The back-roads were calling me yesterday. And there are some back-roads near the park that I have not traveled down before, so yesterday was the day. It was still sprinkling some when I started out. But the sky was teasing a bit yesterday, with slight breaks (very slight) in the clouds. The roads I drove were interesting. Some grassy lands, some scrub lands, some farm lands. However, there were not a lot of birds for the most part. I would not think that the recent heavy rains would have caused the birds to disappear, but maybe they were just laying low. I saw no hawks. There were American Kestrels around, though. No flycatchers were seen. Turkey Vultures, but no Black Vultures or Caracaras. There were some rain-created small “lakes” in some of the fields, but I saw no waterfowl. I did spot a couple of Black-necked Stilts, however. Killdeer were around. One field in particular had quite a number. One flock of about 8 birds. There was a lone Long-billed Curlew in a grassy area. This seemed unusual, because often they are seen in flocks. I saw just a handful of Mourning Doves. No Swallows. No kingfishers. I noted 2 or 3 Golden-fronted Woodpeckers. A couple of Loggerhead Shrikes. No Green Jays. In one field, there were some European Starlings. No pipits. There was a large grouping of Savannah Sparrows, perhaps as many as 30 birds. There were some Lark Sparrows mixed in with the Savannahs. In the same area, there was a flock of mostly female Red-winged Blackbirds, approx. 15 birds.
I plan on driving this route again, maybe next week, to see if there are any changes to what I saw yesterday. I plan on going out again today for a drive. Not sure where, but not too far. I have to clean the car, today, also, as we are driving to Houston on Thursday (5 hour drive) to see a performance of the Cirque de Soleil. A friend of mine is in the cast and this is a great opportunity to meet up with him and see a terrific show.