Monthly Archives: January 2011


What is a “Big Year”? It’s an attempt by one person to see or hear as many bird species as they can in a calendar year. It could be in a particular county, state or in my case the ABA … Continue reading

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Front Range Birding

This weekend, I concentrated on difficult birds of the Front Range. Saturday I met Gary Matthews and Judy Wright in Estes Park to try for Three-toed Woodpeckers and N. Pygmy-Owls that had recently been seen in the Cow Creek area … Continue reading

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Home from Texas

I’m home from Texas! On Tuesday, Jan. 25, I successfully located the Eurasian Wigeon among at least 4000 American Wigeons at the Clovis Sewage Ponds in New Mexico.  That afternoon I birded Santa Rosa State Park, which was practically devoid of … Continue reading

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Birding with Bob Rasas

Spent an enjoyable day birding with Bob Rasas, the Uvalde birding expert.  We missed the Rufous-capped Warbler (hasn’t been seen in 8 days so most likely it’s gone) but picked up 6 new year birds (see updated list).  Bob is … Continue reading

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I’ve dropped Bill off at the Laredo Airport and am now 100 miles north of Laredo in Uvalde, which lies on the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country.  The trip north hasn’t been too productive and I’ve “dipped” as … Continue reading

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Strategic Mistakes

At 7:30 AM we were stuck in the middle of a muddy field. Bill was pushing my car while I drove through the mud.  It’s cold, windy and void of both Mountain Plovers and Sprague’s Pipits (we eventually worked my … Continue reading

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Crimson-collared Grosbeak

The Crimson-collared Grosbeak has always been one of my favorite Mexican birds.  It’s endemic to NE Mexico, but occasionally wanders during the winter especially during invasion years.  In the winter of 2002, some wandered over to the Durango Hwy in … Continue reading

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LLano Estero Grande State Park

Today was a great birding day in The Valley.  White-throated Thrush, Tropical Parula Two Tropical Kingbirds with their twittering pip-pip-pip-pip call appeared to be paired up all ready.  These were followed by most of the other Valley specialties as well. … Continue reading

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Lower Rio Grande Valley

It was a good day in the Rockport area and an even better afternoon in The Valley. Full report will follow tomorrow

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Le Conte’s Sparrow

It was rainy and windy at the Katy Prairie today and I was unable to raise any of the Le Conte’s Sparrows I had previously scouted in late Nov, 2011 at Paul Rushing Park. Tomorrow I head south to Rockport.

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