Thursday, February 27, 2014

Palo Alto Battle Field and Old Port Isabel Road

 Our first stop was the Palo Alto National Historic Park. Here our target bird was a Cassius Sparrow. The bonus for me was the Eastern Meadow Larks singing sweetly. It is one of my lifetime favorite birds which we seldom see anymore in Southern Minnesota. Greater Road Runner, Cactus Wren and a Long-billed Curlew were easier to photograph than the Cassius Sparrow as we drove to the Old Port Esabel Road. On our way to Brownville's Landfill to look for one Glaucous Gull among thousands there were Egrets, a Belted Kingfiller, and hawks. At the Landfill the best birds were a White-tailed Hawk, and a Caracara. 

Eastern Meadow Larks singing in the almost rain.

                                  Sue, LGB and Pat looking for Cassius Sparrows.

Roadrunner in a Tree!!!  And a Cactus Wren in the same tree.  Wow!

                        Add a brown crest and Meep, Meep.  Great seeing it just sitting not moving.
                                                                 Long-billed Curlew
                          Long-billed Dowitchers in the abandoned fields on Old Port Isabel Road.

                                                                Red-tailed Hawk

                                                             Immature Red-tailed Hawk along the road.

                     Belted Kingfisher above a canal.


                             Cattle Egrets in a canal.

            Great Egrets and Moscovy Ducks, the only in the center is close to a wild Moscovy.
   To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump.

                                                                                                                              Gully Gee!

                          Crested Caracara
Great-tailed Grackle

                                                            White-tailed Hawk Immature

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