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« on: February 15, 2006, 05:16:32 PM »
I knew the Bend was popular with birders, but had no idea it was one of the top spots in the country according to this: http://webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?SESSIONID=&aId=9655

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2006, 05:32:19 PM »
The real desert is a land which reveals its true character only to those who come with courage, tolerance and understanding. - Randall Henderson

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2006, 07:27:38 PM »
The park is on the western edge of the Central Flyway migration route.  Some birds actually follow the Rio Grande;  others seem to "mountain hop"  from the Rockies, the Guadelupes, and the Davis Mountains down to Big Bend, and on to points further south. I'm not an avid birder, never gone out of my way to find a Colima warbler, etc, but I like to know a little about what I see.  Most surprising thing I remember were some wood ducks I saw near RGV.

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2006, 07:39:19 PM »
Funny, I don't ever recall seeing many birds out there - oh, sure I've seen a hawk or two, but never any great numbers of them - sans the RoadRunner and I don't have a clue if a RR is classified as a bird or not.  Of course, I typically am only out that way a couple of times a year during the same time frames (Winter, Spring Break, and maybe late Summer/Early Fall)  - so maybe they are not there, or maybe I'm not paying attention?  :?:

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Unless you're talking Plymouth
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2006, 08:03:00 PM »
then a road runner is definitely a bird .  You probably just aren't looking for birds, maybe looking at the scenery, which all of us do quite a bit.  Plenty of birds, especially near water.  Stop at one of the little springs for a while.  They won't be obvious at first because you've spooked them walking in.  Wait and sit quietly, they'll show themselves after a while.  Can't quite believe you've never seen a green jay, tho;  those guys are just as brave as their blue cousins.  I see them frequently in the Chisos.

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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2006, 08:22:47 PM »
The first time my Dad and I did the South Rim hike the Boot Canyon section was like an aviary.  There were birds everywhere.  We stopped and sat really still on a ledge at the side of the trail and the birds slowly closed in around us.  Way cool.  Saw at least one Colima Warbler (at least it looked like one).  The next two times we were back there there weren't nearly as many birds, maybe 1/4 at most.

When we were at BBRSP I hiked up to the Ojito Adentro spring and surprised what I guess was a mallard duck enjoying the spring.  She wasn't too happy to see me and took off before I could get the camera up and ready.

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2006, 08:31:55 PM »
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green jay, tho;  those guys are just as brave as their blue cousins.  I see them frequently in the Chisos.


Don't know if I'd know a green jay from a blue jay.  It's like - what kind of tree is that - I don't know - It's a tree.  Must be a pine tree.  

Now, the problem might be is that I don't frequent the Chisos very often, didn't get there once on this last trip.  Usually, too many people, and I prefer the desert floor most of the time for my explorations.  Plus, now that we have rediscovered the hot springs, gotta have camp near the hot springs to end the day properly.

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2006, 08:58:23 PM »


Very colorful critter.  There are some excellent birding places in the desert.  You jsut need water.  Dog Canyon during spring nesting season is a great place to see canyon wrens and cliff swallows.  Or try the irrigated picnic areas near RGV or Cottonwood Campground.

Moderator note:  That's such a cool pic I changed it to an inline IMG instead of just a link.

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Re: Unless you're talking Plymouth
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2006, 09:10:58 PM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Quote from: "Roy"
green jay, tho;  those guys are just as brave as their blue cousins.  I see them frequently in the Chisos.


Don't know if I'd know a green jay from a blue jay.  It's like - what kind of tree is that - I don't know - It's a tree.  Must be a pine tree.  

Now, the problem might be is that I don't frequent the Chisos very often, didn't get there once on this last trip.  Usually, too many people, and I prefer the desert floor most of the time for my explorations.  Plus, now that we have rediscovered the hot springs, gotta have camp near the hot springs to end the day properly.


I think your trips would be greatly enhanced if you purchased some ID books for the birds, plants/trees, herps, geology etc. You really become much more aware of your surroundings and your trip reports would become even more interesting :)
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Re: Green Jay
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2006, 09:14:43 PM »
Quote from: "Roy"


Very colorful critter.  There are some excellent birding places in the desert.  You jsut need water.  Dog Canyon during spring nesting season is a great place to see canyon wrens and cliff swallows.  Or try the irrigated picnic areas near RGV or Cottonwood Campground.

Moderator note:  That's such a cool pic I changed it to an inline IMG instead of just a link.


Wow!  That really is a beautiful bird. I have yet to see one.
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Let me rephrase
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2006, 09:31:24 PM »
I've seen them a couple of times in BBNP;  they are southern birds and south Texas is the northern edge of their range.  We get them in the Rio Grande Valley (but not Corpus Christi)  pretty rergularly.  Was down there a couple of weeks ago for a photo workshop and saw several.  

Would like some feedback:  I'm trying to talk this photographer into doing a group trip to BBNP;  he's done it once before.  He's well known in Texas;  if you read TPW or Texas Highways, you've seen his work.  Would anybody besides me be interested in doing this to the tune of $50-$75/day for a hands on workshop with him and at least one other pro photographer?

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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2006, 09:36:50 PM »
that is an awesome bird...i love the coloring.  although i do think that is a fine specimen, i'm not really into bird watching  :-k

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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2006, 09:37:40 PM »
My problem is I don't like sitting and waiting for birds.  I like to be moving, hiking, climbing, doing active stuff.
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2006, 09:42:11 PM »
Quote from: "Randell"
My problem is I don't like sitting and waiting for birds.  I like to be moving, hiking, climbing, doing active stuff.


I was going to recommend a Quail hunt with DC, but then I remembered..... :?
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Cheney
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2006, 09:52:30 PM »
re:  Dick Cheney

Quote:  " Social Security reform is a very important issue, and the Democrats have refused to work with us.  We're going to need to take tough, creative actions to resolve this problem.   So I shot the old guy."

 


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