Eric writes: Greetings from Tucson, AZ
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On my way west across the great state of Texas I made a couple of stops. One was at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. I didn't realize beforehand, that neither my Delorme Texas map nor my GPS in my car would show Balcones Canyonlands so getting there was a bit tricky. It is located just west of Austin, which is one of the worst traffic cities I have ever driven through. It wouldn't have been nearly as bad but my gps took me directly to the traffic, then said I had arrived when I was in the middle of the city. Luckily, I had looked at Google Maps when I was planning my trip and had a rough idea of where the park was located. It still took me a couple hours, mostly because of the traffic, to get to a place 15 minutes away. The light was fading by the time I arrived, so I went to a campground nearby.
|Such a beautiful warbler, the Golden-cheeked!|
|The above Golden-cheeked was cooperative enough to sing from a tree|
directly above this rock . . . can't get much easier than that.
The next morning, I drove over to the refuge, and while getting out of my car heard my first Golden-cheeked Warbler. I had only heard this species in the past, so I knew it might be difficult to locate one. I was wrong; I was able to watch one individual for over 30 minutes as it foraged and sang. Some other nice birds were Pine Siskin (never thought I would hear GCWA and PISI simultaneously), Western Scrub-Jay, and Black-crested Titmouse.