Birding in Texas - Day 3

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A quick update for today's birding adventures. We spent most of the day at Sabine Woods, a Texas Ornithological Society sanctuary, although we did take a short trip to McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge.

We saw 42 new species today, bringing our total for the trip (so far) to 129 species.
We saw 25 warbler species today - an excellent number. They're tough to photograph (even with our big lens) and most of our day was spent warbler watching, so I have just three photos to share. One of the warblers was a life bird for me: Black-throated Blue Warbler.

We saw this Canada Warbler at Sabine Woods.

This Summer Tanager discovered a bee hive in this tree in Sabine Woods.

A Tricolored Heron in breeding plumage, note the bright blue bill. Photo taken at McFaddin NWR.

Birds of note:
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler (a personal favorite)
Worm-eating Warbler (another personal fave)
Magnolia Warbler
American Redstart
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting (amazing Skittle-colored birds)
Dickcissel (just because I need this word in my blog post)

It was such a great day in Sabine Woods that we're heading back there tomorrow.


ScottO April 24, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

The tanagers (yesterday & today) are gorgeous! And any excuse to put a dickcissel in your blog is a good one.

Katherine April 25, 2010 at 4:48 AM  

I've never seen a tricolored heron! However, I have a very affectionate relationship with Great Blue Herons in Ohio! Whenever I see one I consider it a very special gift... Your tricolored herons are very striking!
Pretty pictures! Glad you had fun!

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