Yesterday afternoon I was out and about so I decided to try to re-find the
Surfbird at Goose Island State Park (did not) and see what else was out and
Behind the white classroom building at Goose Island I had a nice,
criply-streaked Black and White Warbler and a Pyrrhuloxia (!). At the feeders,
the million or so female Red-winged Blackbirds scattered as a Sharp-shinned
Hawk swooped into the clearing. It didn't catch anything, but sat in plain
view for about 10 minutes or longer where the park host was able to get some
really good photos.
From there I went to see Whooping Cranes (2 fly-overs on 12th Street) and then
to find the Aplomado Falcon that was once, long ago, seen from the picnic area
on Hwy. 35 north of the Lamar Peninsula (did not see it -- don't they return to
the same fence post regularly like phoebes??).
Then I drove over FM 774 toward Refugio - had to make a U-turn to ogle a
White-tailed Kite patiently kiting over a field - where several people were
holding a tanager stake-out at Lions Park. The Flame-colored Tanager did not
show up, but the two Barred Owls put on a great show, flying thru the woods,
grabbing a crawdad out of the creek and eating it, gazing with aplomb at the
phalanx of photographers and then falling asleep, not 30 feet from the bridge.
Larry Johnson pointed out a Hermit Thrush and Wilson's Warbler, there was a
flurry of Northern Cardinal activity and I left just before the sun set, to the
annoying, repetitive (sorry) "pip pip" of the Greater Pewee in the distance.
Calallen (NW Corpus Christi)
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