Date: 3/20/17 12:09 pm From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 20, 2017
Hello Texbirders, This morning's walk focused on the front entrance area, the levee and trails to and from Willow Lakes. Highlights included good sequential looks at both Altamira Oriole and a male Hooded Oriole. Nice comparison looks of two exquisite birds! Nearby Great Kiskadees were building a nest and that was pretty special too, as was beautiful views of a perched up singing Long-billed Thrasher. Over at HawkWatch, the excitement of the morning was an immature Common Black Hawk being mobbed by three Harris's Hawks. We didn't get to see that on the bird walk but we sure heard the stories!
Volunteer guided bird walks continue through the end of the month. HawkWatch is on the levee from 8am-1pm until March 15. Come join in either or both!
Steve and Laura Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Mar 20, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) Comments: Sunny with a few puffy white clouds, 66-87 degrees. Increasingly breezy. 53 species (+1 other taxa)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 6 Gadwall 8 Mallard (Mexican) 1 Mottled Duck 5 Blue-winged Teal 20 Northern Shoveler 6 Ring-necked Duck 2 Plain Chachalaca 2 more heard Least Grebe 6 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Great Egret 1 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 5 Turkey Vulture 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper's Hawk 1 Harris's Hawk 2 Gray Hawk 1 heard only Red-shouldered Hawk 1 heard only American Coot 15 Killdeer 6 peep sp. 8 flyover Inca Dove 1 Common Ground-Dove 3 White-tipped Dove 2 White-winged Dove 4 Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1 heard only near the feeder at the Visitor Center Ringed Kingfisher 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 8 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4 Crested Caracara 1 American Kestrel 1 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 3 Great Kiskadee 8 Couch's Kingbird 15 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5 Purple Martin 2 Tree Swallow 10 Black-crested Titmouse 2 Verdin 2 heard only House Wren 1 heard only, singing Carolina Wren 1 more heard Long-billed Thrasher 1 Northern Mockingbird 4 European Starling 2 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 1 heard only Olive Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 1 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Great-tailed Grackle 5 Hooded Oriole 2 Female seen in top of tree bordering parking lot, flew over to private area. Male seen in top of tree from levee east of tour road. Altamira Oriole 4 Lesser Goldfinch 4