Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Migration

Well we had a few delays, got held up by snow and road closures in Wyoming. But we made it through safe and sound. We have one more load to deliver this weekend and them one Monday after we rent the car we will be off on our birding adventure!

Tuesday we will be at High Island all day! Maybe swing up to Anahuac NWR to see if we can pick up the Ruff. A female was spotted there the other day! Once we are done birding on Tuesday we plan to drive overnight to McAllen, Texas where we will be staying until Friday, while we bird the World Bird Center sites.

Friday we plan to bird the Brownsville and South Padre Island areas until Monday. Then we will be heading back to Houston area where we will get back in our truck get back on the road.

I look forward to sharing my travels with you and hope you all enjoy the pictures I get next week!!

Have a super weekend!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Texas Here We Come!!

Sorry,  I haven't posted in over a MONTH!!! WOW! We just haven't seen to many birds nice our last trip out.We did add a few to our year list. In Indiana we saw Common Grackle and Trumpeter Swans. We got a chance to go through Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio not too much action yet but we saw Carolina Wren, American Tree Sparrow, Mute Swan, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Greater Scaup. In Connecticut we stopped off at a rest area that happened to have feeders and saw Downy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatch. That has brought us up to 166 for 2013 and our Lifer List is up to 394.

Our next trip is for a week around the end of this week and we plan to start at High Island, TEXAS!!!! And work our way down to south Texas!! Places such as South Padre Island, Brownsville and over to McAllen. Also plan on doing some shelling and maybe a birding boat trip, if time is available.

I've done a little research and it looks like we could see as many as 108 LIFERS!!! But realistically I'm only hoping for 50. Simon thinks that's too high he says around 30. I guess we will see who the better guesser is! But it's all up to the birds and how this migration plays out.

Let me break it down for you!
108 birds (that would be Lifers)
121 resident birds (Only in Texas, summer in Texas, or that are not migratory birds)
23 code 3, 4, or 5 birds
87 Migratory Birds

Hopefully we will have some luck down there. If you know of any hot spots please feel free to let us know!
Wish us luck!!!