A million miles…

Well, I can’t believe it was just over a week ago that I stood face-to-face with a Colima Warbler in Big Bend.  With the long list of end-of-the-year kid activities (picnics, concerts, play-off games etc.) we’ve been running (but enjoying!) this week and it honestly feels like my big Texas adventure was a million miles ago.  I’m finally getting a break in the action to start sharing it with you.  I’ll recap the highlights over the course of the next week.

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Nancy & David after seeing a Pacific-slope Flycatcher in the Rio Grande Valley, Nov 2015

Uncle David from Austin was my fabulous travel companion and we wasted no time in getting our big adventure started!  We went straight from the Austin airport to Hornsby Bend and some local ponds and picked up several species before packing the car to head west on Monday. It was fun to run into The Nature Conservancy’s Rich Kostecke and Vee Na at Hornsby Bend and add some new birds along the way. Other highlights included photographing a Least Grebe mom and chicks and catching a barn owl at dusk. 🙂

Here’s the list of new species we added to MBY (Mom’s Big Year) on day 1:

282 Barn Owl – Tyto alba Austin–Mueller Prairie Restor.& ponds  US-TX 22 May 2016
281 Monk Parakeet – Myiopsitta monachus US-TX-Austin-6801 Burnet Rd – 30.3440x-97.7381 US-TX 22 May 2016
280 Least Grebe – Tachybaptus dominicus Austin–The Triangle Pond US-TX 22 May 2016
279 Lesser Goldfinch – Spinus psaltria Austin–The Triangle Pond US-TX 22 May 2016
278 Dickcissel – Spiza americana Platt Lane (Travis Co.) US-TX 22 May 2016
277 White-rumped Sandpiper – Calidris fuscicollis Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037) US-TX 22 May 2016
276 Semipalmated Sandpiper – Calidris pusilla Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037) US-TX 22 May 2016
275 Wilson’s Phalarope – Phalaropus tricolor Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037) US-TX 22 May 2016
274 Black Tern – Chlidonias niger Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037) US-TX 22 May 2016
273 Western Kingbird – Tyrannus verticalis Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037) US-TX 22 May 2016
272 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – Tyrannus forficatus Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037) US-TX 22 May 2016
271 Great-tailed Grackle – Quiscalus mexicanus Austin–Bergstrom Intl. Airport (AUS) US-TX 22 May 2016

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