Saturday, April 5, 2014

Once again in Texas

We made a quick stop in Texas last weekend.  Texas is famous for being a great spot to bird and enjoy.  The people and the food are also top quality.  While our main purpose there wasn't to bird we did manage to sneak some in.  We visited a couple of great parks and saw many great birds along the way!  I can't wait to go back to Texas and do some serious birding instead of just fitting it in when and where I can!

We visited two great parks.  Hornsby Bend and St. Edwards Park.  Both are in Travis County and both are great parks with a great diversity of habitat and wildlife.  While we dipped on some Texas endemics and specialties, I can't wait to go back and bird the Lone Star State!  Maybe next time, McAllen or El Paso.  What are your ideas?

During our visits to  Austin and Bastrop in Texas, I managed to pick up 3 life birds:
Crested Caracara
Black-Crested Titmouse
Eurasian Collared Dove

We also got any year birds that we wouldn't normally expect to get in New England
Black-Chinned Hummingbird
Spotted Towhee
Bewick's Wren
White-Winged Dove
Lesser Goldfinch
Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Great-Tailed Grackle

Eurasian Collard Dove

American Coots with a running Take off!

Blue Winged Teal

Bewick's Wren

Total Birds in Texas in 2014: 42
Year Birds: 152 (73 to go!)
Life List 335 (65 to go!)

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