Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Health, Snow, and Bird Identity

lex and I are still both recovering from our health problems of the last few weeks. Alex started a second round of antibiotics tonight for her sinus infection. My back/neck/arm are still getting back to normal after a week and a half of pain. The doctor thinks it was a pulled muscle, though I'm still not sure how I pulled it. Especially as it has hurt so bad for so long.  

Our weather has been crazy. It was 70 degrees on Sunday and today (Tuesday), we are seeing another rare Houston SNOW!!! We've just had some snowflakes mixed with rain here, but other places are getting actual snow!

Alex and I went on a nature walk with the Family Nature Explore Club on Saturday. It was also a history field trip and I'll try to post about it in the next few days. I took over 100 photos! But, for now, I'm wondering if anyone can help me identify this cute bird!!! My bird books don't have a good match for him, and I'm hoping someone can help me. So, if you have an idea, please let me know! Thanks!


live4evermom said...

It's a Loggerhead Shrike. That is a beautiful bird. Every now and then we get one here too. We've had an unusual amount of Robins today.

We didn't even get a snowflake today. Boohoo!

Dana said...

I sure didn't know what bird that was, but he's a beauty! That's such a great photo of him, too.

dstb said...

Nice picture.

Here is a link to Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website, All About Birds (Loggerhead Shrike. I think your other commenter was correct). If you know the name of the bird, you can look it up here to get great information. If you don't know the name, maybe you can make a guess as to the shape and use that to narrow it down.


Also, if you go to "Birding Basics" I found the Inside Birding videos very informative. You can see how "real" birders can figure out quickly what bird they are seeing.

We have seen a couple of "new for us" birds this year. We're having fun trying to identify them.

Hope you are both on the mend.

Robin said...

Wow! Snow in Houston! That's just amazing. One of the year's that I lived near Tampa, in Florida, it snowed. And I remember how freaked out the residents were. Did you get any accumulation?
We've got another storm predicted for Tuesday night, into Wednesday. I know we've had a lot, but I'm still going to hope for more. I just love snow.

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