The cacophony of thousands of Snow Geese greeted us as we arrived at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge yesterday morning for our twice-postponed January visit. We have a tradition of visiting the big refuge on Texas' upper coast on New Year's Day, but this year the weather was not cooperative and it had not been cooperative since then. Yesterday, there was a temporary break in the rainy weather and we decided to take advantage of it.
We arrived at the refuge on the tail of the day's last heavy downpour. The birds had certainly had their baths for the day. We saw evidence of that sitting on the entry gate.
We spent four hours birding at the refuge and came out with 47 species on our list. As always, I lamented the fact that the list could have been much longer but for the "ones that got away." But, also as always at Anahuac, it was a great day.