Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fires, Pewees, local updates, oh my

Saturday, April 30 - from Marfa Public Radio
"A Red Flag Warning is in effect today. Winds gusting up to 35 mph will be from the SW. Increased fire behavior is a threat with the extremely dry conditions. Balmorhea State Park is open. McDonald Observatory is open to the public and can be accessed from Fort Davis. Hwy 118 is closed at the Hwy 166 intersection north of the McDonald Observatory."

Otherwise, John Vanderpoel reported a Greater Pewee from the Homer Wilson Ranch portion of BBNP the other day, and posted a lovely review of Carolyn Ohl's Christmas Mountains Oasis in case any of you missed it!

Activities associated with Wildlife Weekends have been postponed until further notice, do call or e-mail ahead if you're interested in the bird walks or blacklighting and we'll do our best to arrange something. Last night's [informal, unscheduled] blacklighting was hosted at the Double Bacon, a private residence in Marathon, and we anticipate that the next few [informal, unscheduled] blacklightings will continue to be held there - again, please contact us for details. Unfortunately, our primary blacklight is on its way back (hopefully under warranty), but the Double Bacon has prime wall space and a porch light that's quite impressive!

Earlier in the week, for at least 2-3 days there was an adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting feeders at the Double Bacon; he seems to have moved on. The Scott's Orioles who like to swing the feeders around until sugar water splashes out... they're still here, still swinging on the feeders!

Otherwise, we'd like to say 'hi' to folks on a boat near Titusville, FL ...and thanks for reading our blog!

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