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									 Texas 2004: Edwards Plateau, Rio Grande Valley, Lower TX Coast, Victoria,
                            Upper TX Coast

Friday, 16 April
  I leave work at 1400, traveling pretty much straight through, with nap stops during
the night, and leg stretching stops the rest of the trip. It takes until 2000 the following
day to reach the area of Georgetown, TX. I had wanted to try to reach Austin for the
bat flights from under the bridge, but couldn‟t quite make it. A half hour less napping
during the night and it might have been possible. Favorite notes from the drive: the
town of Bucksnort, Tennessee, and the Bucksnort Restaurant (I did not stop to eat);
Armadillo road-kills on the Arkansas portion of the drive: 19.

Saturday, 17 April
  I‟m in Tennessee by daylight, and start keeping track of new state lists. I should
rack up four new states on the drive to and from Texas.
Tennessee Rte 81, state line to Memphis; 0530-1000
Carolina Wren               Am. Kestrel                 Broad-winged Hawk
Am. Crow                          - Nashville           Turkey Vulture
Am. Robin                   C. Goose                    Black Vulture
C. Grackle                  E. Towhee                   C. Starling
House Sparrow               Barn Swallow                Great Blue Heron
Rock Dove                   Red-tailed Hawk             MODO
Yellow-throated Vireo       Cliff Swallow               N. Mockingbird
Blue Jay                    E. Phoebe
Mallard                     Chipping Sparrow

Arkansas; W. Memphis to Texarkana; clear, to 33C, 1015-1445
Rock Dove                Great Blue Heron            Purple Martin
MODO                     E. Meadowlark                 - Rest stop just before
Brown-headed Cowbird     Double-crested Cormorant Social Hill, AR
Red-winged Blackbird        - Brinkley, AR           Broad-winged Hawk
C. Grackle               N. Mockingbird              Turkey Vulture
C. Starling              Am. Crow                    Cattle Egret
House Sparrow
Barn Swallow

Texas; Texarkana to Round Rock; 33C, 1445-2000
Turkey Vulture            Great Blue Heron                      Great-tailed Grackle
Barn Swallow              Rock Dove                             Ring-billed Gull
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher MODO                                  Am. Crow

Sunday, 18 April
  Today‟s route takes me through downtown Austin to pad the list with the exotic
Monk Parakeets that nest in locations around the city. Next I travel west to the first
birding area, Pedernales State Park, spending some time there at the feeding
stations and taking a short walk on the nature trail at the campground. I can‟t do
much more than that, since I have a bad knee, and the trails are a little rough for
me. A Golden-cheeked Warbler has been reported on a nest on the Campground
Nature Trail, but I am unable to find it.
Austin; overcast, 0645
Carolina Wren          Western Kingbird   White-winged           Turkey Vulture
Monk Parakeet          Cattle Egret       Dove                   Rock Dove
Great-tailed           Night-heron sp.    Inca Dove              C. Starling
Grackle                                   N. Mockingbird

Dripping Springs, TX; 0745
Black Vulture              Eur. Collared Dove                   MODO

Pedernales SP; windy, 22C, 0800-1015
Black-and-white Warbler   Black-crested Titmouse                Turkey Vulture
Carolina Wren             Summer Tanager                        N. Mockingbird
Rufous-crowned Sparrow Sharp-shinned Hawk                       N. Cardinal
Barn Swallow              Crested Caracara
White-eyed Vireo          Black Vulture

Pedernales SP Bird Blind; 0830
{Hispid Cotton Rat}
Lincoln‟s Sparrow          Black-chinned                        Black-crested Titmouse
Spotted Towhee             Hummingbird                          N. Cardinal
Hybrid E./Spotted Towhee Ruby-throated                          House Finch
                           Hummingbird                          White-throated Sparrow

Pedernales SP; Nature Trail in Campground; 0930
White-eyed Vireo           Canyon Wren                          Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

   Next, it‟s on to Enchanted Rock State Park, Kerr-Shreiner Park, Johnson Canyon
and Dewberry Hollow (south of Kerrville), and Kerr Wildlife Management Area. From
this last area, it‟s still a good drive to Neal‟s Lodges in Concan, where I am booked
for two nights. It‟s an ambitious route, so I have to be careful not to linger too long in
any area. I chose Pedernales State Park because it was listed as a possibility for
Golden-cheeked Warbler, and Enchanted Rock because it is a scenic attraction, but
also has some good representative birding for the area. It is worth the short trip just
to see the unusual granite dome. Kerr-Shreiner Park is probably not worth the side
trip, but since it is along the way, I stop to check it out. I get my first lifer of the trip, a
Golden-cheeked Warbler, in Johnson Canyon.
Rest area near the Lyndon Johnson Historical Site, about 19 miles from Johnson
City; 1130
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher        Gr. Crested Flycatcher (H) Black-bellied            Whistling
Belted Kingfisher                                              Duck - flyover
Enchanted Rock SP; 1200-1240
Bell‟s Vireo             Chipping Sparrow                    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
E. Phoebe                Rock Wren                           Orange-crowned Warbler
Swainson‟s Hawk          Canyon Wren                         Bewick‟s Wren
Osprey                   Summer Tanager

Kerrville-Shreiner Park; 1415-1445
Cedar Waxwing               Black-chinned                    Scrub Jay
Bewick‟s Wren               Hummingbird                      Summer Tanager

Johnson Canyon; 1515-1545
Black-and-white Warbler  * Golden-cheeked Warbler Carolina Chickadee
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    Black-chinned            Black-crested Titmouse
Carolina Wren            Hummingbird
Orange-crowned Warbler Barn Swallow

Hunt; 1600
Am. Kestrel – east of town

Stonehenge II; 1615
White-eyed Vireo              Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

  By the time I make it to the second major target area of the day, Kerr Wildlife
Management Area, it is getting late, and the clouds that have the day cool, bearable
and birdy have dissipated. I spend a very short time there, as it is very hot and quiet.
Birding can only be done from the road, and there‟s little chance that anything will
improve until much later in the day if it cools off again. I hear a vireo off at a distance
that is surely a Black-capped, but I can get glass on it. I have a long way to go to
reach my lodging for the night, and the promise of good birds there is too tempting.
Kerr Wildlife Management area; 1630-1720
Ladder-backed                Black-throated          Green
Woodpecker                   Warbler
* Black-capped Vireo (H)

2 mi N. of Leakey 1810
Red-shouldered Hawk

  After registering at Neal‟s Lodge, I empty out the car and have a bite for supper
before taking the property map and orienting myself to where all the feeding stations
and birdy habitats are located. The feeding station at cabin 61 has a lot of birds, but
a couple minutes after sitting down, a skunk wanders in and clears the place out.
Apparently, they don‟t hang around while he‟s there. Ending up at a feeder behind
the store, I spend a short time there. This produces my next lifer, Long-billed
Thrasher, a bird I wasn‟t expecting until further south on the trip.
Neal‟s Lodge feeders, sites 61 and 56; 1830-1930
Chimney Swift                Ruby-throated                  Golden-fronted
House Finch                  Hummingbird                    Woodpecker
Lincoln‟s Sparrow            White-winged Dove              Brown-headed Cowbird
Field Sparrow                White-eyed Vireo               Black-crested Titmouse
White-throated Sparrow       Lark Sparrow                   Bewick‟s Wren
* Long-billed Thrasher       White-eyed Vireo               Painted Bunting
Hooded Oriole                Yellow-breasted Chat           Spotted Sandpiper
Barn Swallow                 Black-throated Sparrow
Black-chinned                Lesser Goldfinch
Hummingbird                  N. Cardinal

  Near dark, I head off to try to locate the local bat caves on my own. I wasn‟t able
to book a tour to see them, and I‟ve decided to drive out the road myself to see how
close I can get to their emergence point. I‟m unable to reach the location the short
way because of flood waters over the road where it crosses the Rio Frio. I don‟t
have enough daylight left to get there the long way, so I try taking some other local
roads that seem to work their way back in the right direction. At sunset, I‟m at a
dead end near the river on a county road, but not close enough to the cave to get
the full impact. I can tell the direction of movement, and there are huge numbers of
bats overhead, but I haven‟t made it close enough. I am lucky enough to bumble
into a huge line of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers settling onto wires and in bushes for
the night, and a Barn Owl as it starts to hunt.
Bat cave area on the Rio Frio; 1930-2030
Western Kingbird               Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Killdeer
Cattle Egret                      probably nearing 100 on Barn Owl
Red-winged Blackbird              road 1049                Lesser Nighthawk

Monday, 19 April
  I am up early enough to make it to Lost Maples shortly after daylight. No alarm is
needed, as the White-winged Doves start singing around 4 am. Outside lights are
kept on all night long, so maybe they are influenced by that. I drive there by way of
RR337, which is a very scenic road up through the hills.
Neals Lodge, 0600-0640
White-winged Dove           Bewick‟s Wren

