Monday, June 30, 2014
Two days ago Scarlet Colley found a Brown Booby in the ship channel near Port Isabel while conducting one of her dolphin trips. I found out about it yesterday and this morning I was in the boat with Scarlet, local birder Madeleine Sandefur, Rozzie the Dolphin Dog and Penelope the Pot-bellied Pig. Yes we were quite an ethnically diverse group. It wasn't long before we approached marker #29 and there was the Brown Booby in the exact same place where Scarlet had found one 13 years ago.
Posted by Antshrike at 7:38 PM
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Yesterday I made my annual run out to Old Port Isabel Road to look for Botteri's Sparrows and butterflies. My first stop to listen resulted in a call that reminded me of a kingbird, but it wasn't coming from up on the wires. It was was on the ground and turned out to be a family of Wilson's Plovers. I did a little pish and they came running up. all three of them.
Then I checked out the loma to get some desert birds for the Cameron County year list. Here's a Cactus Wren.
A Brown-crested Flycatcher. The heavy bill and yellow below rule our Ash-throated.
And a Lark Sparrow.
I also got a Verdin, Olive Sparrow, White-eyed Vireo and Bewick's Wren before moving on. Cassin's Sparrows were singing in the distance but nary a Botteri's. This guy looked like a candidate but when it opened in mouth it was just another Cassin's Sparrow.
Other birds along the road included Chihuahuan Raven, White-tailed Hawk, Gull-billed Terns and Laughing Gulls. My final birds were a pair of Long-billed Curlews.
Posted by Antshrike at 8:08 AM
Thursday, June 12, 2014
I was checking out a butterfly in our garden this morning when I heard the "chee-omp chee-omp" call of Red-crowned Parrots and observed three of them fly into the back yard. I ran through the house to the back yard but they took off and I failed to get a photo. Then I heard one back in the front yard calling "chee-omp" with some extra notes at the end that seemed unfamiliar. Could the Red-lored Parrot be back? So I ran back through the house to the front yard and heard it call again from our golden rain tree. There it was munching on flowers and calling to the Red-crowns who were now down the street.
And then all hell broke loose. The was plenty of screeching accompanying the following battle.
Not liking the camera, the Red-lored Parrot took off to join its congeners and was immediately replaced by a flock of eight Green Parakeets. These three seemed to be enjoyed a peaceful grooming session.
Mr. Green Anole didn't seem too concerned as he watched from the garden.
Anyway the parrots took off and are probably causing trouble in someone else's yard now.
Posted by Antshrike at 1:52 PM