fisher and the river rippling over the rocks.  At high tide there are no ripples.  This is at low tide.  I couldn’t resist the reflections and then turning the photo upside down…just for my morning giggle.

Moonset and Sunrise over Tillicum Beach

I was awakened this morning by the guy in the next tent snoring so loudly that it sounded like it was right next….oh wait…it WAS my husband.

Oh well, 5:40 isn’t too early to get up.  Maybe I can catch the moonset?

Still pretty dark at 6:00am
Still pretty dark at 6:00am

HHhhhmmm…it’s got a ways to go.  I’ve got some wandering around to do.  What a beautiful morning though.  The beach is such a peaceful place.  I’m the only one out here.  There are some nice cloud formations in the sky.  I’ll walk up to the creek.  Maybe that will be a good place for the sunrise and moonset.

Full MoonSet at 6:15am
Full MoonSet at 6:15am

The cloud formations made the pink sunrise look like an explosion this morning!  All that’s around me are sounds of the ocean, a few plover peeps, and a heron in the creek.  He and I were just standing, admiring the sky.  Actually, maybe he was asleep?   I don’t know the planets but there is a bright one in the eastern sky before sunrise.Sunrise Fireworks

Oh, and with the trained eye, you can see a few agates there on the beach!  Haven’t seen those in a while 🙂

Full MoonSet at 6:45am
Full MoonSet at 6:45am

ByeBye moon!

Maybe, if I wake up at the same time tomorrow and the weather is the same, I’ll get an even better shot of the moonset from Tillicum Beach Campground?

Beach Vacations on the Oregon Coast

Red in the morning, Sailors take warning…

However, the forecast is only 10% chance of rain today and 0% through the Labor Day weekend. 🙂

Arnold Beach Haven
Arnold Beach Haven

Arnold Beach Haven’s Sandy Shores property is just north of Tillicum Beach Campground.  It is the third house from the creek.  What a beautiful place to vacation!

Minus tide sunrise over Tillicum Campground.

Tillicum Sunrise
Tillicum Sunrise

The campground was NOT full last night.  Reservations ARE full for the Labor Day weekend.  HOWEVER, we have about 20 campsites that are first-come-first-served.

Tillicum Tree Silhouette
Tillicum Tree Silhouette

Many of the campsites are on the edge of the bluff, overlooking the beach.  Two beach access stairways, with 20 steps, get you to the beach from the campground.

Get here early in the day to get the best campsite.

Banana Slug
Banana Slug

Hey!   You!   Banana Slug!   Get off my mat!

Check out our website for other campgrounds that we manage near the Oregon Coast.

Sunrise, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset

Reminded me of the song from Fiddler on the Roof: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/fiddlerontheroof/sunrisesunset.htm

Sunrise

This Morning On Tillicum Beach
This Morning On Tillicum Beach

Sunset

Tillicum Camping Sunset
Tillicum Camping Sunset

Sunrise

Pelicans Flying
Pelicans Flying

Sunset

Fireball Sunset from Tillicum Campground
Fireball Sunset from Tillicum Campground

These are from last night and this morning.  The temps are cooler so the fog has exited the coastline!

Sunny Morning on Tillicum Beach

Okay, fog bank, stay RIGHT there!   You come any closer and I will hurt you!

Tillicum Fog Bank
Tillicum Fog Bank

I have to get up mighty early lately to see the sun.  But it’s 10:30am now and I still see it so maybe it will stick around today?

Whimbrels
Whimbrels

I’ve only seen a whimbrel on Tillicum Beach one other time.  They migrate through the area – not sure where they stay for the winter or summer.  But it’s fun to see something other than crows and seagulls for a change.  There were about a dozen whimbrels this morning.

Big Creek Sunrise
Big Creek Sunrise

One of my favorite pastime is walking north, from Tillicum Campground, to the big creek to see how it’s path has changed with the last tide.  It was really different this morning.  No longer a straight shot out to the surf.  It looks like it really spread out to find its way to the ocean after the high tide.

Minus tides start on Wednesday! :-}

Waiting for the Green Flash

But the green flash never appeared.

The light sky baited me out to the beach for a nice, although quick, walk this morning.

Tillicum sunrise looking north
Tillicum sunrise looking north

I said “quick” because there was a huge, dark, cloud making its way across the ocean.

Tillicum sunrise from low tide
Tillicum sunrise from low tide

So there was a little bit of color in the sky.  Then it turned a little drizzely.   We got our driving done early so we could spend the sunny afternoon working in Tillicum Campground.

Tillicum Sunset
Tillicum Sunset

It was looking like it would be a great sunset.  So I warned Don that I’d be leaving the table, in the middle of dinner, if there was color in the sky.

Clouds blocking green flash
Clouds blocking green flash

The closer the sun got to the horizon, the more I could see these “tiny” little clouds way out on the horizon.

Tillicum Sunset from Site 31
Tillicum Sunset from Site 31

We were reflecting today on why the friday before Easter is called “Good” Friday.  My first thought was that, if I’d been there I don’t think I would have considered it a good day.  However, apparently “Good” is an interpretation of the word “Holy”.  That day certainly was a holy day for Jesus Christ and all His followers; and it still is…over 2000 years later.  What a gift He has given me in that intercessory prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.