The year is flying quickly. January has come and gone with February almost out the door, but there is plenty to look forward to on the outdoor calendar.
The first month of the year in deep south Texas always seems to tantalize with captivating sunrises, and winter waterfowl’s abundance.
While the vanguard of yuccas begins blooming in January, by the end of February they will be in full flower accompanied by fragrant aroma of Huisache permeating the air.
Wild Rio Grande gobblers will be strutting their stuff in March, doing their best to impress the hens.
April is the peak of songbird migration, with the 20th a good date to rely on. While myriad colorful songbirds migrate thru, prickly pear cactus will be flowering.
May is also a good month for blooming cactus, and depending on rainfall, the Pitaya can be spectacular.
By June, baby quail should be arriving, and Tulipan del Monte will flower in the arid brush country.
July is a busy month for babies, and peak time for fawns. Young parrots will also begin inquisitively poking their heads out of palm tree hollows.
Augusts’ attribute is prime time wildlife viewing at ranch country waterholes, as every creature from exotic Nilgai antelope to thirsty bobcats will be coming to slack their thirst.
September features the revealing of newly hardened antlers by Whitetail bucks, as they will be shedding the velvet that has encased their antlers during the annual spring and summer growing season.
October’s theme is fall migration, and you can circle the 10th of the month for close to peak time for the annual arrival of Peregrine falcons along the shore of South Padre Island.
November and December will bring the year full circle with the return of geese and Sandhill cranes greeting the crimson dawn.