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!
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!)