Another interesting day at the bird feeding station
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Yet another dull, grey day spitting a little drizzle now and then, gets me starting to wonder if the sun will ever make another appearance here in south Texas. Yet I am very happy with the blind and feeder setup here, right next to the motorhome. I am able to draw in quite a few birds, with new varieties showing up each day. The Salineno bird feeding site I visited last week was where I figured I would be spending all my time while here, yet I have not even thought about going back down there since I really don’t see how I could do any better than what I am getting right here. Plus this is a heck of a lot more convenient and also more comfortable, what a great campsite!
My only serious drawbacks here, in addition to no decent light since the sun refuses to cooperate, are the clouds of red wing blackbirds that hover around the campsite waiting for me to drop my attention so they can come in and clean out the feeders, and the campgrounds’ resident gang of javelinas. When I was here a few years back, I remember the birders at the Salineno site would use a slingshot to scare the blackbirds off when they would descend, sometimes by the hundreds, to clean out their feeders, so far here, I only have to clap my hands or bang on the side of the motorhome to get them to leave… but, they do always return.
The javelinas are another story! They are not easily discouraged and will only leave if I physically chase them out, and, of course, they return the instant I get back in the blind. They completely ignore my yelling or clapping from inside the blind or the motorhome, even though they are only 15 feet away, and my attempts to throw rocks at them from inside the confines of the blind are a little pathetic and produce no results. Today, while I took a lunch break, they somehow managed to once again rip down my platform feeder and devour a day’s worth of seed and lard/peanut butter mix, along with a couple of oranges, all in a manner of just minutes. They are really starting to annoy me.
Newcomers today were two birds I really do not know what they are, if anyone out there can help me identify these two, I would really appreciate it! I am only guessing when I label this one a female Nashville warbler and I can find nothing in my bird books to identify the other, even though you would think the striped head would make identification quite easy.
The Inca doves were new to me and the Eurasian-collared dove also. I am a little confused about the collared dove ID, since the Eurasian-collared dove and the Collared turtle dove are both present in Texas and, to me, look quite similar, and I do see a slight difference in the two photos of these collared doves, so who knows? Again. if anyone out there can help out, I would appreciate it!