|The storm over Sea Rim SP|
I pulled into Cedar Hill Park at Lake Charlotte in Chambers County about 4:45 am. It only took a few minutes to get an Eastern Screech-Owl to call. I tried a few barks and hoots of Barred Owl with not luck. The storm was coming and I was racing the rising sun so I didn't stay very long.
Next I stopped at the entrance road to Anahuac NWR and it only took a couple of minutes to locate a Barn Owl. I left and headed right for East Bay Bayou and the FM1985 bridge where we had a couple calling Great Horned Owls on the CBC a few weeks before. I got out of the car and listened for a few minutes. At first another Barn Owl screamed then a pair of Great Horned Owls started a duet.
By the time I made it to Winnie the rain had caught up with me. I had to skip my Barred Owl stop and headed for Port Arthur on my quest for Brown Booby.
I had a list of needs from the Sea Rim CBC the week before and headed to Sea Rim State Park. It was getting pretty ugly looking though. On the way a White-tailed Kite posed for me. I picked up a few things waiting out the storm at Sea Rim but looking at the radar I decided to head back west to Anahuac NWR and get behind the storm. On the way back I was treated to one of the brightest rainbows I've ever seen.
At Anahuac NWR I headed right down to Burrowing Owl stakeout. No luck, crabbers were trespassing behind the fence in the close area with the owl. They had likely spooked it down into its hole or flushed it. I took a few picture of the woman trespassing. It amused me to see her trying to get her shoe out of a nice wet cow flop. My pretty quick loop of Shoveler Pond netted me eight new ones.
A quick pass by a my newly discovered Red-headed Woodpecker stakeout ticked that bird off. A quick pass through Double Bayou Park also added three more woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, and Downy Woodpecker.
I picked up 37 new ones for the year, had a 104 bird day bringing my total for the year to 132 species. Tomorrow I'm off to chase a Great Black-backed Gull!