  The office is still closed when I arrive, so I check out the feeders for a couple
minutes, then continue on to the trails, using the suggestions I‟ve culled from reports
on the Texbirds list. I gathered that the best trail to take is the East Trail up to the
pond. Unfortunately, I miss the turnoff for the correct trailhead, and end up starting
out on the back half of the trail, and don‟t realize my mistake until about a mile in.
The trail is rocky, muddy in spots, with creek crossings and generally tough to
navigate with a cane. The good thing about the mistake is that I get a couple birds
that I only see once on the trip, and I see and/or hear at least a half dozen Golden-
cheeked Warblers along this section.
  After returning to the trailhead, I take a couple minutes to check in at the office
and look at the sightings log. Nothing unusual reported, and after having a chat with
the staff, I set out again to hike the “correct” trail. Although I get more birds on this
section of trail, it‟s not nearly as good for the target birds. Only one Golden-cheeked,
among a large group of migrants. There is another suspicious sounding vireo along
the first part of the trail, but again, I can‟t seem to locate him in the brush. I meet a
couple from Vancouver and am able to help them out with a couple of the birds that
they are looking for. I hike to the pond area and then return to the feeders at the
visitor‟s center for lunch, stopping to check the vireo area on my way back. As I pull
up to the office, my first Painted Bunting of the trip is perched in the open above the
feeding station. I can watch him while I eat my sandwich.
Lost Maples, overcast, to 22C, 0720-1130
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher            Indigo Bunting                Black-chinned
Carolina Chickadee               Scott‟s Oriole                Hummingbird
Black Vulture                    House Finch                   Black-crested Titmouse
Turkey Vulture                   Chipping Sparrow              Lousiana Waterthrush
N. Cardinal                      Black-throated        Green E. Phoebe
Carolina Wren                    Warbler                       Bewick‟s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet             Black-and-white Warbler       Lincoln‟s Sparrow
Canyon Wren                      Summer Tanager                Barn Swallow
Eastern Wood Pewee               Least Flycatcher              Brown-headed Cowbird
Inca Dove                        Swainson‟s Hawk               Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Mourning Dove                    White-eyed Vireo              N. Rough-winged Swallow
Swainson‟s Thrush                C. Raven                      Black Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo                   Golden-cheeked Warbler - House Wren
Yellow-throated Vireo              7                           Painted Bunting
Ash-throated Flycatcher

  I take a different route out of the park, passing through Utopia on the way back
down to Neal‟s Lodge. This route passes by Garner State Park, and I stop in to take
a quick tour. The park lies right on the river, and there are lots of hiking trails, but I
don‟t have time. It‟s very hot when I arrive, and the only new birds I get driving
around by car Yellow-throated Warbler and Ringed Kingfisher.
Lost Maples SP to Utopia; 1130-1150
Broad-winged Hawk            Purple Martin                 Scrub Jay
Swainson‟s Hawk              Western Kingbird              Wild Turkey
Rock Dove                    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher     Field Sparrow

Garner State Park, 30C, 1225
Cliff Swallows - at the Rio Yellow-throated Warbler
  Frio                      Ringed Kingfisher

Concan; 1310
Vermilion Flycatcher           Red-tailed Hawk
   I have to choose between Garner State Park and Park Chalk Bluff, since there
just isn‟t enough time in the day, and I go by an intriguing writeup on Chalk Bluff
that‟s in the Texas Birding Trail map. It turns out to be a good decision. It‟s a private
camping park that also caters to day visits by birders. During the heat of the day,
going through the property only by car, never walking more than 50 meters, I get a
really good sized list, including some birds that I wouldn‟t have expected for this
area. The most notable is a Tropical Parula, which I am told about when I check in.
As I drive in, the couple who care for the Neal‟s Lodge feeders is sitting under the
shade trees in the play area, hoping to see the bird. Unfortunately, they‟ve both lost
the upper range of their hearing and have to do it the hard way. As soon as I pull up
and start to talk to them, I hear the bird a couple of trees away, and we all set off to
find it. This isn‟t as easy as it sounds, even though it is almost constantly calling. It
also flits nervously from tree to tree, feeding vigorously, so it takes a while before
everyone gets on it. In the end, we circle the entire playground, chasing it, then the
thing pulls up out in the open right back where we started, giving us all eye-popping
  After that, we talk a little about where to find things I still need at Neal‟s Lodge
(mostly that stupid VIREO) and they give me suggestions on the best way to spend
tomorrow morning to get the best shot at seeing one of them. They convince me
that other than driving the 80 miles back to Kerr (which I really can‟t justify), the best
thing would be to spend some intense time around the lodge in the morning. In the
absence of information on any other dependable spot in the area, I have to agree,
although I think it would be quicker for me to find the bird if I were able to drive
quality habitat early in the morning and listen for the bird. I just don‟t have the time
this afternoon to explore the area and find some good habitat. After they leave, I bird
the rest of the park on my own.
Uvalde; 1330
Great-tailed Grackle

Park Chalk Bluff; clear, windy, 32C, 1345-1545
Tropical Parula              Vermilion Flycatcher           Nashville Warbler
Canyon Wren                  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher      House Finch
Cactus Wren                  Cassin‟s Sparrow               House Sparrow
Bewick‟s Wren                Chipping Sparrow               Western Kingbird
Carolina Wren                Oranged-crowned Warbler        Lesser Goldfinch
Bell‟s Vireo                 Ash-throated Flycatcher        N. Mockingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo        Turkey Vulture                 MODO
Yellow-headed Blackbird      Black Vulture                  Say‟s Phoebe
Brewer‟s Blackbird           White-winged Dove              Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Cowbird         Inca Dove                      N. Rough-winged Swallow
Red-winged Blackbird         Black-chinned                  Barn Swallow
Yellow-throated Warbler      Hummingbird                    Golden-fronted
Summer Tanager               N. Cardinal                    Woodpecker
Lark Sparrow                 White-eyed Vireo               Ladder-backed
E. Phoebe                    Indigo Bunting                 Woodpecker
Hooded Oriole                Black-crested Titmouse         Greater Roadrunner
   It‟s 15:30 when I leave, plenty of time to get back to the lodge to have a quick bite
before checking the feeding stations again. On the way I take a side trip to explore
the bottom half of the road to the bat cave area. I drive it all the way to the flooded
out section. There isn‟t much activity in this heat, but I pick up my only Scaled Quail
of the trip on this road.
rte 2690 south of Concan; 32C, 1615
Scaled Quail

  My original plan was to hang at the feeders at Neal‟s until about an hour before
dark, then make another run for bats, but I am having such a good time at the
feeding stations that I decide to forego the bat trip. Sipping coffee in the lawn chairs
a few feet from the feeders, with the scope trained on a Painted Bunting is too much
fun. Another unexpected lifer, Olive Sparrow, a south Texas specialty, spends a
long time taking a bath at the drip, giving me great scope views.
Birds at the feeders behind 61; 1800-1930
Painted Bunting              Ruby-throated                  Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Lesser Goldfinch             Hummingbird                    Long-billed Thrasher
White-throated Sparrow       Lincoln‟s Sparrow              Yellow-breasted Chat
House Finch                  Chipping Sparrow               Indigo Bunting
Black-chinned                Spotted Towhee                 Hooded Oriole
Hummingbird                  Black-crested Titmouse         * Olive Sparrow
                             Black-and-white Warbler

Feeding Station behind the store; 1930-2000
Bewick‟s Wren               Purple Martin                  Black-ch. Hummingbird
Lark Sparrow                Canyon Towhee                  Ruby-thr. Hummingbird
Hooded Oriole               House Finch

Tuesday, 20 April
  I spend the morning scouring the Neal‟s Lodge property, starting at the birding trail
that leads from cabin 61. I hear a Black-capped Vireo up on the hillside, and the trail
leads up there, but I am unable to reach the spot because of the steepness of the
slope. Next, I spend a little while at the cabin 61 drip, waiting to see what comes in
early in the morning. Then a short hike along the river edge, which circles around
behind the cabin. A check of the feeding station behind the store doesn‟t turn up
much. I spend the rest of the time combing the bushes on the opposite side of the
road, crossing paths with a couple of little feeding flocks, consisting largely of
Nashville Warblers, but I do end up with a brief look at pieces of a duller plumaged
Black-capped Vireo which may have been a female. All in all, not the most
satisfying look, but I‟ve made the best effort I can. When the feeding groups start to
disappear, I call it a morning and get back to the cabin to check out and get on the
Neal‟s Lodges, overcast, to 20C, 0630-0930
White-winged Dove             Painted Bunting              Chimney Swift
Great Horned Owl              Rufous-crowned Sparrow Bell‟s Vireo
Black-capped Vireo (H) Olive Sparrow                       Spotted Towhee
male,                         Lesser Goldfinch             Lark Sparrow
   female seen briefly        Ash-throated Flycatcher      Summer Tanager
White-eyed Vireo              Bewick‟s Wren                Black-and-white Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat          Indigo Bunting               Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-chinned                 House Finch                  Brewer‟s Blackbird
Hummingbird                   C. Yellowthroat              White-throated Sparrow
Ruby-throated                 Wilson‟s Warbler             Bushtit
Hummingbird                   Barn Swallow                 Carolina Chickadee
N. Cardinal                   Black-crested Titmouse       Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Lincoln‟s Sparrow             Golden-fronted               Hooded Oriole
Chipping Sparrow              Woodpecker                   N. Mockingbird
Nashville Warbler             Black Vulture

  The rest of the morning is spent on the drive to Laredo via Sabinal, to see what
birds are near the cattle pens. The only other stops are to re-stock food and to bird
at Lake Casablanca State Park, which is on the way on the Laredo bypass loop. I‟ve
been told that there isn‟t much to stop for in Laredo, so I choose this one location to
take a short break and to see what might be attracted to the lake.
Neal‟s Lodge to Sabinal; overcast, to 20C, 0930-1000
Crested Caracara             Loggerhead Shrike             Pyrrhuloxia
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    Morning Dove                  Bullock‟s Oriole
Cassin‟s Sparrow             N. Mockingbird                Great-tailed Grackle
  - low water crossing on Red-winged Blackbird
2690                         Brewer‟s Blackbird

