What was so nice today is that the temperature took a plunge overnight. During the night we had very loud thunder, loud rain, and lightning. I remember waking up at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. to rain pounding on the roof. Because San Antonio has had quite a bit of rain in the past three weeks, things are greening up beautifully. Walking today was pleasant with cooler air and light breezes. That's good because there isn't much shade on the Mitchell Lake walk.
First up on the critter-spotting radar was a nice-sized lizard on the railing leading up to the Visitor Center.
|Texas spiny lizard|
We spotted quite a few different birds today. I asked the lady in the Visitor Center if the fall migration had started yet and she said no. I'm definitely coming back to look for unusual birds in a few weeks!
|Semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)|
|The Bird Tour group.|
|American pelicans in flight formation.|
|Great egrets, tri-colored heron, American avocets, coot.|
|Roseate skimmer dragonfly.|
|American pelicans in flight.|
|Cute coot retreating.|
|Good comparison in differences between the black-necked |
stilt versus the American avocet.
|Adult scissor-tailed flycatcher.|
|Ground cover with tiny magenta flowers.|
|Big black beetle (Calosoma macrum)|
|Laredo striped whiptail lizard.|
After our walk, we rested and had lunch. I did the laundry, though Bob offered, but I knew he wanted to go to work for a bit.
And now for a couple of kitty photos...
|We have totally conquered the mousy plaything.|
|So sweet. (Believe me, they weren't this quiet at 4:00 a.m.!)|
In the evening, I watched "60 Minutes" and when Bob came home we watched "The Amazing Race" (with channel flipping for him to see bits of the Dodgers/Atlanta game).
I hope you had a good weekend too. Enjoy your week.