Sunday, January 04, 2009

December 12th: Monahans, TX.

Surprisingly, the Sandhills State Park in Monahans, TX., had a lot more bird life. They had a feeder at the Visitor's Center. We saw more Pyrrhuloxia, a Curve-Billed Thrasher, a Cassin's Finch which wasn't supposed to be there, Brewer's Blackbird, and to my relative's delight, a Greater Roadrunner. Of the state parks in West Texas, Monahans was the best place to find birds in December.

On the way back, we stopped by the Odessa Meteor Crater.

Odessa Meteor Crater

Watch for snakes. They make no mention of watching out for bullets.

There's a well behind the Visitor's Center. It has a leaky pipe and essentially, it's now a manmade spring for the wildlife. We saw various sparrows and Western Meadowlarks around the well head. 23 sparrow species out of 30 live in Texas if the bird books are correct.


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