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Armadillos!

Last weekend I needed to be down south, so once again I took advantage of the location to visit Pedernales Falls State Park. It was very uneventful bird-wise. Only the usual suspects were present and the vast majority were Cardinals and House Finches. Quite a few of the birds were also juveniles, which made for some very rough-looking birds since their color is not yet fully developed. But according to my new butterfly book, I dd get my first photo of a Pipevine Swallowtail.

Pipevine Swallowtail (female)

Pipevine Swallowtail (female)

While at the north blind, we saw two armadillos scurrying back and forth behind the fence along the blind. They did this several times to our great amusement. As we were about to leave, though, one of them came out into the open! Although I have seen a dillo in daylight once at Hornsby, it’s unusual because they are nocturnal, at least in these hotter months. However in the winter, it will only come out when it’s warm. Our state mammal is surprisingly fast and difficult to photograph. It was constantly foraging, so I just kept taking photos hoping that some would be in focus.

Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo

Originating in South America, it is a relatively recent arrival to the States, having only crossed the border in the 1800’s. Note the sharp claws which are used for burrowing and digging for insects.

Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo

Aside from that, there was nothing else to report. Also, I don’t foresee any more birding trips until the fall. That will give me time to catch up on my vacation photos, of which there are many.

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