for the birds

This one’s for my friend Katie Fallon, author of Cerulean Blues and Vulture.

On Goose Island, I saw spotted sandpiper, bufflehead, sanderling, turkey vulture, and black vulture – so many black vultures.

On Padre Island, brown pelican, great blue heron, long-billed curlew, laughing gull, grackle, and Wilson’s plover.

In Port Isabel, a field of snow geese – is that rare?? There is certainly no snow here! It’s T-shirt weather. In fact, I saw the most beautiful sunset, all pinks and purples behind palm trees over perfectly still water giving a pristine reflection of the same – sorry, no pictures, as I was driving. Views like this certainly make the Christmas decorations a little disconcerting.

On the road north of Brownsville, I saw a crested caracara and lots of red-tailed hawk, and a darker bird of prey of about the same size that I could not ID. And turkeys! A whole flock of turkeys, the first I’ve ever seen in the wild! What fun.

Here’s to more!

beach time

From Goose Island I headed south to Padre Island National Seashore. We took a boat to get there:

Hops and Foxy on a boat

and we had a great spot just 100 yards or so from the water, up across the dunes, so I could hear the surf while I slept.

Unfortunately had to get a move-on the next morning to find a public library (for wifi) to get some schoolwork turned in; but it was a lovely short stay. I had my first experience with “the community,” several ladies with dogs stopping by to ask about my lifestyle, whether permanent and for how long, and talk about Hops’s behavior (none of us is done growing yet, though, are we, alas).