Debbie writes "I have always been a backyard birder, enjoying the outdoors and all birds and animals in general. John and I became interested in looking beyond our backyard and started combining our love of travel with birding destinations in mind. Our first trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley introduced us to the Green Jay and the Great Kiskadee. We were hooked!
"I have enjoyed bluebirds everywhere I’ve lived – Ohio, Florida, Georgia, and now Texas. However, it wasn’t until I retired and moved to Texas in 2006 that I became an active bluebird supporter and conservationist. John had already installed a bluebird nestbox in our backyard and we were lucky enough to have bluebirds nesting every year.
"I joined the Texas Bluebird Society in 2008 and immediately signed up as a volunteer. I was a booth host at various local events, gave presentations to garden clubs and other civic organizations, handled a variety of administrative tasks, served on the Board of Directors, and have been the newsletter editor for the last nine years.
"Over the years we have continued to travel and go birding whenever we can. We have seen all three species of bluebirds right here in Texas. Thanks to the Tucson Audubon Society, we were also lucky enough to see one bluebird subspecies, aptly called Azure, in southern Arizona in Patagonia Lake State Park. I am happy to share my "bluebirding" experiences with you!"
We will plan on having the doors open by 6:00 p.m. and the program will start at 7:00 p.m. sharp. A light supper will be available from 6:15 p.m.
Meet at Sabine Woods, which is 4.1 miles west of Sabine Pass on the north side of Highway 87 at 7:30 a.m. or join the trip in progress in the woods later. Waterproof footwear will probably be a good idea, especially if it is at all wet from previous rain or just heavy early morning dew. Bring mosquito repellent just in case. There are few services available on weekends in Sabine Pass, but gasoline is available. The deli is no longer open. Bring drinks.
October 20 is towards the end of fall songbird migration, but often brings a good variety of birds. A cold front may drive down the last of the warblers and the first big push of wintering birds. Some of our winter birds may be arriving, and often the woodland species that winter in the Big Thicket overshoot a little at first. In some past years, this has included Red-breasted Nuthatch and Brown Creeper. There are always interesting birds at Sabine Woods!
Although the boardwalk was destroyed in Hurricane Ike, the trails are clear and mostly reasonably wide, and, although some care is needed to avoid uneven ground, birding Sabine Woods is relatively easy.
For more information, contact Steve Mayes (firstname.lastname@example.org).