The first day we arrived at High Island we were treated to a Bird Mecca,
the second day slowed considerably.
Yesterday was our third day, the morning was again slow birding Boy scout woods. It was drizzly and overcast.
There are free guided walks at different High Island spots. The daily fee for birding the different High Island sites is five dollars or 25 dollars for spring to spring pass.
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I take the below quote from his blog post…about our afternoon of Shore birding.
“This was meant to be a shorebird walk, and indeed it did end up being one, eventually. However, just a short way down Frenchtown, a large flock of Dickcissels flushed out of the scrub and our thoughts quickly turned from shorebirds to what other songbirds were lurking having just crossed the Gulf? The answer was lots! We were out of the car quickly and soon after warbler names were flying this way and that: as we found this choice birds clinging to the vaguest of vegetation present in the area. The main component of this Gulf wave was Yellow Warblers, although a very brief Mourning Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Chestnut-sided Warblers, multiple Tennessees, Baltimore Orioles, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Every so often another large crowd of Dickcissels passed over indicating more "Mexmigrants" were on the way.”
Indeed that's how this walk started out…So very exciting..the migrants were coming in for a rest.
Distant lighthouse in the fog
We did finally get back to shorebirding..
The highlights for us were Wilsons Pharalope a life bird for us! Stilt Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers . Great looks of two Silly clapper rails who thought they were shorebirds, wandering around in the open and bathing.
Another highlight was meeting and birding with Fellow Blogger, Birder, Tweeter and facebook user Kyle McCreary.
That is a Black tern…
We had a great afternoon of shore birding with the bonus of an amazing amount of Migrants coming in.
So back to Boy Scout woods with Kyle to see if the migrants made it into the woods.
It wasn't hopping with birds like the first day we arrived, but we did notice more movement than we had the previous day and this morning.
Jeff and I were still on the hunt for a Golden-winged Warbler seen many times around Boy Scout woods.
We took a walk to the area that the bird was seen…I left Kyle and Jeff to do a small loop behind the area that they were looking. I saw a bird with a golden head and golden wing spots..and shouted softly Gold wing Gold wing..
Ten dollar a day advanced rental. If there is a blind free you are allowed to use it at no cost.
This area is awesome for photographers..two drips set up on the other side of the blinds. Birds come down to the drips for a bath and a drink We all sat at the drip and were treated to awesome looks at this
When this bird came to the drip we said Black-throated green warbler,
We left the blinds and went back to the Grand stand area
There was excitement..a Golden-winged warbler was showing up at the far drip.
A Cerulean warbler was seen on the left side of the grandstand in a close tree..
We opted to sit near the drip and look for the Golden-winged..which showed up soon after and gave us awesome looks..although to far for my baby camera.
Hoping Kyle got some good photos.
Calling all Bird photographers..this is an amazing place spring migration. With a big lens you can get some awesome close up shots of birds.
Just look what I can get with my little lens.
This was a three life bird day for us!!
A wonderful High Island Birding Day!