During the past week, while we've been cleaning and preparing to move in, I've been working on the yard list. We're up to 62 species so far though nothing really unexpected. Here's some photos starting our number one bird, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, which is numbering about 2500 on our end of the resaca.
Other ducks so far include Blue-winged Teal. Northern Shoveller, Mottled Duck, Ring-necked Duck and Lesser Scaup.
Numerous birds take advantage of perches along the opposite shore like this Roseate Spoonbill and Anhinga.
While others are seen cruising by like Neotropic Cormorant, Caspian Tern, Snowy Egret, Osprey and Black-crowned Night-Heron.
There is little in the way of mudflats for shorebirds so I may not get many of them but so far I've seen Killdeer, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper and Long-billed Curlew, all in flight.
Another way to add birds to the yard list is to cheat. As far as I am concerned, any bird visible from our yard counts. So I set up the scope and start searching. Here's some long distant sightings: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Red-shouldered Hawk and Green Kingfisher.
It's hard to get any work done with the constant parade of birds. Don't know if I can make a hundred by the end of the year but I'll give it a try.