Date: 1/30/17 11:23 am From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 30, 2017
Oh my, it was a fabulous day to be birding the Refuge. We had eyes on the Tropical Parula before the walk even got officially started but it was cooperative and everyone got looks as they showed up. And it was our first time this season for the trifecta of kingfishers, Green, Belted and Ringed!! The Ringed Kingfisher, the Tropical Parula and the Verdin were lifers for folks on the walk. What a blast to share that! Another group taking a van tour through the refuge also sighted an Ash-throated Flycatcher out at Pintail Lakes. Good to know it is still around. Guided walks leave from the Visitor Center every morning at 8:30 am. 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 30, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Cool 53 degree start, warming quickly up to 77 degrees. Sunny, calm. 63 species (+1 other taxa)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 8 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 12 Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 6 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 6 Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 14 Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 1 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 3 Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 5 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2 Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2 White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 6 White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 6 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1 Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 5 White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 1 very distant Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1 American Coot (Fulica americana) 10 Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 20 Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1 Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 3 Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 2 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3 Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 8 Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1 White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 4 Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1 Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) 1 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6 Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 1 Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 5 Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 20 flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) (Tyrannidae sp.) 1 Possible Least along the Pintail Lakes trail White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 2 Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1 Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 6 Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) 20 Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 4 Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2 Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1 heard only Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2 Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 12 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1 Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1 Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 10 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2 Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) 1 Continuing bird near Visitor Center. Small, yellow throat, white belly and wing bars, dark face. Seen by the whole group before the walk officially even got started. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 3 Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 2 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60 Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 2 Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 1 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2