Date: 1/1/18 12:26 pm From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 1, 2018
Happy New Year, Texbirders! The First Day Bird Walk at Santa Ana brought more birds than people, perhaps no surprise given that it was 35 degrees outside when we started and it went up a whopping 2 degrees while we were out. Waterfowl was plentiful and not bothered by the weather at all. Small flocking birds were heard often and seen sometimes. It was fun to share several Rio Grande Valley specialties with a college class down from Oklahoma City, including Common Pauraque, White-tipped and Inca Doves, Green Jays, Great Kiskadees, Green Kingfisher and Plain Chachalacas, even before crossing over the levee onto the refuge trails. The most surprising find was four Pine Siskins out near Willow Lake 3. There will not be a bird walk tomorrow (Tuesday) due to a volunteer meeting but starting on Wednesday, January 3, bird walks will happen every day of the week except Sunday. Meet at the Santa Ana Visitor Center by 8:30 to join in the fun.
Laura and Steve Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas
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Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Jan 1, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:28 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.2 mile(s) Comments: First Day bird walk. Temperature 35-37 degrees. Overcast. 57 species (+1 other taxa)
Greater White-fronted Goose 10 flying high over refuge Blue-winged Teal 23 Cinnamon Teal 4 Northern Shoveler 63 Gadwall 92 American Wigeon 3 Mottled Duck 4 Northern Pintail 18 Green-winged Teal 32 Lesser Scaup 5 Greater/Lesser Scaup 1 Possible Greater but just couldn't feel certain about ID. Ruddy Duck 6 Plain Chachalaca 7 Least Grebe 15 Pied-billed Grebe 3 Turkey Vulture 11 Harris's Hawk 4 American Coot 93 Black-necked Stilt 9 Killdeer 5 Stilt Sandpiper 12 Long-billed Dowitcher 14 Wilson's Snipe 4 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Inca Dove 6 White-tipped Dove 5 White-winged Dove 1 Common Pauraque 3 Green Kingfisher 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4 Peregrine Falcon 1 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1 Eastern Phoebe 4 Vermilion Flycatcher 2 Great Kiskadee 9 White-eyed Vireo 1 Green Jay 11 Cave Swallow 1 Black-crested Titmouse 4 Verdin 1 House Wren 2 Carolina Wren 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5 Clay-colored Thrush 2 Northern Mockingbird 3 European Starling 1 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 5 Nashville Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 7 Pine Warbler 1 Very bright! Olive Sparrow 4 Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Red-winged Blackbird 6 Great-tailed Grackle 3 Pine Siskin 4 Small birds, heavily streaked with yellow on wings, small pointy bill. Most surprising birds of the day!