Sabinal, Cattle Pens and route 2730; 1000
Upland Sandpiper            White-crowned Sparrow          Black-bellied Whistl. Duck
Leconte‟s Sparrow           N. Bobwhite                    -2
Lark Sparrow                Am. Kestrel

Nueces River crossing S of Uvalde;
Cliff Swallow

LaPryor to Carrizo Springs;
Red-tailed Hawk             Swainson‟s Hawk

Catarina to Laredo; to 1345
Chihuahuan Raven

Lake Casablanca State Park; ptly cloudy, 33C, 1400-1430
Snowy Egret               Neotropic Cormorant         Golden-fr. Woodpecker
Great Egret               Ring-billed Gull            Great-tailed Grackle
Killdeer                  Am. Coot
   At San Ignacio, I spend some time at the bird and butterfly sanctuary at the end of
Washington Street. As soon as I start walking down the path to the feeding station, I
can hear the seedeater off to my left in the cane. I am met by the caretaker, who is
more than anxious to show me his bird. It‟s not cooperative at first, singing from
deep within the canes, which are off-limits because that is where the nest is. I have
a seat watching the feeders with a group of four other birders while waiting. Soon, I
can hear the seedeater moving around, and it is easy to locate him from one of his
singing perches. An hour sitting in the shade watching the feeders gives me another
easy lifer, Audubon‟s Oriole.
San Ignacio; clear, 32C, 1530-1630
{road-killed javelina about 3 miles north of town}
White-collared Seedeater White-winged Dove               Lesser Goldfinch
* Audubon‟s Oriole            Eur. Collared Dove         Bronzed Cowbird
C. Yellowthroat               Painted Bunting            Yellow-breasted Chat
Lincoln‟s Sparrow             Great-tailed Grackle       Long-billed Thrasher
Olive Sparrow                 Blue Grosbeak

 I head straight from there to Falcon State Park, where I‟m planning to camp for the
night. I pretty much have the place to myself. The offices are closed, but there are
rangers everywhere around the park; there must be some kind of training going on. I
circle the camping area a few times, trying to decide the best place to set up. In the
end, I decide on a place in view of the lake, but adjacent to some good desert scrub.
The choice appears like a good one when I flush up a couple of nightjars on my way
up the path to the bathroom, and a roadrunner is singing above the picnic table as I
have my supper. A slight glitch in my plans occurs when I find that I have the wrong
tent poles packed with my kit. After flailing for a while with the tent flapping in the
wind while I try to rig something up, I give up and decide to sleep in the car. I‟m sure
a stop at Walmart in the next town will set me up with something. Right now I‟m
wishing I had thrown the hammock in the car. It‟s a perfect night for it.
Zapata to Falcon State Park; 1630-1715
Cattle Egret                  Yellow-headed Blackbird -
                                small group

Falcon State Park; 1715-1845
Gr. Roadrunner             Neotropic Cormorant             N. Mockingbird
Verdin                     Forster‟s Tern                  Killdeer
Cactus Wren                Laughing Gull
Scissor-tailed Flcyatcher  Lesser Nighthawk

 After dinner, I take an hour to explore the next two areas downstream from here,
which I will be going to before first light tomorrow morning. I want to make sure I
know the route, and I also want to see that my little car will be able to navigate the
sometimes rutted roads to the river. Both Chapeno and Salineno are easy to find,
and it‟s been so dry that the roads to the river are no trouble, so I‟m set for morning.
An added bonus is that I am already able to tick Red-billed Pigeon on my US list
because they are very vocal on the river near Chapeno near sunset. That makes
me feel confident that I will find them in the morning with little trouble.
Chapeno; 1900-1945
Blue-winged Teal                Red-billed Pigeon           Least Sandpiper

Wednesday, 21 April
   I am on the road in time to make it to Chapeno while it‟s still dark. I want to be in
position as soon as things start singing. It couldn‟t have gone better. The Pigeons
start singing early, and it doesn‟t take long after dawn before l I catch one flying over
the river. Ditto for the two Kingfishers. A little scanning with the scope turns up a
Green, and Ringed eventually flies past. No luck with Muscovy – everything is either
a Teal or a Mexican Duck. An interesting looking Amazon Parrot makes a number
of passes back and forth across the river.
   At 7:00 sharp, I drive up to the El Rio RV park, where the caretaker puts out food
to attract the Brown Jays. He says that the parrot that is flying around speaks a little,
so it must be a released cage bird. The jays have been coming in only during the
feeding times, and you can‟t be late. Four guys from the Zeiss big day team are
there, having timed their day to arrive at seven. Another group of four birders who
come by just as I‟m leaving miss the jays by a few minutes. They may have ended
up waiting around for the 11:00 feeding.
  I watch the feeders from the roof-top observation deck until the jays come in, then
leave immediately to spend some more time on the river, first back at the Chapeno
access, and then on to Salineno. At Salineno, there are two birders from Toronto
who are on the last leg of their trip, hanging out here hoping for Muscovy and Hook-
billed Kite until they have to leave on the drive to catch their plane. With the three of
us scanning in different directions, we are able to keep everything covered, and I
was much more willing to hang out with the added help. Two of us get on a Muscovy
fleeing downriver just long enough to catch the field marks. We also get half decent
scope looks at Hook-billed Kite twice (may have been the same bird).
   Another couple joins us, and they have information that there is a Red-billed
Pigeon roost 100 meters upriver. One of the guys is up for accompanying them, so
the three of them head off for a side trip. A half hour later, they return, not having
found any pigeons, but sending a couple Mexicans scurrying back across the river.
They must have been hiding in a ravine on the US side.
Falcon State Park; to 0615
Pauraque                       Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    N. Mockingbird

Chapeno; ptly cloudy, calm, to 24C, 0640-0900
Red-winged Blackbird        Least Sandpiper                Green Kingfisher
Great Kiskadee              Amazon Parrot - white and      Golden-fronted
Red-billed Pigeon              red on front, orange        Woodpecker
White-winged Dove              wings                       Great Egret
Olive Sparrow               Plain Chachalaca               Great Blue Heron
Spotted Sandpiper           Ringed Kingfisher              Barn Owl
Osprey                        N. Rough-winged Swallow        “Mexican” Duck
White-tipped Dove             Collared Dove                  Blue-winged Teal
Laughing Gull                 Altamira Oriole                White-faced Ibis
Wild Turkey – MX (heard)      Hooded Oriole                  Killdeer
Brown Jay                     Purple Martin
Audubon‟s Oriole              Green Heron

Salineno; to 33C, 0910-1100
Swainson‟s Hawk            Red-tailed Hawk                   * Couch‟s Kingbird
Osprey                     White-winged Dove                 Great Kiskadee
Harris‟ Hawk               Scissor-tailed Flycatcher         Muscovy Duck - 1
Hook-billed Kite           N. Shoveler                       Plain Chachalaca
T.V.                       Blue-winged Teal                  Chihuahuan Raven
Black Vulture              Ringed Kingfisher                 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
White-faced Ibis           Green Kingfisher                     - US & MX
Red-billed Pigeon          Groove-billed Ani                 Purple Martin

  Before I leave, I discuss with the Toronto guys what they‟ve seen in the valley and
get suggestions on what to target next. They say that I should head from here
straight to Sabal Palm Grove, since they had seen the Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
only late in the afternoon after searching for it all day there. That doesn‟t make a
whole lot or sense to me for just one bird, either logistically, or by what I think my
chances would be for the bird. I‟m running a good schedule so far, but it is tiring to
cover the amount of miles you need to, and I don‟t want to make it more difficult on
myself than I already have.
  So I stop at Bentsen first, as planned. I check in and register to camp. There is no
need to worry about space, it looks like there is no one else around except for the
camp host. He shows me where the camping area is located, behind some tall
grass, out of sight of the road. It‟s too hot to bother setting up now, and the
mosquitos are out in force. I head off to Anzalduas County Park, where I make a
quick circuit of the picnic area and check out the shorebirds in the wet area by the
dam. Mosquitoes are fierce here, too, so I bird quickly by car. I can hit this another
Anzalduas County Park; ptly cloudy, 33C, 1430
Long-billed Dowitcher         Blue-winged Teal             Loggerhead Shrike
Black-necked Stilt            Black-bellied     Whistling N. Mockingbird
Great Egret                   Duck                         Wilson‟s Phalarope
Cattle Egret                  Lesser Yellowlegs            Great Kiskadee

   I spend a few hours exploring McAllen, locating the streets where parrots have
been reported and cruising up and down others to get a feel for what is where. I
locate the sewage treatment plant, and try to pin down a hotel for tomorrow night‟s
stay, but I‟m not real successful in that. I‟ve been told there are tons, but I don‟t find
many. I must not be hitting the right section of town.
Drove around McAllen looking for places to stay, and locating parrot roosting areas.
Went back to campsite to set up before heading back into town to look for parrots.
   I head back to Bentsen to set up my new Walmart tent. It doesn‟t take long to set
it up, because I am being eaten alive by mosquitoes and I have an added incentive
to speed it up. It seems like I will be the only one camping, and there aren‟t even a
lot of other people wandering around, just a couple other small groups of birders. I
then spend a little time exploring the park before heading back out to look for
Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park; 32C, 1615-1745
Swainson‟s Hawk               Golden-fronted                N. Mockingbird
Short-tailed Hawk             Woodpecker                    N. Cardinal
Turkey Vulture                White-tipped Dove             Red-winged Blackbird
Crested Caracara              White-winged Dove             Great-tailed Grackle
Green Jay                     MODO                          Couch‟s Kingbird
Plain Chachalaca              Inca Dove                     Great Kiskadee
Least Grebe                   Curve-billed Thrasher         Bronzed Cowbird
Pied-billed Grebe             Olive Sparrow
Neotropic Cormorant           Brown-crested Flycatcher
C. Nighthawk                  Tufted Titmouse

