Date: 1/29/17 11:57 am From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 29, 2017
Hi Texbirders, We started by heading out to Pintail Lakes and we never made it anywhere else. We spent a little extra time following up on a reported Ringed Kingfisher at the river overlook ... a special thing as they have been in short supply this year. Though we did not relocate it, we were rewarded in other ways, including White-tailed Hawks, Harris's Hawks, a young Gray Hawk, a Northern Harrier and a flock of circling White Pelicans. We did have at least three different Green Kingfishers and two Belted Kingfishers. Right at the end of the walk, as we strolled behind the Visitor Center, we heard and saw a Northern Beardless Tyrannulet and everyone commented on what a perfect way to end the walk that was. And then... drum roll, please ... the Tropical Parula showed up too. Woo hoo! Guided bird walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day. We hope you'll join us!
Steve and Laura Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Jan 29, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:40 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Mostly sunny, 41-70 degrees. 67 species (+3 other taxa)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 6 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 10 Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 8 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 3 Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 15 Most of them heard only from near the photo blind. They were quite agitated as if a hawk had just flown through. Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 2 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5 Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 3 American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 8 Circling overhead Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2 Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2 White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 9 White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 6 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2 Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2 Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 2 White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 2 Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus) 1 immature Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 2 heard only, one called and the other responded Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 heard only Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1 American Coot (Fulica americana) 10 Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 15 Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 6 Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 20 Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 2 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3 Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 3 Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 5 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca/flavipes) 10 Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1 White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 3 Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2 Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 4 American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2 one heard only Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4 Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1 Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 16 White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 2 Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 6 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 4 Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) 6 swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 25 Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 4 Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 1 heard only Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2 Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 2 heard only Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 16 Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 6 Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4 Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) 1 Continuing. Seen behind Visitor Center. Small warbler, bright yellow throat, white belly and wing bars, all dark face, greenish back. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 3 Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2 heard only, singing Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 170 Western/Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta/magna) 3 Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 6 Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 2 heard only House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4