The Ornithogy Group (part of the Outdoor Nature Club, Houston), visited Brazos Bend State Park on Jan 17th, 2009.  Member, Marie Asscherick, reported having seen a Tropical Parula on a visit a few days previously, so the OG set about trying to locate the bird in the oak trees by the parking area on the north side of Elm Lake.  Thanks to Adam Wood, our field trip organizer, the parula was refound and my husband and I were able to get several photos, proving that it is a Tropical Parula and not the Northern Parula, which nests in the park in the summer.  The Tropical Parula's usual range is south of Kingsville in Texas, so this is a rare sighting for the area, and possibly a first record for Fort Bend County.
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Female Tropical Parula ~ Parula pitiayumi
On a another visit to Brazos Bend State Park, on Feb. 4th, 2009, we located the Tropical Parula again and were able to get some better photos!
The group of live oaks where the Tropical Parula was seen
Tropical Parula
Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Jan 17th 2009