  In McAllen, I have a pair of flyover Green Parakeets just as I reach town. Maybe
this will be easy. I head right to Dallas and Mockingbird, which was listed as a site
for Red-crowned Parrots. There is nothing at first, and I circle the area slowly in the
car. A little after six, I hear parrot noise and follow it to a location one street west of
Dallas/Mockingbird intersection. Seems a local resident has erected a couple of old
palm logs and Green Parakeets have taken them over for nest sites. The only
trouble is, there are only Greens. I need Red-crowneds. The owner comes out and
says hello, and when I ask him if he only has one kind of parrot, he says yes. So,
after a couple minutes watching this group, I set out again to cover as much area as
I can, listening for Red-crowneds. I able to cover a fair amount of the town before
dark, but never run into anything else, except another flyover group of four Greens.
McAllen; 1800-1930
Loggerhead Shrike
House Sparrow
* Green Parakeet - Dallas and Rose Ellen? Streets

   I quit with enough time to get back to Bentsen to look for a staked out Elf Owl on
its nest. Another birder told me a couple days ago that the bird comes out at 8:13,
so I am at the nest hole by about ten of 8. There is another lady there, set up to take
photographs. We stand by and try not to lose too much blood while waiting. At 8:11
by my watch, the bird peeks its head out, and looks around for a few minutes, then
withdraws back into the hole. We both have time to take photos in the fading light.
   On the way back to the tent, a coyote crosses the road in front of me. I now have
neighbors, who are setting up their tent outside the tenting area, right on the loop
road. If I had known, I might have waited. I gather the stuff I‟ll need for the night and
make a quick dash back through the grass, trying to keep the mosquitoes from
catching up. I manage to get inside the tent with only a couple unwanted visitors,
and settle down to write notes. Through the night, I hear Elf Owl calling from a
number of different directions, a couple of E. Screech-Owls, and lots of Pauraque.
Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park; 1950-2200
Elf Owl                E. Screech-Owl        Pauraque

Thursday, 22 April
  I get up before first light to shower, then pack up the tent and set out to comb the
park. Birding is easy and I‟m able to do a lot of it from the car, doing a couple loops,
then taking a couple of the short trails through the old camping area. I had hoped to
hear Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl last night, but no luck, so I am forced to resort to a trip
down the mosquito-infested Singing Chaparral Nature Trail. I have to go nearly out
to the half-way point of the loop trail, swatting mosquitoes all the way, and as soon
as I get in the general area, I start hooting. Within a short distance of my initial try, I
get a response and move a little more quietly along the trail to its general location. I
give a couple more hoots and the thing pops right out for me. Sorry, I don‟t have a
lot of patience to sit and admire him, I‟m losing too much blood. I‟m lucky if it was a
thirty second look, but it‟s not a lifer, just one I haven‟t seen in a while, and a tick for
the US list. I turn tail and hurry back to the car. I don‟t see a whole lot else down this
trail, probably mostly because of how fast I am moving both ways. The only other
birds of note are three N. Beardless Tyrannulets right near the beginning of the trail.
Back at the car, I dive in and turn on the air-conditioning to get the bugs to leave me
Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park; to 27C, 0630-0915
Clay-colored Robin              Brown-crested Flycatcher MODO
Olive Sparrow                   Bronzed Cowbird                White-winged Dove
Couch‟s Kingbird                Least Grebe                    White-tipped Dove
N. Beardless Tyrannulet         Green Heron                    Groove-billed Ani
Green Jay                       Golden-fronted                 Loggerhead Shrike
Inca Dove                       Woodpecker                     Long-billed Thrasher
Plain Chachalaca                Great Kiskadee                 Red-winged Blackbird
Hooded Oriole                   N. Cardinal                    Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Altamira Oriole                 Curve-billed Thrasher
Painted Bunting                 N. Mockingbird

  Another stop at Anzalduas, where the birds are about the same, but this time I try
to get out and take a look at the Gray Hawk‟s nest. A ten-minute stint out of the car
is all I can take, this is the worst place for mosquitoes I encounter on the trip, even
worse than the trail at Bentsen. I listen hard, but don‟t hear Tropical Parula or N.
Beardless Tyrannulet. I‟ve already got them in other locations anyway, so I content
myself with scoping some of the waders from the car.
Anzalduas County Park;
Pectoral Sandpiper              Black-bellied    Whistling Great Egret
Wilson‟s Phalarope              Duck                        Cattle Egret
Stilit Sandpiper                Gray Hawk                   Cliff Swallow
Long-billed Dowitcher           Barn Swallow                Black-necked Stilt
                                Clay-colored Robin

 A trip to the sewage treatment plant is next. There are a fair number of birds here,
and I can scope from inside the safety of my car, although the mosquitoes aren‟t
nearly so bad here as at Anzalduas and Bentsen.
McAllen Sewage ponds; 1015-1100
Least Sandpiper             Pied-billed Grebe            N. Bobwhite
Gull-billed Tern            Glossy Ibis                  Great Egret
Neotropic Cormorant         Am. Coot                     Blue-winged Teal
Black-necked Stilt          C. Moorhen

   By now, it‟s gotten really hot, and I make finding a motel for the night a priority. I‟m
a little worn out from non-stop driving and birding since I got into the state, and it
seems like it‟s going to be too hot today to get any worthwhile birding in. I travel
along Business 83 until I‟m nearly in Pharr, where I finally see some billboards for
motels. Right around there, I find the Aloha motel, which doesn‟t look too occupied.
They let me check in at 11:30, are very reasonable, and the room I have looks like
it‟s been recently renovated. I spend until 1:30 writing notes and enjoying the air-
   I make an afternoon trip to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, figuring I‟d
acquaint myself with the trails and get a feel for what‟s there. It‟s gotten a little
overcast again, and I spend 3½ hours there, getting all the targets that I had
expected. I make a couple more passes around McAllen looking for parrots (coming
up empty). Dinner consists of a Super Fudge Brownie Sundae at the Dairy Queen
before going back to the motel to plan tomorrow‟s strategy.
Santa Ana NWR; to 28C, 1400-1730
Carolina Wren                  N. Cardinal                 Green Kingfisher
Mourning Dove                  Great Kiskadee              C. Moorhen
N. Mockingbird                 White-winged Dove           Great Egret
Inca Dove                      Golden-fronted              Black-bellied Whist. Duck
Red-winged Blackbird           Woodpecker                  Blue-winged Teal
Great-tailed Grackle           Brown-crested Flycatcher Plain Chachalaca
Bronzed Cowbird                Couch‟s Kingbird            Mexican Duck
Buff-bellied Hummingbird Black-crested Titmouse            Turkey Vulture
Hooded Oriole                  White-eyed Vireo            Black Vulture
Clay-colored Robin             C. Yellowthroat             White-tipped Dove
Tropical Parula                Neotropic Cormorant         N. Rough-winged Swallow
Groove-billed Ani              Tricolored Heron            Barn Swallow
Long-billed Thrasher           Sora                        C. Starling
Olive Sparrow                  Pied-billed Grebe

Friday, 23 April
 Since I did well enough yesterday afternoon that I no longer need to spend the
morning at Santa Ana, I plan to drive into Weslaco for parrots early. Then I can just
continue on eastward. I reach Weslaco in plenty of time before dawn to run the
streets in the area of the parrot roosts. By dawn, I‟m back near the cemetery when I
hear parrots fly over, and I jump out in time to see a group of four heading back
towards the Frontera Audubon parking lot. I drive over there, and as I pull in,
another couple is pulling in behind me, asking if I‟ve seen any parrots. I happen to
have passed their car on the way over, and I let them know that the birds probably
flew over their heads while they were parked. But they didn‟t have the windows
open, so they didn‟t hear them. Within a couple minutes, a group of 2 birds flies
over. The caretakers at the sanctuary remind us that it doesn‟t open until 8, and we
go back over to the cemetery to bird while we‟re waiting. Another single parrot flies
over while we‟re there.
Weslaco and Frontera Audubon; 0530-0730
Chuck-wills-widow             * Red-crowned Parrot        Black-bellied     Whistling
C. Nighthawk                  Groove-billed Ani           Duck
House Sparrow                 Brown-headed Cowbird

Weslaco Cemetery; overcast, 23C, 0645-0730
Red-crowned      Parrot   - Great-tailed Grackle              N. Cardinal
  group of 6, group of 2, 1 N. Mockingbird                    Olive Sparrow
  single                    White-eyed Vireo                  Golden-fronted
Bronzed Cowbird             White-winged Dove                 Woodpecker
Couch‟s Kingbird            Inca Dove                         Yellow-breasted Chat
Gt. Kiskadee                Mourning Dove                     Chimney Swift
Great-crested Fycatcher     White-tipped Dove                 Black-and-white Warbler
Black-bellied     Whistling Purple Martin                     Lesser Goldfinch
Duck                        Loggerhead Shrike                 C. Starling

