Thursday, March 20, 2008

More birds... more lifers!

I had a grand total of 81 species for the day today! Along with 7 lifers!!

My lifers were as follows: Long-billed Curlew, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher!!, White-tailed Kite!, Crested Caracara, Am Avocet, Mottled Duck, Snowy Plover!

It was a really good day. We all went down to Bolivar (pronounced Ba-li-ver) flats today on the west end of the Island (island because of the Intra-coastal waterway). There were many many shorebirds at Bolivar. Mostly Plovers though. Wilson's, SemiP, Piping, Snowy, Black-bellied and AM Golden. Along with Red Knots, Dowitchers, SemiP and Least sandpipers, Marbled Godwits ect. We stopped at several places along the way and added: Bonapart's Gull, Royal Tern, Forster's Tern, Least tern, Sandwich Tern, Gull-billed Tern ect, There were also Skimmers, Avocets, Godwits and other larger shorebirds.

The best bird of the day was easily the resident BARN OWL!!! Second was the 3 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers we saw! 3rd was Crested Caracara, 4th was White-tailed Kite and 5th was Inca Dove!!!

I'm up to well over 100 species for the trip and we haven't yet had a decent passerine fallout. That's the reason High Island is famous... because of it's fantastic fallouts! We haven't had one yet so the place has been pretty much dead. (okaaay, not really dead... just dead in the way of migrants. lol) I'll be posting pictures when I get a chance. I have some really good ones.

My Barn Owl pics would have come out better except for a darn branch that got in the way. lol

That's all for now. More later!

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