What's President Johnson pointing at? The Pedernales River is what the sign says. He grew up in, on, and around the river, and he seems to have had a great fondness for it. He was known to drive visiting dignitaries across a low-water crossing, creating a dramatic entrance to the LBJ Ranch, aka The Texas White House.
I arrived before the park had officially opened. The lady in the gift shop told me I could walk around the exhibits and nature trail without a permit, which kept me busy until noon.
Close to the headquarters, I found the Eastern Phoebe. There may have been more than one because I had several sightings. He was very busy, landing on tree branches, roofs, poles, and even the handicap plaque next to the ladies' room door. There must have been a lot of bugs to chase.
The nature trail was quiet for awhile, until the midpoint where a sudden flurry of bird activity gave my camera a workout. I wasn't sure about these birds at first, because they weren't hopping around on a lawn. They were skulking about in the trees, even though there was quite a bit of open field and lawn for them to visit.
While I was watching the American Robins, I was myself being watched. He/she came closer even, to get a better look. Normally, I only catch a fleeting glimpse of the tail and hear the sounds of a large animal crashing through the underbrush as the deer run away. On this day, I heard something that made me ask myself, "What kind of huge bird is making that noise?" It was the deer, talking to each other, very close to the trail.
The wren also tried to trick me with it's strange behavior, moving head-first down the branches. I thought it might be some sort of nuthatch. Nope, it was a Carolina Wren. That's ok, though, because this was the first time I managed to get a decent photo of one.
The nature trail also passes through the Sauer-Beckmann living history farm, where historical buildings and farm animals are on display. Signs describe what visitors might be able to witness the farmer, in period costume using period methods, doing. Evidently not on a Sunday morning because I saw no one.
Linking with The Bird D'Pot.
Date of Visit: 11/2/2014
Early morning to midday
60's, 70's, overcast
Species identified (8): Carolina Chickadee, Black-crested Titmouse, Eastern Phoebe, White-winged Dove, American Robin, Carolina Wren, House Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird