|Cooper's Hawk at Brazoria NWR|
|Nelson's Sparrow in Surfside, TX|
Headed down to Surfside to check out Crab Road for Nelson's Sparrow. As I was pulling up I spotted a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Not a bird I was worried about, but a nice bird for January on the Upper Texas Coast. Pished a bit and then I heard the tiny "seet" calls of two birds. One moved out in the open and I was able to get a picture.
|Sanderlings at the Quintana Jetty|
I headed over the San Bernard NWR hoping to snag a few land birds at Bobcat Woods. I did manage a few but nothing remarkable. Ran the Moccasin Pond Loop and exited via Rail Pond. Rail Pond as Sandhill Cranes as close as I ever get them and I was able to get a few pictures. I love listening to the call of Sandhill Cranes.
Headed for home via the John Hargrove Environmental Center in Pearland looking for a Bald Eagle. It had been at least a year since I had been there. The Bald Eagle was in the tree I last saw it in, making a nice finish for the day.
In all I managed about 7 hours of birding today and found 95 species. Not a bad "base coat" for the year. Sparrows were few and even waterfowl seemed kind of slim. Tomorrow I'm heading out early targeting the Brown Boobies at Pleasure Island in Jefferson County.