7 December: Long-tailed Duck at the ponds... alive, alive is good. Rare winter visitor to WTX.
Same day, road-killed female Bufflehead west of town (no pics - yet, guest sighting by both Steve Collins and Sky Stevens). Regular winter visitor to WTX, if you can find suitable water. Very hard to find bird for Brewster Co.
14 December: Ring-billed Gull, roadkill west of town. Mad props to Andy Bankert who ID'd the creature based on this photo alone:
|Guesses included harbor seal, domestic dog, pied deer, horse, thrush, sandpiper, owl, etc.|
Lest anyone wonder:
|Ring-billed Gull roadkill, 14 December 2013, Brewster Co, TX|
Ring-billed Gulls are incredibly hard to find in Brewster Co. and we suspect that the heavy fog and strange weather events have been contributing to their presence - previous records (for us) for the county include the summer of 2012 at Maravillas Creek (one individual) and 7 Dec - a flock of 31 at the ponds.
21 December: Vehicle-struck female Common Merganser; disposition to be determined.
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