Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Grand Opening!

Saturday, April 1, 2017 was the Grand Opening of The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77070.  It’s an 80 acre park with approximately 40 of the acres being Marshall Lake.  There is a nice, wide, paved 1.7 mile trail that surrounds the lake along with beautiful trees. Various members of Harris County Precinct 4 worked diligently with the help of Prestonwood Forest Utility District and the generous land donation by Vincent Kickerillo and Kickerillo Companies and Walt Mischer, Jr., Mischer Investments. Harri County Commissioner of Precinct 4, Mr. Jack Cagle was instrumental in getting this project completed along with Dennis Johnston, Harris County Precint 4 Parks Administrator, Jim Robertson and so many more that were mentioned at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that I couldn’t remember everyone – but thanks to all!!!

I had never been to a Preserve or Park’s Grand Opening so I decided this would be a first! So happy I went! There were free Pontoon Boat rides around the lake, free canoe rides, Multiple passenger Golf Cart rides around the 1.7 mile trail, cookies, sodas, water, food trucks, scavenger hunts and booths illustrating more about our parks, etc.  I was fortunate enough to ride the second Pontoon boat I believe and had a super nice guide telling us more about the park and future plans including its’ eventual connection to the 100 Acre Wood Preserve.  He said an alligator, bald eagle, beaver and lots of birds have already been spotted.  I believe he was also a part of “Trails as Parks” which I plan to further explore as apparently if you can gather a group of 10 or more you are really able to capitalize on their services such as the pontoon boat ride, etc.

Anyway, had a blast – here’s the photos!

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Marshall Lake and the Pontoon boat (waiting for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to begin).
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Food truck were ready for the celebration.
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Here’s the layout of the new park
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The Scouts presented our flags to kick off the Grand Opening
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Plenty of folks showed up for the Grand Opening
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Dennis Johnston, Harris County Precinct 4 Parks Administrator – you could see his passion towards this project and dedication.
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R. Jack Cagle, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner showing off the Park’s new patches designating the Park stripe. I will say Mr. Cagle was quite the entertaining presenter.
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Walt Mischner, Jr. and R. Jack Cagle
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Vincent Kickerillo, who was pretty darn funny and R. Jack Cagle
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Kevin Roberts, State Representative for House District 126 and his pretty wife, Hollie.  He and his wife seemed like very nice people.
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Let’s cut that ribbon and officially open this Preserve!
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Marshall Lake – taken while on the 1.7 mile track tour

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I’m ready to ride!
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Here we go!
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I feel awful that I neglicted to get this nice gentleman’s name, but he was a wonderful guide! You can tell how much he loves his job too!! Nice to hear that!!
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Booths set up to schedule the Pontoon rides, Golf Cart Trail Tours and more activities.  All of the booth folks were extremely nice and helpful!
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Lots of people opted to try canoeing and these two gentlemen were VERY patient and sweet helping everyone get in without tumbling over 🙂

Thanks to everyone for the Grand Opening but more importantly, another great park and Preserve!

Until next time…thanks for visiting!!

Elizabeth and Max (he said it was too hot out for him to tag along-he’s such a spoiled little pup! 🙂 )

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Adventures in Birds

Adventures in Birds is a wonderful place that’s one of a kind in Houston! Opened in 1980, this is a bird lover’s paradise!

 

You’ll see this sign at 7414 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055 to welcome your arrival.  There are so many bird cages there my lens couldn’t capture it all!

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This sweet little cockatiel greeted me in the bird room.

 

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Peachfaced Love Birds happily looked at me with curiosity – I think they’re so cute!
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Beautiful little yellow canaries (sorry about the pix but hard to do while in cage)
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Ecectus Parrot – Now that is one stunning bird!!! The color is amazing!! (They have a gorgeous red one too!)
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Want a little guy with some pizazz? How about this Red Fronted Macaw?
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This Cockatoo was so sweet and bashful looking!
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Of course they have (Budgies) Parakeets, Finches of all kinds, Canarys of all colors and tons more if you want a smaller bird.
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I loved the striking colors of this Rose Breasted Cockatoo!! Gorgeous!!
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Love that this guy is right at home – not a care in the world!! I also spotted two cute cats running around too – one black and white sporting a super shiny coat who was rather curious and one doing what cats love to do – napping!

