Date: 3/12/18 12:39 pm From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 12-Mar-2018
Hello Texbirders, Santa Ana is open again, post wildfire. Yay! Many areas, including Pintail Lakes, are still closed for public safety, so we spent our time at and around Willow Lakes. The fire may actually prove to be of benefit to the refuge as the controlled burn done to contain it allowed for the opportunity to clear out brush and downed wood from past flooding. From the tower, no burned areas are even visible though small areas of smoke could be seen where brush continues to smolder. Last night's cold front put a hush on things this morning but birds were still seen and many more were heard. We did find a singing parula but didn't get eyes on it to verify it was the Tropical Parula reported yesterday. For those looking for it, today's parula was heard in the company of a mixed flock from the Willow Trail, just a bit east of the trail to the photo blind. A Hooded Oriole was eating at the feeding station visible from inside the Visitor Center. A Sora deigned to show itself and a female Ringed Kingfisher called, flew and perched for us. All-in-all, a nice way to spend a morning.
Please note that the guided walk schedule is changing. We are migrating north ourselves; Tuesday and Wednesday will be our last walks. No walk on Thursday. John and Sue will lead walks this Friday and Saturday, and then they will continue to lead walks Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the rest of March. All walks leave the Visitor Center at 8:30 am.
Hawk Watch begins this Thursday, March 15 and runs through April 15, 8 am-1 pm, on the levee. Spotters, counters and visitors are welcome and appreciated.
Laura and Steve Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refgue Alamo, Texas
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <ebird-checklist...> Date: Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 2:13 PM Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 12-Mar-2018
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US 12-Mar-2018 08:29 - 12:40 Protocol: Traveling 2.73 mile(s) Comments: Morning refuge walk. Mostly cloudy, clearing some by the end of the walk. 63-68 degrees. 58 species (+3 other taxa)