Date: 2/28/18 11:21 am From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 28-Feb-2018
Hello Texbirders, Happiness is the first-of-season Scissor-tailed Flycatcher! And a flyover of noisy Sandhill Cranes! Cedar Waxwings too! A gorgeous Indigo Snake was icing on the cake. It is a good thing new birds are beginning to pass through because our wintering ones are leaving. For the first time this season, we did not have a single duck at Willow Lakes. Migration is starting and every day is different. Guided 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: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 1:08 PM Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 28-Feb-2018
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US 28-Feb-2018 08:20 - 12:00 Protocol: Traveling 2.1 mile(s) Comments: Refuge morning bird walk. Mostly sunny, breezy and warm. 73-87 degrees. 55 species
Blue-winged Teal 25 Cinnamon Teal 6 Northern Shoveler 10 Gadwall 35 Green-winged Teal 10 Ring-necked Duck 1 Lesser Scaup 1 Ruddy Duck 2 Plain Chachalaca 3 Seen at the feeding station with some of the participants gathered just before walk officially started. Least Grebe 6 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Neotropic Cormorant 3 Great Egret 2 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 8 Harris's Hawk 7 American Coot 60 Sandhill Crane 45 Black-necked Stilt 30 Killdeer 1 Greater Yellowlegs 3 White-tipped Dove 1 White-winged Dove 1 Mourning Dove 4 Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1 Heard only at start of walk at front feeding station. Seen at feeder at end of walk from Visitor Center at back feeding station. Belted Kingfisher 1 Green Kingfisher 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5 Crested Caracara 2 American Kestrel 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Eastern Phoebe 2 Great Kiskadee 5 Surprisingly hard to see today though often heard calling. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1 First of season!!!! White-eyed Vireo 5 Two seen, more heard calling at various locations. Green Jay 7 Tree Swallow 50 Black-crested Titmouse 6 Verdin 6 Seems like we heard them everywhere we went but never did get eyes on one today. Carolina Wren 5 Never managed to see but heard in multiple locations. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Long-billed Thrasher 2 Heard one doing its whisper song and another giving a call note. Northern Mockingbird 1 Cedar Waxwing 12 Orange-crowned Warbler 4 Common Yellowthroat 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 4 Altamira Oriole 4 Red-winged Blackbird 150 Great-tailed Grackle 3 Lesser Goldfinch 3 Heard only but in at least three locations.