|A facemeltingly-cute Black-crested Titmouse, a Texas specialty.|
The highlight, however, came from a completely unexpected stroke of luck. I decided to look around a small picnic area for passerines while my mom looked at the map back at the car. I was about to turn back when I spotted two rotund objects scurrying along the dry stream bed. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw that they were Montezuma Quail, one of the most sought-after (and comical-looking) birds in the country. I ran back to nab my camera for a photo, but the quail had hunkered down by the time I got back. At least I could leave the state park completely satisfied, with more than a few new lifers under my belt. But the real highlight of my trip, Big Bend National Park, lay in waiting down the desert road.