|Long-eared owl in a mesquite tree.|
Bob and I had a great walk today, although a cold wind was blowing down from the north. As we were walking, we saw a number of people wandering through the weeds and brush taking photos. We heard a bird making a very unusual noise and couldn't identify it.
I tried to find the unique birds on our way back to the Visitor Center, but no luck. However in the Visitor Center, a birder was talking about adding TWO birds to his birding life list today: the long-eared owl and a common pauraque (which is a type of nighthawk). We're thinking the bird with the unusual call was the pauraque.
In addition to the above birds, we saw:
|American wigeon and Northern shoveler|
|Snowy egret & tri-colored heron with four turtles.|
|Wind-blown snowy egret and five sunning turtles.|
|Great blue heron taking off.|
|Three turtles sunning|
After our walk, we went home and I showered to get ready for our employee Christmas party at the RV park tonight. We headed over to the Rec Hall at 6 p.m. and were greeted with our choice of beer, wine, pop, water or spiked eggnog. Bob and I shared a bottle of prickly pear beer. It was good. The hall looked so festive decorated for the holidays and our party.
|Rec Hall decorated for employee dinner.|
|Helen (co-worker), Brenda (manager), and Pam (friend).|
Here are all the people who work in the park and their significant others.
|Helen (office), Ron, Brenda (manager), Terry (manager), |
Fran (activities director), Tom (landscape)
|Dixie (cleaning), Felix (cleaning), Rose, |
Mike (maintenance), DeAnna (Security) and Larry (Security)
|Steve (landscape/maintenance), Jan (office), Lee (cleaning), |
Delia (office), Virginia, Pam, Bob (maintenance)
|Steve (landscape, Margaret, Vickie, Ralph (office), |
me (office), Bob
After the party, we took care of seven loads of laundry. A very satisfying day from start to finish,
Travel Bug out.