While most of our energy has been going towards how to make the most of our time in Minnesota later this month, we have been adding a few local birds to our Big Year tally. We hit 170 this week with some nice additions... Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Canvasback, Brown Creeper, etc... We also made a little trip out east of town last week, and while were late to capitalize on the Longspurs, we got what we really drove across town for.
This week, we're due to give a brief talk at the Houston Audubon Society meeting about our little project, then... weather permitting, it's back to the LRGV. We still need the Brown Jay and Tropical Parula. Now there have been more Aplomado Falcon sightings as well as good looks from other birds of interest... Gray Hawk, etc... There are also a handful of locals we still need to snap. We'll make the call on the LRGV around mid-week. Otherwise, it's all about Sax-Zim preparations and the promise of Great Gray Owls, Northern Hawk Owls, Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, Redpolls, Crossbills and more!