Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mexican Wedgetails at Frontera, 7/27/11

A few weeks ago Mike Rickard found some Mexican Wedgetails at Frontera Audubon Thicket in the long shady pool south of the maintenance shed. This morning I finally got out there to see them myself as I had only seen the species once before. It took a bit of effort and two tries but I eventually found the little buggers.

The name of this Mexican damsel comes from the wedge shaped tip of the abdomen.

Other shade-loving odes on this pool included Slough Amberwing and this Carmine Skimmer.

I figured it would be a good day for odes when the first thing I found was this Turquoise-tipped Darner near the entrance gate. Too bad it didn't hang around for a better pic.

Later I found this sharp looking Blue-faced Darner.

Some other damesels included this Blue-fronted Dancer.

Kiowa Dancer at the water feature.

And Blue-ringed Dancer.

It was also a good day for birds with my first Least Flycatcher and Black-and-white Warbler of the fall.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 10
Plain Chachalaca 10
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 3
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Gray Hawk 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Rock Pigeon 3
White-winged Dove 70
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 8
Chimney Swift 2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 12
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 9
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Brown-crested Flycatcher 4
Great Kiskadee 3
Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 4
Green Jay 1
Purple Martin 2
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 4
Clay-colored Thrush 3
Northern Mockingbird 8
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Great-tailed Grackle 12
Bronzed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 10
Lesser Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 3

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