Sunday, April 25, 2004

Catbird Invasion

This morning, after working a graveyard shift in Port Arthur, I went to Sabine Woods to do a little birding ahead of the rain. Never seen so many Gray Catbirds, the woods were full of them. A catbird here, a catbird there. Catbirds everywhere. Lots of birders there too. And mosquitoes.

In addition to the inexplicable plethora of catbirds, I saw 19 species of warblers today, highlighted by male Black-throated Blue and Cerulean Warblers at Sabine Woods, and a Cape May Warbler in roadside mulberries at Sea Rim State Park. Other goodies included Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Philadelphia Vireos, a Gray-cheeked Thrush, a Veery, bunches of Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. What a day. Now I'm home, it's pouring rain, and it's I'm headed for bed and then another long night in Port Arthur.


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