Tuesday, April 23, 2013

West Texas Bird of the Day: Scaled Quail

 [Scaled Quail, or "Cottontop," on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, TX, Sunday April 21, 2013. Click to enlarge photos.]

[Bonus bird of the day: this lovely adult Swainson's Hawk soared over our Odessa, TX hotel.]

Greetings from the hot, dry, and only somewhat birdy Davis Mountains, TX, where the Montezuma Quail elude us thus far but Scott's Orioles, Mountain Bluebirds and others have been nice consolation prizes. I'm leading a tour here with Mark Garland, and as such won't have much time for blogging, so I'm going to go with a "Bird of the Day" theme, and see where that takes us.

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