Liberty County birders explore Maine

Members of the Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club who visited Maine recently are (left to right) Shellie Ellerbe, Lisa Holmes, Stuart Marcus, Margo Taylor, Barbara Tilton, Gary Holmes and Mark Rubash.

The Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club of Liberty, Texas, spent a week in June birding in New Hampshire and Maine where they identified over 140 species of birds including 15 species of nesting warblers and 10 pelagic species. Their chief birding areas were Cannon Mountain, NH; Baxter State Park, ME; Katahdin Woods National Monument, ME; Arcadia National Park, ME; and a pelagic tour which took them 57 miles into the Gulf of Maine.

Outstanding bird finds were the Little Egret, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Boreal Chickadee, Ruffed Grouse, Sooty Shearwater, Atlantic Puffin, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel and Leach’s Storm-Petrel.

The LTVBC meets monthly (September-April) at the FLNB Corner on the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Club has monthly field trips to local birding hotspots on the 3rd Saturday of each Month. You can find out more about the Bird Club by visiting the website,, or contacting Gary Holmes at 713-366-1722.  The club welcomes beginning and experienced birders.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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