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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Laguna Atascosa NWR

Friday we visited laguna Atascosa again, not much there this time, lots of visiters though. Part of the refuge was closed for bow hunting, but we drove the 14 mile loop.
We stopped at the visiters center after our drive and one of the volunteers was telling us about the Friday nite tours, so we decided to join it. We hadn't had lunch just snacks but that's the way our travels go. We didn't see much on the tour either but did learn that there is supposed to be Nilgai on the refuge, an antelope type animal from India, brought to the Kings Range as a game animal and of course they escaped and wondered to a safe place. We did see a wild pig, several deer and several Pauraques a night bird that likes to sit on the road and catch bugs. Since it is a night bird no photos so I borrowed this painting from Wikiepedia.
This morning we are watching the birds at our feeder, we had 3 Green Jays and a couple of Titmice with our usual Cardinals, Long-tailed Grackles, Red-wing black birds and Sparrows.

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