Friday, October 3, 2014

South Padre Island, 10/3/14

A cold front was scheduled to arrive today so Honey and I ran out to South Padre Island to see what it might bring.  Well it wasn't much of a front and birds seemed to be leaving during the afternoon rather than arriving.  But I still saw a dozen species of warblers and enjoyed the afternoon.  Best was this uncooperative Blue-winged Warbler at the Convention Center.

There were quite a few pools of water around from the rains of the past few weeks.  I  bet there were more than just the five Northern Waterthushes I saw.

Magnolia Warblers really look different in the fall.  The gray back, wing bars, tail patches and faint streaking identifies them.

But Wilson's Warblers always look pretty much the same.

The first bird I saw at Sheepshead was this sharp male Hooded Warbler.  I never saw another.

I never get tired of Black-and-white Warblers.

I was hoping that some of the sparrows advertised up north would come with the front, but not yet.  My only sparrow was our local Olive Sparrow which is quite uncommon SPI.

Here's the list for today.

South Padre Island, Cameron, US-TX
Oct 3, 2014 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Sheepshead, Campeche, Oleander and Convention Center
55 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal  2
Neotropic Cormorant  1
Brown Pelican  3
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  2
Tricolored Heron  1
Cattle Egret  1
Osprey  2
Black-bellied Plover  8
Semipalmated Plover  8
Piping Plover  15
Willet  X
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Marbled Godwit  15
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  X
Western Sandpiper  X
Short-billed Dowitcher  X
Laughing Gull  X
Gull-billed Tern  5
Caspian Tern  1
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  X
Royal Tern  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove  5
Inca Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Least Flycatcher  2
Empidonax sp.  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Barn Swallow  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  5
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Hooded Warbler  1
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  4
Olive Sparrow  1
Great-tailed Grackle  5
House Sparrow  2

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