Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946 as an overlay of a portion of the Big Mineral arm of Lake Texoma in north-central Texas. Consisting of about 12,000 acres, the refuge provides a variety of habitats for birds and wildlife. (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Hagerman/about.html).
What can you see there:
White Pelican new to me typically I have seen the brown ones. They have really large bills.
Not sure what this one is but isn't it cooL? I know what the one below is called and I always want it to be a Plover but it is not, the name just escapes me at this time. I think it is a Killdeer?
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established on lands originally purchased by the U.S. Department of Army Corps of Engineers (COE) for the Denison Dam Project-known today as Lake Texoma. Being located in the Central Flyway, one of four migratory bird “super highways”, was an important factor in deciding to create a refuge here. The refuge lies just on the Texas side of the Red River, which divides the Lone Star State from Oklahoma. This region is where the gently rolling blackland prairies meet the hilly terrain of the eastern cross timbers. Of the nearly 12,000 acres that make up the refuge, about 8,700 acres are uplands and the remaining 2,600 acres are wetlands. This diversity of habitat, actively managed by refuge staff, creates ideal conditions for a wide variety of wildlife and plants. (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Hagerman/about.html).
Some can relate to a song popular from a baby boomers television show, The Beverly Hillbilly's, "Oil that is Black Gold, Texas Tea". The refuge had a bunch of these rigs.
Cormorants are often spotted in crowds, they seem to be all about community.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, my first ever sighting.
You cannot spot too many Great Blue Herons and not call it a successful day.
You have to be quick to catch them in flight so graceful.
and their landing is Olympic style, so flawless, the blur is my bad.
The dragonfly of Texas is very poised and balanced.
Special thanks to our Texas Tour Guide, she is real good with old people and she knows I like birds. She kept insisting, "I have seen snakes here". We did too.😱
Every once in a while, you just have to get out there and go wild. It's amazing.
Gotta go the bus driver is ready.
On the road