Having had some other things to do in La Porte, Texas, I decided to check out Sylvan Beach for the first time. Well, good news/bad news…of course I just “happened” to go when they were getting ready for a huge firework show and event with Clay Walker singing, etc. so the beach was closed! However, good news is that I was allowed to hurry and snap a few quick photos as a favor and will likely return soon 🙂 ! It seemed nice, quite and pretty. Just not sure if that was due to it being closed or not…stay tuned on that part 🙂
As my daughter’s “Hoosier” Dad pointed out recently, the Northern Cardinal is Indiana’s Official State Bird and has been since 1933. However, Indiana is not alone…Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia all choose this as their State Bird! The males are the beautiful red ones, the females are the brown ones with reddish wings. I just think they are beautiful and sound so cheerful! To me, they have always been associated with a sign of good luck and happiness! I always tell my kids, when I see my Red Cardinals, I know it’s a good omen and will be a wonderful day!
Mary Jo Peckham Park at 5597 Gardenia Lane, Katy, TX 77493 is a beautiful 32 acre park in the heart of Katy, Texas that was built in 1991 and designed to provide fun for children, families, elderly and those with disabilities in mind. Want to play 18 rounds of miniature golf? Either bring your own gear or stop by the community center and borrow a putter and ball from them – FREE! Please call for their hours and rules but pretty sure you still just need a Texas Driver’s License to borrow or use the facilities.
Photo: Micah was having fun at the park with her Mom
Today’s post is all about Birds of Prey! While at the San Jacinto Day festival, I was privileged to witness a demonstration on Birds of Prey graciously put on by the San Antonio based, nonprofit organization – Last Chance Forever. They are “dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey, scientific investigation, and also just as importantly, the education of the public” (source: LastChanceForever.org).
The show was definitely *****5 Stars worthy!!!!
Photo: Ms. Kelly Rayner, Program Coordinator-Last Chance Forever, San Antonio,TX (Holding a Northern Crested Caracara). You can really see the huge talons and wing strength!
Photo: Northern Crested Caracara – What a truly beautiful bird! According to Rapture Technician, Mr. Ian Joplin, (and lifesaver for this article!), the Caracara’s are very intelligent birds that can hunt and eat carrion, sometimes incorrectly referred to as a Mexican Eagle.
The trust level these birds have for both Ms. Rayner and Mr. Schmid is amazing as they showed us the bird’s release and immediate return back to both handlers.
Photo: Ms. Kelly Rayner (Left)(Holding a A juvenile Bay-winged Hawk or Harris’ Hawk, both names are accepted) and Mr. Robert Schmid, Volunteer for Last Chance Forever (Right)
Photo: Here we a close up of the stunning juvenile Bay-winged Hawk/Harris’ Hawk
This is a hybrid falcon, a cross between a Sakar Lanner and a Lanner Falcon
Photo: This hybrid falcon, a cross between a Sakar Lanner and a Lanner Falconlitte was too cute!
I wanted to give you a perspective on the size of this Barred Owl
What a truly remarkable and stunning bird!!! Isn’t it just magnificent!!!!
This Barred Owl was just so captivating to look at I HAD to get a close up!
This red phase Eastern Screech Owl, (the red is a recessive trait to more common gray phase) was the cutest little thing ever!!!
Look at the HUGE size of this magnificent Golden Eagle!
Gorgeous isn’t it? What a rare opportunity for those of us in the audience to see such a bird!
The Golden Eagle (above)
Stunning isn’t it!
So glad I was able to see this unbelievable demonstration!! I was sad to say goodbye to the Golden Eagle!
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!
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! 🙂 )
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!
This is the signage at 7414 Westview Drive, Houston, Texas 77055
My camera couldn’t capture ALL of the bird cages!!
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!
This little one was visiting for grooming while I was there. The lovely couple had him for over 20 years!!
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).
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 🙂