south padre island birding and nature center sign

A rare visitor at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

We spent the weekend in South Padre Island, a small barrier island off the west coast of Texas. I decided to visit the Birding and Nature Center located on the southern end of the island and found a reported rare visitor, the “Mangrove Warbler.”

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Birding at Brackenridge Park – Avenue A

This morning, I continued my weekend of visiting new birdwatching locations around town. Based on a recommendation from birders I met yesterday, I ventured over to Avenue A at Brackenridge Park. It’s a small road that follows the San Antonio River at Brackenridge.

View of the Medina river from the Medina rio trail

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Birding at Medina River in San Antonio

Mixing new birding locations in with your regular spots keeps your adventures interesting. Today was that day for me. Medina River has been on my radar for a while as a place to visit.

kestrel perched on wire

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Birding at twilight

I have always been a morning person and always officially birded in the morning. Usually, I start around 8 AM but this time I wanted to try out birding in the evening. Birds are most active when the sun rises and right before it sets.

Rocky Mountain arsenal national wildlife refuge

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A visit to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado

Following a tip from a birder I met at Barr Lake, I arrived at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge the next morning. Within the refuge, I had the opportunity to walk the trails around Lake Mary and Lake Ladora. Lake Mary is the smaller of the two and the one I explored first.

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Bird Banding in Denver

The morning after landing in Denver, Colorado, I woke up early and headed out to visit Barr Lake. I used eBird to locate this lake as a good spot to find Bald Eagles, a bird I’ve always wanted to see in person.