Texas ~ Day 2!

A VERY special and sincere note of thanks to our friends, Jane Tillman and Mark Lyons, for meeting up with us early Monday before we headed west.

Together we hit Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park in Austin to try for Chuck-wills-widow and got ’em! After birding the park for a few hours, we had success adding the following new species for the year.

289 Northern Bobwhite – Colinus virginianus Commons Ford Pk US-TX 23 May 2016
288 Chuck-will’s-widow – Antrostomus carolinensis Commons Ford Pk US-TX 23 May 2016
287 Black-chinned Hummingbird – Archilochus alexandri Commons Ford Pk US-TX 23 May 2016
286 Ladder-backed Woodpecker – Picoides scalaris Commons Ford Pk US-TX 23 May 2016
286 Western Scrub-Jay – Aphelocoma californica Commons Ford Pk US-TX 23 May 2016
285 Black-crested Titmouse – Baeolophus atricristatus Commons Ford Pk US-TX 23 May 2016
284 Rufous-crowned Sparrow – Aimophila ruficeps Commons Ford Pk US-TX 23 May 2016
283 Blue Grosbeak – Passerina caerulea Commons Ford Pk US-TX 23 May 2016

And thanks to Jane for her enthusiasm and sharp strategizing for Mom’s Big Year and to Mark for all his support!  Jane’s recommendations were ‘spot-on’ and produced many more birds throughout the adventure!  Thank you, Jane!

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Birding Commons Ford
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Mark, Jane and David
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Jane & Nancy
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Having fun strategizing our trip west!
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Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park

We spent the afternoon at Pedernales Fall State Park.  A lifer Golden-cheeked Warbler was a REAL treat for me!  And we had a chance to watch a male Painted Bunting take a bath.. That’s a bird I was tickled to see for the first time earlier this year after drooling over it in a book when I was 5 years old. I’ve been dreaming about seeing it ever since then! New year birds at Pedernales included the following–although we did hear Bewick’s Wren loud and clear in the morning at Commons Ford too.

Stay tuned for a review of Day 3 tomorrow..

MORE birds AND friends!……My two favorite things! 🙂 ❤

292 Golden-cheeked Warbler – Setophaga chrysoparia Pedernales Falls State Park (HOTE 050) US-TX 23 May 2016
291 Wilson’s Warbler – Cardellina pusilla Pedernales Falls State Park (HOTE 050) US-TX 23 May 2016
290 Bewick’s Wren – Thryomanes bewickii Pedernales Falls State Park (HOTE 050) US-TX 23 May 2016

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