Saturday, April 11, 2015

South Padre Island, 4/11/15

A cold front stalled to the north of us last night, so with some unsettled weather I thought today might be a good day to look for migrants on South Padre Island.  Birding turned out to be not great but pretty good with a nice selection of southern warblers.  This Worm-eating Warbler was very cooperative at the Convention Center.

As was this pair of Prothonotary Warblers.  I think I missed them last year.

The other good warbler at the Convention Center was a Blue-winged Warbler/

I liked getting two good ones in the same photo.

Among the more common warblers were Northern Parula and Nashville, Tennessee, Black-and-White and Black-throated Green Warblers.

Meanwhile things were a bit more mundane at the Valley Land Fund's Sheephead lot.  The best was a Kentucky Warbler that refused to come out in the open.  Other warblers were Louisiana Waterthrush and the above common warblers.

A couple of Indigo Buntings, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles and a Western Kingbird were the only other migrants passerines I saw.  I forgot there were a couple of singing Sedge Wrens behind the Convention Center but they did not give very good views. Here's today's list.  

South Padre Island, Cameron, US-TX
Apr 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 2:20 PM
Traveling5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     from entrance of SPI to flats behind convention center
58 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
Brown Pelican 10
Great Egret  6
Osprey  1
American Avocet  4
American Oystercatcher 1
Black-bellied Plover  10
Semipalmated Plover  2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet  X
Marbled Godwit  6
Sanderling  X
Dunlin  X
Dowitcher  10
Laughing Gull  X
Franklin's Gull  100
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull  1
Least Tern  15
Forster's Tern  1
Royal Tern  25
Tern  4
Black Skimmer  100
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Collared-Dove  30
Inca Dove  1
White-winged Dove  6
Mourning Dove 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Great Kiskadee  1
Western Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  3
Barn Swallow  8
Sedge Wren 2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Tennessee Warbler  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler 7
Kentucky Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Hooded Warbler  7
Parula  4
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Lark Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird X
Great-tailed Grackle  X
Orchard Oriole  4
Baltimore Oriole  1
HouseSparrow  X

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