Haven't been able to get out over the past week so this morning I did some patch birding after seeing the migrants in the Hockey's backyard.. Yeah for the day after Labor W/E..one can almost nap on the streets here now, the lasy summer holiday is over, kids are gone back to school, summer houses boarded up...Just the way it is supposed to be.. I did not get an early start for various reasons but wish I had as birding was very good early on. Highlight of the morning by far was a fairly ratty Yellow-rumped Warbler...I do not think in my time that I have ever had a YRWA that preceded my FOF Kinglet or Orange-crowned and am near positive I have never had a YRWA on the coast this early, ever. As I said the bird seemed to be molting out of alternate, which surprises me as I did not think they would migrate during that time. I did look at the Birds of the Upper Texas Coast and they show Sept. 14 to be their earliest date. Also had my FOF Catbird and a spotted thrush, likely the default Swainson's. This morning was mainly one of R. E. Vireos, empids, various warblers etc., with half a doz. or so Y. B. Flycatchers, Blue Grosbeaks, orioles.... That is about it. Am not gonna post a long boring list of everything seen but you get the idea. Green Herons are really on the move, found two groups of day roosting birds this morning. -- Brush Freeman Independent and affiliated Field Biologist 361-655-7641 http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/ Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas The greatest musician of all time is mother nature.