We're in Texas
And there are lots of critters!

March, 2006
We hoped to see birds and critters that are different from our at-home ones.
We have not been disappointed.
We don't know the names of all of them, so let us know if you do.

These goldfish are in the pond at the McNay Museum.
  From Anna comes more information about these fish:  "I know the fish are
not goldfish. If you look carefully, you will see little barbels on the
mouths. Also, the pectoral fins stick out sideways. The dorsal fin is
long down the spine, and close to the body. That tells you that these
fish are Koi. Goldfish don't have mouth barbels, their pectoral fins
are more filmy and hang down, and the dorsal fins are softer and not
attached for such a large proportion of the spine. Both goldfish and
Koi are carp, but they are different species from different parts of
Asia. Goldfish can grow fairly large, but they don't do it at anywhere
near the speed with which Koi do. At the end of three years after
purchase at a size of 4", a goldfish may be 8 or 10 inches long, but a
Koi may be easily 18 to 24 inches long, with an enormously large mouth
and appetite. You can teach them to feed from your hands and they will
actually suck on your fingers, like a baby, which is a very weird
feeling indeed!"

This is our favorite shot of the great-tailed grackle.
There are many, many, many of them.  They have quite a varied bunch of songs.
The body is robin-sized, and the tail is huge - hence the name.

The brown pelican has made a comeback.  They are huge birds!.

We never saw an ocelot (just the ocelot crossing signs), but we may have found signs of its presence.

The indigo snake is a constrictor who eats rattlesnakes and small mammals.

We saw quite a few butterflies.
Don't know what this bird is.  Very pretty.

This little lizard posed for quite a while before scurrying off. 

We have no idea what this is.  It's about 8 inches long - some kind of jellyfish.

And there were doves.  

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Here's a link to all the rest of the grandkids' pages.

This has been a spring and summer of getting around.

You can see those pictures:
We're off to Maine for a week of pictures and lobster!
The New York State Fair - lots of chickens and other animals.
A search for Rexford Falls and finding the Sherburne Historic District.
Antique Firetrucks in Liverpool.
Balloons at the Spiedie Fest.
A trip to Utica to see Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and Fountain Elms
We rented a canoe at Nathaniel Cole Park.

A visit to Hanford Mills and the Lumberjack Show
Hancock Shaker Village.
A trip to Pixley Falls and Delta Lake.
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.

Hot adventures
from other summers:

Chittenango Falls
Fort Stanwix

 travel to Texas
Texas Day 1 San Antonio to Pearsall
Texas Day 2 Pearsall to Laredo
Texas Day 3 Laredo to Brownsville
Texas Day 4 South Padre Island

Texas Signs amused us
There are lots of critters.

Other interests: 


Leslie designed a webpage for:
Stride of Central New York

Flower and Garden 
Flowers, etc
Pink and Purple 
June 6, 2000
July, 2000 


Flower and Garden 
Animals hummingbirds
robin baby
Insects  - moth pictures - polyphemus
Hummingbird Moth
Oxford House
Tree Disaster
In Autumn    Before/After Exterior
July 98
Christmas 98
Liz/George Wedding
Wendy & Sam

Links to all the Baby pages for Frankie and Peri


Published 3/15/06
Photos by Leslie or David

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