some plants were labeled on the trail down into the canyon I forgot this in the last post but wanted to share it..
I like the way they put their signs on rocks that were laying about...
and Ash-Throated Flycatcher
I had to crop this to see if it was the Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher and I do believe it is, the Blue Gray we have at home in SC doesn't have the dark color on the head. The black capped G.C. would not have this bold eye. Another lifer!!
I got some good looks at the black throated sparrow, and didn't get a look at all of the unknown vireo that kept taunting me. However I left the blind feeling psyched!! Back in camp I jotted down my finds then packed up and stopped at the visitors center to get postcards to send back home....where I met a nice couple asking the counter girl about the big loud black birds they had been seeing everywhere. I couldn't help to but in when she told them they were vultures. Vultures are big, black, but far from noisy! Nope, it's great tailed grackles ( is not but should be the TX state bird).. So I had a nice chat with that same couple in the parking lot as they headed out with their sweeter than sweet bulldog. They told me they had retired and bought the class C rig they were driving spent the early spring in FL and were now on a nationwide tour of the big Western Parks...and they were starting with Big Bend. Small world eh.... down the road only a few miles was the Judge Roy Bean Museum. I stopped mainly because I had asked Wilma to find me a post office to mail my cards, and she found me one in Langtry, TX, the Judges old stomping ground. The museum was across the street from the Post Office.
Judge Roy Beans court and saloon, he was THE LAW WEST OF THE PECOS!! (now a museum and visitors center with a wonderful cactus garden, with water and birds)