Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Two Lifer Warblers

Today we continued our Texas birding adventure at Estero Llano Grande State Park. We were on a hunt for a Rose-throated Becard but unfornately that was not to be today. Even without our taget species, there were plenty of birds for us to observe and photograph.
Least Sandpiper

American Coot

Northern Shoveler

Olive Sparrow
Since we could not seem to find our rare bird at Estero Llano Grande, we moved on to Frontera Audubon Thicket to look for Golden-crowned Warbler and Crimson-collared Grosbeak. Right when we arrived, a group of birders told us that the warbler had indeed been seen shortly before we arrived. We quickly headed down the path to where it had been seen previously but there were no birds at all! Since there were already a herd of birders looking in that location, we moved farther down the path to look in some other areas. It didn't take long until the warbler appeared right in front of Eric! We all got good views but were not able to get any pictures.

We spent a lot of time looking for the grosbeak with no luck and decided to try to help some other birders find the warbler instead of waiting around even longer. We found the warbler right back in the same spot as before!

We ended our day chasing a Tropical Parula at Quinta Mazatlan. After spending some time watching the feeders at the amphatheater we hiked around to another group of feeders. After being entertained by a Clay-colored Thrush, the Tropical Parula came in a put on the real show! What an awesome bird!

Tropical Parula
Tomorrow we will be trying for the becard again as well as the grosbeak and spending some time at Santa Ana NWR!



Dan Huber said...

great birds, love the parula and the olive sparrow. Good luck on today's hunt.

Kelly said...

...good luck with the becard. Have fun. I'll tune in to see what else you spy!

Gene Vermillion said...

What a nice site. Being up here in cold Maine, I envy you.