Ok, its the afternoon of December 31, 2014 and I'm trying to decided where to start. I can bird for about three-quarters of a day tomorrow, how to start this big year?
The Trumpeter Swan at Lakeside Park in The Woodland (Montgomery County) has not been reported since December 22, 2014. I could try for that and then head up to Jones State Forest and look for Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Brown-headed Nuthatch as consolation prizes. Right now its not too appealing, I can go for the woodpecker and nuthatches most any time. There have been several negative reports for the swan in the last few days and while birds are great at hiding, it not a big lake and and its a big bird, if it were still present, it should have been seen.
There is a Mountain Plover at the Houston Audubon Society Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary (Galveston County). I could definitely rack up the birds there, but I'm planing on looking for Mountain Plover on January 3 in the Granger Lake area. Everything else there is going to be there for a while.
That just leaves really one kind of target to go for, gulls. Thayer's and Lesser Black-backed Gull shouldn't be too hard from the Ash Lake area between Chamber and Harris Counties. There are also a Greater Black-backed and Iceland Gull in the area, and quit likely California Gull. Nearby Morgans Point might also yield a Bonaparte's Gull. I could make a big dent in gulls in a few hours.
So gulls it is it seams.