More Whooping crane photos here
Last fall while passing through Concordia Kansas, I was looking for a spot to take a photo of this old granary.
Between 1854 and 1929 an estimated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed out during, what is known today as, the Orphan Train Movement. The name is derived from the children's situations, though they were not all orphans, and the mode of transportation used to move them across forty-seven states and Canada.
...will host Orphan Train historian Charlotte Endorf and one of the few remaining Orphan Train Riders, Lela Newcombe on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Education Center. Charlotte Endorf is the author of Plains Bound: Fragile Cargo: Revealing Orphan Train Reality and By Train They Came. Abook signing will follow the program. The books are available for purchase at Homestead National Monument of America.
Beginning in 1854, charitable organizations in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families. As the train made its stops the children were lined up on courthouse lawns to be examined by prospective families. Charlotte Endorf has extensively researched the phenomenon of clearing orphanages by sending children out west. She will tell the moving stories of the lives that changed forever by the Orphan Trains. Orphan Train Rider Lela Newcombe will tell her touching story as part of this program. Lela Newcombe discovered late in life that it was a paper mistake that landed her and her siblings on an orphan train. You’ll hear how her parents tried to find her, but were unable.
I think these guys are kinda neat.
There are three terns commonly seen here during the winter months.
The first is the Royal tern. Photo taken at Port Aranasas
Gulls seem to be just about everywhere and since they are so common I thought I would do a post about them.
The largest of the gulls commonly seen is the Herring gull. I took this photo last year on Mustang Island.
It's raining on the coast of Texas today...
Homestead National Monument is looking for volunteers:
Homestead National Monument of America is looking for birders to help us with a monitoring project and special events. Homestead NM of America is a National Park Service site located four miles west of Beatrice on Nebraska State Hwy 4. The monument is just over 200 acres in size, 100 acres is restored tallgrass prairie, 60 acres riparian woodland with the rest located along Cub Creek.
The breeding bird monitoring will consist of visiting 48 points within the park and counting all the birds heard and seen for five minutes. It is estimated that it will take approximately 4-5 mornings to complete the yearly monitoring. The sampling will begin no sooner than the first full week of May and extend no later than the second full week of June. During sampling conducted in 2009 within the tallgrass prairie, 48 species were observed, Dickcissels were observed the most (748), followed by the Red-winged Blackbird (482), and the Common Yellowthroat (286).
I am also interested in volunteers who may be able to assist or join us for "Birds and Bagel" events held on Saturday, May 8 and June 5 and 7 a.m.
If you are interested in helping with the projects please contact me, Jesse Bolli, at Jesse_Bolli@nps.gov or call me at 402-223-3514.
Connie Hagar was a self taught birder that documented the birds of Rockport. She became renown in birding circles during her time. Amongst those she counted amongst her fans was none other than Roger Tory Peterson. In 1943 the Texas legislature designated a portion of the Rockport shore as the Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary.
These photos of an American white pelican were taken there last Friday.
I was sitting next to the channel that separates Quintana and Seaside one afternoon last week. I kept hearing what sounded like a police radio in the distance. But I couldn't make out what was being said or figure out where it was coming from.
I moved south on the Texas coast today. I was running way ahead of schedule and when I got to Port Lavaca I decided to take some time and see if I could see a bird or two. Last year I looked high and low for this bird. Never did find one. I drove onto a pier and looked at the Laughing gulls, the Herring gulls, and the grackles and then I saw them. There were two of them. Behold