   I go back to Frontera, to see what‟s about in the parking lot, but I don‟t have any
other targets left here. The other one would have been Groove-billed Ani, but I got
that earlier in the trip. In any event, theirs is right at the edge of the parking lot, so
there‟s no need to explore any more, since we got a lot of birds from where the
cemetery adjoins their property. Next, I stop at the nearby Valley Nature Center, but
it doesn‟t open until 9. I decide to get to Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary in Brownsville
as quickly as I can. I get a little bit lost in Brownsville, and find myself heading
toward the international bridge. I find out later that‟s something that happens a lot.
After I get myself oriented and heading in the right direction I am able to work out
the correct road.
Farming country south of Weslaco on rte 281; 0800
Killdeer                       Roseate Spoonbill - south
Red-winged Blackbird              of town

Flooded field before left turn to San Pedro
Snowy Egret                   Black-necked Stilt

Brownsville, 0900
Laughing Gull

   I arrive at Sabal Palm at 09:30. Not the most ideal time, but again, I‟m ahead of
schedule, and if need be I can come back here tomorrow morning. I head out
directly to the location of the Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, assuming I‟m going to
have to put some effort into finding, especially at this time of day. Within about 15
minutes, I hear the bird calling, but it takes another half hour or so to get some
decent looks, because it is very active. It moves about in the grasses, but only
occasionally comes up into the mesquite where it‟s possible to get a look if you‟re
quick enough. The wind has been gradually picking up from the time I arrived; it‟s
obvious a storm is coming. It soon gets strong enough to make hearing difficult, and
I lose track of the yellowthroat. I head on to where the Short-tailed Hawk is
supposed to be sharing a nest with a Swainson‟s, but there‟s no sign of either bird.
   I spend some time birding the trails in the wooded sections, where it‟s more
sheltered and bird activity is not as affected. The wind never lets up the rest of the
time I‟m there. I end up at the feeding station at the office just as a school group is
starting out. It‟s a good time to break for lunch.
   I meet the couple that was at Salineno the other day, and I trade information with
them again. I want to bird Old Port Isabel Road, but my early edition of the Texas
Birding quide doesn‟t show the area very well. They have a newer edition and are
able to show me the quickest route to the spot. They also give me a tip on a motel
in Harlingen. I decide not to go back in after the yellowthroat, since the wind is still
howling after I finish lunch. It‟s iffy whether I‟d be able to do any better than the looks
I already got.
Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary, 30C, 0930 - 1230;
Plain Chachalaca                Neotropic Cormorant            Brown-crested Flycatcher
N. Mockingbird                  Black-bellied        Whistling Great-tailed Grackle (in
Olive Sparrow                   Duck                           spanish is ouraca (sp?)
Great Kiskadee                  Yellow-billed Cuckoo           Ladder-backed
White-tipped Dove               White-eyed Vireo               Woodpecker
White-winged Dove               Groove-billed Ani              Golden-fronted
Carolina Wren                   Blue-winged Teal               Woodpecker
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Altamira Oriole                      Turkey Vulture
Pauraque                        Tropical Kingbird              Great Egret
Green Jay                       Barn Swallow                   Green Kingfisher
Baltimore Oriole                Long-billed Thrasher

  Old Port Isabel Road turns out to be a great drive. No traffic at all, for some
reason, the wind doesn‟t seem to be as bad, and I run into some of the coastal birds
for the first time. I troll for the target, Botteri‟s Sparrow, and hear it singing just south
(or is that west?) of the railroad tracks. A couple quick shots with the tape is enough
to get one to jump up where it‟s visible. Cassin‟s Sparrow is also along this road,
and more easily found. It‟s a nice leisurely hour birding along this road.
Old Port Isabel Road; 32C, 1250-1350;
Loggerhead Shrike                  Eastern Meadowlark           Osprey
Long-billed Curlew             Lark Sparrow                   Great Egret
Horned Lark                    Least Tern                     Cattle Egret
Least Sandpiper                Am. Coot                       White-faced Ibis
Whimbrel                       Mallard                        N. Cardinal
Willet                         N. Shoveler                    N. Mockingbird
Botteri‟s Sparrow              Pied-billed Grebe              Purple Martin
Cassin‟s Sparrow               Neotropic Cormorant            C. Nighthawk

  I reach Laguna Atascosa a little after two, and after spending a couple minutes at
the feeding station, start off along the auto tour loop. There are plenty of spots with
shorebirds to look through on the drive, and it takes a while to finish the 15 miles.
The highlight is an immature Aplomado Falcon, a nice pickup, since I had been
hoping for one along Old Port Isabel Road, but missed it there.
   After the auto loop, I walk the trails at the Visitor‟s Center and spend a little time at
the feeding station again. It‟s only six, but I‟ve had a good day and decide to stop
early. It‟s about a half hour to Harlingen, where I find another cheap hotel not far
from the Best Western that had been suggested. I call Mark and let him know that
I‟m coming up to his area a couple days earlier than planned, and he suggests a
couple days birding around his area, since there is a possibility of a front moving
through tomorrow night. I agree to meet him at supper time tomorrow night, and he
gives me some suggestions for spots to bird on the way up tomorrow. I still have
plenty of time to do laundry and relax doing notes before bed.
Laguna Atascosa; 1410-1800;
Botteri‟s Sparrow              Am. Coot                        Laughing Gull
Cassin‟s Sparrow               Willet                          Crested Caracara
N. Mockingbird                 Long-billed Curlew              N. Rough-winged Swallow
C. Ground Dove                 Long-billed Dowitcher           Aplomado Falcon
Gr. Roadrunner                 Semipalmated Sandpiper Long-billed Thrasher
Red-winged Blackbird           Western Sandpiper               Mexican Duck
Bronzed Cowbird                Gull-billed Tern                Roseate Spoonbill
Black Vulture                  Wilson‟s Plover                 Forster‟s Tern
Turkey Vulture                 Black-necked Stilt              Savannah Sparrow
Green Jay                      Dunlin                          Eared Grebe
Great-tailed Grackle           Wilson‟s Phalarope              Great Kiskadee
White-tipped Dove              Reddish Egret                   Loggerhead Shrike
White-winged Dove              Black-bellied        Whistling Brown-crested Flycatcher
Olive Sparrow                  Duck                            Couch‟s Kingbird
N. Cardinal                    Killdeer                        Little Blue Heron
Brown-headed Cowbird           Pied-billed Grebe               Mourning Dove
White-eyed Vireo               Marsh Wren                      Ladder-backed
Lesser Yellowlegs              Sora                            Woodpecker
Horned Lark                    C. Moorhen                      Plain Chachalaca
E. Meadowlark                  N. Harrier                      House Sparrow
Blue-winged Teal               Swainson‟s Hawk                 Buff-bellied Hummingbird
N. Shoveler                    Stilt Sandpiper                 Harris‟ Hawk
White Ibis                     Tricolored Heron                Upland Sandpiper

2 miles past the 77/83 junction on the way to Harlingen; 1830
Green Parakeet - flyover

Saturday, 24 April
  I leave Harlingen early in order to make the Sarita rest stop at reasonable time.
The Rest Stop itself is a bust because of overnight trucks running. The only birds of
note are a Hooded Oriole and Brewer‟s Blackbirds. On to the town of Sarita, which
looks inviting, a tiny little roadside town. I find plenty of stuff around the edges of
town, then decide to cross the highway and bird the road running to the east. I travel
out about 4 miles, and birding is very productive. I only stop because I will run out of
daylight if I spend too much time here.
Sarita Rest stop; 0740-0800 mileage 3056
Hooded Oriole                   Brewer‟s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle            House Sparrow

Town of Sarita, La Parra Road? east of town; overcast, calm, 26C, 0800-1020
Cactus Wren                 Eur. Collared Dove          Great-blue Heron
N. Mockingbird              Ash-throated Flycatcher     Black-crested Titmouse
Chimney Swift               Olive Sparrow               Least Sandpiper
Barn Swallow                Scissor-tailed Flycatcher   Crested Caracara
Black Vulture               C. Starling                 Pyrrhuloxia
Turkey Vulture              N. Cardinal                 Cassin‟s Sparrow
Am. Coot                    Laughing Gull               White-eyed Vireo
Blue-winged Teal            House Sparrow               E. Meadowlark
Purple Gallinule            White-faced Ibis            Indigo Bunting
Neotropic Cormorant         Bronzed Cowbird             Lincoln‟s Sparrow
MODO                        Hooded Oriole               Lark Sparrow
C. Ground Dove              Loggerhead Shrike           Gadwall
Red-winged Blackbird        Great Kiskadee              Am. Wigeon
Black-bellied     Whistling Black-necked Stilt          Gr. Roadrunner
Duck                        Lesser Yellowlegs           E. Bluebird
Ladder-backed               Harris‟ Hawk                C. Nighthawk
Woodpecker                  Painted Bunting             Little Blue Heron
Golden-fronted              N. Bobwhite                 Long-billed Thrasher
Woodpecker                  Great Egret                 Cattle Egret
Great-tailed Grackle        Pied-billed Grebe
Purple Martin               Brown-crested Flycatcher

  Next, I stop at Dick Kleberg Park in the town of Kingsville, which is written up in
the TX birding trails map. It‟s a multi-use park; very nice, but nothing much new.
Kingsville, Dick Kleberg Park; 1130
N. Rough-winged Swallow White-Pelican                        White-winged Dove
Swainson‟s Hawk              Turkey Vulture

  On to Refugio, where I bird route 774 east of town for just a couple miles. Of
interest there were the thousands of Dickcissels. The last stop of the afternoon is
the Shelly City Park in Refugio, where I hear another Parula Warbler across the
resaca. I spend some time chasing it around the park, but never put glass on it. It
would be nice to find a Tropical here. I have an hour or so to kill, and spend some
time catching up on notes. No matter how concientious I am, I always seem to be
behind on trips.
Rte 77 near Kingsville;
White-tailed Hawk

