Sunday – Views of the Neighborhood

The idea for this post started with a search for the town alligator. Normally the Alligator does not come out while there are people around unless they have little toddlers or small dogs with them. Since it was midweek and I was alone, I did not expect to see anything on my visit to our birding center. So come along with me and we’ll try to find the alligator. I can’t guarantee anything and hope you enjoy the tour.

There’s the sign post up ahead.

Birding center

Yes, there are warning signs which hold promise.

Warning signs

The city wants you to know this is a serious place and there is no room for horseplay.

Warning signs

Whoops. I think we better let this one go by.

Snake warning

Here are the birds we can expect to see. (you can click for a larger size)


Birds in the center

Here are the animals which call the bird center home.


Now on to Alligator country. Watch your step.

Road to the Alligator

Looks kind of swampy around here.


Look, some birds.


They are tough to see from a distance. I wish I had brought a telephoto lens. Wait look!


It’s a telescope like you would find in New York. I don’t have a quarter. Looking closer it is free! Here is a shot through it.

Loons at rest

Looks like a few Loons. We need to quit fooling around and find that Alligator.

Here is a bridge to somewhere.

Bridge to Somewhere

Watch your step. I would hide that pet chicken if I were you. (No pets remember?)


I’ll be darned there she is. (yes this is a female) Papa is obviouslyΒ out doing something.

Well, we found the Alligator so I think our trip was a success. Hope you enjoyed it.



  1. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Follow John and make it snappy πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks for the reblog Chris. The “snappy ” line is terrific. πŸ˜€

      1. Something to get their teeth into John LOLOL

  2. Good piece, John. If I go there I’ll be sure not to take my pet chicken. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks Suzanne

  3. Very cool. I like how you tell a story with the pictures. Also, nice shot through the telescope. I can never get that right.

    1. Well I hardly got it right but was glad it worked. Thanks, Charles.

  4. Nicely done! A fun secondhand visit!

    1. Glad you came along Micheal. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  5. This sincerely is a great tour John. I admit it took quite awhile for me to get over the snake… but it’s a delightful tour. I’m amazed you could get a picture through the telescope thing — well done! I got a kick out of the initial warning, “unless they have little toddlers or small dogs with them.” πŸ˜€ Thanks for a lovely start to Sunday morning. Mega hugs!

    1. Glad you liked it. Hope you have a terrific Sunday. Hugs.

  6. I love this, and would hang out there all the time. At least you didn’t have to “adopt” a cat to find the alligator.

    1. LOL. My cat Stella now wonders about you.

  7. I especially love the picture through the telescope. Amazing.
    Thanks for the unexpected tour, John. Interesting parts you live in. πŸ™‚

    1. That was an experiment that did work. Thanks Tess.

  8. John, you are bringing back wonderful memories. We spent the winter before last in an RV park just a few blocks from there and whenever the weather permitted, walked out on the dock to watch the sunset.

    1. That would be a beautiful sight. i’ll have to go over there and capture one. i’ll post it if I do.

  9. Thanks for reminding me of the benefits of living in the land of four seasons, several of which are unsuited to alligators.

    1. Ha ha ha. Of course yo have raccoons which are even more scary.

  10. Good morning, John,
    Thanks for the post. We’ve never been to that birding center. We really need to put it on our bucket list. Not because of the alligator and the snake(s), though.
    Have a great Sunday,

    1. It is a nice thing to see.

  11. John, a fun tour this morning! I hurried past the snake though! 😣 Interesting telescopic photo, and your comments! Yay, πŸŽ‰ found the alligator (faraway is good). Happy Sunday! πŸ’› Elizabeth

    1. Next time we have to get real close.

  12. John, thanks for letting me tag along on your excursion (minus the snake, of course — I see enough of those beasts in my own backyard, ha!!)

    1. Ha ha ha. I can understand. Thanks for coming along.

  13. This was great, John! I loved the walk. Any idea what kind of snake that was? Have a great Sunday!

    1. My wife asked the same thing. I know it wasn’t poisonous by the shape of the head. Other than that I don’t know.

  14. Thanks. That was a great way of telling a story.

    1. Thank you for stopping by I am honored.

  15. Sig, sign, everywhere a sign…
    Loved this, John.

  16. Nothing like a wildlife refuge to see wildlife.

    1. Or a downtown alley. πŸ™‚

  17. Capital! It looks like the bugger is just resting, too.

    1. I like your gravatar. Yes, she is resting hoping some hapless animal will run through her mouth.

      1. Why thank you, sir. Really? I should try that when I’m hungry.

      2. I could see you laying in the kitchen and waiting for something to walk into your mouth.

      3. And it could be anything really. I would except mostly anything. Except ants.

      4. Might even get a walking hot dog.

      5. Maybe even with mustard.

  18. Fantastic post, John. I love watching birds and coming upon a snake anywhere or an alligator when we are visiting the South are always exciting moments.

    1. Thanks, Michelle. It is always exciting

  19. What a fun tour! Your creative writing made it seem like we were there almost as if in a video – a live tour. Glad you found the alligator for us. There are more alligators around South Texas than one would imagine.

    1. Yes and after our rain this week, there may be some more.

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