Date: 1/30/18 8:29 pm From: SeEttaM . <seettam...> Subject: [texbirds] Rose-throated Becard continues at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
The female/imm male Rose-throated Becard that has been reported irregularly for several months continues to be seen at Santa Ana NWR. Also the male Rose-throated Becard that was found several weeks ago continues to be seen there. I saw the male today and watched him for about 15 minutes as he moved from tree to tree, foraging on insects as the fruit it might feed on is apparently gone now. I have posted a few photos I got of the bird on my Birds and Nature blog <https://birdsandnature.blogspot.com/> (which I have updated to a new format). I do want to note that a birder who was on the bird before I got there reported that another birder, who had been with one of the two commercial groups that saw the bird at another area of the refuge, hung back from his group and played a recording of this species and audaciously said that the bird had come right in to him in response. I would hope that commercial groups would educate their members that recordings are not allowed at most Lower Rio Grande Valley birding sites and at all state and federal sites. <http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/>The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is a heavily birded area and especially so in recent weeks due to the presence of the becard.