Back From Hiking and Birding in Big Bend National Park

Are there any more of you fledglings in there???

Are there any more of you fledglings in there???

We spent the past several days hiking and birding with a friend in the Big Bend area of West Texas.  This was my fifth trip to this, one of my favorite places.  The landscape is completely different from Connecticut with desert vistas and mountains higher than any in New England.  The birds are different too, some breed only in that unique habitat and nowhere else in the US.  It is the season for renewal of life and nesting birds were everywhere.  The Park’s hiking trails are well maintained and easily navigated.  Shortly after we arrived, we went to dinner and passed a Cactus Wren and her mate who were in the process of checking the nest for fledglings.  Their nests are very exposed but they are protected from predators by the sharp thorns of the cactus plants.  The resident Say’s Phoebe had nested just under the eave of the roof of the dining hall, in full view of all the diners as she brought insects to her four hungry chicks.  We ended the day watching the sun set through an opening in the basin called “The Window.”

Sunset through The Window at Big Bend

Sunset through The Window at Big Bend

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    Carla said,

    Thanks for the memories! 🙂

    Carla

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