Rte 774 east of Refugio; gathering storm, 28C, 1300
{Mute Swan}, {Egyptian Goose}, {Canada Goose}, {Mallard} – at a private lake,
probably all pinioned
Cliff Swallow               E. Kingbird             Red-tailed Hawk
Cave Swallow                Dickcissel - thousands  Lesser Yellowlegs

Refugio; Shelley City Park; 1400-1545
{Fowler‟s Toad}
Carolina Wren                White-eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee           N. Parula

  Okay, now I have to get on the road to Mark‟s house. I pull in at 5 p.m. sharp. He‟s
been monitoring the weather, which still looks promising. We decide what the plan
will be for tomorrow, make some phone calls, and set up to meet one of his friends
for birding at a private ranch in the morning. Then it‟s off for a jaunt through a local
TOS Sanctuary near his home, William Henry Shroeder Island, before capping off
the night with dinner at his favorite local eatery downtown.
S. of Victoria; Old Refugio Road; 1620
Savannah Sparrow

Victoria; Schroeder Island, TOS property; 28C, 1730-1900
Rock Dove                    Tennesse Warbler          Red-bellied Woodpecker
Prothonotary Warbler         Cerulean Warbler          Tufted Titmouse
Blue Jay                     Carolina Wren             C. Starling
Am. Robin                    E. Wood-Pewee             Carolina Chickadee
Summer Tanager               Black-and-white Warbler   Am. Crow
N. Parula                    Mississippi Kite          House Sparrow
White-eyed Vireo             Pileated Woodpecker

Sunday, 25 April
  We‟re up and on the road in order to meet Mark‟s friend Petra at dawn at the
Cliburn-Seadrift Ranch, a private property that the TOS has gotten permission to
bird on. The weather is overcast and a bit drizzly at first, but it looks like the major
front didn‟t come through as expected. Still, we don‟t do too badly; there are a few
migrants around in the various Oak mottes. The property is right on the intercoastal
waterway, and has a good mix of woodlands, coastal prairie, mudflats, and open
water. A pair of Whooping Cranes usually spends the winter, but Petra says her last
report says they have moved on. We bird the ranch „til lunchtime, then move on to
nearby rice fields, Matagorda Bay, and the TOS sanctuary at Magic Ridge, mostl all
locations in Calhoun County, TX.
  We opt for dinner at Mark‟s house, since it‟s quicker and easier . He serves up a
mean blackened catfish with whatever veggies he scrounges from the fridge.

Calhoun County, TX, Cliburn-Seadrift Ranch; drizzle, clearing, to 28C, 0700-1200
{Water Moccasin}
Pied-billed Grebe          Lesser Yellowlegs            Marsh Wren
White Pelican              Solitary Sandpiper           Gray Catbird
Neotropic Cormorant        Willet                       N. Mockingbird
Great Blue Heron           Semipalmated Sandpiper Veery
Great Egret                Western Sandpiper            Swainson‟s Thrush
Reddish Egret              Least Sandpiper              Wood Thrush
Tricolored Heron           Pectoral Sandpiper           Loggerhead Shrike
Little Blue Heron          Baird‟s Sandpiper            C. Starling
Cattle Egret               Laughing Gull                House Sparrow
Green Heron                Gull-billed Tern             White-eyed Vireo
Black-crowned Night        Royal Tern                   Yellow-throated Vireo
Heron                      Forster‟s Tern               Red-eyed Vireo
White Ibis                 Least Tern                   Golden-winged Warbler
White-faced Ibis           MODO                         Tennessee Warbler
Roseate Spoonbill          White-winged Dove            Yellow Warbler
Black-bellied Whistling    Inca Dove                    Chestnut-sided Warbler
Duck                       Yellow-billed Cuckoo         Magnolia Warbler
Mexican Duck               Gr. Roadrunner               Cerulean Warbler
Blue-winged Teal           Great Horned Owl             Black-and-white Warbler
Black Vulture              C. Nighthawk                 Am. Redstart
Turkey Vulture             Ladder-backed                Worm-eating Warbler
Crested Caracara           Woodpecker                   Ovenbird
Wild Turkey                E. Wood-Pewee                N. Waterthrush
N. Bobwhite                Acadian Flycatcher           Kentucky Warbler
Clapper Rail               Great Crested Flycatcher C. Yellowthroat
Sora                       Eastern Kingbird             Yellow-breasted Chat
Black-necked Stilt         Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    Scarlet Tanager
Wilson‟s Plover            Horned Lark                  Summer Tanager
Killdeer                   N. Rough-winged Swallow Cassin‟s Sparrow
Snowy Plover               Barn Swallow                 Lark Sparrow
Short-billed Dowitcher     Bewick‟s Wren                Savannah Sparrow
Long-billed Dowitcher      House Wren                   Seaside Sparrow
Greater Yellowlegs         Sedge Wren                   Lincoln‟s Sparrow
N. Cardinal                  Red-winged Blackbird         Brown-headed Cowbird
Rose-breasted Grosbeak       E. Meadowlark                Baltimore Oriole
Indigo Bunting               Great-tailed Grackle
Painted Bunting              Bronzed Cowbird

Rice Fields, Matagorda Bay and Magic Ridge; clear, to 28C, 1230-1700
Cattle Egret               Upland Sandpiper            Chimney Swift
Brown Pelican              White-rumped Sandpiper Purple Martin
Roseate Spoonbill          Least Sandpiper             Cliff Swallow
Blue-winged Teal           Dunlin                      Carolina Wren
Osprey                     Stilt Sandpiper             Curve-billed Thrasher
N. Harrier                 Wilson‟s Phalarope          Dickcissel
White-tailed Hawk          Ring-billed Gull            Indigo Bunting
Red-tailed Hawk            Laughing Gull               Painted Bunting
Crested Caracara           Franklin‟s Gull             N. Rough-winged Swallow
Am. Golden Plover          Caspian Tern                Barn Swallow
Black-bellied Plover       Royal Tern                  Baltimore Oriole
Semipalmated Plover        Forster‟s Tern              Boat-tailed Grackle
Marbled Godwit             Least Tern                  Great-tailed Grackle
Whimbrel                   Rock Dove                   Bronzed Cowbird
Long-billed Curlew         Eur. Collared Dove

Monday, 26 April
Petra told us last night that she had some good migrants in Port O‟Connor last
evening, so we spend some time at Magic Ridge in the early morning before going
there. It‟s overcast and windy early on, and there are a lot of things moving over the
ridge, but not many stopping. Mainly it‟s large groups of swallows, swifts and Indigo
Buntings. By the time we get to Port O‟Connor about 11 a.m., it‟s gotten really hot
and fairly calm. The woodlots in town have some birds, but not as many as we‟d
hoped for. We quit about 12:30 for lunch in town, then hit some coastal areas
nearby. After that, we finish the day by hitting as many rice fields as possible, then
birding Guadalupe River Road and Hog Bayou Road, both fairly dead. They aren‟t
nearly as productive as yesterday either. Where yesterday the fields had a shallow
layer of water, they were now at best just damp. We quit a little earlier, around four,
since we‟re not coming up with much. A quick stop for groceries, and a dinner of
Chalupas at the house.

Magic Ridge, Port O‟Connor, Matagorda Bay, rice fields; overcast/clearing, to 32C;
{Bobcat} – Mark
Brown Pelican                Solitary Sandpiper        N. Rough-winged Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant Spotted Sandpiper             Cliff Swallow
Great Blue Heron             Willet                    Barn Swallow
Great Egret                  Ruddy Turnstone           Bewick‟s Wren
Reddish Egret                Sanderling                Gray Catbird
Tricolored Heron             Semipalmated Sandpiper N. Mockingbird
Little Blue Heron            Least Sandpiper           Long-billed Thrasher
Snowy Egret                  Pectoral Sandpiper        Curve-billed Thrasher
Cattle Egret                 Dunlin                    Swainson‟s Thrush
Green Heron                  Stilt Sandpiper           Loggerhead Shrike
White Ibis                   Wilson‟s Phalarope        C. Starling
White-faced Ibis             Ring-billed Gull          House Sparrow
Roseate Spoonbill            Herring Gull              White-eyed Vireo
Black-bellied      Whistling Laughing Gull             Tennessee Warbler
Duck                         Franklin‟s Gull           Am. Redstart
Gadwall                      Gull-billed Tern          Yellow Warbler
Mexican Duck                 Royal Tern                Black-and-white Warbler
Blue-winged Teal             Sandwich Tern             Hooded Warbler
N. Shoveler                  Caspian Tern              Nashville Warbler
Black Vulture                Forster‟s Tern            Yellow-breasted Chat
Turkey Vulture               Least Tern                Lark Sparrow
Osprey                       Black Tern                Savannah Sparrow
Swainson‟s Hawk              Rock Dove                 Seaside Sparrow
White-tailed Hawk            Eur. Collared Dove        Lincoln‟s Sparrow
Crested Caracara             MODO                      Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Wild Turkey                  White-winged Dove         N. Cardinal
N. Bobwhite                  Inca Dove                 Indigo Bunting
Am. Oystercatcher            Yellow-billed Cuckoo      Painted Bunting
Black-necked Stilt           C. Nighthawk              Dickcissel
Black-bellied Plover         Chimney Swift             Red-winged Blackbird
Semipalmated Plover          Ladder-backed             E. Meadowlark
Killdeer                     Woodpecker                Boat-tailed Grackle
Snowy Plover                 Eastern Kingbird          C. Grackle
Short-billed Dowitcher       Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Great-tailed Grackle
Greater Yellowlegs           Purple Martin             Bronzed Cowbird
Lesser Yellowlegs            Tree Swallow              Baltimore Oriole

