11/4/16 – Estero Llano Grande State Park, Texas

This park is a major birding destination. I spent most of the day there. Warning – they have been inundated with tiny ants from other countries. They do not bite, but just stopping to stand still for pictures, they’ll start climbing up your legs. Dress appropriately!!! That said, I was in sandals and a sundress and it was easier for me to deal with them than some of the people in long pants, shoes and socks – unless they had the socks over the pants. It was very, very hot that day and I would have gone crazy dressed that way. Instead I learned to swat them away…. and luckily they weren’t everywhere!

I think I named the birds correctly. I’m not positive on all, especially the mottled duck.

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Thanks to my friend Nancy, I’m able to correct some birds – the next I would never have gotten … cool, new bird to me, as far as I know – or I’ve just never known what I was looking at :)

White-Faced Ibis

White-Faced Ibis

On another excursion I saw the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher I thought for the first time. This bird I had to zoom way in for and discovered when doing this post, that I had captured one here.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

House Sparrow:
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Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Insects can be beautiful, too.

Insects can be beautiful, too.

Plain Chachalacas

Plain Chachalacas

Golden-fronted woodpecker

Golden-fronted woodpecker

One of a few totem poles

One of a few totem poles

I called this a Great Kiskadee, but new it wasn’t quite right – so now it’s got it’s proper name here.

Kingbird - Maybe Couch's Kingbird

Kingbird – Maybe Couch’s Kingbird

It was also at another location that a sign showed me the Mexican squirrels we find in this area. I’m pretty sure this is one of them. But looking at the two, they are different. ONE of them is the Mexican Squirrel lol … I’m guessing the one in the next post but not really sure.

Mexican Squirrel, I believe

Mexican Squirrel, I believe

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-Necked Stilt on Right

Black-Necked Stilt on Right

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

White Pelican

White Pelican

I did my day backwards. In the morning I spent my time under the cover of trees, for the most part. Because I wanted to see the roseate spoonbills, I should have done things the opposite – as I spent the hottest time of the day in the direct sunlight – and burned my face, nothing new there. And it was worth it when I saw this one!

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Whistling Ducks

Whistling Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

It was a wonderful day and I look forward to going back one or more times next time I’m in this part of Texas.