Date: 2/14/17 11:34 am From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 14, 2017
Hi Texbirders, A cold front blew in and dropped temperatures just before our walk started. No doubt the birds were still there but they weren't showing themselves much. Notable exceptions were the Harris's Hawks who didn't seem fazed by the weather change at all. At one point we had six in view simultaneously and we watched them carry them nesting material into a new location. Often hard to see, today we got eyes on three White-eyed Vireos at one time. Go figure that!
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 14, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:10 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) Comments: A cold front blew in just before the walk started, making it cool and windy. Limited the walk to sheltered areas due to the wind. 37 species
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 35 Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 8 Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 30 Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 1 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 25 Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 6 Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 10 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5 Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2 One seen taking a Red-winged Blackbird at the Visitor Center feeding station. Possibly same one seen near VC on our return. Second one seen near Photo Blind. White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 1 Very distant Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1 Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 1 White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 1 Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 1 Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 1 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2 heard only Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2 Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 8 White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 3 Had eyes on these, all in same spot. Heard additional ones elsewhere. Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 6 Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 6 Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 1 This one seen, at least two more heard. House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2 Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 3 Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1 Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 50 Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 1 heard only Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 6