Date: 2/26/18 11:46 am From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 26-Feb-2018
Hi Texbirders, We got lucky with today's walk. When the rain started we happened to be at the covered blind ... the perfect place to wait out a squall. An assortment of waterfowl, coots, grebes, shorebirds, warblers and soras, even a verdin, entertained us while until the skies dried up. It was a four Sora day, a first for this winter season and so definitely a highlight. Perhaps the most interesting encounter today was with two birds we couldn't (or didn't) ID to species. While at Willow Lakes we watched as two raptors (or so we thought) flew across our view, one in front of the other. We didn't pay much attention to the second bird as we all focused on the first bird with a universal "what is that?" reaction. It seemed falcon-like but not falcon-like with a short tail and a big bulbous head. It wasn't until later that we came to the conclusion it was a parrot, something we don't usually see in the refuge. After that the walk turned quite birdy with orioles, woodpeckers and mixed flocks all around. And after a week with no pauraques to be found, today gifted us with one. Good people. Good birds. What more could we ask for? Guided bird walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day but Sunday. All are welcome.
Laura and Steve Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <ebird-checklist...> Date: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 1:25 PM Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 26-Feb-2018
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US 26-Feb-2018 08:29 - 12:04 Protocol: Traveling 1.8 mile(s) Comments: Refuge bird walk. Overcast. Light rain and mist at times. 68-75 degrees. 49 species (+3 other taxa)