My darling Debbie and I spent some time in the Mission, Texas area birding the World Birding Centers. We have 704 birds in our Western Hemisphere collection and we’re looking for more to add. Most of our days used searching for new birds were cloudy, some thunderstorms, hot and humid. Just the way I like it, but not so much Debbie. One of the new birds we found by cruising an abandoned subdivision that was mostly a field. I saw something small move away from being run over by our jeeps tire. Of course I stop and when I see a bird I’m going “oh my ***!, Oh my ***! there’s a Chuck Will’s Widow! Grab the camera out of the back seat and I fire away. Turns out, the bird is a Common Nighthawk and not a Chucky, but still a great bird and nice shots-
We “high five” for a job well done and move on. On our way back to the R.V., Debbie spots a beauty near the side of the road in front of a grassy field. We already have the Western Meadowlark in our portfolio so this is a bird new to us, the Eastern Meadowlark. These birds are being shy but, from a distance, Debbie collects this nice photo.
The next day, we make for the Butterfly Farm. Debbie checked out bird reports on-line for the area and found we may get lucky hunting some new guys. We were very pleased to find Northern Bobwhite-
And even found, all on our own, an Eastern Screech Owl. This bird looks like it’s eyes are closed but actually, it’s squinting. Moving left to right, it followed my every move.
Also, at the Butterfly farm we found this White-tipped Dove-
I forgot to mention some birds we photo-captured on our way to Mission. Wherever we stopped for a night or two, Debbie scoped out the place for birds we may be looking for. She found the Rosy-Faced Lovebirds had been spotted near a pond and we found them. Lucky birders we are!
Other birds we saw were this Couch’s Kingbird. Pretty much have to come to Southern Texas to see this one-
And this Red-crowned Parrot.
This bird has an attitude, don’t you think? Curve-billed Thrasher-
Last but not least for today is this Golden-fronted Woodpecker.
We’ve birded 4 or 5 of the World Birding Centers in Texas so far, of which there are nine and we have only scratched the surface in 2 weeks, birding nearly every day. There is so much to see in Texas. It has to be one of my favorite states, the people, the wildlife, the thunderstorms at night…’til next time, Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie—don’t forget to like us.