Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bentsen State Park

On 21 February 2018, we visited Bentsen State Park. The day was blindingly hot, and our best birding was at a bird feeder with a dripping water source. We got closeup photos of Black-crested Titmice. These birds inhabit Texas and northeatern Mexico. They hybridize with Tufted Titmice where their ranges overlap.
Orange-crowned Warblers also visited the water source. These warblers are abundant and hardy enough to winter along both our coasts south into most of Mexico.

I saw my first Great Kiskadee in Santa Ana Refuge in 1964. Their offspring are still there.
We walked from the park headquarters to a boat ramp, where odonata are often reported. The only odonae we encountered, however, was the relatively common Blue-ringed Dancer.

During our travels in south Texas, we were told that Bentsen State Park hosts Curve-billed Thrashers. As we left the park, one carrying nesting material flew into the parking lot.

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