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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.

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.