Falfurrias Finch  LbNA # 12877

OwnerSilver Eagle      
Placed DateDec 28 2004
LocationFalfurrias, TX
Found By Sneaky Sneaks
Last Found Nov 8 2006
Hike Distance?

*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 200 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: black & yellow
Status: reported missing (03/08/08)

The Lesser Goldfinch is black-backed, with a black crown and white markings on wing and tail, along with its bright yellow underparts. It can be found in many parts of the U.S., but prefers oak savannas, woodlands and suburban gardens. One good place to see it is at the TxDOT Brooks County Rest Area just south of Falfurrias in south Texas. It is part of the Los Ranchos De Tejas Loop described on the Lower Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map. It includes a nature trail through a stand of oaks and a pond which attracts an amazing variety of birds. So take a break during your travels in South Texas and come look for the Goldfinch and this microbox.

From Falfurrias, go south on US 281 about 8 miles to the TxDOT Brooks County Rest Area on the left. Park by the restrooms.

When facing the restrooms from the parking lot, go left (north) on the cement path. Walk through a gate and go left at the first fork. After about 75 yards you will come to a loop jct. Go left (clockwise) for about 57 steps to where the loop starts to bend to the right. Look northwest at 300 and walk 12 steps off trail to a small, V-shaped dead tree next to a live oak tree. The microbox in camo tape is in a hole in the right branch about 1 foot off the ground, covered by sticks and leaves. Please re-cover well.