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Monday, March 12, 2007

Apres le Deluge, Les Oiseaux! (After the Deluge, the Birds!)

We had a 5- or 6-hour downpour from very early this morning until about 9AM or so, which delayed Bear's and my walk. We chose to go to the Seabrook Park and Wildlife Refuge, where we walked last week, but this time we crossed the road and followed the path to Pine Gully Park and to the edge of Galveston Bay.

On our way through the park I heard a hawk chirruping from the top of a dead tree; as I looked it flew away. It had a white underbelly and looked to be grey above. It MAY have been a White-tailed Hawk, which lives on the Texas Coast.

*begins jumping up and down excitedly, chanting in a singsong child voice* "I saw a Roseate Spoonbill! I saw a Spoonbill!" It was dredging along the gully in what is probably brackish water. What a treat! There were plenty of egrets of all sorts, and some gulls.

The sky above the bay was blue-violet and the water was light brown (silty as always), with white caps. It was probably Bear's first smell of the bay close up, with its scent of salt and sea creatures. On the walk back to the car, I caught a glimpse of a Wood Thrush moving through the underbrush. YAY!

No alligators or snakes to report today *sighs in relief*.

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