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Final day of birding with Paul, Larry and Bob

27 Feb

Paul and Larry are moving on to points west early tomorrow morning.  Bob is heading home within a day or two.  So we took off again early this morning.  This time we headed for the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park.  It is located near Brownsville.  It is a large area, with wonderful trails.  Grasslands, mesquite, and prickly pear cactus predominate.  Hear we had great looks at Cassin’s Sparrow.  A lifer for Paul, Larry and Bob.  We also heard a Cactus Wren.  Unfortunately, we could not locate this bird.

The Cassin's Sparrow is a very plain bird.  No real distinguishing marks.  The song of the Cassin's Sparrow is very nice.

The Cassin’s Sparrow is a very plain bird. No real distinguishing marks. The song of the Cassin’s Sparrow is very nice.

After leaving there, we went over to Old Port Isabel Road.  This road is not in the best of shape.  This is an area that has great habitat for the Aplomado Falcon.  We drove as far as we could but eventually we had to turn around.  No luck with the Falcon.

Next we drove over to the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Management Area.  This is a great place to bird.  It covers a large area.  There are trails and roads and lots of neat birds can be found here.  As we were leaving, we saw a Greater Roadrunner at the edge of the road.  It hopped up into a Mesquite and then back down to the ground.  It ran back and forth at the edge of the grassy edge of the road and gave us great looks.  I took this picture while it was up in the tree.

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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Final day of birding with Paul, Larry and Bob

  1. Jo-Ann Gruber

    February 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Nice picture of the roadrunner. We see them frequently along the road to the park! Glad your friends got so many lifers!

     
  2. Blake Mann

    February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Very nice lifer for the guys. Some of those sparrows have been in Ontario, but I have not been able to catch up with one.
    We are still breaking records here with the temps, so they might as well enjoy their time down there!

     
 
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