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This little one was visiting for grooming while I was there.  The lovely couple had him for over 20 years!!

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Beautiful right?!
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So you want some toys for your special little bird??? Pretty sure you will find it here!!
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Need any kind of seeds, treats, etc. – This is only a PORTION of what’s available here!
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It just goes on and on of the things you’ll be able to get your feathered friend!
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The nice gentleman working there on Sunday, took this huge guy/gal? out for a little photo shoot for me 🙂 – thanks! It’s a Blue and Gold Macaw who was very friendly.
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How could you not LOVE that face!?!
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What a character!!!

If you are in the Houston area and looking for bird grooming, need to safely board your feathered buddy or want to get a new friend, why not support this independent instead of some big chain store – these people care and are very knowledgeable! My Dad went to them for years for his African Grey or I may not have known they existed! Great place to visit and fulfill all your birding needs!

Thanks as always for taking time out of your day to stop and visit!

Elizabeth and Max (who is a bit scared of birds so he passed on this trip).

 

 

 

Do you know who I am? Birding help needed :)

Happy Monday! Whoo Hoo! Does anyone know what this bird is? I found this one (above) at Galveston State Park in Galveston, Texas.

Update:  The pink bird is a Roseate Spoonbill

 

I am new to birding and really a lack of “models” (for practicing photography) is what got me started into birding.  That said, I am really not sure what any of these birds are so if you know, I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know 🙂

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No clue about this bird either??? Help! (Can’t recall if I found this little birdie at Edith Moore Sanctuary or Bear Creek Park but both are in Houston, TX)                                                             UPDATE:  This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (female)
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Then there is this unknown little guy I found in Bear Creek Park in Houston, Texas     UPDATE:  This is a Tufted Titmouse

 

Have a happy and beautiful today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wake Up And Let Your Little Light Shine! It’s Saturday=Happyday!

Hope everyone have a wonderful weekend and let’s their little lights shine!!! This little dude is better than putting plugs in your ears and he had a beautiful song to sing!

No clue what kind of bird this is but I liked his tunes
No clue what kind of bird this is but I liked his tunes

Happy Weekend!

Max and his Human Elizabeth

Alligators-Too Close for Comfort?! Am I a TOTAL Idiot?!? (Anything for a photo!) Brazos Bend Park (photo overload)

What’s a girl to do when she sees a gator a mere 2 feet from her?? Yep, take a photo (sssh…don’t tell my children as they were mad at me last time I did this :)). That said, I was pretty much shocked as later in the day, I saw a grandfather position his 7 (ish) year old granddaughter about the same distance as I was earlier in the day with her back to the gator for a photo! Guess I felt it was one thing for me-an adult to have “risky behavior” but not a kid!!! Luckily, Grandma came trudging along and well, Grandpa should feel fortunate HE’s still alive – if looks could kill, well…Grandma was NOT happy about the “photo shoot”!

Anyway, the day at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, TX was slightly humid and sky’s kept looking like rain all day but I only got drizzle a time or two. Sorry, the photos reflect the yucky but fun day. Now it’s time to soak my feet!!! I’m exhausted!!

P.S.  This park also has the George Observatory – it’s pretty incredible to see the moon from there on a clear night!!! (And I’m not even all that “into” that but it REALLY is cool!!)

P.P.S. If you have little ones and want to see other things nearby, the George Ranch Historical Park is very close by!

Trivia:  Alligator eggs become male or female based on temperature, you’ll have a female in colder weather and male in warmer weather.

Alligators like to stay in groups call congregations.

