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TX Trip Jan. 2009

I made a quick, and fairly brutal trip to the valley in mid-January. I drove straight down and straight back, driving down after working all night. But, I got 6 full days of birding between Laguna Atascosa and Falcon Dam, with the TX part of the trip producing 185 species plus a couple that aren't countable.

Highlights were Hook-billed Kite, Cassin's Vireo, and Muscovy (finally) for life or ABA birds. Also, spending some quality time with a Ferruginous Pgmy-Owl was worth the trip. Other goodies were Blue Bunting, Rose-throated Becard, Tropical Parula, Clay-colored Robin, Zone-tailed Hawk, etc.

Only big miss was Masked Duck, though I also spent an afternoon looking for Aplomado Falcon with no luck.

The photos in this gallery are in chronological order, with many species depicted more than once. These are sized for higher resolutions, and will look best at something like 1280 x 1024 monitor resolutions.
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Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck
Mallard Mexican
Mallard "Mexican"
Mallard Mexican
Mallard "Mexican"
Gray Hawk & Osprey
Gray Hawk & Osprey
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Great-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Olive Sparrow
Olive Sparrow
Pyrrhuloxia
Pyrrhuloxia
Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner
Verdin
Verdin
Bewick's Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bewick's Wren
Cactus Wren
Cactus Wren
Cactus Wren
Cactus Wren
Common Ground-Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Curve-billed Thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
Pyrrhuloxia
Pyrrhuloxia
Bronzed Cowbird & White-winged Dove
Bronzed Cowbird & White-winged Dove
Long-billed Thrasher
Long-billed Thrasher
White-winded Dove, Bronzed Cowbird, & Red-winged Blackbird
White-winded Dove, Bronzed Cowbird, & Red-winged Blackbird
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Eastern Screech-Owl
Eastern Screech-Owl
Altamira & Audubon's Orioles
Altamira & Audubon's Orioles
Altamira & Audubon's Orioles
Altamira & Audubon's Orioles
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Long-billed Thrasher & Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Long-billed Thrasher & Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Common Ground-Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Audubon's Oriole & Green Jay
Audubon's Oriole & Green Jay
Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck
Black-throated Magpie-Jay
Black-throated Magpie-Jay
Rose-throated Becard
Rose-throated Becard
Rose-throated Becard
Rose-throated Becard
Tropical Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird
Gray Hawk
Gray Hawk
Gray Hawk
Gray Hawk
Couch's Kingbird
Couch's Kingbird
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