Wednesday, November 18, 2015

South Padre Island, 11/18/15

Honey had to do some trauma training in San Benito today so I dropped her off and spent the day at South Padre Island.  This Pine Siskin feeding alone behind the Convention Center was a nice surprise and Cameron County bird #388 for me.

On my last several trips out to the Island, I have been hoping for some sparrows but not finding any.  There were a few today including my first Field Sparrow for the year.  It's been a couple of years since we've had any down here.

This Clay-colored Sparrow spent the afternoon with a flock of Indigo Buntings.

Lincoln's Sparrow is one of our commonest.

A couple of Pyrrhuloxias are still hanging around.

It's getting late for Blue Grosbeaks and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

There were still a few warblers around including this hungry Black-throated Green Warbler.

And this western Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler.

There was not too much going on at Sheepshead except for some Gray Catbirds and this uncooperative Philadelphia Vireo.

This boldly marked young opossum had me wondering if it might be have some tropical relatives.  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Frontera Audubon Thicket, 11/15/15

It was a nice pleasant morning at the Frontera Audubon Thicket in Weslaco.  A walk around the orange grove turned up a couple of Clay-colored Thrushes feeding in an Anaqua.  Inside the Thicket I saw a bunch more.  I'm not sure if these are all local birds.  They could be from Mexico as were the two Dusky-capped Flycatchers seen last week at Anzalduas and Estero.

Nearby was a Hermit Thrush.  They are showing up everywhere this fall.

Warblers were not too exciting.  A few Orange-crowns, Black-and-whites and Wilson's was all I could muster.

I always count any bird for Frontera that I can see from Frontera.  This Vermillion Flycatcher was way over in the cemetery but it still counts.  Seems like there's a lot of them in the Valley right now.

I don't see Red-tailed Hawk very often over Frontera.

But I often see the local Gray Hawks.

I'll close with some action at the feeding stations.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 16
Plain Chachalaca  8
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Turkey Vulture 25
Gray Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Inca Dove 6
White-tipped Dove  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  6
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher  1
Great Kiskadee  2
Loggerhead Shrike  1
Vireo  2
Green Jay  3
Black-crested Titmouse  4
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Hermit Thrush  2
Clay-colored Thrush  10
Catbird  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  1
Long-billed Thrasher  4
Northern Mockingbird  8
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  6
Warbler  2
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Great-tailed Grackle  15
House Sparrow  1