Though Spring migration of birds isn’t over yet this year, its winding down along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Its been a good year for me, as it was a good year in general in SE Texas. This is a major stop and refuel area for birds who have spent the winter in central and South America, and are migrating back to their breeding range, in more northerly climes.
I had 3 birds that kept eluding me season after season, and I had hoped to get at least one of them this season. However, I GOT ALL 3!!! These 3 birds are rare here, but not unheard of. I saw a Swainson’s Warbler (bttm), a very secretive bird, here at the park where I work, and finally saw a Black-billed Cuckoo (2nd row) and a Cape May Warbler (top R), who usually migrate far east of here, at the bird watching mecca of High Island, TX.
I’ve also seen a lot of shorebirds this season, and I’m still hoping to get a Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler; Prairie Warbler, and Black-throated Blue Warbler.