Tuesday, April 14, 2015

South Padre Island, 4/13/15

With more unsettled weather around south Texas and Honey having a day off, we ran out to South Padre Island once again.  It was an average but interesting day.  An Acadian Flycatcher played around the Sheepshead lot all day long.  These are common around the eastern US during the summer but we only see a few each year during spring migration.

During the afternoon a Swainson's Thrush showed well but I only got a brief glimpse of the Wood Thrush.

Yellow-breasted Chats were visible chasing each other around.

Still at Sheepshead, I found two nightjars that got the visiting birders excited.  The first was an easily identifiable Chuck-will's-widow.

The second was gray like most Eastern Whip-poor-wills are but seemed to be the size of a Chuck.

No doubt about this guy's ID.

At the Convention Center things seemed to about the same as a couple of days ago.  The two Prothonotaries popped in now and then.  This Black-throated Green Warbler seemed unusually dark to me.

Both Great Crested Flycatcher and Brown-crested Flycatcher were seen.

Here's the day's list.

South Padre Island, Cameron, US-TX
Apr 13, 2015 11:20 AM - 5:40 PM
Protocol:  Traveling 5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     from entrance to SPI to Convention Center
58 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
Great Blue Heron 1
Snowy Egret  1
Black-bellied Plover  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet 5
Whimbrel  2
Marbled Godwit  3
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Stilt Sandpiper 2
Sanderling  5
Dunlin  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  13
Laughing Gull X
Herring Gull  1
Royal Tern  X
Black Skimmer  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove 10
Inca Dove  2
White-winged Dove  2
Mourning Dove  2
Common Nighthawk 1
Chuck-will's-widow  2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher  6
Brown-crested Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee 1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Barn Swallow 3
Cave Swallow  8
Swainson's Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Northern Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler  2
Kentucky Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Warbler  3
Northern Parula  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Chat  8
Savannah Sparrow  2
Lincoln's Sparrow  3
Summer Tanager 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  6
Painted Bunting  1
Blackbird  5
Great-tailed Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole 5
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Sparrow  X

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