Date: 1/31/17 11:19 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 31, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
Twenty-six of us headed out into the refuge for our morning walk and once
again we had the trifecta of kingfishers! This time a female Ringed
Kingfisher got us started out right. We found her perched on the wire over
the canal just behind the Visitor Center. The past few days have brought
sightings of a male but this was our first female. Nice to know they are
both around! Another highlight featured a species we almost always see ...
Harris's Hawks ... but today nest building was in process while our group
looked on. Such a privilege to witness. One of our participant's target
species was actually not a bird but an Indigo Snake and, happily, one
graced us with its presence.
Every day is different. Come join us for a guided bird walk any day of the
week. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 am.

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 31, 2017 8:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: 50-77 degrees. Sunny. Breeze picked up as the morning
53 species (+2 other taxa)

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 20
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 2
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 35
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 15
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 2
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 15
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 5
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 11
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 5
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 20
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 4
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 25
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 25
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 20
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 35
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 10
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 5
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 2
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) 1 Female perched on wire over
canal behind Visitor Center
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 10
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 2 heard only
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 15
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 4
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60
Western/Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta/magna) 4
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 1 heard only
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

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