Date: 3/6/18 12:01 pm From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 06-Mar-2018
Hello Texbirders, The most patient, delightful birders and the Gray Hawk that flew in and perched at the end of our walk were, hands down, the highlight of today's walk. Birds were present but often in hiding with the weather seeming to put a hush on things. We made the best of it, spending time to really look at and listen to every bird (plants and snails too!) An amusing moment was when Steve got everyone on a White-tailed Hawk from the tower. Everyone, that is, except Laura, who was looking at a Harris's Hawk and (delicately) arguing with Steve's ID. Turns out we were both right. The old "maybe we are looking at different birds" adage turned out to be real this time. *Guided walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day but Sunday through March 17*. After next week it is time for us to migrate but during the last two weeks in March, Thursday-Saturday walks will continue with John and Sue. Hawk Watch begins March 14, seven days a week from 8am-1pm, on the levee. Spotters welcome and appreciated!
Laura and Steve Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <ebird-checklist...> Date: Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:22 PM Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 06-Mar-2018
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US 06-Mar-2018 08:27 - 12:30 Protocol: Traveling 2.05 mile(s) Comments: Refuge walk. Overcast. Hints of rain at times. 73-67 degrees (dropping while out). 55 species
Blue-winged Teal 30 Cinnamon Teal 4 Northern Shoveler 20 Gadwall 24 Many of these seen in the distance at Pintail from the tower. American Wigeon 1 Mottled Duck 6 Seen at distance on Pintail from the tower. Plain Chachalaca 3 Least Grebe 8 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Neotropic Cormorant 3 Seen at distance on Pintail from the tower. Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 2 Turkey Vulture 6 Harris's Hawk 1 White-tailed Hawk 1 Gray Hawk 1 American Coot 50 Black-necked Stilt 35 Killdeer 4 Least Sandpiper 2 Long-billed Dowitcher 15 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 10 Lesser Yellowlegs 2 White-tipped Dove 5 White-winged Dove 1 Mourning Dove 4 Belted Kingfisher 1 Heard at Willow Golden-fronted Woodpecker 6 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4 Peregrine Falcon 1 Seen on water tower from the tower. Eastern Phoebe 1 Great Kiskadee 8 Couch's Kingbird 3 White-eyed Vireo 6 Only seen briefly but heard everywhere. Green Jay 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 50 Tree Swallow 10 Black-crested Titmouse 4 Verdin 2 Carolina Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Clay-colored Thrush 1 Long-billed Thrasher 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 2 Common Yellowthroat 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Olive Sparrow 2 Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 4 Hooded Oriole 1 Altamira Oriole 5 Red-winged Blackbird 150 Great-tailed Grackle 4