Alligators can’t internally control their temperatures so they bathe in the sun to increase their temps.

As long as there’s an incline, they can climb! Better start looking in trees!

Warning Sign! Alligator Safety. (I saw this AFTER I snuck my "risky" photo) at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas
Warning Sign! Alligator Safety. (I saw this AFTER I snuck my “risky” photo).
They aren't kidding! Lots of Gators in this park!!!
They aren’t kidding! Lots of Gators in this park!!!
Today I am gifting you with this lovely (being sarcastic) Turkey Vulture photo from Brazos Bend State Park in Texas - NOT gonna win ANY Beauty Awards!!!
Today I am gifting you with this lovely (being sarcastic) Turkey Vulture photo from Brazos Bend State Park in Texas – NOT gonna win ANY Beauty Awards!!! Notice this hole in his nose area…weird..they don’t have septums so their nostrils are perforate! I also learned if they feel threatened they vomit their stomach acids…ok, looks gross, is gross!
After getting lost (and NO I won't admit this to ANY of my family members! ha!) I had to take a break!
After getting lost on the trails (and NO I won’t admit this to ANY of my family members! ha!) I had to take a break! Seems Boy Scouts have donated a vast majority of the benches throughout the trails and parks – nice 🙂
Why can't the water look less like Galveston, Texas' beaches! Gross!
Why can’t the water look less like Galveston, Texas’ beaches! Gross! (But just “keeping it real” 🙂
Beautiful trails are throughout the park. Suggestion: GPS where you park your car so you don't get lost like me!
Beautiful trails are throughout the park. Suggestion: GPS where you park your car so you don’t get lost like me!
Very tranquil and not a bunch of people!
Very tranquil and not a bunch of people!
Bad photo but thought it was funny :)
Bad photo but thought it was funny 🙂 These ducks eyes are creepy red!!
See those red eyes - dude...Visine!!!
See those red eyes – dude…Visine or Clear Eyes!!! This is an American Coot.
And here we had another charming character that scared the Cr#p out of me when I looked up and saw what had just used the potty above me!!!
And here we had another charming character that scared the Cr#p out of me when I looked up and saw what had just used the potty above me!!! This is a Black Vulture who thank God didn’t poo on me!
Great Blue Heron. This guy was super quite and I almost missed him! They like to hide in the water weeds
Great Blue Heron. This guy was super quite and I almost missed him! They like to hide in the water weeds.
Blurry shot of the Great Blue Heron flying away - they're huge!
Blurry shot of the Great Blue Heron flying away – they’re huge!
More of the Brazos Bend State Park
More of the Brazos Bend State Park
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
One big old Gator!!
One big old Gator!!

 

Any idea what this is?
This, come to find out this morning is an immature White Ibis! Found a super cool app – Merlin Bird ID and it showed me immediately – yea!!!

 

This one was a real show off
This one was a real show off (I think this is a Black Bellied Whistling Duck)
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Screened shelters at Brazos Bend State Park
The playground is near the Screened Shelters
The playground is near the Screened Shelters
Beautiful picnic area at Brazos Bend State Park
Beautiful picnic area at Brazos Bend State Park
You really can't be bored here!
You really can’t be bored here!
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Nature Center
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Happy Trails!!!

Me in 2015 holding a baby gator

Me in 2015 holding a baby gator

Thanks for visiting!

Elizabeth and Max

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I told Ma she can’t post ALL these photos without one of ME!!!

 

 

 

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Enjoy bird watching? Go to Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary and get your Zen on!

Off Memorial Drive, you will discover one of Houston’s hidden gems –   The Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary an 18 acre sanctuary with a 1932 log cabin (but I’ll allow you to discover more of the history when you’re visiting-can’t ruin all the surprise effects for ya!) . If you need to escape from your fast paced life but don’t have time to go anywhere…try this enjoying nature in this little slice of paradise.   Check the link for open/close times but generally 7am-7pm via automatic locking gate.  This is a popular place for birding folks and people looking for a peaceful walk.  If you need some tranquility in your life along with some pretty birds and rabbits grab your car keys and head out. Oh and did I mention ….it’s FREE 🙂 entertainment!

