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Bastille Day Tricolored Herons

I didn’t have binoculars  at Elmendorf Lake yesterday so I spent some extra time checking out the heron rookery with bare eyeballs.  I’ve never noticed it before, but there’s at least one family of tricolored herons  roosting around the southeast corner of the heron island, easily observed from Our Lady of the Lake’s parking lot.…

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Wild Parrots of Concepcion

A nanday (black-hooded) parakeet of the group sometimes appearing around Jefferson High School.   I spent months checking for these birds all around the neighborhood and Balcones Heights. Finally they showed up out of nowhere, and that day, immediately started a nest-building exercise, using scraps of palm bark.  There are lots of big old palm trees…

The Hummingbird in Winter

Visited Patty Paztor to check out a green hummingbird she’s been seeing, wondering if this could be the interesting Anna’s hummingbird which neither of us gets to see often.  I called out a few vague pointers.  “Does it look fat?  Dark?  Big headed?  Neckless?  Green underneath?”  When I arrived Patty had milk and cookies ready…