Tuesday, June 7, 2016
One morning it rained like crazy and we thought the day was lost to birding. At about two, it stopped and I headed over to the Boy Scout Woods area to find myself all alone and in the midst of a friggin' fall out! This means when there is an abundance of birds landing from migration. I called Dave at the hotel and he came over to see it too. It was simply amazing - more birds than we could put our eyes on!
There were countless Scarlet Tanagers like the one pictured here.
Nice dental work!
I've not seen Jim since 1957.
See you in High Island next year!
This was a life bird for both of us!
More in part III
< - - why does my face look weird here? What is up with that?
This area is called High Island because it composed of a salt dome that rises about 38' above sea level. This is quite high considering about a mile or two away is the Gulf of Mexico. High Island, and other areas on the Bolivar Penisula were destroyed during Hurricane Ike in 2008. It was awful. Some more info here: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9107&eocn=image&eoci=morenh. And here: http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/ike/photo-comparisons/highisland.html. And here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/farewell-high-island-hurricane-ike-slams-a-birding-mecca/. There are many more sources on the interwebs for interested parties.
A favorite place to go is the Boy Scout Woods.
When they land here, they are exhausted and hungry. For that reason, they are not as skittish about people and this allows some nice looks at the birds who survive. This is a beautiful Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (male).
Those white spots you see are Great Egrets on their nests. The area has set up some nice platforms that make watching the birds easier.
More photos in Parts II and III....