Monthly Archives: March 2014

Napoleonville, Mississippi – I

Recently I made a reconnaissance trip to the Napoleonville stop on the Mississippi Coastal Bird Tour.  The site is just a few miles north of Exit 2 on I-10 in western Hancock County, Mississippi.     Items of interest included some baldcypress habitats along the banks of the Pearl River, some borrow ponds with margins... Continue reading »
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Saturday Movie Review – Royal Wedding

For me the highlight of the movie is a song and dance routine depicting a lovers spat. Girl:  “I’ll give you one more chance.  Do you love me or don’t ya?” Guy:  “NO, I don’t!” Girl:  “Quit stalling, I want a direct answer!” With that dialogue as a start, the scene lifts off from there. ... Continue reading »
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Smith Oaks Rookery – I

If you go to High Island, Texas, to watch birds, be sure to go to the Smith Oaks rookery site.  As at the Boy Scout Woods site, the Houston Audubon Society (houstonaudubon.org) has done a marvelous job of making the area attractive for birds and user-friendly for bird watchers and photographers.     The primary... Continue reading »
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High Island Crayfish

I stopped at the Roadside Park on the west side of Hwy 124 on the north edge of High Island, Texas.  I had been told that the site was a good one for birding.     I was late in the day and early in the season for all but some yellow-rumped warblers, but I... Continue reading »
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Grackle and Frog

Other than noting their odd whistle-like calls, I really hadn’t paid much attention to boat-tailed grackles or to great-tailed grackles.  However, as I drove slowly along the wildlife drive at the Anahuac NWR, Texas, I spotted a grackle at the edge of the water.  The bird appeared to be eating something so I pulled to... Continue reading »
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Mud Snake

Just recently I made my second-ever sighting of a mud snake. If you can believe this, the snake apparently crawled out of a shallowly ponded area in a wooded swamp and headed directly toward five wetland delineation students sitting in a row on a convenient log while they completed their data sheets. The students, all... Continue reading »
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Birding at the Boy Scout Woods

The folks in charge of the bird watching facilities at High Island, Texas, apparently know how to conduct a bird watching operation.  On a recent visit (before the migration fallouts and crowds of birders), I stopped at the Boy Scout Woods location.  I was impressed.     The first stop was at the Purkey’s Pond... Continue reading »
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Saturday Movie Review – The Affairs of Martha

This is an enjoyable movie with a number of scenes which are worth the price of admission by themselves.  Many of the character actors in supporting roles should be old friends, even if you don’t know or can’t remember their names. The overall feel of the movie, for me, was one of being back home... Continue reading »
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Anahuac NWR Birds – II

This white ibis was one of many that appeared to be using a baldcypress swamp habitat for a rookery     This rookery can be viewed from a distance (across the lake) from the wooden boardwalk on the south side of Interstate Highway 10 on the east bank of the Old and Lost (?Trinity) River.... Continue reading »
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Anahuac NWR Turtles – II

These turtles were basking in the same baldcypress swamp boardwalk area as were the turtles in the earlier post this week.     In this view the “red ear” can be clearly seen, so it must be a red-eared pond slider.     In this view taken from a slightly different photo angle, Pop has... Continue reading »
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