Saturday, October 3, 2009

Frontera Audubon Thicket, 10/3/09 (The blog is alive!)

Gee, I haven't posted anything since last March. Well you haven't missed much. The spring migration was the worst in the history of the world and the summer averaged about 105 F with howling winds every day and no rain. However after a month in the Philippines with rain here while we were gone and fall migration getting on it's time to get the blog up and running. I'll post on the Philippines trip later.

Despite suffering from intense jetlag I still decided to run over to Frontera Audubon Thicket to check things out. I got to meet Cindy, the new director. She seems on top of things and is ready to do what it takes to keep the refuge going strong. It was hot, humid, muggy, muddy and buggy in the thicket. But it was also very birdy. I scored 14 species of warblers including my only Worm-eating of the year. I also found this very cooperative Northern Beardless Tyrannulet.

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Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 13
Plain Chachalaca 15
Little Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Gray Hawk 1
White-winged Dove 85
Inca Dove 6
White-tipped Dove 4
Common Pauraque 1
Chimney Swift 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 12
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Empidonax sp. 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Brown-crested Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 5
Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 8
Warbling Vireo 1
Barn Swallow 5
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 3
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 5
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Curve-billed Thrasher 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 12
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 3
American Redstart 3
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 2
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Hooded Warbler 4
Wilson's Warbler 10
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Painted Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Lesser Goldfinch 3


Radd Icenoggle said...

Glad to see you back and posting. I need some way to vicariously the Rio Grande.

Jochen said...

Welcome back!

jd said...

Dan, Keep are the best birder in the Valley and i enjoy your posts