Featuring Digital PhotoArt of Rainbow Creek
by: brendasue

The Birds of Rainbow Creek

The Birds of Rainbow Creek
by: brendasue of Kates Cabin Bird Sanctuary in Waller County, Texas

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

October 31, 2010--Let The Holidays Begin! by: brendasue

Hi Everyone!

Today we are officially closing out  October and the long, hot, Texas Summer. There will be no more 100 degee days this year.
The first flight of Migratory Birds came over today right after sunset.  They will be our Photostudy. Seeing the birds means the cold air is close behind them!

So Tonight will be a special Halloween Edition!  Enjoy!

Trick or Treat!

Smell My Feet!

For Your Halloween Treat there will be a sunset slide show at the end of the short photostudy!

Pumpkin Kate

Let The Class Begin!

What is that in the Sky?  A Bird?,  A Plane?  Superman????

This is a little Plane flying through the sunset colors! 
But what is That?

Look!  Here they Come!  They are coming Home for the Winter.
(They are in turning formation here).

These are migratory birds that fly to South Texas for the Winter.
It is after sunset, so they appear to be black due to lighting.  I thought they were Geese at first, but these are too big to be Geese.

Flying in the V Formation now, these are Sandhill Cranes. I consulted with a birding friend, Mark.  He sent me a link to a site that had the bird voice on it. When I heard it, I knew immediately it was the Sandhills. (Thank you, Mark).

He sent me a picture a friend of his (Frank) took at the Katy Prairie on the same Oct 31.   Part of his photo is below:

Now the flock I saw were headed to the same place, so it is possible that these birds above that Frank photographed could be the same ones I shot higher in the sky! (Frank's location with his camera Katy Prairie is aout 45 minutes away from my Location with my camera at the Nine Bar Ranch)  Too cool!

Here is the link Mark sent on Sandhill Cranes:


The interesting facts below are from this link page:


  • Sandhill Cranes are noted for their elaborate courtship displays. Two displays are used to form mating pairs while three other displays occur only between mates and serve to maintain the pair bond.

  • A crane fossil approximately ten million years old was found in Nebraska and is structurally identical to the modern Sandhill Crane, making it the oldest known bird species still surviving.

  • They frequently preen with vegetation and mud stained with iron oxide resulting in a reddish brown color rather than their natural gray.

  • A group of cranes has many collective nouns, including a "construction", "dance", "sedge", "siege", and "swoop" of cranes.

Check out the link to see the photos and here the sound of this 10 Million Year Old Bird-the Sandhill Crane

This concludes our Photostudy on the Migratory Birds in the sky for Halloween.  What a Treat.

This guy wanted me to remind you to go to Bluebonnet Herb Farms in Hempstead, Texas to get your Fall mums and other select winter flowers! (979 826 4290)  www.bluebonnetherbfarms.com

...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek


On with the slideshow: (Press to Play) 
(slideshow will not work in email, go to Google site)


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