Friday, March 30, 2012

Weekend Roadtrip Along Texas Coast Looks Promising for Rarities, Migrants

This weekend I'm hope to get my first taste of spring migration. I'll be heading out early in the morning with Marcin, Daria and Arman, a birder from Austin. We'll be seeking out some rarities in Corpus Christi and hunting for warblers, vireos and other songbirds at migrant traps on the mainland and in Port Aransas.

We could get a heaping spoonful of rarities if we can find a Surfbird and a Purple Sandpiper that have been seen the last few days at Packery Channel near the JFK Causeway on North Padre Island. The Surfbird has been easy to approach so it could make for some great photos, but I'd be content just adding this one to my life list, especially since there are only 10 documented records of this species in Texas.

On Saturday evening, we'll head to East Texas for Yellow Rail Walks that will be a lifetime experience. We'll be marching through tall reeds at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge looking for the elusive Yellow Rail. Thisis  basically the only way you can find the tiny, sparrow-sized rail that most often hides out deep in salt marshes. Should be a blast! Stay tuned...

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