Date: 3/13/18 3:59 pm From: Laura Paulson <laura...> Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 13-Mar-2018
Hello Texbirders, It took me a while to get this posted because we got the opportunity as volunteers to see some of the burned area of the refuge this afternoon. Thought y'all would like to hear that though the area involved in containing the fire was over 300 acres, the actual burned parts are a mosaic within the larger fire zone. Mostly what burned was invasive Guinea Grass, dry brush and downfall from previous flooding. Birds were singing and butterflies were flying within the burn zone already. Public access to Pintail Lakes was restored this afternoon with some restrictions along the river and the southern end of the trail. We went out there this afternoon and water levels are perfect for waders and shorebirds. Numbers were up. Can't wait to take people out there in the morning! As for today's walk, it started out as a "birding by ear" walk. We could hear them but we couldn't see them for what seemed like the longest time. Then the sun came out and things popped! It was fabulous! The Ringed Kingfisher put on a show. A Sora came out to play. While we were looking at the coveted Tropical Parula someone piped up "there's an owl in the box" and, sure enough, staring at our backsides was an Eastern Screech Owl! At one point while we were watching the parula, the Ringed Kingfisher was calling from one side and a Northern Beardless Tyrannulet from the other. It might take me a while to come down from the excitement of today!
Tomorrow is our last walk of the season. There will be no walk on Thursday. John and Sue will lead walks this week on Friday and Saturday. No walk on Sunday. After that, John and Sue will continue the Thursday through Saturday walks through the end of March. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:30 am.
Hawk Watch begins this Thursday, March 15 and runs through April 15, every day of the week from 8 am-1 pm on the levee. Spotters, counters and visitors welcome and appreciated.
Laura and Steve Paulson USFWS Volunteers Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo, Texas
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <ebird-checklist...> Date: Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 5:27 PM Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), 13-Mar-2018
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US 13-Mar-2018 08:35 - 12:35 Protocol: Traveling 0.75 mile(s) Comments: Refuge walk: Mostly cloudy. Calm. 62-73. Birds really picked up when the sun came out! 55 species (+1 other taxa)
Blue-winged Teal 25 Cinnamon Teal 2 Gadwall 42 American Wigeon 4 Least Grebe 8 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Turkey Vulture 1 White-tailed Hawk 1 Gray Hawk 1 Sora 1 American Coot 50 Killdeer 2 Long-billed Curlew 2 White-tipped Dove 4 White-winged Dove 1 Mourning Dove 2 Eastern Screech-Owl (McCall's) 1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1 Ringed Kingfisher 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 10 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 4 Eastern Phoebe 1 Great Kiskadee 10 Couch's Kingbird 4 White-eyed Vireo 1 Green Jay 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 20 Tree Swallow 10 Barn Swallow 1 Cliff Swallow 1 Cave Swallow 5 swallow sp. 50 Black-crested Titmouse 6 Verdin 5 Mostly heard only but good looks at one carrying nesting material. House Wren 1 Carolina Wren 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 20 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Clay-colored Thrush 3 Long-billed Thrasher 1 Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Quick glimpse as it flushed from the canal near Visitor Center, same spot it was seen multiple times and photographed yesterday. Black-and-white Warbler 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 3 Common Yellowthroat 2 Tropical Parula 1 Calling continuously on the Willow Trail and seen well repeatedly. Bright yellow throat well down to its belly. Dark mask with no eye arcs. Yellow-throated Warbler 1 Olive Sparrow 2 Lincoln's Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 6 Altamira Oriole 3 Red-winged Blackbird 60 Great-tailed Grackle 1 Pine Siskin 3 Streaked finches with small pointed bills and yellow on the wing. Singing.