Wednesday, 9 November 2016

They think it's all it now?

Still time for a surprise or two but to be honest hopes are fading now. As I sit here watching the light disappear at 2pm, it's time to turn my thoughts to my 60th birthday present...
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We depart from Manchester on the morning of the 28th and arrive in Houston via Heathrow around 7.30pm. As I write the AMAZON KINGFISHER (Laredo)
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have disappeared, which is an obvious blow. Maybe they will re-appear?
The bulk of our time will be spent in the Rio Grande Valley and I'll be keeping my eye on this website. I also aim to chase some Texas ticks throughout this enormous State probably The extent of my searching will depend on Louise!
Modern technology aids birding these days in many ways. eBird is invaluable for current sightings, although I hope to stumble on a great many species under my own steam. My Texas list stands at 451. I've never visited during the Winter so I should pick up a few a few rarities...hopefully?
Main targets
Common Merganser
Brown Booby - multiple birds present at Port O'Connor at present
Wood Stork
Eurasian Wigeon - State rarity present at Laguna Atacosta at the moment
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle - need luck!
American Woodcock
Short-eared Owl
Calliope Hummingbird - State rarity present at New Braunfels at the moment
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Sage Thrasher

Black-throated Gray Warbler
Fox Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Chesnut-collared Longspur
McCown’s Longspur

Smith’s Longspur - ABA tick
To connect with all these species will take a lot of luck and a lot of miles. Time will tell. I intend to do a diary of my may (or may not) want to follow my travels? This will be my 11th trip to my favourite place and every visit is very special.
I hope you get to where you want to be soon...

More evidence of a Waxwing winter. Eyes peeled...


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