Yesterday about 10 a.m. a Black-tailed godwit was reported in Texas. A first time record for Texas. Not only was I excited about it, I was relieved that it was within a 6 hour drive. I’ve been known to drive 9 hours, see a bird, turn around and go home. So, six hours? A cinch.
Left work at 11 a.m. Drove with another crazy birder for a little over 6 hours. Survived the Houston rush hour and arrived at the destination. Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. About 15 others were there with binos and scopes. Got out, walked up to a dear friend’s scope pointed at the bird. Stayed 15 minutes, turn around and retraced our drive. Arrived home in time for a few hours of sleep before heading into work.
At the end of a chase, I’m glad to add another bird to my life list, grateful to arrive home safely and always amazed at the variety of species that God has created.