Revised 2011 bird total:
437 species

Sunday, March 6, 2011

3 more lifers!

This afternoon we went to Estero Llano Grande State Park for birding, where we were yesterday morning.  We heard that the White-throated Thrush seen there, a really rare bird had been seen recently.  We went to look for the WT Thrush but no luck.  Then a friend, Huck Hutchens (see Estero Llano Grande Specialties post for more info on Huck) showed up and we looked for the thrush with him a while.  He told me of a spot nearby where there are often Yellow-headed Blackbirds.  Huck (what a good guy!) took me to look for them.  On the way we saw and got good lucks at Eurasian Collared-Doves which was a lifer for me.  That was super.  Then sifting through TONS of Red-winged Blackbirds, Huck said "there it is" and sure enough, there it was, a male Yellow-headed Blackbird!  We then spotted 2 more males and 2 females.  What an awesome life bird and THANKS to Huck!

Then, back at Estero, I saw a Yellow-throated Warbler for a lifer for me!

Tomorrow the great Texas adventure ends.  The flight home is in the morning.  However..I just saw on the Va-Bird listserv that there is a WESTERN TANAGER in Virginia got a lifer to go get back at home!

Until later and good birding,


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