The last two days in Texas were uneventful though I added several western birds which would have been easy in Colorado. The 400 mile ride back to San Antonio was highlighted by lunch yesterday at the Live Oak Drive Thru in Uvalde, TX. Highlighted in magazines and on Rachel Ray, the gorditas were delicious.
Let’s take a few minutes to reflect on the Texas trip. 63 species were added to the year list. When comparing my big year with Lynn Barber’s and Bob Ake’s, I’m right with both of them. Lynn had 537 on May 1 and Bob had 513 species. More importantly, my Category 4 rarities are comparable. Bob had 12 species a this date in 2010 and Lynn had 17 species. I have 17 species as well. So I’m off to a strong start 1/3 of the way thru the year. Wednesday, I’ll fly to Tucson to bird Southeastern Arizona. On May 14, I’ll fly to Chicago to bird Illinois and Michigan. May 27, my brother, Jim, and I leave for Alaska. It will be interesting to review the numbers after the Alaska trip. Stay tuned and glad to have you aboard.