First findings in Texas
We arrived in Waco Texas around 2am in the morning and we had not seen our first Texas bird until we woke up that morning. Patty said “can you hear the birdies outside??” . . . . scratching my head and not knowing the bird dialect that I was hearing. I walked outside and found this Northern Mockingbird outside mimicking Texas birdies that I did not know!! We also found Starlings, House Finch, House Sparrows, Rock Pigeion. . . etc. . . we added these to our trip checklist!!
We were on the road again heading south towards the “Hill Country” of Texas . . . . . and decided to stop at McDonalds for breakfast. We found this neat Mexican Food stand where Patty said “I need to photograph this place” because it was so “Texas”!!
We decided to take a quick breakfast break to investigate these large grackles that were in the road. I tried to entice the young-ins while eating our sausage egg and cheese biscuits but they were more interested in the road kill in the middle of the road. House Sparrows did take us up on our offerings though (as expected)!
I first thought this bird was a Boat-tailed Grackle like I had seen last spring over in Chincoteague but after studying the book further . . . . no doubt these guys were Great-tailed Grackles (CHECK – Lifers for both Patty and I)!!
The whole trip we were watching the Black Vultures flying around and Patty’s mother located something different flying . . . . Ravens . . . . could they have been the Chihuahuan Raven? ? ? I quickly identified the grackle wrong just hours before and didn’t want to do the same with this raven so I posted my question on Facebook . . . Chihuahuan or Common Raven?
What is great about technology is that I got many answers fast . . . “is it Crow size” . . . “are you in the Hills” . . . “what does it sound like” . . . Sorry about your luck its not a Chihuahuan but a Common Raven like you see most every day in Allegany! However this Raven wasn’t a lifer but I did find many other birds which I will blog post here soon . . . . stay tuned for our Texas adventure to continue. . . .
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