Big Bend National Park

Some time in 2016, I started throwing around  a rumor with my coworker that if we ever got done with the largest work project ever, we need to reward ourselves with a big trip. Well that trip came about April 10, 2017!!

BIG project getting done merits a BIG reward…where else but BIG Bend National Park?

Here is a chronological presentation of some of the wonders in flight which we observed:

The first subject: a Great-tailed Grackle at the Midland-Odessa airport!

Ferruginous Hawk hunting on the roadside

White-winged Dove (spotted just as we started up the Summit Trail of the Chisos Mountains portion of the park)

Rufous-crowned Sparrow (a little shy at first)

…but eventually he loosened up in song!

Mexican Jay (proud and loud, lots of them on the Summit Trail)

…another one, hiding (using the “I can’t see you, you can’t see me rule)…

…and another one. He did a bit better hiding, but he’s still in relatively plain sight, don’t you think? 😀

And a Black-crested Titmouse, a bird cute enough to hang as a Christmas tree ornament!

Brotttthhhhhher, where are you??

Western Kingbird (OK, so you can’t see the bird that well, but it is a very grand background)

Varied Bunting (ID-d by, you guessed it, sound)

Pyrrhuloxia (agreed to give us one glamour shot)

…but then it became bashful

Loggerhead Shrike (impales lizards and such on pointed sticks)

Scaled Quail (believe it or not, there is one in this picture)

…and here is the inset of his stylish crested head!

Black-throated Sparrow

Ash-throated Flycatcher (very inquisitive bird; beautiful too)

Say’s Phoebe, helping out with Border Patrol (that’s the building on the right)

…and a meditative end to a spectacular trip…with this lone White-winged Dove outside the hotel window.

And last but certainly not least, here are some of the vistas available to those hiking and driving through the park.

Thanks for reading (gazing, more like it!)

 

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About birdsandbenjamin

I am a resident of the North Carolina foothills and visitor to the mountains who finds great joy in observing and living with one of man's best friends, birds! I have limited photographic equipment, only a Nikon L810 and a pair of binoculars (for long-distance images). Nonetheless, I hope you see the heart behind the images and enjoy the beauty of birds on this blog.
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2 Responses to Big Bend National Park

  1. cpmishra123 says:

    This was my most successful birding trip and thanks to you for scouting out the best locations that this park had to offer. We need another hard project so that we can plan our next.

  2. Chris says:

    This was beautiful Benjamin – Thank you for sharing.

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