Sunday, May 19, 2013

San Antonio Review

So I just returned from a trip to lovely San Antonio Texas.  I visited 3 sites dedicated to birding.  I've already written about the good work being done at the Botanical Gardens.  So I want to focus on 2 other sites.  Warbler Woods ( and Mitchell Lakes Audubon Center (  Both offer an incredible habitat for birds and all sorts of animals.  I had a blast exploring the different habitats around San Antonio and could have gone back for more.  There were countless sites that I want to go back to and see.

Warbler Woods - This site is incredible.  Painted Buntings, Greater Roadrunners, Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, and Canada Warblers were the biggest highlights of the site.  For the followers of my blog, You will note that both Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher and Canada Warbler were 2 of my Goal Birds for the year.  It was a marvelous site and one that I hope to return to in the future!

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - This site has a plethora of habitat and is great for shorebirds.  The pictures below are from this site.  My highlight of this spot were getting great shots of the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, a Spotted Sandpiper, and an American Golden-Plover.  This was super awesome for me!  A goal Bird, a nemesis bird, and just a beautiful bird!  Time spent at Mitchell  Lake won't be a waste.

This post is short so I can get back outside.  Why don't we all do the same!

 Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
 Yellow-Headed Blackbird
 Wilson's Phalarope
 American Golden-Plover *Goal Bird*
Hudsonian Godwit

2013 Year List: 199 (1 to go)
Life List: 297 (3 to go!)
Eared Grebe LIFER
American White Pelican LIFER
American Golden-Plover LIFER and GOAL BIRD
Hudsonian Godwit LIFER
Western Sandpiper LIFER
Baird's Sandpiper LIFER
Stilt Sandpiper LIFER
Long-billed Dowitcher LIFER
Wilson's Phalarope LIFER
Franklin's Gull LIFER
Black-chinned Hummingbird LIFER
Curve-billed Thrasher LIFER
Yellow-headed Blackbird LIFER
Inca Dove LIFER
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck LIFER
Western Kingbird LIFER
Common Ground-Dove LIFER
Greater Roadrunner LIFER
Common Nighthawk LIFER and ABA Bird of the Year
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher LIFER and GOAL BIRD
Canada Warbler LIFER and GOAL BIRD
Painted Bunting LIFER
Lesser Goldfinch LIFER
Neotropic Cormorant LIFER
Cave Swallow LIFER
White-winged Dove LIFER

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