Thursday, 24 December 2015

Texas and New Mexico Day 11

This morning we headed off to Fulton and the Turnbull Nature Centre. This a boardwalk trail through a marsh to a tower hide. Here we picked up our first American Avocets and Blue-winged Teal of the trip, and were also very lucky to have an American Bittern fly over the reeds.
There were Alligators on the fringes of the pools, the first I have ever seen.
On the way back to the van we had very close views of a Tri-coloured Heron and had fly over White-faced Ibis.
We then set off for Mustang Island in search of a Harris's Sparrow that had been reported from there. We met a young birder who was doing a 'big year' and she advised us of a site where we could find Mountain Plover and that she'd just seen a Dickcissel further up the road.
Having no luck with the Harris's Sparrow we set off in search of the Dicksissel and after a few minutes of James playing the call it appeared in front of us.
We then went to the Pachery Channel Park before heading to the agricultural fields near Bishop, where added Wilson's Snipe and White-tailed Hawk.
We then started the drive to Westlaco which was to be our base for the next five days.
White-tailed Hawk


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