Posts Tagged: Lower Rio Grande Valley

Black-Crested Titmouse

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Black=Crested Titmouse jumping mid air (sandra calderbank/scalderphotography.com)

The Black-Crested Titmouse is a variety of Titmouse that hails from Mexico and South Texas. Their appearance is very similar to the Tufted Titmouse, which is common in the Eastern half of North America. Smaller in size, the Black-Crested has a distinct black crest and a one-of-a-kind song. I captured a photo of a Black-Crested Titmouse mid air as it jumped off a dead tree and onto the sand in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

 

Female Northern Cardinal posing

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Female Northern Cardinal posing on flowery branch with red berries

Female Northern Cardinal posing

This beautiful Female Northern Cardinal landed and presented herself on this flowering branch just so I could photograph her! I see lots of Northern Cardinals in my backyard in North Carolina, but this girl’s color looks more intense. I took this picture in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas, and I wonder if the Northern Cardinal is more vivid in Texas?

Long-Billed Thrasher

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Long-Billed thrasher taking a bird bath in a puddle (sandra calderbank)

 

This Long-Billed Thrasher conveniently took a very long bath in front of my lens while I was in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  This is a new species for me, I thought it was a Brown Thrasher.  These beautiful birds only live in southern Texas and Eastern Mexico.  I feel very fortunate to have had this wonderful show!