Zac and I went to Big Bend for a few days in mid December. A shame we had to leave, because Big Bend is a haven of all things good. For those who don't know, Big Bend National Park is the gem of Texas, in the Southwest part of the state. It's a huge park and shares the border with Mexico. It's rad. Anyway, I'll post the play by play of the days we were there...
We found the Tufted Flycatcher (5th record in the US) early in the morning (no other birders around, which was kinda nice). After deserved admiration for the bird, I saw something come out of the bushes. A bobcat! Niice! But wait, two bobcats! An adult and a young one. They were skittish but didn't bolt all that fast. The adult came out into open without noticing us and squinted in the sun. The young one came out of the bushes and saw us and then took off, with the adult close behind. We meandered through through thorns and I saw them both on a log before I lost 'em for good. We were pretty pumped -I see mountain lions more than I see bobcats, so it was a pretty cool sighting. (wish I were able to get sharper pics of these guys!)
After lunch, we went on a 6 mile hike (the heat felt soooo good) along the Rio Grande. It's been a while since I've been to the desert in the winter, so that was a nice change. Lots of cacti and desert vegetation. Saw some huge fossils and a few pictographs. Scenic Sunday
(Me and the Rio Grande above; Black Vulture below)
After we were done with that trail, we went to another one just before sunset. Saw a gray fox (here's his picture), scaled quail and about 10 javelinas. They were snarfing and snorting and goofy as usual.
Great-horned owls and coyotes (and possibly screech owls) sang us to sleep. How kind of them! (Rough-winged Swallows above) Mellow Yellow