There’s good news about whooping cranes. This year, some 431 birds have shown up at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge down on the Texas coast. This includes 50 juvenile birds and is quite an improvement over the number registered back in 1941. In that year, the entire number of whooping cranes in the world totaled 15 birds. In fact, if President Franklin Roosevelt had not created the Aransas refuge back in 1937, it’s a good bet the whooping crane would be extinct today.
I feel a little sorry for the brown booby. In the first place, the name “booby” sounds a little disparaging, as if the bird might not be too bright. Blue-footed boobies like this pair can occasionally be seen down towards Canyon Lake. (photo courtesy of Jerry Hall)And that is unfair, since boobies are at least as intelligent as the emu, a very large bird which has a brain that weighs about as much as an AA battery.
One bird you seldom see alone is the cedar waxwing, a winter visitor in our area that is usually found in large flocks. A pleasing combination of brown, gray and lemon yellow, accented with red “wax droplets” on the wing feathers, this is one beautiful bird. To me, its plumage resembles brown brushed suede. I have a large pyracantha bush that produces a bumper crop of orange berries, one of the favorite foods of the cedar waxwing. It will also feed on insects, catching many in mid-air.
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