In the blog I posted a few weeks ago, I mentioned one of my goals while in Mission was to get a good Road Runner picture. Well, I ended up finding a place in the State Park where I saw them fairly regularly. I also saw them most times I rode to Conway on the bike path. Most of the time they would see me and run off, but a few times I watched them for several minutes. It was interesting watching one of them catch bugs.
I don’t know what the Road Runner in the middle was looking at, but I saw them do this several times. I thought perhaps he was looking up for an Acme Safe falling from the sky!!
In my first Mission, TX blog, I posted a picture of an owl peeking around the tree looking at me. I thought I was special and he just liked me, but I learned he did that to other people also! Here is a better picture of him making sure that I am leaving.
Another bird that folks around here were excited about was the Red-Naped Sapsucker because they are typically not in this area. I didn’t see him the first few weeks, but finally spotted him and then saw him several days hard at work on the same tree.
Notice in the last 2 pictures the sap is running down the tree. A day or 2 later I noticed some butterflies and bees enjoying the sap.
Another first for me was a Verdin.
Most days, I walked, rode my bike and watched the birds. At the Birding Center, they have several Bird Blinds.
Some of the blinds have a water fixture where the birds would drink and bathe. Below is a Green Jay taking a bath.
I leave here on Monday. My original plans were to take about a week and head up to Utah. But in looking at the weather, I decided to take a few weeks to get to Utah. It’s still a bit cold there!! So I am going to quickly go across Texas and New Mexico, then I will spend a couple of weeks in Southern Arizona and make my way up to Northern Arizona for a few days. Hopefully by the time I get to Utah it will be a bit warmer!