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February 2013

We spent the better part of a week in southern Texas (mostly Mustang Island) in a Road Scholars program emphasizing birding; Linda Fuiman was our group leader and Nan Dietert the instructor, and we got some exposure to the University of Texas Marine Sciences Institute (UTMSI).  Then we spent a day and a half visiting various places in the general area.  As you can see, I've learned a lot!

Durham, NC  2/28/13

       
Field Pansy        

Durham, NC  2/27/13

       
Jumping spider        

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC  2/24/13

       
Trout Lily        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  late February

       
Honeybee on unknown herbivore (White-tailed Deer?) scat        

Durham, NC 2/15/13

       
Flower fly        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  2/12/13

       
Spring Azure        

South Texas Botanical Gardens, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, TX 2/8/13

 
American Snout Queen (ventral view) Queen (dorsal view) Cuban Anole  

More from Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas, Nueces County, TX  2/7/13

 
Snowy Egret Black-necked Stilts and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Green-winged Teal Male Northern Shoveler  

 
Male Northern Shoveler Male Northern Shoveler Northern Shovelers Male Northern Shoveler  

 
Pied-billed Grebe Great Egret Female Northern Shoveler Blue-winged Teal  

     
Black-necked Stilts Tricolored Heron      

Mustang Island (outside Port Aransas), Nueces County, TX  2/7/13

   
Red-breasted Merganser Fruits of a succulent plant near the water A group of cormorants, gulls, terns and wading birds on a spit of land coming off the beach.    

   
Tiny shore bug (Pentacora signoreti) Another shore bug of the same species Little Blue Heron    

The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas, Nueces County, TX  2/7/13

 
Common Gallinule (until recently known as Common Moorhen)     Male Red-winged Blackbird  

 
Subadult Green-winged Teal Male Redhead Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage A male Green-winged Teal and two female Northern Shovelers  

Port Aransas (ocean beach), TX  2/7/13

     
Portuguese Man-of-war Another Portuguese Man-of-War      

Port Aransas (ocean beach), TX  2/6/13

   
Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Probably a Royal Tern    

Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Rockport, TX  2/6/13

It was foggy and starting into a heavy rain when I took these photos from a tour boat (MV Skimmer).

     
Whooping Cranes Whooping Cranes, an adult and juvenile      

University of Texas at the Marine Science Institute, Nueces County, TX  2/5/13

     
Snowy Egret on the edge of a drainage pond.  Netting may be there to prevent erosion. Another Snowy Egret in a different location      

Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, Nueces County, TX 2/5/13 and 2/7/13 (the last three)

American White Pelican Great Southern White Ambush Bug on aster Reddish Egret Same Reddish Egret doing what I understand to be its famous dance

 
Ice Plants Mating flies Wildflowers Loggerhead Shrike  

Paradise Pond, Port Aransas, Nueces County, TX 2/5/13 & 2/7/13

 
Couch's Kingbird Great Kiskadee Yellow-rumped Warbler Black-crowned Night Heron  

Port Aransas, Nueces County, TX, 2/5/13

These birds showed up at various marshes along the highway on Mustang Island, at the end of which Port Aransas is located.

 
A Roseate Spoonbill and a Snowy Egret Their comparative sizes shown Another Roseate Spoonbill.  Their beak shapes show well. Long-billed Curlew  

Gulf of Mexico beach, Port Aransas, Nueces County, TX  2/4/13

   
Royal Terns and a gull Royal Terns Female Merlin    

   
Southern Skipperling Monarch A neighborhood mudflat    

Durham, NC 2/3/13

       
Orb weaver (male Araneus miniata)        

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