Date: 2/27/18 11:49 am From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 27-Feb-2018
Hello Texbirders, The word of the day was persistence. We could hear birds but to see them we had to be patient and look hard. However, find them we did! We happened upon the first real treat early on, an at-first-heard-only-in-the-distance Northern Beardless Tyrannulet. It flew right to us, called some more, then perched up for lengthy and repeated views. Sweet! They have been illusive lately. Verdin were calling everywhere but it took a long time to get one in our sights. When we did, again, it was worth the wait. Repeated views by all. Two adult Gray Hawks ... not often seen on refuge walks this year ... flying all-too-fast together over Willow Lakes were a personal favorite moment. Guided walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day but Sunday. Bug spray and protective clothing recommended!
Laura and Steve Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <ebird-checklist...> Date: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 1:26 PM Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 27-Feb-2018
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US 27-Feb-2018 08:30 - 12:10 Protocol: Traveling 1.7 mile(s) Comments: Morning guided refuge walk. Mostly sunny, breezy when in the open, buggy when sheltered. 73-85 degrees. 53 species (+2 other taxa)
Blue-winged Teal 20 Cinnamon Teal 6 Northern Shoveler 10 Gadwall 30 American Wigeon 1 Mottled Duck 2 Green-winged Teal 10 Plain Chachalaca 9 Least Grebe 3 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Anhinga 1 Black Vulture 2 Turkey Vulture 8 White-tailed Kite 1 Cooper's Hawk 1 Harris's Hawk 6 Gray Hawk 2 hawk sp. 1 Probable Harrier but just a quick glimpse. American Coot 35 Black-necked Stilt 1 Killdeer 1 Long-billed Dowitcher 20 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 3 Inca Dove 2 White-tipped Dove 3 Mourning Dove 4 Common Pauraque 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 6 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4 Crested Caracara 1 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1 Eastern Phoebe 2 Great Kiskadee 6 Couch's Kingbird 1 White-eyed Vireo 2 Green Jay 10 Tree Swallow 10 swallow sp. 40 Black-crested Titmouse 6 Verdin 5 Carolina Wren 6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Long-billed Thrasher 2 Northern Mockingbird 1 Cedar Waxwing 1 Only heard and not sure how many. Orange-crowned Warbler 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Olive Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 6 Altamira Oriole 5 Red-winged Blackbird 150 Lesser Goldfinch 2 Only heard and not sure how many but heard in at least two locations.