Friday, May 5, 2017

Mustang Island Birding

Back from a week-long birding trip down to the coast. We stayed at Mustang Island State Park as usual and visited the local hotspots each day. Total of 105 species identified including two new ones for me: the Aplomado Falcon, which we have been looking for each time we go down there, and the Mourning Warbler.

The evening of our arrival, Sunday April 30 was not too bad as they were on the tail end of a hot week. The next few days were pretty slow. Favorable migration winds had pushed all of the birds on out.  Wednesday night a strong front came through stopping the migration with a strong north wind. Though it did leave a better selection of warblers in the area, it also killed many birds, especially up near Houston.

Thursday and Friday were decent days with many Chestnut Sided, Black-throated Green, and Bay-Breasted Warblers. Nothing like last year but that was an exceptional two weeks.

Now, lots of pictures to process.

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