Date: 2/2/18 11:41 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 2, 2018
Hello Texbirders!
One would think that spotting the Becard would be the most exciting party of this hike, but it was actually an event that really caught our attention. We were walking the Chacha trail, minding our own business, when a Rock Pigeon FELL from the sky! Looking up, just above tree level, we recognized a Peregrine Falcon swooping away, just as a White-tailed Hawk flew under it! The falling bird almost hit one of our guests!!! When we all started breathing again, we decided to back up, just in case one of the combatants might decide to come back for its prey! We watched for a while, but all was quiet, including all of us!
Can’t guarantee this much excitement EVERY time, but the bird walks are delightful – Monday – Saturday, leaving 8:30am from the Visitor’s Center. Join the fun!
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 2, 2018 8:20 AM - 12:18 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.95 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
48 species

Blue-winged Teal 23
Cinnamon Teal 7
Northern Shoveler 35
Gadwall 6
Mottled Duck 2
Northern Pintail 22
Green-winged Teal 11
Ruddy Duck 1
Least Grebe 12
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Northern Harrier 1
Harris's Hawk 8
White-tailed Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 56
Black-necked Stilt 35
Long-billed Dowitcher 56
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 15
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
White-winged Dove 1
Common Pauraque 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Kiskadee 9
Rose-throated Becard 1 Small light gray body, dark gray head and crest, with a rose throat rusty color on the wings
Green Jay 15
Tree Swallow 12
Cave Swallow 3
Black-crested Titmouse 6
Verdin 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Long-billed Thrasher 2
European Starling 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 6
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Altamira Oriole 4
Red-winged Blackbird 125

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