Sunday, 17 March 2013

About time!

Finally added a sp to the year list with a LTT (H.53, P.99) from the front window! Backed up by a Barn Owl from the same viewpoint. Weather slightly improved...just poor now!

I've been busy with further planning for my forthcoming trip to my beloved Texas.

A particular focus has been Gray Vireo...



This sp has been a nemesis bird (an american birders term for a sp that continues to elude) for me for over 12 years. I've tried (and failed) to see this bird in Texas, Arizona and California. So hopefully this will be the trip when I finally nail it.

I also hope to add Cape May Warbler...



Bay-breasted Warbler...



 and Philadelphia Vireo...



to my Texas list.

I've already e-mailed quite a few contacts and as always I've received some great information. If you want to follow what's happening just check out the links on the Blog. This being the main one.

Not sure on our itinerary yet. It will probably depend on weather conditions as to where we start off. A nice fall-out on arrival at High Island would be a great start! A visit out west to Big Bend and the Davis Mountains is more than likely followed by a trip down Mexico way (well nearly) to the Rio Grande Valley. The final week will be based in Galveston allowing access to High Island and the Bolivar peninsular.

That should get me through the next few weeks...

2 comments:

Richard Gray said...

Hi Alan. Hope you and Louise are well and that you have a great time in the states.
Just a quick request. I really enjoy your blog, and check it regularly, but am sometimes left scratching my head what birds you are talking about! It's when you use initials. Any chance you could use the full name? I've mentioned it to John the caretaker at work, and he is sometimes a bit flummoxed as well!
Cheers, and keep up the good work!

Alan Whitehead said...

Hi Richard,
Good to hear from you. Glad someone's reading it! No problem regarding the bird names. Take care.