Date: 10/11/18 2:27 pm
From: Joseph C. Neal <joeneal...>
American Avocets (35) perched on a pond bank in brilliant sunshine this morning at Alma Wastewater Treatment Facility. A bit more than usual work vehicle activity there, so avocets did quite a few tight, elegant turns in the air. Much in evidence: their contrasting blacks and whites and delicate up-curved bills. This is a good flock size for those of us in northwest corner of the state. Even though there was a north wind, birds didnít seem interested in leaving, even with the coming-and-going.

Lots of Monarchs on the move on this brilliant sun and blue sky day. At Frog Bayou WMA, a Monarch and several Viceroys were visiting large pink flowers on smartweed. Even with temps in mid-50s, and so late in dragonfly season, there were quite a few bugs, certainly plenty enough to keep us busy even with breaks between birds. Odonator David Oakley got right down to the dragon work, photographing Common Green Darners, big and brilliant in their greens and blues, a bit of living magic with a backdrop of goldenrod.

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