Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Halfway Across Texas Day 5

1. Scissor tailed fly-kab Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on fence at rest area west of Colorado City, TX

A few storm clouds lingered overhead when I awoke on Sunday morning in Texarkana, AR. We turned on the TV in our hotel room to try to catch some local news and weather, but every channel had church on it instead. So, I decided to take the dog out for her morning walk. When I found a sign posted at the edge of the parking lot that said “Revelation Seminar” with an arrow pointing in the “right” direction, I KNEW I was in the Bible Belt, as if I really needed any proof! Kathryn and I quickly loaded up the car and headed out, grabbing a breakfast sandwich along the way. Kathryn was driving since our first destination was her hometown in Omaha, TX. As soon as we got off the highway I started counting birds! We saw a Great Egret in a drainage ditch alongside the road, and vultures overhead and in trees. When we got to the edge of town, we stopped at the local Dairy Queen for a break and to our utter surprise found a pair of Killdeer in the parking lot!

2. PewitHS-kab Kathryn was so excited to show me around her home town and we drove all over as she pointed out the places she remembered, including the school she attended when she was young.

3. Red-headed Woodpecker-kab Red-headed Woodpecker in Omaha, TX 8-26-12

But first we drove to the edge of town where there was a small lake. We drove slowly around it looking for birds and though we saw quite a few, hardly any were close enough to photograph, except for this pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers that showed up just as we were leaving! Not the best photos because the light was all wrong but still proof that we saw them.

4. Redheaded woodpecker-kab 

5. TX restaurant-kab Kathryn’s Favorite Burger and Ice cream joint!


6. rearofthesteer-kab The Rear of the Steer Restaurant in Omaha, TX


7. Omaha TX-kab Main Street in Omaha, TX


8. Omaha TX-kab Omaha, TX 8-26-12


9. old church-kab Historic Church with stained-glass windows removed.


10. Kathryn's home-kab The house Kathryn grew up in.

It was after noon time by the time we left Omaha and headed back to the highway. We drove in and out of rain on this day and all along the way I kept my eyes open for Scissor-tailed flycatchers. We finally found about 6 of them at a rest area just west of Colorado City, TX where we stopped to change drivers once again.

11. Colorado City TX-kab Scissor-tailed flycatcher silhouette 8-26-12


12. Rain on I-30 TX-kab More rain…


13. TX Rainbow-kab …then a Texas Rainbow!


14. Sunset Midland TX-kab The sun was setting as we drove past Midland, TX.


15. Odessa-kab We took a by-pass road to get to Odessa, our destination for the night.


16. TX wind and oil-kab Around us the signs of Texas energy production spread along the horizon.


17. sunset rain-kab By now we were weary and ready for a hot meal and a bed. The pets were tired of travelling also. We were all glad when we finally stopped for the night. As we entered the hotel near our room a little toad hopped out from somewhere near the entrance door and into the hall. Perhaps it thought it wanted to be inside but really, it would find more insects outside, so I gently lifted it and set to back outside again. I thought of taking a picture, but I was just too tired! It was almost 10 p.m. by the time we got to a restaurant to eat. Thankfully they were still open, though the customer’s were few and far between and we were one of the last people in the restaurant when we finally left!

18. dreamtime-kab Then it was off to dreamland!

Tomorrow, Tucson!

Birds seen in Omaha, Texas on 8-26-2012:

  1. Great Egret
  2. Black Vulture
  3. Turkey Vulture
  4. Killdeer
  5. red-headed Woodpecker
  6. Red-bellied woodpecker
  7. Eastern Kingbird
  8. Blue Jay
  9. American Crow
  10. Carolina chickadee
  11. Tufted Titmouse
  12. American Robin
  13. Northern Mockingbird
  14. House Finch


  1. Omaha, TX looks like a quiet place.

    1. Gaelyn, I do not know if it is this way all the time but it is certainly quiet on a Sunday morning!

  2. Hi Kathie, it is cool you were birding you way across the country. I love the Redheaded woodie and cool sighting of the scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Lovely shot of the rainbow. Now, I will back and check out your other trip posts.

    1. eileen, it was fast but fun! I was thrilled to see the scissor-tails again. I had only seen them once in my life before!

  3. I'd be driving quickly out of the bible belt. Those states scared me on our road trip. I'll have to tell you about my run in with some ignoramous Nebraskans(while not in the bible is pretty close:) Very scary. Your shots are sooo green:)

    1. Rohrerbot, They are not all that way but I agree, some of them can be a bit scary!

  4. Oh man, Kathie, the flycatcher looks so exotic to me. On the other hand, there is something seriously wrong with the Rear Of The Steer. With the boots on. I can't imagine who that is supposed to attract. Well, I CAN, but I don't want to.

    1. Murr, you always think of something funny to say!

  5. Wow, what a journey, you caught some pretty amazing skies too.


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.