Date: 2/5/17 11:28 am From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 5, 2017
Hello Texbirders, For a walk that started out foggy and slow, it sure did turn out great. We searched the front area for the Tropical Parula with no luck but did get a Yellow-throated Warbler and a Gray Hawk for our efforts. We had a good variety of raptors ... always a happy thing ... but no doubt-about-it, the highlight of the walk was when a Sora we had been watching walked into the cattails and right where it disappeared, out walked a Virginia Rail. Presto, chango! It was magic! Bird walks leave from the front of the Visitor Center at 8:30am every day. See you here!
Steve and Laura Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 5, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Foggy start, warm, clearing quickly with a light breeze. 68 species (+1 other taxa)
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 6 Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 12 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 20 Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 8 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 6 Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 6 six seen, many more heard from inside the vegetation. Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 2 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 6 Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2 American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 2 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 1 Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3 White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1 White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 3 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1 Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2 Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter striatus/cooperii) 1 Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 7 White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 1 Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus) 1 Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1 Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1 American Coot (Fulica americana) 4 Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 15 Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 12 Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 6 Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 54 Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 3 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3 Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 10 Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 4 Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 2 White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 3 Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) 1 heard only coming from the direction of the river while standing between Pintail 1 and 2 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6 all heard only Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2 Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1 Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 12 Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) 2 White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 4 all heard only Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 4 Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 3 Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2 heard only Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) 1 Probably two. One bird chased the other across the trail from "the sedge wren spot" at Pintail Lakes to the other side; one giving a chit chit call as they went. Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3 Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 3 two heard only, the other one perched high singing away while we watched and listened. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 12 Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 1 Seen along front road and parking area moving from palm tree to palm tree. Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 3 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 200 Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 6 Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 5 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6