Quick evening at the home patch, finding old friends

Due to work and chasing rare birds elsewhere I have not been able to do much local birding lately, but visited the home patch El Franco Lee Park this evening. I was happy to see the wetland full of water again and pleasantly surprised to find the Say’s Phoebe still hanging on and apparently doing well. I hadn’t seen the bird since it was found last year, then the first county record. The bird stayed near the gazebo at first and then worked its way across the open field towards the apartment complex. There were several Rusty Blackbirds mixed in with Red-winged. Waterfowl have diminished in numbers, but Gadwall, Pintail Ruddy Duck, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal remained alongside the resident Wood Ducks and Mottled Ducks. Otherwise a quiet warm and pleasant evening.

Say's Phoebe El Franco Lee County Park, Harris Co. Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz


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