Wednesday, April 25, 2012
We then headed north - last stop in Texas - Atlanta State Park where we finally found Fish Crows along a large reservoir. We were interviewed by a local newspaper reporter for the "Cass County Life" about what we enjoyed about the park and area. He was amazed at all the birds that were around him. We left Texas with 343 species for the state and 367 for 2012 and 575 for our trip list.
Into Southern Illinois and the Cache River Wildlife Area with the most northern Cypress swamps in the U.S. (Pictured to left). We walked several boardwalks and found many Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, Nashville, & Black-throated Green Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush and a new trip bird - the Prairie Warbler. We also saw three Championship trees - Tupelo, Bald Cypress, and Cherry-bark Oak.
We stopped at Horseshoe Lake in East St. Louis to find the Eurasian Tree Sparrow and found 8.
We are now following the Mississippi north into Wisconsin completing our year long journey.
Ty & Ida
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Cross Aransas Pass on the ferry to the Rockport area. Spent a day birding with Jerry & Karen Smith and had our highest one day count with 117 species including 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers and 5 Whooping Cranes. Later at Goose Island (where these Blue Bonnets covered the open areas as pictured below to the right) we found a life bird - a Blue Bunting. Hooded Warblers foraged in and around our campsite.
At Matagorda Jetty we found thousands of birds: highlights were Wilson's, Snowy & Piping Plovers, Least Terns and flocks of Am. Avocets.
San Bernard NWR had more mosquitos than birds but we witnesses a first for us - a very large bull Alligator roaring - sounding over the marshland.
At Brazos Bend State Park we walked miles of nature trails encountering a good diversity of birds and once again numerous alligators. Each night we were serenaded by several Barred Owls, and small-mouthed toads, (that bleat like sheep) and a myriad of other amphibians and insects.
We returned to the beach at Galveston Island State Park where we saw 7 N. Gannets feeding with the Brown Pelicans, gulls and cormorants. Another ferry took us to Bolivar Flats and the Shorebird Sanctuary. More great looks at Am. Golden Plovers and Whimbrels.
One last trip out to the Texas Coast at Sabine Pass and a visit to Sea Rim State Park that has been destroyed by 2 Hurricanes (Rita & Ike). Spent the day at Sabine Woods where we enjoyed a nice fallout of 12 species of warblers (including Worm-eating, Swainson's, Hooded & Yellow-br. Chat), Rose-breasted & Blue Grosbeaks, Baltimore & Orchard Orioles.
Looking forward to migrating north with the birds. Ty & Ida