Friday, May 9, 2014

Texas Birding Trip, Spring 2014

Oh, how do I begin?  It's been a long time and as each day goes by, I seem to be more intimidated.   Anyway, here goes. 

The last few weeks have been very full.  I traveled to High Island, Texas in mid-April for my annual bird migration trip.  Had a great time, as usual.  After a few trips, you get familiar with the area and terrain and its like going home.  You never know what you'll see on these trips and that is the thrill of it.  
Male Red-Winged Black Bird showing off for the ladies 
Besides, catching migrant birds as they just reach the shore after their trans-gulf flight allows to seeing things you might not ever get to see at home.   

Male Scarlet Tanager (with leaf in the way!)
Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak
I have to admit that I like being in the presence of so many other birders.  It's the same among anyone with a shared passion, I suppose, whether its birding, painting, or baseball.
Heck, you don't even have to get out of the car to see good birds, as evidenced above.  

Anybody care to count how many birds are in this next photo?
Rookery at Smith's Woods, High Island, Texas 
In addition to the obvious birds, there was lots of other interesting and gorgeous scenery to take in. 
This was the only patch of bluebonnets anywhere around, but there was fields and fields of Mexican primroses.

Thistle in bloom

I'll quit boring you for the moment.    Y'all take care. 


  1. I love your photos! No wonder you make this trip each year. It's beautiful. The scarlet tanager is one I haven't noticed before. What a striking bird!

  2. Oh, this post is far from boring! Your photos are wonderful.

  3. Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a wonderful trip.

  4. Looks like this is another place I need to add to my (already too long) list of places to visit!! Great images.

    Glad you have explored my blogs!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  5. I love bluebonnets! And what great shots you got. I used to live in Texas and they made me homesick!