Big Bend N.P.
Got my first Black Hawk there. I went down to the Rio Grand river R.V. park. About 100 meters down the road was a Common Black Hawk nesting area. There was one fledgling left, and it put on a great show for me. A hungry fellow. So he was hunting for bugs on the ground. It made for good photography. I also saw Golden fronted Woodpecker and the Vermilion Flycatcher. The flycatcher was thick threw there. Hard not to get a shot of them. Very easy.
Nice and cool birding here. The basin was very nice. It rained everyday, and one night 2 inches. wow. I saw and photographed the Acorn Woodpecker, Mexican Jay, and a few others. I didn't do much hiking because of the rain but the birding was pretty good.
The state parks in Texas are really great in my opinion. Especially for birding. This site had two feeding areas that were kept perfect. One of the sites was an interpretive center. Well worth the visit. The photography there was good. Especially at the site on the main road coming into the park. Woodpeckers, Grosbeaks, Wrens, Hummingbirds, Tangers, Just a great place for photography, and FREE.
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden
This is a great place for hummers this time of the year. And again FREE. If you want to walk the gardens they charge 5 bucks. But where the humming bird feeders are at the main building is free. Really worth the effort or drive. It is about 6 miles from Ft. Davis state park. So easy to get to and very nice folks. I put up my tripod and 500 on there porch and not one work was said. Several came by to talk and just gab for a while.
Head over to my flickr site for more pics. Great birding in the desert here. And the Ft. Davis mountains.
Birding is FREE go out and enjoy it. Don't wait on an expensive trip or exotic vacation. Just go outside and look around. :)