I counted 75 Wilson' Phalaropes bouncing in the rough water. A count of the individuals in this flight shot reveals there were actually 85 of them. Hope they stay for the winter.
I also had fifty Western Sandpipers which is a bit high. Here are a couple to compare with Least Sandpipers. Notice the grayer color and the white face of the Westerns. Unfortunately the cloudy weather messed up some good photos.
On the way out this White-eyed Vireo was not pleased with my pygmy owl imitations.
Birds were also plentiful at Delta Lake County Park north of Monte Alto. The water is down on the west side of FM 88 creating some great mudflats with lots of shorebirds. I counted and estimated about 500 or them.
Best was this distant Dunlin, my first for Hidalgo County this year.
My new scope is really good and I'm enjoying it but my digiscoping still sucks. This shot with Laughing, Franklin's and Ring-billed Gulls was shot with way too high of an ISO.
Inside the picnic area there were a few passerines but this Vermillion Flycatcher stole the show. It posed while I was inside the car so I got some good shots.
Here are the lists for today.
LRGV NWR--La Sal del Rey (LTC 005), Hidalgo, US-TX
Nov 18, 2014 8:50 AM - 11:10 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) Comments: Walked in from Brushline Road. 41 species Greater White-fronted Goose 22 Northern Shoveler 1 Lesser Scaup 2 Eared Grebe 75
Turkey Vulture 2 Harris's Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 American Coot 3 Sandhill Crane 11 Black-necked Stilt 30 American Avocet 15 Snowy Plover 20 Greater Yellowlegs 2 Lesser Yellowlegs 7 Least Sandpiper 130 Western Sandpiper 50 Wilson's Phalarope 85 Laughing Gull 80 Common Ground-Dove 1 Mourning Dove 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3 Crested Caracara 3 Eastern Phoebe 2 Great Kiskadee 1 White-eyed Vireo 1 Green Jay 1 Black-crested Titmouse 2 Verdin 1 House Wren 7 Bewick's Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 American Pipit 4 Orange-crowned Warbler 2 Nashville Warbler 2 Olive Sparrow 1 Lark Sparrow 3 Savannah Sparrow 5 Lincoln's Sparrow 7
Delta Lake (LTC 008), Hidalgo, US-TX Nov 18, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 39 species Mottled Duck 1 Northern Pintail 1 Neotropic Cormorant 100 Double-crested Cormorant 50 American White Pelican 270 Great Blue Heron 3 Great Egret 2 Snowy Egret 3 Turkey Vulture 25 American Avocet 3 Killdeer 54 Greater Yellowlegs 5 Lesser Yellowlegs 2 Stilt Sandpiper 100 Dunlin 1 Least Sandpiper 200 Western Sandpiper 1 Long-billed Dowitcher 100 Laughing Gull 12 Franklin's Gull 6 Ring-billed Gull 6 Caspian Tern 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1 American Kestrel 2 Eastern Phoebe 2 Vermilion Flycatcher 2 Loggerhead Shrike 1 Tree Swallow 50 Barn Swallow 20 Marsh Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 European Starling 4 Orange-crowned Warbler 2 Nashville Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 2 Great-tailed Grackle 5