|118 not far from the McDonald Observatory|
Time to take a deep breath and do what needs to be done. I was here, its a 650 mile drive for a return trip in the next two weeks, so I headed out.
When I got out on the road in the Davis Mountains I noted that it had snowed a little overnight. I stopped briefly at the Lawrence E Woods Picnic Area and it was actually snowing a little still. Except for a flyover Red-tailed Hawk and a noisy group of four Acorn Woodpeckers not a bird was moving in the wind. On to the first sparrow stop.
|Nope, not Baird's Sparrow|
A bit further I started to hear some sparrow chip notes that didn't sound familiar. I got out my phone and played Baird's chip notes. Sounded identical. The bird was even responding to it. It was just a couple of feet in front of me in the grass. I was getting excited. Finally it flushed and perched were I could see it well. Queue the disappointing music, WAH wah wah... It turned out to be a Black-throated Sparrow. More walking. Something made me look over my shoulder and I saw a pair of javelinas walk casually across the road.
I get to Balmorhea cemetery. Its windy, really windy. I see a Say's Phoebe that tries to stay on the fence wire but keeps loosing its grip and spends most of its time on the ground. I hear some chip notes and they sound a lot like the chip notes of Sagebrush Sparrow! Queue the disappointing music, WAH wah wah... It turned out to be a Black-throated Sparrow. At least I can find a sparrow in this wind. I spent an hour looking without success. I find White-crowned and more Black-throated Sparrows. Its late and I have miles to go.
|Say's Phoebe tries to hang on at the|