07 April 2011

Bump in Migrants on High Island...TEXAS (6 April)




I awoke with little hope that things had changed in the night migrant-wise, after all I'd watched the weather and little had arrived the afternoon before which is when they should arrive so the theory was the morning would be much the same...WRONG. I spent en enjoyable day getting my first Swainson's Thrush of the spring (although missing the first of season Summer Tanagers that avoided me at least in the afternoon), and watched such migration thrillers as Worm-eating Warbler (that teased the crowd watching Purkey's Pond by nipping in and out of the dense brush very so often, leaving some with crisp looks (me being one of those fortunately), and others frustrated as it crept furtively through the brush. The other showstopper was a vivid yellow Prothonotary Warbler well-described by another Brit in town as "stonking" as she got her lifer Prothonotary-a word I feel sums that one up perfectly. Sparrow numbers were on the up, with notably more melancholy sounds in the woods provided by a bounce in White-throated Sparrow numbers, along with lingering White-crowned and Lincoln's Sparrows. Aside from that Black-and-white Warbler hugged the trunks, and gaudy flash of orange in the afternoon brought me my first Baltimore Oriole of the season which was distinctly outnumbered by a waved of Orchard Orioles that slowly but surely trickled through the woods today at Boy Scout Woods.

However, many of these enjoyable birds were not ready to be photographed it seems, and that was left to my one encounter in the photo blind in Boy Scout today, where a Brown Thrasher bouncing in as only as thrasher can do.

Now I am looking forward to my first venture down to South Padre Island further south in Texas for the weekend...

1 comment:

Bio said...

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