It’s A Birds’ World

The World According to Doray

Some days it’s good to be me. And today was one of those days. After the morning thunderstorms had subsided, I headed to Jacob’s Well Nature Area armed with my eBird app and binoculars. Ah, such a pleasant way to spend a quiet early afternoon. I saw several Painted Buntings, a Golden-fronted Woodpecker and a pair of Hutton’s Vireos just to spout off a few species.

After I returned to my place, I ventured out into the prairie with my new home-made butterfly net to chase and capture grasshoppers for my little flock of chickens. Picture this: wearing green cut-off shorts, and oversized tee shirt and my bright yellow chicken boots, I’m flailing around with a net….sound like an escapee from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? 😋 We’ll, I did indeed net several grasshoppers and my chickies gobbled them up like candy.

Presently, I’m sitting on the back porch…

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Atop of Mount Baldy

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I’ve often paused and bathed in the slice of heaven where I now live… Wimberley. I marvel at Nature and my new rural surroundings. Today, was no less humbling. A mere 4 miles from my house is Mt Baldy.

I ascended the 200+ steps, listening to Bewick’s wrens, Black Crested Titmice, Carolina Chickadees and Eastern Phoebes along the way. And now, here I sit…on top of the world. The views are calming and only disturbed by the motorized vehicle sounds that float up to me.

I currently have this summit to myself and it brings peace to my soul. Yes. I have found heaven on Earth and took the time to bathe in it.

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Day 3: Birding in the Botanical Garden and tour at Maison Des Canuts

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Tom had to go to work today, after all that’s really the reason we came to Lyon. That left me on my own and a bit to my own demise 🤨 I headed back to Parc de la Tete d’Or to focus on the birds. Along the trails I discovered that most of the birds were more photogenic in the Botanical Garden. So first, some of the European birds: Great Tit, European Robin, and Eurasian Magpie

And since I was in the garden:

I logged 21 species, some Lifers for me but no pictures: Eurasian Wren, Eurasian Blue Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Jay and Eurasian Blackcap. There’s a pavilion in the center of the park which covers a piano and a kindly looking gentleman was playing some beautiful classical music.

Knowing it would take me three times as long to navigate the public transportation system, I headed out at…

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