Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Texas Day 3 Oct.29

The third day of my Texas trip found me walking into Bentson SP at dawn. It began as a warm morning and progressed to a day with temps in the low 90's with a strong wind. Despite the wind the birds were still around as were innumerable butterflies. I spent a little over two and a half hours exploring various parts of the park. I finally caught up with first Altamira Oriole of the trip. Tough to come by this trip as they have not started putting out feed for them at Bentson.
I then made a short trip down the road to Anzalduas County Park. This is another neat spot and I managed to find the Black Phoebe which has been reported there. Some other good birds around scattered throughout the park.
I then made another trip over to Estero Llano Grande SP. This was yet another great stop at this park and provided a great view of a Green Kingfisher. I also got to see a section of the park normally off limits to the public when I was escorted through it by park volunteer Huck. We tried for one of the two Eastern Screech Owls but struck out. After spending most of the afternoon here I made the trip back to Bentson for dinner and to take part in the night program and witness the swallow flight. The swallow trip didn't disappoint at all and the numbers continued to impress me. Hard to believe that many Barn Swallows exist. The night program was a little slow as far as owls were concerned until we briefly heard a Ferruginous Pgymy Owl out near the Hawk Tower. We did have several Common Pauraque along the roads, with some seen quite well.
It may sound like a broken record but it was another great day down in Texas.

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