Texas – Day 1/2 (March 22,23): Goose Island State Park, Aransas NWR and Environs

Finally, I have a few spare moments to start this trip report!

On March 22, Jim Orrico and I arrived at San Antonio airport and immediately started the drive south towards the Rockport area, arriving just after 3PM. Our first stop was Goose Island State Park for the Yellow-faced Grassquit that had spent much of the winter there. Unfortunately, four hours of hard searching didn’t turn up the bird but we were still able to enjoy some great birds, some that are not common in Connecticut and some we never see.

Lincoln's Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

White-winged Dove

Inca Dove

On our way out 2 Hermit Thrushes were drinking quietly at a nearby basin of water.

The next day, we stopped first at the Hilltop Community Center north of Corpus Christi in hopes of turning up the Blue Bunting reported there recently. Unfortunately, at hour of searching proved fruitless and we decided to make our way to the coast.

On the ride south, we ran into some nice birds along the road including a few Loggerhead Skrikes.

Loggerhead Shrike

Unfortunately, I made a snap decision (one of our only blunders of the trip) to spend the rest of the day at Aransas NWR which was good but was definitely not as productive as places like Hazel Bazemore or spots nearby.

However, we were able to nail some good birds including Lesser Scaup, many Redhead, Black-necked Stilt, White-eyed Vireo, Marsh Wren and best of all, two Whooping Cranes far out into the marsh, told apart from the nearby Great Egrets, solely by shape and structure in which they are very distinct.

Pied-billed Grebe

swallowtail sp. (pos Black?)

One of the many Alligators we saw on the day

A Black-necked Stilt in close proximity to one of the ever-present Alligators

A good first two days, but nothing like what would come afterwords….


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One Response to Texas – Day 1/2 (March 22,23): Goose Island State Park, Aransas NWR and Environs

  1. Brendan says:

    Sounds like a good start! Congrats on Whooping Crane! – Brendan

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