We spent the morning working in the garden by the fee booth. The butterfly garden by the visitor center is in very good shape and doesn’t take much of our time. The garden by the fee booth is a mess! It doesn’t look like anyone has worked in it in a long time. After lunch we walked down the Jaguarundi Trail with the other bird walk leaders to hunt for the Blue Bunting that has supposedly been spotted in the area (three miles round trip). On the way there we saw a Bobcat in a tree. There was a lot of growling and eerie noises coming from the area and someone said that another Bobcat was at the base of the tree. We weren’t in a position to see the base of the tree so we are not for certain if it was another Bobcat.
There were several people looking for the Blue Bunting. We never did see it but we did see a Groove-billed Ani. We waited a while to see if the Blue Bunting would show up then left everyone and walked on down to the Bobcat Trail and back to the Visitor Center. On the way back we saw lots of birds including Green Kingfisher, Red-tailed Hawk, and lots of Turkey Vultures.
We ran into Dixie and Bobbye at the visitor center. We sat by the bird feeders and watched a Buff-bellied Hummingbird come and go. We were only able to visit with them a few minutes before we had to head home.
After dinner we met Sharon and Rick at Quinta Mazatlan to hear Dr. Frederick Zaidan talk about snakes of Texas. He was a very good speaker and was entertaining. He brought along snakes in plastic containers for everyone to look at. The program lasted an hour and we enjoyed it very much.
Black Striped Snake