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      Nature Report: Moments in Time

      The South Texas outdoors is filled with wonders from beautiful sunrises to fascinating wildlife. And if you are patient and a little lucky, you will be rewarded with some very special moments in time.

      Early in the spring, native songbirds like the curve- billed thrasher greet the morning with exuberant song. The black-throated sparrow proclaims his territory perched on a sharp tipped yucca, and nearby a cactus wren calls from the thorny chaparral.

      Spring migration brings a variety of neo-tropical migrants thru the Rio Grande Valley, from colorful rose-breasted grosbeaks to multi-hued painted buntings.

      Blue grosbeaks arrive at ranch country ponds and are joined by red winged blackbirds that enthusiastically splash after their long flight.

      Nesting season finds brightly hued Altamira orioles delivering scores of insects to their brood swaying in an intricately woven nest. Several weeks later, the young emerge. One by one they take flight for the first time barely hesitating as they leap into the great unknown.

      By late June and early July, whitetail deer being having their fawns, and after a few days of hiding join their mothers on short treks. The spotted rascals are quite affectionate, and frequently spend time grooming one another.

      As the tunas ripen on prickly pear cactus, golden fronted woodpeckers and even an occasional blue quail pause to dine on the tasty treats.

      You just never know what you may encounter in the wild lands, from a wily bobcat to six feet of slithering diamondback rattlesnake; so watch your step in the South Texas outdoors.

      With your Nature report I'm Richard Moore