We finally got the big year bus rolling again with a day and a half in Houston and High Island Texas. We met up with our new super duper birding friends Blake and Holly Wright who are doing a charitable "Photographic" Big year. We added 36 birds and got a few that really made the trip worth while such as both whistling-ducks!
Some say that the heavily worn tail adds weight to the arguement that this bird is an escapee. I got good looks at the tail and not just the ends were worn. The tail was a wreck and looked to have "chunks" torn out. Could it not be that the other highly teritorial Northern Mockingbirds have been picking on him excessively? I hope that determining a bird an escapee is akin to "Innocent until proven guilty". I believe it should be "Wild until proven escapee"
Texas flower - "Indian Blanket"?
A "good sign"!