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      Nature Report: Easter Eggs

      Easter sunrise is fast approaching, and while it is early in the South Texas outdoors for most birds to be laying eggs some like the great blue heron are already incubating.Great Horn Owls are also among the earliest nesters, and many cara caras are already feeding young.When it comes to eggs, the brown pelicans produce some of the largest, but it won't be until May before they begin to build their bulky stick nests on the ground on islands in the bay.While the pelicans depend on inaccessible islands to protect their eggs and young from predators, the nighthawk simply lays its salmon colored eggs on the bare ground in the ranch country relying on camouflage to hide them.And the nighthawk is a master of disguise. Lying motionless over her eggs, the nighthawk is almost impossible to distinguish from her surroundings.While remote nesting islands work well for pelicans, and camouflage protects the nighthawk family| Altamira orioles construct an intricately woven nest hanging from a spindly branch high above the ground to guard their young.Meanwhile, the hooded oriole weaves its nest beneath a palm frond to hide the occupants from prying eyes.The ash-throated flycatcher prefers an old mesquite hollow as its nest site and both parents come and go with a variety of bugs for their youngsters tucked down in the cavity.Easter signals a time of renewal in the South Texas wildlands and from remote nesting islands in the bay to mesquite hollows, South Texas birds are perfectly adapted to their habitat.With your Nature Report I'm Richard Moore.