Better Late Than Never - January 1st Birding (on the 2nd) Brazos Bend SP

Months ago, Scott and I reserved the only four-sided cabin (the others are screened) to spend three days and two nights birding our favorite Texas state park: Brazos Bend. Life got in the way of our first night, so we delayed checking in until late on the first. We hiked around Elm Lake as the sun went down, hoofed the last 2.0 miles back to the cabin in the dark. SUCH FUN! After a game of scrabble and a couple beers, we hit the sack in comfy semi-hotel conditions, with our 2" memory foam / hard foam mats and quiet surroundings.

After 6AM coffee, we packed up the gear and headed out to Hoots Hollow Trail on the other side of the park. That is where we found our two Birds of the Day: Winter Wren and Ash-throated Flycatcher. Off the trail, with boots wet and mucky make for the best birding, so we counted species and enjoyed watching everyone forage as the day began. It was very chilly ... my hands were stiff and frozen until the sun was fully up.

The second half of the count was around 40-Acre Lake where we found Black-crowned Night Herons and sparrows galore. A lone female Gadwall was a surprise find, while we searched high and low for Rusty Blackbirds (didn't find a single one). Hearing the Sandhill Cranes flying overhead was a welcome sound; cold and breezy, our trail walks were solitary with the masses most likely lining up to enter the park.

On the way out late morning, the line of cars stretched 1/2 mile back. It's smart to arrive early to this gem of a park!

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, January 03, 2021 00:14

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Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)

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January 2, 2021 08:20 AM CST

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Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)

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January 2, 2021 08:31 AM CST

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Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)

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January 2, 2021 08:31 AM CST

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January 2, 2021 09:15 AM CST

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Artist's Brackets, Reishi, and Allies (Genus Ganoderma)

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January 2, 2021 09:16 AM CST

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Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

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January 2, 2021 09:51 AM CST

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Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

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January 2, 2021 10:01 AM CST

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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

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January 2, 2021 10:00 AM CST

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Brown Winter Grasshopper (Amblytropidia mysteca)

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January 2, 2021 01:53 PM CST

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)

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January 2, 2021 01:12 PM CST

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American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

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January 2, 2021 12:27 PM CST

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Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

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January 2, 2021 12:23 PM CST

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

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January 2, 2021 12:21 PM CST

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)

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January 2, 2021 12:15 PM CST

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

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January 2, 2021 12:12 PM CST

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

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January 2, 2021 12:08 PM CST

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

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January 2, 2021 12:00 PM CST

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

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January 2, 2021 11:50 AM CST

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Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

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January 2, 2021 11:54 AM CST

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Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

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January 2, 2021 11:43 AM CST

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Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

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January 2, 2021 11:40 AM CST

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Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)

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January 2, 2021 11:38 AM CST

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

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January 2, 2021 11:37 AM CST

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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

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January 2, 2021 11:30 AM CST

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Gadwall (Mareca strepera)

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January 2, 2021 11:18 AM CST

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Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)

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January 2, 2021 10:59 AM CST

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Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

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January 2021

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Large White-headed Gulls (Genus Larus)

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January 2, 2021 10:53 AM CST

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Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)

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January 2, 2021 10:44 AM CST

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Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)

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January 2, 2021 10:44 AM CST

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Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)

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January 2, 2021 10:37 AM CST

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Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

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January 2, 2021 10:29 AM CST

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

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January 2, 2021 10:27 AM CST

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Orange-crowned Warbler (Leiothlypis celata)

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January 2, 2021 10:26 AM CST

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

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January 2, 2021 10:26 AM CST

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Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)

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January 2, 2021 10:25 AM CST

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