Blessed in Texas

The last two days on the Upper Texas Coast have gone well considering that the winds have been out of the south and the warbler numbers are way down from our trip last year.  In some ways I feel blessed.  My Songfinder went on the blink, but the designer Lang Elliot and Nature Sound Electronics were nice enough to send me a replacement loaner overnight!  It’s a great aid for birders who can no longer hear the high pitched songsters.  I was blessed to run into Greg Nelson from Grand Rapids who led me to a Golden-winged Warbler he’d found.  The good fortune continued today. We only saw two thrushes but each was a new year bird.  My brother Bill’s friend, Rick Dorazil, joined us today for his first day of birding. It was fun to help him find 62 life birds!

Birders at Sabine Woods, TX (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

I felt blessed to be able to bird the Texas Coast period.  How many people have the good fortune and opportunity to partake in a “Big Year” anyway?


Rose-breasted Grosebeak (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Tomorrow morning is the famous Yellow Rail walk at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge so it’s early to be, but enjoy the pictures

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow at Yacht Basin Rd (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

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