Birder's Guide

MAR 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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39 March 2016 | Birder's Guide to Travel n Trails in the Chisos Mountains and The Basin of Big Bend National Park. Map © Janet Mrazek Gray Vireo also breeds along this trail. Black- chinned Sparrow is likely to be encountered in weedier areas. Lucifer Hummingbirds fre- quent blooming agaves (century plants); the frst U.S. record came from these mountains in 1901. The "window" itself is a spectacular view of the desert below. When returning, follow this trail to the campground. At the campground, a service road leads to the Sewage Settlement Ponds. The trees and slopes along the path are good for migrants, and this is a great area for other wildlife. Mexican black bears often lumber through the scrub or right down the road, and a sight- ing of "Carmen Mountain" white-tailed deer is almost guaranteed. For those who like a little more adven- ture, there is Pine Canyon. In fall of 2007, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Black-headed Grosbeak. Photo © Cameron Carver n Big Bend National Park is the only location in the U.S. where one can reliably fnd Colima Warbler. Photo © Alfredo García n Painted Redstart. Photo © Melanie C. Underwood n Bluebonnets in Big Bend National Park. Photo © Charles Robertson n Chrysina gloriosa . Photo © Brian Gibbons

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