Thursday, November 09, 2006

RGV: Thursday

Today's field trip to King Ranch included some revelations. I had no idea that duct tape comes in multiple colors! Did everyone but me know that you can buy red, green and brown duct tape, not just silver?

When we disembarked from the bus, the field trip leaders--Tom Langschied, Brian Williams, Gavin Bieber and Jay Packer--dispensed tape to cover shoelaces and wrap around ankles to deter sand burrs and chiggers, respectively. Yep, we looked like a bunch of dorks. Nope, you don't get to see a photo of our dorkness.

Instead, you get to look at this:

Nice, eh?

We spend a good amount of time looking for and at a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. Four spotting scopes at two locations allowed everyone to eventually peek at the well-hidden little bird.

After everyone had seen the owl, I enjoyed a slightly longer view. The owl turned its head a couple times, and its blazing yellow eyes surprised me with their intensity. Very cool bird.

I also enjoyed looking at the flora and fauna. Can someone tell me the names of this flower and this caterpillar? (Click on the image for a larger version.)



The other avian highlight, for me, was the White-tailed Hawk. We saw it perched a fair distance away and looked at it through the spotting scopes. Then it began flying toward us and soaring with Turkey Vultures. What a beautiful raptor!

4 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

I went to the El Canelo ranch a few years ago. It's a sure spot for that owl. Of course, it was basically the windiest day in TX history and the bird didn't show!

Congrats on the sighting! No clue on the flowers or cat. It's most likely a moth caterpillar.

November 10, 2006 11:19 AM  
Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

The only reason I know that duct tape comes in many colors is because my husband does alot of business writing and he did a story about a company called "Duck Tape". They have alot of nice colors...no more silver duct tape for me!

November 11, 2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

Actually, your flower looks like some type of Hibiscus.

November 13, 2006 6:26 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

A miniature hibiscus? It was less than an inch wide.

November 14, 2006 1:22 PM  

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