It’s like birds raining from the sky!

On April 28, 2013, I visited High Island Bird Sanctuary in Texas. This was in the middle of spring migration season, and I was lucky that the day before it rained and the wind blew northwest — although this does not make it a fallout, I think some migrating birds were detained.

High Island has been known to birders as a magnet for migrating birds, but undoubtedly it was more popularized by the movie The Big Year, as three extreme birders all racked up big tallies there.

On this day (April 28), I easily saw nearly 100 birds (more had I been more diligent), of which 28 were new to me.

Even as I arrived at High Island, I saw an Inca Dove, a common bird in Texas, but a new one to me.

Inca Dove

There were many, many migrating birds — warblers, grosbeaks, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, cuckoos … you name it. In the bushes I found many brilliantly colored warblers.

Tennessee Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Northern Parula Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

And hummingbirds (mostly Ruby-Throated) were buzzing about like flies.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Of course, there were many other birds too.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Summer Tanager

It was an exhausting — as I was running from one bird to another, snapping pictures all the time — but rewarding experience for me.

For more pictures from this trip, you can visit my personal website.

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