Bull Creek - a typical creekside in a preserve; Austin, TX.
The setting was a preserve, encompassing a creek, in the Austin, TX area. This was easy to determine as there was a canopy of deciduous trees replete with dense understory. Throughout most of Austin, if you are out for a hike, Ashe-Juniper and Live Oak dominate the forests. Very little grows under junipers.
Hiking in the much of the Hill Country, in and about Austin, TX looks a lot like this if you're not near running water.
Curiously, Alex Jones was among those present. This is the first "famous" person to grace any of my bird dreams. Mr. Jones does live in Austin. He's best known for a very outspoken brand of political expression, often earning him a "conspiracy theorist" label. I have no earthly clue as to whether he's interested in birdwatching. Curious indeed.
The general discussion among folks was the fact that this species had recently been seen in various places in the Lower Rio Grande Valley - the greater McAllen and Brownsville areas. Given the looks of the vegetation, the time frame was Spring. That's odd, as the few records central Texas has of Black-throated Blue Warbler greatly favor Autumn.
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) - male
Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) - male
I found a new path through the undergrowth and forged ahead. Eureka!... I'd been transported behind the backyards of my neighbors where I grew up in western Mass. The quality and diversity of birds became rich. In just a few trees I spotted the following: a male Ringed Kingfisher, a male Yellow Warbler, "western" Palm Warbler and an adult Fork-tailed Flycatcher. I've made a note to take that trail again in future dreams.
"Western" Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum palmarum)
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) - adult
It didn't take but a turn of the corner before I spotted the quarry: a female Black-throated Blue Warbler! She darted about in a small copse of short trees just twenty or so feet away. Immediately I went into my "hey-the-bird-we're-all-looking-for-is-over-here" dance. The group then magically appeared and joined the festivities. Many people got satisfying looks, albeit brief ones. Unfortunately, not everyone did. The dream ended with short scene where I to came back the next day to assist in the relocation for those who didn't get an opportunity to see it the first time.
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens) - female