Monday, April 2, 2012

Texas Coast Trip Made to Order

"I'll take a Surfbird Sandwich with a side of migrants, please. Oh and can I have the Yellow Rail Delight for dessert?"

If I was ordering this weekend's birding trip off a menu, that's pretty much how it would go.

Once again, a whirlwind birding trip did not disappoint.

In Corpus Christi, our eyes feasted on long looks at a rare shorebird that has graced the Texas Coast less than a dozen times since birders started keeping records in Texas. Our craving for migrants led us to dozens of Upland Sandpipers; about 10 species of warblers, including the beautiful Prairie Warbler; some spicy nightjars, including Chuck-Wills-Widow and Eastern Whip-Poor-Will; and a first helping of songbirds like Summer Tanager and Warbling Vireo.

A late night run from Corpus Christi to Beaumont was well-worth the fast-food like pace when we experienced very rare, long looks at the elusive Yellow Rail.

At the end of the trip, our lists were full and our appetite for a successful kickoff to migration was satisfied. I'll be posting photos, videos and more about the trip in the next coming days, so stay tuned...

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