Harris Co. Bird Weekend: Highland Rerservoir to San Jacinto Monument

I went back to Highland Reservoir hoping to find some more longspurs. I wasn’t the only person looking and a large group of birders was able to turn up at least nine Smith’s Longspurs, I was actually a bit disappointed, but it didn’t last long as we got to observe Smith’s Longspurs at less than six feet. Kicking around in the grasses some more also turned up Le Conte’s and Grasshopper Sparrows.

Smith's Longspur, Harris Co. Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

A quick stop near the ferry resulted in three Common Loons, a single Horned Grebe, several shorebirds, and a close Reddish Egret. A surprise was a Bobcat hanging out in a small area of brush. There were lots of Hooded Mergansers and some Red-breasted Mergansers.

Hooded Mergansers Harris Co. Texas, Photo Stephan Lorenz

Reddish Egret, Harris Co. Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

While the majority of ducks had disappeared at San Jacinto Monument, there were lots of Sedge and Marsh Wrens in the reeds along with many Swamp Sparrows. A large mixed flock of sparrows had many juncos, Some Harris’s Sparrows and a single Clay-colored among Chipping, Field, White-throated.

Sedge Wren Harris Co. Texas, Photo Stephan Lorenz

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