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