Birding in Texas

After two year of birding only in Maine (Pandemic and Maine Big Year), yesterday evening Ingrid and I flew into the Gulf Coast of Texas for a week of catching up.

First stop was the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas, Texas where we saw dozens of species including White Pelicans . . . damn we had missed them.

American Coots
American Avocets
Black-necked Stilt
Blue-winged Teal
Broad-tailed Grackle
Lesser Scaups
Long-billed Dowitchers
Northern Shoveler
Paid-billed Grebe
Reddish Egret (White Morph)
Tri-colored Heron

Later in the day, Ingrid spotted a small falcon on at platform a couple hundred yard from the road . . . a Aplomado Falcon.  This Mexican species crosses the USA southern border occasionally.  We had tried for this bird many times before the pandemic . . . glad to finally get it.

Aplomado Falcon

Tomorrow we head for the Rio Grande Valley looking for a Bat Falcon, a rarity that has been hanging around since December.




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