Date: 4/3/17 2:39 pm From: <mitch...> Subject: [texbirds] Utopia stuff and Short-tailed HawkS at Lost Maples SNA
There were two light morph Short-tailed Hawk interacting over the pond up Can Creek at Lost Maples SNA today Apr. 3. There was also a pair of Broad-winged Hawk interacting there which seemed clearly male and female. There is also a first spring Red-shouldered Hawk there to keep confusion potential level high. Was maybe 10:30 a.m. or so when we had them. They appeared, disappeared, and re-appeared multiple times, the pair always together. James Smith, Jim Cain, and Alan Cohen were with me. We had great extended views of a great show.
There were a couple White-tipped Dove at the trailhead feeding station, the male displaying at the female, chasing her around. I heard Olive and Rufous-crowned Sparrow, we had great looks at singing male Scott's Oriole. Lots of migrant Orange-crowned and a few Nashville Warbler, 2 Myrtle. Good numbers of Black & White Warbler. Heard a couple Louisiana Waterthrush. We saw a few Golden-cheeked Warbler (heard a dozen+), including one very well that was likely feeding a female on a nest. Saw a couple and heard more Black-capped Vireo. Females are in now too.
Yesterday around Utopia we heard a White-tipped Dove north of the park, singing Olive Sparrow and Black-capped Vireo on private property, saw Green Kingfisher (they had a Ringed King the evening before). We saw Zone-tailed Hawk (cruise around north end of town) over the gas station, and the Cave Swallows are nest-building at the bank across the street.
Not in yet (as expected) at Lost Marbles were Red-eyed Vireo or Acadian Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee. Only a couple or four Yellow-throated Vireo and Summer Tanager, still low in number. Heard several Canyon Wren of course.