|Black-throated Green Warbler|
Monday afternoon we got into Houston, got a rental car, and we headed out to High Island and made our way to Smith Oaks Sanctuary. At the parking area there was a crowd of people searching the tree branches for birds. We later found out the group of trees by the parking area is a bird favorite. Right away we spotted a Black-throated Green Warbler. That was our first lifer! Those were abundant at the parking lot!
We also spotted our next lifer; Scarlet Tanager, in the trees. There was also Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orioles, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed Vireo and Eastern Kingbird. Just to name a few.
Next we headed for the trail. Having never been there we were impressed by the platforms at the Heron nesting island. Very nice for photographers.
|Neotropic Cormorants playing with a stick.|
|Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron|
|Great Egret feeding chicks|
After we got done there we headed to the beach and saw some shorebirds. A few Sanderlings, Black-bellied Plovers, Western Sandpiper and Willets.
|Sanderling Searching for Food|
|Willet in Flight|
On Tuesday we got up extra early and head back to High Island. Our first stop was Boy Scout Woods. They have a nice setup by a water dip with bleachers. We didn't see anything right away so we had our way around the trails walked out to the marsh. We didn't really see anything except Tanagers, Buntings, and Catbirds. So we headed back to the drip and picked up a few more lifers!
We saw Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Worm-eating Warbler both of those were LIFERS! We also saw North Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Rudy-throated Hummingbird, White-throated Sparrow, and Northern Waterthrush at the drip.
We left the drip and went across the road to the tower, before going up we checked out what was going on on the ground. Not much but Simon found a Eastern Garter Snake.
|Simon with a snake|
We then when up the Tower; which is a little wobbly. >.< Once up there we sawTennessee Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
|Snowy Egret preening|
Next blog will be about Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park in Mission, Texas!