Wednesday, April 26, 2017

McFaddin and Sabine Woods

My last day at Sea Rim was Saturday and I had 2 places to visit all lined up.  Just down the road was McFaddin WLR.   I took a drive down to see what I might find.  Its a nice drive around a lake and some channels, then you gotta turn around...Once again due to the road that was not replaced when Hurricane Ike destroyed it.  

Lots of nice grassland too, its wet though I'm sure it dries later in the summer.  There were many Sea Side Sparrows out there hiding and singing in that grass...I got a few horrible photos but I'll share one anyways..

and just as crazy is the marsh wren they never sit still...

here's a little video of the wren so you can hear the call

the marsh wren

Saw a few great blue herons, some great egrets, snowy egrets, and green herons...

...below is a Savannah Sparrow as best I can tell...I'm always confusing them with Song Sparrows...

At the end of the drive where you have to run around there was a tug pushing a barge up the canal.

On the way to Sabine Woods from here you have to pass road 69, it is the area of Sea Rim Park where you can rent boats and there is a good sized parking lot there...I stopped to eat a lunch and found this guy sitting right in the middle of an empty parking lot! 

There was this guy from MN camped close to me on the beach a couple nights and he had ABA stickers all over his Hyundai Fit and little bird statues glued to his dashboard.  A little bit eccentric but it's all good.  SO he and I viewed a similar bird in the grass at Sea Rim he told me they are lesser nighthawk, I wanted it to be the common paruaque but he said no, so I trust his knowledge.  Lesser was a lifer for me anyway!! 

And here is the one we viewed together...

I stood too close to his mate and he zoomed me... what a sound he made...very loud earth shattering almost. I guess different lighting is the reason for the difference in color this one was in later evening light.

In that same parking lot is this NOAA weather monitoring station, pretty cool to see. 

and a red winged blackbird perched on the tower...

After lunch I drove about 10 miles down the road to the Sabine Woods, I stopped by here on Friday but the bugs were so bad I I wanted to return. 


Great big trees in the woodlot, and at the back an open field, they charge $5 for non members..its a self pay station..

There is one pond on the property and it attracts birds and mosquitoes. 

There's lots of plants, insects, trees, nice trails, and some benches here and there to rest, they put out some trickle water features to entice birds to land for you to get a photo...I didn't have much luck, I should have come here first...

lots of flowers to attract pollinators too...

Here is a skipper on a blanket flower as I call this plant....all these plants are native to this area.  and above the Cherokee Rose. 

All the birders gathered at the water to wait for the warblers....

What we saw was this yellow crowned night heron try to swallow a turtle! He finally gave up but he whacked that turtle pretty hard...I had to leave I didn't want to see the turtle get hurt.

A grey catbird wanted a drink but he stayed hid in the thicket...

This Eastern Kingbird came right out in the open getting down to business gathering some nesting material.

I walked out of the woods to the field and back towards the entrance is a big mulberry tree, I saw a few orchard orioles fly in and out both males and females, and then one guy said there is a cape may warbler in the tree...took me forever to find him but finally I did...

Not a new bird for me, as warblers are plentiful in the Carolina's but it was sweet to get this photo.

I was hot and sweaty and tired so I went back to Sea Rim to get my van settled in for the last time there...

Sunday was a day of driving to get relocated...and I'll pick up there on the next blog. 

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.


  1. Heaven.
    So many stunning birds too.
    Another great post Sondra.

    1. It has been a wonderfully birdy trip so far..I am trying to hit as many hot spots as are in my path, and it has been soooo awesome.

  2. More great birds and lovely flowers.
    Can't wait to see where you will be next.

    1. OH it's some kind of hot here today....and that wind has been around here too...

    2. I just tried to put some lip balm on cause y whole face its wind and heat burned...before I checked I went to smear it on, and half the tube smeared on it has

  3. Great birds and its interesting to compare them with the UK birds and see how they have evolved/adapted differently. That nighthawk is similar to our Nightjar, I have never seen or heard them here. You have good timings in that you are in the right place at the right time. Whenever I go somewhere to see something the chances are that it was seen before |I got there or appears after I've left!! An enjoyable post.

    1. Yes That's what I enjoy comparing the birds,,,they are always similar, like the Flycatchers in my yard back home and the ones here similar calls, and similar looks but just different to have a whole new name! Oh I get skunked many times...

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    1. HI Mike, thanks for the visit...Appreciate it.

  5. That was a beautiful place .... loved all the birds and flowers. And hearing the marsh wren was great. You find the best birds. The nighthawk was great ... I've written about how I used to see them flying overhead every evening when I was a kid

    1. It is nice to see them come out in the night...I noticed the nighthawks come first then the bats, then the owls, oh and the mosquitoes come out 1/2 an hr before all that happens!!


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