Guadalupe River Road, Hog Bayou Road; clear, 33C, 1400-1600
Osprey                   E. Wood-Pewee              N. Parula
Anhinga                  Great Crested Flycatcher Am. Redstart
Pied-billed Grebe        Carolina Wren              Black-throated Green
Clapper Rail             Tufted Titmouse            Warbler
C. Moorhen               Am. Crow                   C. Yellowthroat
Am. Coot                 Red-eyed Vireo             Yellow-breasted Chat
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Blue-gray Gnatcatcher      Painted Bunting

Tuesday, 27 April
  We bird in the morning at Dupont Wetlands and park. After that Mark takes me to
Riverview Park in Victoria to give me a quick orientation. While he goes to the office
to take care of some business, I return there for the rest of the morning. At noon, I
meet him back at the house to travel to San Antonio to pick up Dianne. She has
landed and retrieved luggage ten minutes before scheduled arrival time, so we are
in and out in no time and back on the birding trail. She‟s starved from having only
gotten a few peanuts to eat on the plane flights, but the rest of my stash of licorice
holds her over for awhile. From San Antonio, it‟s an hour‟s drive to the first birding
site near Pettus. Then we bird Berclair Road and have only enough time for a short
stop at the Goliad Nature Trail, which is quiet anyway. on the way to (hummingbird
bander) Brian Ortego‟s house in Raisin before getting back to Victoria. Another
meal and Chuck & Maggie‟s, then back to Mark‟s house and bed. Dianne took a
red-eye from Alaska, and she is ready for sleep by the time we arrive a little after

Dupont Wetlands; 0700-0930
Least Grebe                 Sora                         E. Kingbird
Pied-billed Grebe           C. Moorhen                   Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Great Egret                 Am. Coot                     Barn Swallow
Cattle Egret                Black-necked Stilt           Marsh Wren
Green Heron                 Killdeer                     N. Mockingbird
White Ibis                  Greater Yellowlegs           E. Bluebird
Black-bellied     Whistling Lesser Yellowlegs            Lark Sparrow
Duck                        Solitary Sandpiper           Savannah Sparrow
Fulvous Whistling Duck      White-winged Dove            Yellow-breasted Chat
Blue-winged Teal            MODO                         Painted Bunting
Black Vulture               Inca Dove                    Red-winged Blackbird
Turkey Vulture              C. Ground Dove               E. Meadowlark
Bald Eagle                  Yellow-billed Cuckoo         Great-tailed Grackle
Swainson‟s Hawk             Great Horned Owl             Boat-tailed Grackle
Red-tailed Hawk             C. Nighthawk                 Bronzed Cowbird
Crested Caracara            Chimney Swift
N. Bobwhite                 Great Crested Flycatcher

Victoria, Riverview Park; clear, calm, to 32C, 0945-1130
Mississippi Kite             Tufted Titmouse             Am. Crow
Sharp-shinned Hawk           Yellow-throated Vireo       C. Starling
White-winged Dove            Warbling Vireo              House Sparrow
MODO                         Tennessee Warbler           White-eyed Vireo
Red-bellied Woodpecker       N. Parula                   Yellow-breasted Chat
Downy Woodpecker             Yellow Warbler              Summer Tanager
E. Wood-Pewee                Am. Red start               N. Cardinal
Purple Martin                Blackburnian Warbler        Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Carolina Wren                Bay-breasted Warbler        Baltimore Oriole
Gray Catbird                 Black-and-white Warbler
Carolina Chickadee           Prothonotary Warbler

San Antonio to Pettus, Berclair Road, Goliad Nature Trail; clear, 32C, 1630-1930
Rock Dove                   Ladder-backed               Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eur. Collared Dove          Woodpecker                  Black-and-white Warbler
Black Vulture               Vermilion Flycatcher        N. Parula
Turkey Vulture              Brown-crested Flycatcher Magnolia Warbler
Cooper‟s Hawk               Couch‟s Kingbird            Black-throated        Green
Harris‟ Hawk                Scissor-tailed Flycatcher   Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk             Bewick‟s Wren               Lark Sparrow
Swainson‟s Hawk             Loggerhead Shrike           Painted Bunting
Crested Caracara            Olive Sparrow               Dickcissel
Golden-fronted              House Finch                 E. Meadowlark
Woodpecker                  Lesser Goldfinch            C. Grackle

Raisin; 1930-2000
Yellow-crowned        Night Chimney Swift                Ruby-throated
Heron                       Buff-bellied Hummingbird     Hummingbird
Barred Owl                                               N. Rough-winged Swallow

Wednesday, 28 April
  Today is pretty much a repeat of what Mark, Petra and I did on Sunday, but we
plan it to end in Port O‟Connor, since Petra was still having birds late in the day
there yesterday. Birds aren‟t nearly as good as Sunday, and the rice fields are now
almost totally dry. We do manage to pull a couple nice things out of the woodlots in
Port O‟Connor at the end of the day. Then we pick the only open restaurant in town,
where we have a huge dinner. During the hour long drive back to Victoria, we pass
the time with birding stories, which are never lacking.

Cliburn-Seadrift Ranch, Rice Fields, Alamo Beach, Port O‟Connor; 0730-1800
{Western Diamondback Rattlesnake}
Brown Pelican               Black-bellied      Whistling Am. Avocet
Double-crested Cormorant Duck                            Black-bellied Plover
Neotropic Cormorant         Gadwall                      Semipalmated Plover
Great Blue Heron            Mexican Duck                 Wilson‟s Plover
Great Egret                 Blue-winged Teal             Killdeer
Reddish Egret               Black Vulture                Piping Plover
Tricolored Heron            Turkey Vulture               Snowy Plover
Little Blue Heron           Osprey                       Long-billed Dowitcher
Snowy Egret                 White-tailed Hawk            Short-billed Dowitcher
Cattle Egret                Red-tailed Hawk              Marbled Godwit
White Ibis                  Crested Caracara             Upland Sandpiper
White-faced Ibis            Wild Turkey                  Greater Yellowlegs
Roseate Spoonbill           N. Bobwhite                  Lesser Yellowlegs
Fulvous Whistling Duck      C. Moorhen                   Spotted Sandpiper
  – 1, Cliburn              Am. Coot                     Sanderling
                            Black-necked Stilt           Western Sandpiper
Willet                      E. Kingbird                  Ovenbird
Least Sandpiper             Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    Hooded Warbler
Pectoral Sandpiper          Horned Lark                  Yellow-breasted Chat
Dunlin                      Purple Martin                Scarlet Tanager
Ring-billed Gul             Tree Swallow                 Summer Tanager
Laughing Gull               N. Rough-winged Swallow      Cassin‟s Sparrow
Gull-billed Tern            Cliff Swallow                Chipping Sparrow
Sandwich Tern               Barn Swallow                 Lark Sparrow
Royal Tern                  Carolina Wren                Savannah Sparrow
Forster‟s Tern              Gray Catbird                 Seaside Sparrow
Black Skimmer               N. Mockingbird               Lincoln‟s Sparrow
Rock Dove                   Veery                        N. Cardinal
Eur. Collared Dove          Swainson‟s Thrush            Rose-breasted Grosbeak
White-winged Dove           Am. Robin                    Indigo Bunting
Inca Dove                   Loggerhead Shrike            Painted Bunting
Yellow-billed Cuckoo        C. Starling                  Red-winged Blackbird
Great Horned Owl            House Sparrow                E. Meadowlark
Common Nighthawk            White-eyed Vireo             Boat-tailed Grackle
Ruby-throated               Yellow-throated Vireo        C. Grackle
Hummingbird                 Red-eyed Vireo               Great-tailed Grackle
Red-bellied Woodpecker      Blue-winged Warbler          Bronzed Cowbird
Ladder-backed               Tennessee Warbler            Brown-headed Cowbird
Woodpecker                  Yellow Warbler               Baltimore Oriole
Least Flycatcher            Magnolia Warbler
Great Crested Flycatcher    Black-and-white Warbler

Thursday, 29 April
  Birding in Jackson County for land birds, starting at Bennett Park, but again, it‟s
not very active. Then on to the Tejano wetlands and coastal areas to pick up odds
and ends for Dianne‟s want list. FN 1862 for rice fields, Blessing, Palacios, and Port
Lavaca. Lunch at a great Mexican place in Palacios, then afternoon at wetlands off
SH 316 and on to Magic Ridge. Again, not many migrants in evidence, but fair
numbers of local birds to keep us busy, and finished off all the target birds for this
area that Dianne would not be able to pick up on her continuation to the Hill Country
and Big Bend with Field Guides.

