On Thursday there was what some people are saying was the biggest fallout of migrant birds on the Texas coast in 50 years. And I had to work!
So I took Friday off and headed for the coast, hoping that lots of the previous day's arrivals were still around.
I got to Lafitte's Cove on Galveston at 7:30 a.m. and there were certainly still some birds.
The most numerous were Gray Catbirds. There were dozens of them on and near the paths.
Thrushes were abundant, too. I failed to get photos of several Wood Thrushes but did better with Swainson's Thrushes at the drips.
A couple of people told me they'd seen Indigo and Painted Buntings. However, I saw only a single female Painted.
Summer and Scarlet Tanagers were hanging out in the trees, although usually in places where I couldn't get photos. I came away with only one shot of a male Scarlet.
After 90 minutes at Lafitte's, I had seen just two warblers - a Yellow and an American Redstart. So I decided to drive back to Houston and pop in at Russ Pitman Park to look for warblers there.
When I arrived I immediately came across a couple of Gray Catbirds (below) and three Wood Thrushes (below).
A little later a Baltimore Oriole popped up.
Two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were foraging near the nature center.
Before heading home, I spent 30 minutes watching vireos and warblers flitting through the trees in the yard behind the park. A Red-eyed Vireo was just within camera range.
Male and female American Redstarts were moving too fast for me to get more than a record shot.
I was thrilled to see my first Magnolia Warbler of the year but again I wasn't able to get a decent photo.
So in the end I had missed out on last week's big fallout and had seen only a few of the commoner migrants. Oh, well, that's how birding goes sometimes! Perhaps I'll finally get lucky with migrating warblers at the college next week - or not.