Monday, April 26, 2010

TX - Swainson's Warblers - 04/20

Swainson's Warbler - Jasper area, TX. April 20th, 2010.

Swainson's Warbler - Sabine Woods, TX. April 20th, 2010.

April 20th gave our group not one but two Swainson's Warblers! The first was a singing bird seen well but fleetingly at Jasper in the morning, followed by the late evening discovery of a migrant at Sabine Woods during a tremendous fall-out which included many tens of Wood and Swainson's Thrushes.

This species holds a special fascination for me having heard them so many more times than I've actually seen them. To be presented with two sightings in one day was way beyond my expectation.



Dick Cannings said...

Hi James:

Thanks for the gen on this bird--Russ and I had good looks at it, but your van was just leaving as we came out so didn't get a chance to thank you (for this, as well as all the other questions you put up with over the two weeks we kept bumping into you and your group!). Our list wasn't quite as rich as we thought when we last talked to you--304 instead of 315, but we still did well I think.
Dick Cannings

James P. Smith said...

Thanks Dick. Always happy to share information with good folks. You ended up with a species total very similar to ours (300 for the group), not too bad considering the difficulties that we shared with rain for much of the trip. After we last spoke to you we found three Mississippi Kites and then headed south for a surprisingly great fall-out at Sabine Woods. I say surprising because the clear skies and light southern winds seemed far from ideal but it gave us some of the best birding of the entire trip.