After my hike at Panola Mountain on Saturday, I was the only one from our hike who went on the bird walk at Alexander Lake! But you knew I would, didn't you?? (In defense of the other hikers on this day, many of them came from some distance away and some had other commitments that could not be changed at the last minute. Me, I had TONS of housework that needed doing, but hey, it wasn't going anywhere, was it?)
There were a total of five us on the bird walk including our guide, Phil. (The other folks didn't know about the first hike, but they expressed doubt that they could have done it. ! They have no idea how easy it is!) The most wonderful thing, one of the guys, Jack, had brought a gigantic scope on a tripod to see birds! We were able to get to some wetlands that they have on the Power of Flight area at Panola Mountain. It is an open meadow where they have worked for years to get it back into a natural state. (This is same spot where I did the wildflower planting and grass seed collecting this past September.) Phil said that we must have heard and seen at least 30 species. Not bad for two o'clock in the afternoon!
Two birds that I have never seen before were at the wetlands...a blue winged teal duck and a semipalmated sandpiper, both so lovely that I said that I wished that could do a painting of them! Sorry I could not get a photo of the birds for you but we saw butterflies too! I found a video for you. Most of these photos were taken at the Power of Flight area!
And Richard took this photo the next day at Arabia Mountain! They are Sunnybells!