Date: 2/12/18 12:03 pm From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 12-Feb-2018
Hello Texbirders, We might have thought the trifecta of kingfishers and the trifecta of teals might have been the highlight of this bird walk report, or maybe the first-of-season (for us) Purple Martins ... until we saw the Hook-billed Kite from the tower! Great views, seen both flying and perched, from the Santa Ana tower. Life bird for everyone present! Wow! What will tomorrow's best bird be? Come find out! Walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day but Sunday.
Laura and Steve Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <ebird-checklist...> Date: Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 2:51 PM Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 12-Feb-2018
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US 12-Feb-2018 08:20 - 12:20 Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) Comments: Morning Refuge bird walk. Overcast, 48-53 degrees. 54 species
Blue-winged Teal 35 Cinnamon Teal 6 Northern Shoveler 45 Gadwall 25 Green-winged Teal 20 Plain Chachalaca 2 Least Grebe 8 Pied-billed Grebe 5 Great Blue Heron 1 White Ibis 4 Turkey Vulture 4 Hook-billed Kite 1 Beautiful, definitive views. Seen from the tower both flying and perched. Dark gray back, long multi-banded black and white tail, extremely broad, rounded wings pinched in at body. When perched its face was obscured by a branch but the flight views were at reasonably close range and completey diagnostic. Life bird for everyone on the bird walk as well as another visitor who was up on the tower with us. Wow! Seen flying in proximity to a Red-tailed Hawk we spotted first, at which point all eyes turned to the kite. Watched as it dropped to a perch where it sat long enough to run down the tower stairs to get the scope and for most everyone to view it in the scope before it dropped farther down into the trees. Area where it went down was in woods between Willow Trail and tour road, east of the southwest end of Willow Lakes. Cooper's Hawk 1 Harris's Hawk 8 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Sora 1 American Coot 60 Black-necked Stilt 30 Killdeer 8 Long-billed Dowitcher 50 Wilson's Snipe 1 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Solitary Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 15 White-tipped Dove 1 Common Pauraque 1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1 Ringed Kingfisher 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Green Kingfisher 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 6 Eastern Phoebe 2 Great Kiskadee 6 White-eyed Vireo 1 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Green Jay 20 Purple Martin 3 Black-crested Titmouse 8 Verdin 2 House Wren 2 Carolina Wren 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Clay-colored Thrush 1 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 12 Common Yellowthroat 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Wilson's Warbler 1 Northern Cardinal 5 Altamira Oriole 1 Red-winged Blackbird 25 House Sparrow 1