First stop was the "Victoria Bank Tract" on the SE corner of the refuge next to the airport. The morning was still very foggy as we walked along a path though the clearings between Ashe Juniper, Red Oak, and Live Oak, looking and listening for the warbler. We were able to see several as well as a Black and White Warbler. I was only able to get one photo this year.
|Golden-cheeked Warbler taking flight|
A pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were near the bathroom. One of the few times I have seen one that was not perched on a power line. The tree branches make a much more aesthetic perch.
|Female Summer Tanager (Paradise Pond, Mustang Island)|
|Male Summer Tanager|
We were lucky and saw three vireos. A male and a female just down from the deck and a second male a 100 yards down the trail. I was extraordinarily lucky to get a clear photo of that second male as it flitted up onto an exposed branch of a Hackberry tree.
|Male Black-capped Vireo|
Returning the next morning to Doeskin Ranch, I figured out that the pishing calls in the tall oak trees were foraging Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
All images Canon 7DII, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, 400mm, Tv 1/640s, ISO-400.