Howdy!

It’s so good to be back on line!  The sleet and freezing rain in Texas knocked out our internet and cable for a couple of days.  There was starting to be a lot of grumbling and worrying about whether we would have TV in time for the Superbowl — we have a lot of Wisconsinites down here — but our services were fully restored today.  *whew*  A riot avoided.

We had four days with lows well down into the 20s and the highs barely into the 30s.  Today I went to the three birding areas in town:  Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Paradise Pond, and Charlie’s Pasture.  There are ducks.  There are turtles.  There are a few Great Blue Herons.  Not much else.  I think most of the birds flew south to Mexico!!!  I hope all the other birds are okay — there were a couple of turkey vultures circling Charlie’s Pasture that bothered me a little…I tried to look healthy.

My 2.5 mile walk on the paths through Charlie’s Pasture and back out was rewarded with a nice long look at this Reddish Egret.  I think this is a juvenile.  He doesn’t have the long shaggy feathers of an adult, but he definitely has the rust and blue-gray feathers.

He was so much fun to watch!  He was fishing in this pond, and he takes a few slow steps, then a full-out run, then stops.  Repeat.  Sometimes he would raise his wings up umbrella style as he was running.  Very showy.

Reddish Egret, Juvenile

It was so good to get out of the condo and enjoy the sunshine today.  I think we’ve all had quite enough cold, windy weather (although most of January was quite mild).  I didn’t see or hear a single Black-Crowned Night Heron at Paradise Pond, so hopefully they will be back this month.

And Carol, I’ll do a turtle post soon — just for you!

Sue

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