Date: 4/1/17 11:55 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] County Line Birding
Hi, all!

Birded a few areas on the Hidalgo/Cameron County line this morning, starting
with Tiocano Lake, which was hopping with stuff! Right off the bat a big
flock of Fulvous Whistling Ducks wheeled in, and I had barely gotten out of
the car when a King Rail started "singing" right next to the road (there
were at least three altogether)! Also "singing" were Pied-billed Grebes,
Soras, and Common Gallinules. A Cinnamon Teal in with the Bluewings was
nice, and Roseate Spoonbills of all ages were feeding in various spots or
flying over. At the north end were some dowitchers and Least Sandpipers.

Headed to the Longoria Unit of the Las Palomas WMA, where the east side
Nature Trail was open, so had a nice walk through the woods being serenaded
by the regular woodland stuff; in the field a Swainson's Hawk was sitting on
a tree across the way while a pair of Chachalacas chorused in plain sight
not too far away! Despite the gloom several butterflies were flying
already, including gobs of Giant Swallowtails, Lyside Sulphurs, and Mestras!

Next stop was Sugarhouse Pond, but not before making a quick stop at that
flooded field that had hundreds of American Golden Plovers last week! This
time there were only a couple, along with a couple of Baird's Sandpipers and
Mottled Ducks. Sugarhouse Pond was pretty full of water, and a couple of
workers wheeled up in their little Kabota commenting on all the nice
"Mallards"! :) (I shared that they were really Northern Shovelers.) Some
nice ducks, adding Ruddy to the day list, but they were WAY out there, and
it was a hurricane up there!

By the time I got to La Feria Nature Park the hurricane hadn't abated, but
some gorgeous Roseate Spoonbills were on the back side of the lake, along
with a mob of Neotropic Cormorants, more ducks, and a couple of Forster's
Terns batting around. Added Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Loggerhead Shrike
for the open-country songbird reps.

Called it quits after that with 67 species for the morning! A few pics are
on my Facebook page:

Bird List:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor

Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor

Green Heron Butorides virescens

White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

King Rail Rallus elegans

Sora Porzana carolina

Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

American Coot Fulica americana

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus

Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus

Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

House Sparrow Passer domesticus


Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX <>

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