Sunday, August 28, 2016

Santa Ana NWR, 8/28/16

I thought I would get some exercise and do some sweating this warm morning at Santa Ana NWR.  Birding started a little slow but things picked up as the morning progressed and I finished with a pretty good for August 73 species.  Checking out the tall trees just before the canal on the tour road I found my first Red-eyed Vireo of the fall.

And then just across the levee was a Yellow-breasted Chat.  I only found three of them today.  I expected more.

Plenty of Yellow Warblers around.

Empids were a disappointment with only one calling Alder, a Least and a couple that went unidentified.  But there were buckets of Groove-billed Anis as I walked the tour road and the lane into Pintail Lakes.

Water is dropping fast making for good shorebird habitat and concentrating fish for the herons, egrets and ibises.

Walking around the east end of Pintail Lakes I failed the find the warblers and empids I expected.  So I continued along the river back in the direction of the tour road and finally found this sharp Mourning Warbler.

And this not so sharp Black-throated Green-Warbler.

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are arriving in numbers.  I saw ten today.

Back at the tour road I took the trail that winds to the tree tower and heard a sharp "tink".  I was pretty sure it was a Hooded Warblers and was happy to finally see it.

It was getting too hot for me so I called it quits.

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Aug 28, 2016 8:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Tour road to Pintail Lake and along river back to tour road
73 species (+3 other taxa)

Mottled Duck (Gulf Coast) 2
Plain Chachalaca 10
Least Grebe 5
Pied-billed Grebe 12
Neotropic Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Great Egret 12
Snowy Egret 15
Tricolored Heron 4
Cattle Egret (Western) 1
Green Heron 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 4
White Ibis 15
Roseate Spoonbill 4
Turkey Vulture 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 1
Gray Hawk 1
Common Gallinule (American) 2
Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) 4
Killdeer 5
Stilt Sandpiper 20
Least Sandpiper 12
Western Sandpiper 4
Long-billed Dowitcher 30
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Inca Dove 1
Common Ground-Dove 10
White-tipped Dove 2
White-winged Dove 150
Mourning Dove 15
Groove-billed Ani 30
Greater Roadrunner 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Northern) 5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Empidonax sp. 2
Brown-crested Flycatcher 2
Myiarchus sp. 1
Great Kiskadee 5
Tropical Kingbird 3
Couch's Kingbird 10
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 5
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 6
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay (Green) 3
Purple Martin 6
Barn Swallow 1
Cave Swallow (Texas) 10
Black-crested Titmouse 5
Verdin 1
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 16
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 3
Olive Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 2
Dickcissel 10
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Great-tailed Grackle 5
Orchard Oriole 5
Altamira Oriole 4
Baltimore Oriole 4
Lesser Goldfinch 3

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Santa Ana NWR, 8/17/16

With the unsettled weather I ran over to Santa Ana NWR this morning hoping for some migrant passerines.  I checked the pond up front by the highway and found some White Ibis.

But no warblers or empids so I walked on down the tour road.  I found a couple of silent Traill's Flycatchers.  This one is less colorful than the calling Alders I had last week and has a very narrow eye ring so it might be a Willow Flycatcher.

Walking on the Pintail Lakes trail I saw a small greenish bird fly into a tepeguaje and thought it was going to be a Lesser Goldfinch but then it sounded "".  Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet has been easy to see lately at Santa Ana.

Wood Storks up ahead!  They have been a little late for me this year.  I wasn't too worried about flushing them as I knew they would just go over to the other pond.

I studied these two teal in eclipse plumage.  I guess they are Blue-winged Teal.  I don't think the bill is large enough for Cinnamon.

Four Long-billed Dowitchers and a Stilt Sandpiper.

Young Tricolored Heron.

Lastly a "clacking" Ringed Kingfisher.

Then I got rained on and the almost dry trail turned back into tacky mud.  I was getting hot anyway.

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Aug 17, 2016 8:20 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Tour road to Pintail Lakes
66 species (+3 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (fulgens) 30
Blue-winged Teal 2
Plain Chachalaca 6
Least Grebe 6
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Wood Stork 51
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Great Egret 14
Snowy Egret 12
Little Blue Heron 2
Tricolored Heron 3
Cattle Egret (Western) 1
Green Heron 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3
White Ibis 25
Gray Hawk 1
Common Gallinule (American) 1
American Coot (Red-shielded) 2
Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) 8
Killdeer 1
Upland Sandpiper 1
Stilt Sandpiper 4
Least Sandpiper 6
Western Sandpiper 1
Long-billed Dowitcher 4
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Inca Dove 1
Common Ground-Dove 5
White-tipped Dove 2
White-winged Dove 30
Mourning Dove 8
Groove-billed Ani 5
Greater Roadrunner 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Northern) 5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Brown-crested Flycatcher 3
Myiarchus sp. 1
Great Kiskadee 2
Tropical Kingbird 2
Couch's Kingbird 5
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay (Green) 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Purple Martin 5
Barn Swallow 1
Cave Swallow (Texas) 25
Black-crested Titmouse 5
Verdin 2
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Olive Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 1
Dickcissel 12
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Great-tailed Grackle 5
Altamira Oriole 2
Lesser Goldfinch 2