Date: 3/31/17 2:13 pm From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> Subject: [texbirds] Corpus Christi Yard - what the Mockingbird says
Hi all - Yep, it's definitely spring, as the Northern Mockingbirds are fighting wars in my yard (at least three males), and singing their brains out. As always, it is WHAT they are singing that gets my attention: (the regulars) Northern Cardinal Carolina Wren House Wren Black-crested Titmouse snippets Various swallows and the Purple Martins Green Jay Various blackbird and grackle-type sounds Also (the less-common and migrants) Groove-billed Ani Chuck-will's-Widow Great-crested Flycatcher Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Couch's Kingbird Eastern Phoebe (and my wintering birds have been gone for weeks!) Long-billed Thrasher (and then the truly surprising) Something that sounds very Quail-like - not entirely sure which one, or WHERE he heard it Blue Jay!!! He is doing it PERFECTLY, and often, just to tick me off, as I do not have Blue Jay for the yard list. Arrggghhhh......
Oh, yes, the Starling that does the Common Nighthawk call is still here. I was hoping that one of the Cooper's Hawks would catch and eat that bird over the winter, but no such luck.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have finally arrived, and are warring throughout the yard. No sign of Buffie.
Saw my FOS Chimney Swift today.
Surprisingly, I did not see any migrating hawks yesterday, and only had a nice adult Swainson's Hawk today.
Also, a lot of butterflies, but very few skippers: Theona Checkerspots, Bordered Patch, Texas, Phaon and Vesta Crescents, Little Yellow, Dainty Sulfur, Common Lyside Sulfur, Large Orange, Common Dogface, Checkered White, Giant and Pipevine Swallowtails, Snout, Rounded Metalmark, Gray and Mallow-scrub Hairsteaks, Funereal Duskywing, Variegated Fritillary, and a bunch of Red Admirals on the Texas Olive, which is finally covered in blossoms after getting whacked by the January freeze.
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