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Previous Tours - BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS

Top 10 lists are voted upon by the participants at the completion of each tour.

 

BIG BEND & DAVIS MOUNTAINS, TEXAS:
8-16 May 1999

  1) Colima Warbler (we WORKED for this one!)
  2) Montezuma Quail
  3) Elf Owl
  4) Lucifer Hummingbird
  5) Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  6) Wilson's Phalarope
  7) Common Black-Hawk
  8) Varied Bunting
  9) Snowy Plover
10) Common Poorwill
Painted Bunting was a close runner-up.

 

BIG BEND, DAVIS MOUNTAINS
and the TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
May 1999

Big Bend is the home of the Colima Warbler, its only nesting locale north of the Rio Grande. They were a bit tough to find this year due to the on-going drought, but we managed excellent looks at a singing male. The Elf Owls responded to my mouse squeak and came in for incredible scope views. For two or three days Lucifer Hummingbird eluded us, then we hit the jackpot: half a dozen males and females coming to a single feeder. A few of the showier raptors included two late Mississippi Kites, several Common Black-Hawks, a pair of Gray Hawks, and nice looks at Zone-tailed Hawk. The Montezuma Quail performed beautifully at Davis Mountains State Park, as did the Common Poorwill that landed at our feet, quite vociferously. Lake Balmorhea was once again full of birds, including multiple Snowy Plovers, an American White Pelican, and an elegant Long-billed Curlew. Our extension to the Edwards Plateau added many new birds including Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, numerous Green Kingfishers, singing Dickcissels, several Black-bellied Whistling- Ducks, a Crested Caracara, and a flock of 200 Cave Swallows circling endlessly around our heads. As the Cave Swallows went to roost for the night they were replaced by 30,000,000 Mexican Free- tailed Bats emerging from their nursery cave at dusk. This is a spectacle that everyone who is interested in the outdoors should witness: it is incredible. Big Bend is scheduled for May 6-14, 2000, with an extension to the Texas Hill Country May 14-17.

 

BIG BEND & DAVIS MOUNTAINS, TEXAS TOUR: 3-12 May 1996
  1 Montezuma Quail
  2 Colima Warbler
  3 Clark's Grebe
  4 Elf Owl
  5 Canyon Wren
  6 Painted Bunting
  7 Gray Hawk
  8 Black-throated Sparrow
  9 Crissal Thrasher
10 Acorn Woodpecker

 

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