The "Frau" part has to do with the fact that every town in Texas seems to have a German name or have been settled by Germans. You can get Weinerschnitzel just about as many places as you can get BBQ or Tacos down here. We thought that was weird. The "Blucher" part has to do with the little city park that we found in Corpus Christi that turned out to be the best, most concentrated birding of the entire trip. The park is about 2 blocks square - not even 2 acres in size but it sure packs in the birds.
We headed to Corpus Christi on Tuesday in search of migrants. Corpus Christi is positioned right along the Gulf Coast and is the first bit of land that migrating birds hit when coming north from Mexico if they are using the Central Flyway route - similar to how they use Higbee Beach in Cape May as a stop after crossing the Delaware Bay (only bigger). We were not disappointed. We are here in the early part of migration, so we didn't get a ton of species but we did get our next target bird - Swainson's Warbler. Swainson's Warbler is a secretive warbler that skulks around the forest floor and is only seen in the south. We met a local guy who told us where to look for them in the park and viola!
|Swainson's Warbler - Corpus Christi|
|Chuck-wills-widow - Corpus Christi|
Another skulker - the Kentucky Warbler was seen well as it walked across the path in front of me. That doesn't happen in New Jersey.
And then there were the exotic species that we don't get in our area. This is Couch's Kingbird. They are pretty big flycatchers which are native to the south.
|Couch's Kingbird - Corpus Christi|
|Great Kiskadee - Corpus Christi|