I was right the first time . . .

In yesterday’s blog I posed the question to our readers about what this bird is. When I first took the picture I thought it was a Great Blue Heron, mainly due to the size. He was pretty far away so I could only really see it in the tiny viewfinder.

Bignotti Bird

However when I got back home, I had second thoughts about it. The bird didn’t look like the other Great Blues I had seen before, mostly at Galveston Bay RV Park in the Houston area where we spend the winter holidays.

I began to think maybe it was a crane of some sort, either a whooping crane, or a sandhill crane. But both of them have a red patch on the top of their heads. So I threw the question out to our readers.

And two of them came through, saying I was right the first time. Judy Bell of Travels with Emma (Jan’s favorite blog) and Ron Olsen said it was a Great Blue.

So I went back and looked at the approximately 20 photos I had taken of Great Blues in TX. And in doing so, I saw the problem. In all the photos I took, none of them showed the Heron with his neck extended like that. In fact the bird guides we have all show the Great Blues as shown below, and the cranes with their necks extended.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron on Mudflat

Anyway, now that that’s settled, back to this morning, which for me started about 10:30 with a big pot of hot coffee. Today’s flavor was Entenmann’s Ultimate Cinnamon Crumb Cake, one of our favorite flavors.

I was beginning to worry because we’re almost out, and I haven’t been able to find it since we left Houston. But I discovered Amazon sells it and I now have some on the way.

Our daughter Brandi called about noon, saying she was sending over some new photos of Master Landon for our viewing pleasure. She also send some videos of him at the park earlier in the day. I’ll get those posted on YouTube a little later.

Later Jan fix us a lunch from the leftover BBQ from Hog Wild BBQ a few days ago. Still really good.

About that time Nick came over to check in and to be sure I wasn’t getting into any trouble. That’s his main responsibility, and he hasn’t been doing a very good job of it lately.

Or maybe I’ve just gotten better at getting in trouble.

Later in the day Brandi sent over these pics of Landon showing off his new spring chapeau.

Landon's New Hat 2

Landon's New Hat 3

Around 5:30 Nick, Terry, Jan, and I headed out for dinner at La Fonda, a Mexican place right down the road from here on the way to Camp Verde. We had heard good things about this place and they were not wrong.

We all agreed this was as good as Sofia’s Mexican Food in Gila Bend.  Everything was seasoned perfectly, and our server, Missy, was excellent. She even brought out an extra sopapilla for Nick, even though his dinner did not come with one like ours did. We all said that this is one place we’ll go back before we leave.

After dinner we drove thru the nearby Western Horizons – Camp Verde park, where Nick and Terry have stayed before, just to get a look around. Nice park with a lot of trees, but maybe not as picturesque as our TT park.

Later in the evening after we got home, Nick brought over a large loaf of Miss Terry’s homemade bread, still warm from the oven.

I’m really looking forward to breakfast tomorrow.



Thought for the Day:

Sarcasm, just another of the many services I offer to the public.