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

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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

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