Sunday, November 16, 2008
This morning I drove up to Tomball to see if more fall/winter migrants had arrived with the latest cold front.
My first stop was at the Theis Attaway Nature Center, a small park on Theis road just off Highway 249. It can be a good birding site in late winter but it certainly wasn't good yesterday. In a 15-minute walk I didn't see or hear a single bird. Not one!
Part of the reason may be that the park was badly affected by Hurricane Ike. Many of the larger trees had fallen, including a beautiful heritage tree that used to stand proudly near the back of the site.
After this disappointing start, I went on to spend a short time in Spring Cypress Park, off Brown Road. The area around the Confederate powder mill site was fairly busy with common birds: Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Pileated Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers and American Crows.
The only vaguely unusual bird was a Wilson's Warbler, which hesitated just long enough for me to get a blurry photo.
So no new arrivals this weekend. Ah, well, maybe this next week will be more productive.