Bennett Park, Jackson County; 0730-0915
Least Bittern             C. Nighthawk                   Am. Crow
Wood Duck                 Ruby-throated                  White-eyed Vireo
Red-shouldered Hawk       Hummingbird                    Red-eyed Vireo
Green Heron               Red-bellied Woodpecker         Yellow Warbler
Black Vulture             E. Wood-Pewee                  Bay-breasted Warbler
Turkey Vulture            Great Crested Flycatcher       Black-and-white Warbler
Swainson‟s Hawk           E. Kingbird                    Yellow-breasted Chat
White-tailed Hawk         Carolina Wren                  Scarlet Tanager
Crested Caracara          Gray Catbird                   Summer Tanager
MODO                      Swainson‟s Thrush              N. Cardinal
White-winged Dove         Am. Robin                      Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Yellow-billed Cuckoo      Tufted Titmouse                Baltimore Oriole
Barred Owl                Blue Jay                       Orchard Oriole

Lavaca River at CR 311; 0930-1000
Green Kingfisher          Cooper‟s Hawk                  N. Mockingird
N. Parula                 N. Bobwhite                    C. Yellowthroat
Pileated Woodpecker       Ladder-backed                  Carolina Chickadee
Cattle Egret              Woodpecker

Tejano Wetlands, Blessing, Palacios, Port Lavaca; 1015-1530
Bald Eagle                  Am. Oystercatcher         Rock Dove
Pied-billed Grebe           Black-necked Stilt        Eur. Collared Dove
White Pelican               Am. Avocet                Inca Dove
Brown Pelican               Am. Golden Plover         Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Double-crested Cormorant Black-bellied Plover         Purple Martin
Neotropic Cormorant         Killdeer                  N. Rough-winged Swallow
Great Blue Heron            Short-billed Dowitcher    Cliff Swallow
Great Egret                 Long-billed Curlew        Barn Swallow
Reddish Egret               Greater Yellowlegs        Bewick‟s Wren
Tricolored Heron            Lesser Yellowlegs         Loggerhead Shrike
Little Blue Heron           Solitary Sandpiper        C. Starling
Snowy Egret                 Spotted Sandpipier        Am. Pipit
White Ibis                  Willet                    House Sparrow
White-faced Ibis            Ruddy Turnstone           Lark Sparrow
Roseate Spoonbill           Least Sandpiper           Savannah Sparrow
Black-bellied     Whistling White-rumped Sandpiper Seaside Sparrow
Duck                        Pectoral Sandpiper        Indigo Bunting
Mexican Duck                Stilt Sandpiper           Painted Bunting
Blue-winged Teal            Wilson‟s Phalarope        Dickcissel
Osprey                      Ring-billed Gull          Red-winged Blackbird
Red-tailed Hawk             Herring Gull              E. Meadowlark
Crested Caracara            Laughing Gull             Great-tailed Grackle
Clapper Rail                Gull-billed Tern          C. Grackle
C. Moorhen                  Forster‟s Tern            Bronzed Cowbird
Am. Coot                    Least Tern

Magic Ridge; 1600-1700
Tree Swallow                Indigo Bunting               Bronzed Cowbird
Long-billed Thrasher        Painted Bunting              Brown-headed Cowbird
Curve-billed Thrasher       Boat-tailed Grackle
Rose-breasted Grosbeak      Great-tailed Grackle
Friday, 30 April
  Having thorough mopped up in the Victoria area, I opt to head on up the coast
towards High Island this morning. It doesn‟t look like the weather will produce much,
but since I‟m passing by that way anyway, I want to take the time to stop in some of
those areas. Mark has suggested a route that passes along the coast up through
Galveston, so I can bird areas along the way, and I don‟t have to worry about traffic
around Houston. It works out well. I pick up a couple species I haven‟t run into
before, and driving is pleasant.
  I leave at 5:15, reach the shore at Surfside Beach in three hours, and work my
way slowly up the coast, ending at High Island after lunch. It‟s hot and still, and there
are few migrants in the sanctuary, but I spend an hour and a half trying to see what I
can scare up. It‟s not much. Most of the visitors are sitting on bleachers and
watching what comes in to the water drip.
Surfside and Surfside Beach to San Luis Pass; 0815-0850
Willet                       Black-bellied Wh. Duck        Great Blue Heron
Laughing Gull                Scissor-tailed Flycatcher     Eastern Meadowlark
Great-tailed Grackle         C. Starling                   Red-winged Blackbird
Sanderling                   White-winged Dove             Black Vulture
Least Tern                   White Ibis                    Turkey Vulture
Double-crested Cormorant Tricolored Heron                  Eur. Collared Dove
Common Tern                  Ring-billed Gull              Barn Swallow
Ruddy Turnstone              Herring Gull                  C. Grackle
Gull-billed Tern             MODO                          Rock Dove
Snowy Egret                  Cattle Egret                  Reddish Egret
Great Egret                  Green Heron                   Little Blue Heron
Brown Pelican                Purple Martin                 C. Nighthawk
Black-bellied Plover         Chimney Swift                 Am. Avocet

San Luis Pass flats; overcast, lt wind, 26C, 0850-0915
Roseate Spoonbill           Horned Lark                    Black Tern
Wilson's Plover             Common Tern                    Ring-billed Gull
Savannah Sparrow            Royal Tern                     Lesser Yellowlegs

South of Jamaica Beach:
Swallow-tailed Kite

Galveston and Ferry crossing; 1040-1115
White-tailed          Kite Neotropic Cormorant             Laughing Gull
(Galveston)                Magnificent Frigatebird         Ring-billed Gull

Fort Travis; 1120
Loggerhead Shrike            N. Mockingbird                Baltimore Oriole

Bolivar Flats; 1130-1200
Dunlin                       Least Sandpiper               Blue-winged Teal
White Pelican                Barn Swallow
Red Knot                     Semipalmated Sandpiper

Bolivar Flats to High Island; 1200-1245
White Ibis                    House Sparrow                White-faced Ibis
Am. Coot                      C. Starling                  N. Rough-winged Swallow
Killdeer                      Brown-headed Cowbird
Cattle Egret                  Seaside Sparrow

High Island, Boy Scout Woods; partly cloudy, lt wind, 31C, 1245-1415
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Carolina Wren                     TV
Veery                     Indigo Bunting                 Barn Swallow
Gray Catbird              Downy Woodpecker               MODO
Swainson's Thrush         White-eyed Vireo               Inca Dove
Prothonotary Warbler      Painted Bunting                Blue Jay
C. Yellowthroat           Roseate Spoonbill              White Ibis
Great-tailed Grackle      N. Bobwhite                    Summer Tanager
N. Cardinal               E. Kingbird                    Baltimore Oriole
N. Mockingbird            Crested Caracara

  I hit rice fields on the way to Winnie, to get the Hudsonian Godwits I‟ve been
missing, then get moving to put as much road behind me as possible before dark.
Rte 124 Rice Fields south of Spindletop Bayou; 1430
Hudsonian Godwit             Black-necked Stilt        Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper              Wilson's Phalarope        Whimbrel
Lesser Yellowlegs            White-rumped Sandpiper White-tailed Hawk
Pectoral Sandpiper           Short-billed Dowitcher    Am. Crow

 I stop for the night in Covington, Louisiana, which is not far north of New Orleans,
and consequently, the motel prices are a bit steeper there, but it seems like a good
starting point for morning.

Louisiana state line to Covington; 1540-2000
Great-tailed Grackle         Great Egret                   White Ibis
Cattle Egret                 Great Blue Heron              Little Blue Heron
Am. Crow                     Snowy Egret                   Anhinga
Laughing Gull                Red-bellied Woodpecker
Royal Tern                   Red-shouldered Hawk

Saturday, 1 May
  There are some local roads that lead from Covington towards route 59, and I take
those to get a little flavor of backwoods Louisiana and Mississippi. After I hit 59, I
drive straight through to Knoxville, reaching there about 16:00. Since there are still a
couple hours of daylight, I opt for a side trip to Pigeon Forge to see the spectacle of
Dollywood and Gatlinburg. It‟s slow going through both of those towns, and I don‟t
get out of Gatlinburg until just before dark. I drive straight through the rest of way
home, only stopping for a couple of naps along the way.
Covington-Bogalusa, LA ; 17C, 0530-0745
Collared Dove                 Great Crested Flycatcher MODO
Killdeer                      Rock Dove                     C. Grackle
N. Mockingbird                Great Blue Heron              Scarlet Tanager
C. Nighthawk                  Blue Jay                      Tufted Titmouse
N. Parula                     Am. Crow                      White-eyed Vireo
Brown-headed Cowbird          Pine Warbler                  C. Yellowthroat
Yellow-throated Vireo         Indigo Bunting or Blue Black Vulture
N. Cardinal                     Grosbeak                    Turkey Vulture
Carolina Wren                 Chimney Swift
Wood Thrush                   Prothonotary Warbler

MS to AL; 0750-1015
Am. Crow                    Tufted Titmouse              Cedar Waxwing? (outside
N. Mockingbird              Carolina Wren                Hattiesburg on 59)
Barn Swallow                C. Grackle                   Great Blue Heron
Chimney Swift               Pine Warbler                 Black Vulture
Blue Jay                                                 Turkey Vulture

Alabama state line to Tuscaloosa; 1015
Pine Warbler                Black Vulture                Great Egret
Am. Robin                   Turkey Vulture               Red-tailed Hawk
N. Mockingbird              Am. Crow                     Blue Jay

Tuscaloosa, Al - GA line; 1150-1515
Broad-winged Hawk           Chipping Sparrow             Purple Martin – on houses
Chimney Swift                                            at the gas station near the
MODO                                                     I59 flea market

Georgia state line; 1515

TN state line to Gatlinburg; 1530-1830
Brown Thrasher                Am. Robin                  N. Cardinal
C. Starling                   Rock Dove                  Song Sparrow
C. Grackle                    Chimney Swift              Pileated Woodpecker         -
Am. Crow                      Blue Jay                      Pigeon Forge
Red-tailed Hawk               Great Blue Heron           Carolina Wren
Barn Swallow                  Brown-headed Cowbird

Gatlinburg, TN; 1830
Jct 81 N, 4450 miles, 20:00
Rest stops: 20:30 – 22:15; 23:30-00:30; 02:00-4:30 (total 4:15)
PA line – 4900 miles, 09:15
End – 5080, 12:30

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