My Season of Spring Migration on the Texas Coast

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.

Here’s me season’s list for this year so far…

(photos: TL - Steve Maslowski, USFWS; TR - American redstart by Snowmanradio; 1Mid - Big Dipper2 | Flickr; 3L - Blackburnian Warbler by Mdf ; 3R - Painted Bunting by Dan Pancamo; Bttm - Julio Mulero | Flickr)

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