Note:  Parking is actually in the church parking lot of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (look for the chain link fence and gate – it will be obvious-see below photo) at 12955 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079

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Advice:  Bring your camera, bug spray, comfy shoes and I’d suggest whatever the weather says, plan on it being at least 5-10 degrees hotter while in the sanctuary.  It can get pretty hot and humid towards to warmer months. Also, morning is best for you bird watchers.Oh, here is a pdf map you can print of the trails. Enjoy!!!

Max gives this place 2 paws up and says thanks for visiting Houston Photo Journey!

Northern Cardinal Bird
Northern Cardinal Bird (1/800 sec – ISO 400 – F 6.3)
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal (1/800 sec – ISO 800 – F6.3)
Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (1/800 sec – F6.3 – ISO 800)
Northern Cardinall
Northern Cardinal – (My good luck bird 🙂 ) (1/800 sec – F6.3 – ISO 800)
Squirrel
Squirrel
Robin bird
Robin Bird (1/800 sec – F6.3 – ISO 800)
Bunny
Bunny (does anyone know what kind this is??)

Found some 2015 Photos Shown Below:

2015 Hairy Woodpecker (sorry so blurry!)
2015 Hairy Woodpecker (sorry so blurry!)
Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Taken in 2015)
Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Taken in 2015)

Bear Creek Pioneers Park-Houston, TX (Birds and more)

Bear Creek Pioneers Park hold lots of memories for me as a teenager you can’t imagine the amount of people who would invade the park making a drive around the park take forever in bumper to bumper traffic! It was a big hang out place…that is until they made it illegal to have alcohol in the park.  Now, the park stays relatively quite and families are coming back.  But those past days were great cruising the park and spotting your friends (and boys) and mingling with tons of others there!

Here are some birds and ducks I’ve found around the park.

Sure would appreciate if anyone knows what some of these are please tell me! 

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Duck
Duck
Duck
Duck
I think this is a Great Egret (but not sure)
I think this is a Great Egret (but not sure) Does anyone know if that’s correct??

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Horse at Bear Creek Park
Horse at Bear Creek Park
American Robin
American Robin

Bird at Bear Creek Park

Bird at Bear Creek Park – Pretty sure it’s a Hermit Thrush?

Northern Cardinal at Bear Creek Pioneers Park - 2017-02-18

Northern Cardinal at Bear Creek Pioneers Park – 2017-02-18

Bluebird at Bear Creek Pioneers Park - 2017-02-18
Bluebird at Bear Creek Pioneers Park – 2017-02-18

Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker in Bear Creek Pioneers Park Houston TX

Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker in Bear Creek Pioneers Park Houston TX 2017-02-07

Savannah Sparrow at Bear Creek Pioneers Park - Dec. 2016
Savannah Sparrow at Bear Creek Pioneers Park – Dec. 2016
Unknown - anyone know??
Unknown – anyone know??
Black Crow at Bear Creek Pioneers Park Houston TX 2017-02-22
Black Crow at Bear Creek Pioneers Park Houston TX 2017-02-22
Great Egret??? At Bear Creek Park on 2017-02-11 Houston TX
Great Egret??? At Bear Creek Park on 2017-02-11

Unknown - anyone know??

Unknown – anyone know??


Pulled from VisitHoustonTexas.com

walking trails, an equestrian trail, a small zoo (including buffalos, an ostrich, and emus) and aviary, playgrounds, soccer fields, little league and softball fields, four lighted tennis courts, eight picnic pavilions, horseshoe courts, and hundreds of picnic tables a“Bear Creek Park is 2,168 acres and has grills. Near the aviary ducks can been seen walking freely around a pond. The park also has restrooms all around the park and drinking water fountains.”


Time To Leave Bear Creek Park

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