Tag Archive: Texas

The ecstasy and irony of finally getting that special lifer: the Swainson’s Warbler

The following is a guest post, written by my husband, Stephen Hannington.  I have been a keen bird watcher since I was six years old when a cousin introduced me to the world… Continue reading

Chasing Parakeets and Parrots

I’m trying to imagine how this looks to the folks in town. A bunch of white vans driving up and down the streets of Harlingen, Texas, driving slow and occasionally stopping as eight… Continue reading

Finding Refuge

First of all, let’s get this out of the way: We were able to shower this morning. Good news all around. It’s our second day at the Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival in… Continue reading

Partly cloudy with no chance of showers

HOLY CRAP! THE ALARM DIDN’T GO OFF! We fly out of bed. There’s no time to shower. (Sorry all you people we had to sit next to on the bus.) Thank goodness I… Continue reading

Choices, warnings and surprises: All in a day of birding

What’s better than brisket on my breakfast tacos? Not much, except the fact that our neighborhood kisses the Balcones National Wildlife System. That’s better. Way better, in fact. And it’s where you can pretty… Continue reading

Where there’s 350,000+ Purple Martins there’s a party

First there were about 50 birds up in the sky circling overhead. Then another group came in—this time a hundred or so. It was still pretty light outside. Then bigger groups of Purple… Continue reading

Nighthawks, Dickcissels and Boat-tailed Grackles at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Boy, what a difference in just one day. The same day Central Texas was being pummeled with flash floods and tornado warnings last May we were about 200 miles away at Anahuac National Wildlife… Continue reading

Great Egret and her chicks: Learning to eat takes practice

Think about it. You probably weren’t that adept at eating right off the bat, were you? Chocolate all over your face. Cheerios strewn on the floor beneath your high chair. And let’s not… Continue reading

The Roseate Spoonbill Project

First spark It was in Rio Lagartos, Mexico on our honeymoon on a little motorized boat in the middle of an estuary that flows into the Gulf of Mexico. It was that day–that moment–when I… Continue reading

When momma calls it’s time for some crawdads

“Go to the next lookout and you’ll see the Purple Gallinule and her chicks.” That’s what another birder told us just after we arrived at the Smith Oaks Sanctuary at High Island. I was… Continue reading