This afternoon I got a look at a Tropical Parula, not in the open enough to get photographs, but still a good look. It was not a life bird for me, but it is still rare and lovely. Satisfied.
The morning was overcast and foggy, typical for this locale and season. We stayed in the apartment until after a hearty homemade chili lunch, and then drove over to Estero Llano for the butterfly walk led by Rick Snider with Mike Rickard going ahead as a spotter - two extremely knowledgeable butterfly experts. It had heated up by then and was nearing 80F when we started and the butterflies were reacting to the heat. Eventually it got up to a very humid mid 80s, maybe hotter. Tomorrow 92F is forecast here, but more importantly, it may be 89F in Brownsville where Lorna and friends will be walking in the Women's March.
We saw a lot of butterflies today. I am familiar with most of the large ones, but today there were a number of species of small Grass Skippers and Hairstreaks, which are flitty and only about 1/2" long. I can only identify about half of these if I'm lucky. Some of these photographs are bad, with sticks in the way, etc. I am not going to even attempt to tag them right now, but posting them now will allow me to more easily go back and hang an I.D. on them later. I somehow missed getting a picture of the White-scrub Hairstreak. And bunch of others, but that Hairstreak is a little rare and I really should have gotten it. Enjoy, they are just as wonderful even if we don't know all their names.
The next two plants are the Mexican Olive, a native, and the Bougainvillea which is native to Brazil. The Bougainvillea do very well here and they add a splash of color to the yards of humble shacks to giant mansions. The butterflies have evolved with the Mexican Olive trees and today it seemed there were butterflies in every flower. Twenty feet away there was a large Bougainvillea, a butterfly desert - not a butterfly on it. None.
An uncertain time right now; our country will survive - Gunnar