I scoured the ag fields hoping for grasspipers but none were seen. I did get lucky with a couple of Sprague's Pipits that flushed along the highway and landed nearby. Usually they fly very high and you have to run some distance to chase them down.
I spent quite a bit of time around the Willamar area looking for early migrant warblers. I saw a couple of Northern Parulas and a Black-and-White but not the hoped for Louisiana Waterthrush. Birds always respond well to pishing and pygmy owl calls in Willacy County. I think there's just enough Ferruginous Pygmy Owls in the county that they get to hear one once in a while. Here's an excited White-eyed Vireo.
And a Black-crested Titmouse.
I worked the area over pretty good and after noon I decided it was time to start heading back. I returned west on FM 498 and failed to find too much interesting. Just north of FM 498 on CR 315 is a large playa that had filled with water after the recent rains. I detoured to check it out and got a couple of surprises. First were three Snowy Plovers. Two were together. They could conceivably stay and nest on this salty playa. Unfortunately my camera's mode had gotten bumped and I was shooting in T mode so my shots are a bit fuzzy.
Then a couple of larger, darker big nosed plovers turned out to be Wilson's Plovers. This species usually nests on dry tidal flats along the coast however a few nest some distance inland in south Texas on salty playas.
So sometime this week I need to get up to Hargill and see if our Hidalgo County Wilson's Plovers are back to breed. Here's my Willamar eBird list.
Gadwall 14 Blue-winged Teal 20 Cinnamon Teal 1 Northern Shoveler 20 Green-winged Teal 1 Ruddy Duck 2 Northern Bobwhite 1 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Great Blue Heron 2 Cattle Egret 5 White-faced Ibis 8 Black Vulture 8 Turkey Vulture 7 Northern Harrier 1 Harris's Hawk 2 White-tailed Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 10 Killdeer 6 Greater Yellowlegs 6 Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 30 Mourning Dove 60 White-tipped Dove 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 8 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5 Crested Caracara 2 American Kestrel 2 Vermilion Flycatcher 2 Great Kiskadee 1 Couch's Kingbird 3 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2 Loggerhead Shrike 6 White-eyed Vireo 7 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Green Jay 2 Horned Lark 2 Black-crested Titmouse 3 Verdin 1 House Wren 2 Bewick's Wren 12 Cactus Wren 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4 Curve-billed Thrasher 1 Long-billed Thrasher 1 Northern Mockingbird 10 European Starling 15 Sprague's Pipit 2 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 8 Common Yellowthroat 11 Northern Parula 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 Olive Sparrow 2 Lark Sparrow 1 Savannah Sparrow 7 Lincoln's Sparrow 13 Swamp Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 6 Red-winged Blackbird 60 House Sparrow 14