Through the Big Thicket
PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS — Well, Jason and Cinny are married. Jason (formerly of the Blurry-eyed Birder blog and now of BroChaplain) was my first Texan friend. We started birding together in 2000 with a White-eyed Vireo at Caddo Lake.
Now, I’m down here on the Gulf Coast — without Jason for the first time. After the wedding, I drove from Henderson to Port Arthur, stopping briefly in Zavalla before daylight failed completely. I picked up Pine Warbler, Northern Parula, Common Nighthawk, Purple Martin, and Orchard Oriole for my trip list. I’m going for 150 species over the long weekend, but that may be a bit overambitious. I couldn’t find Brown-headed Nuthatch and some of the other Pineywoods specialties, which didn’t help my chances.
But on the other hand, some startling birds are being reported from this corner of the state, so we’ll see what tomorrow holds.