Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Erika and I are just back from a month-long road-trip to Seattle to meet a new Granddaughter.  Somehow I convinced Erika that southern Texas and California were along our route. In a normal, snowy winter this itinerary may have made some sense. We had a good time, nevertheless, and did a lot of birding. In the process, I put the new Birdseye Bird Log phone app through its paces. We often found that we missed birds if we were too busy entering records into our phone. Thus we often found ourselves using the app to establish our exact location. Later we entered empty lists to eBird and filled them in with our computer later the same evening.

One of our first stops was to visit our neighbor, Sim, who, for the past two years, has been working with Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-headed Vireos at Fort Hood, Texas. We arrived on 11 April, a week too early for the vireo, but, as you can see, we did find the warbler.

The Golden-cheeked Warbler is the only Texas breeding bird that nests nowhere else. Although rare and endangered, it is locally common in juniper-oak woodlands of central Texas. By early summer, it leaves for its wintering grounds in southern Mexico and Central America. The species is threatened by its restricted range and the ever-growing human population and consequent clearing of its Texas habitat (Ladd and Glass 1999).

2 comments:

  1. Did you get to Big Bend? Or the sewage lagoon in Brownsville? I hear they're amazing.

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    1. No, Big Bend was just too far away and we had plenty to do in south Texas without visiting sewage lagoons :-) dan (we were also a bit early to find many of Big Bend's specialties.

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