RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – It is no secret that temperatures are scorching in South Texas. Outdoor Reporter Richard Moore offers some “cool” thoughts to help get thru the summer sizzle.
You know it’s hot in South Texas when the roadrunners are panting, and the Texas tortoises are tanking up.
So, why not think cooling thoughts and contemplate coming change of seasons by pondering Christmas in July.
While it may be a couple of months before we enjoy that first cool front, it won’t be that long before the initial winter migrants begin arriving in the Rio Grande Valley.
Among the vanguard of early migrants will be Ruby-throated hummingbirds landing in mid-September, and when it comes to waterfowl teal will lead the way.
Following close on the wings of these early arrivals will be the annual migration of peregrine falcons and myriad songbirds along the shore of South Padre Island soaring southward to Mexico, Central and South America.
By late September those fresh fawns of spring sport only a smattering of spots, and bucks are shedding their velvet, revealing newly hardened antlers.
If you are really envisioning Christmas in July, then how about pondering that first snowfall in early October when hundreds of white pelicans descend in captivating snow-white drifts blanketing the wetlands.
Soon thereafter, the call of the wild will fill the chilly dawn air as thousands of geese and Sandhill cranes wing it southward proclaiming winters imminent arrival.
And yes, there is always the possibly of awakening to a snowy morning in southernmost Texas.
Imagine for a moment, a buck strolling thru a snow-covered field, a javelina curiously examining that strange white stuff on the ground or a flock of Rio Grande turkeys preening in winter wonderland.
Yes, it does sometimes snow in the land of the yucca, and that is hopefully a cooling thought to help alleviate the scorching heat of Christmas in July in deep South Texas.