Guiding a group of intrepid Wimberley Birding Society birders at the beautiful Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool, Tx and surrounding area. Weather projection for great sightings is optimal....thank goodness, because I'm camping and don't enjoy sleeping out in the rain or cold! Some of our favorite sightings were the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, Scott's Oriole and we heard the White-tipped Dove.
The 18th Annual Butterfly Day has now come and gone. I am always happy , privileged and honored to play a small role in this event. My table was stationed in one of my favorite locations in the gardens....at the chess set! I remember the 1st Butterfly Day eighteen years ago.... there were a small handful of butterflies released and activity tables set up... it was very quiet and peaceful. This year it has grown to a cacophony of sights and sounds...people everyone, equally inspired by the awakening of Spring and Life. I had a great day guiding Bird Walks around the Gardens...best sighting of the day was the Indigo Bunting! I met many nice folks, whom I will be in contact with for my 1st Tuesday Bird Walks in and around Wimberley. Looking forward to raising and releasing a cage of butterflies at the 2017 Festival!
An enthusiastic group of birders gathered at the Wimberley Community Center, bright and early to begin their quest for birds on Tax Day 2016 (April 15). After a rousing chant of our BIRDER mantra (Better Identification Reduces Doubt & Enhances Results) we broke into three teams: #1-The Broadwinged Road Stoppers (Tom T., Sally E., Linda L., Suzanne J. and me).. #2-The Hill Country Hooters (Bill & Bobbie W, Nan & Don P., & Jan H.)...and #3- The Newbies & Oldbies ( David G., Lila M., Jim & Mitzie W., Lynne S., and Susan N.) and headed out on a competitive quest to find local bird species. After three hours spent at the Patsy Glenn Refuge, Woodcreek North and Blue Hole Park we reconvened to tally up group numbers. The teams sighted a collective 57 species for the morning. Everyone then gathered at Milagros for the Annual Awards Luncheon where Team #1 was awarded with the coveted traveling Grand Champoin(sp) Trophy Cup for having the most sightings....I was proud to receive the Red Cardinal Award for being the Most Valuable Birder (of the Ear). It was a most fun and memorable morning and my calendar is marked for the Tax Day 2017 competition!
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