Clay-colored Sparrows were scattered across the Island and I even had a couple of Grasshopper Sparrows.
A flock of ten male Indigo Buntings shared seeds with their even more colorful congener.
My first Blue Grosbeak for the year was a colorful male which still had the rusty feather edgings.
And then there were the warblers, sixteen species, including some real knockouts. Every spring Palm Warblers pass through but I never see any colorful males. This is my second for the spring.
Blue-winged Warbler was back to being difficult to photograph.
But this Black-throated Green Warbler was putting on a show.
As was this Northern Parula. A few birders were trying to turn this into a Tropical/Northern hybrid. I think it's just a worn male Northern.
I've seen several Kentucky Warblers already this spring, but have yet to get one for Hidalgo County.
I just can't resist Yellow-throated Warblers. I didn't see any at Sheepshead so I walked a block north on Laguna to the palms and pished a loud pish. Two zoomed right in.
I was arguing with Cheryl Longton that this was a young male Orchard Oriole. But the large single white wingbar and big black bib means she was right and it's a young male Hooded Oriole.
The flowers in the preceding photo are on an Australian plant called Bottlebrush. Though is not native, the migrants love it. And it makes for great Ruby-throated Hummingbird photos.
Two days ago Jim Chapman called me over to his house next to Frontera to take a look at this nightjar in his backyard. Seemed big and rusty, with a streaked crown, so I'm calling it a Chuck-wills-widow.
Just looked out the window and saw a Yellow-breasted Chat in the yard so I'd better check it out. Here's yesterday's list.
South Padre Island, Cameron, US-TX Apr 7, 2014 9:45 AM - 4:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 5.0 mile(s) Comments: Mostly Sheepshead and Convention Center, no boardwalk or mud flats 69 species Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 7 Neotropic Cormorant 15 Reddish Egret 1 Cattle Egret 150 White-faced Ibis 30 Laughing Gull X Ring-billed Gull 1 Herring Gull 1 Caspian Tern X Royal Tern X Sandwich Tern X Black Skimmer X Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Eurasian Collared-Dove 10 White-winged Dove 1 Mourning Dove 2 Inca Dove 2 Chimney Swift 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8 Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Great Kiskadee 1 Couch's Kingbird 1 Western Kingbird 3 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 8 White-eyed Vireo 2 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Barn Swallow 50 House Wren 1 Swainson's Thrush 1 Wood Thrush 1 Gray Catbird 2 Northern Mockingbird 2 Louisiana Waterthrush 2 Blue-winged Warbler 3 Black-and-white Warbler 3 Tennessee Warbler 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 2 Nashville Warbler 5 Kentucky Warbler 2 Common Yellowthroat 6 Hooded Warbler 5 Northern Parula 5 Yellow Warbler 1 Palm Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 5 Yellow-throated Warbler 2 Black-throated Green Warbler 2 Yellow-breasted Chat 1 Chipping Sparrow 5 Clay-colored Sparrow 10 Lark Sparrow 70 Lark Bunting 1 Savannah Sparrow 10 Grasshopper Sparrow 1 Lincoln's Sparrow 20 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Blue Grosbeak 1 Indigo Bunting 15 Painted Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird X Great-tailed Grackle X Brown-headed Cowbird 100 Orchard Oriole 8 Hooded Oriole 1 Baltimore Oriole 1 House Sparrow X