Thursday, February 1, 2007

RGV Winter Warbler Wonderland

Winter in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas is usually know for the time to look for Mexican vagrants. This year is kind of slow for rarities from south of the Border. However wintering warblers that are usually few in numbers seem to be everywhere. Here's a list of 25 species found in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties this winter.

Blue-winged Warbler - One at Sable Palm
Orange-crowned Warbler - Commonest Valey Warbler
Nashville Warbler - Uncommon but annual
Northern Parula - Singles at Anzalduas and Sal del Rey
Tropical Parula - Two at Bentsen, one at Canon Road
Yellow Warbler - Five at Delta Lake, one at Anzalduas
Mangrove Warbler - Scarlet's flock in the mangroves at Port Isabel
Black-throated Blue Warbler - One wintering in Harlingen
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Common in Winter
Black-throated Gray Warbler - Singles at Anzalduas and Bentsen
Black-throated Green Warbler - Frontera. Anzalduas, Sabal Palm
Townsend's Warbler - Two at Anzalduas and one at Santa Ana NWR
Hermit Warbler - Brilliant male at Anzalduas
Yellow-throated Warbler - uncommon in palms
Pine Warbler - Anzalduas, Delta Lake
Black-and-white Warbler - uncommon throughout Valley
American Redstart - One at Frontera
Ovenbird - Two at Frontera
Northern Waterthrush- Two at Frontera, uncommon in mangroves
Mourning/MacGillivray's Warbler - One on Rio Grande near Progreso Lakes
Common Yellowthroat - Common in cattails
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat - One or two pairs at Sabal Palms
Hooded Warbler - One at Sabal Palm
Wilson's Warbler - Sabal Palms, Frontera, Delta Lake, Bentsen
Yellow-breasted Chat - Estero Llano Grande and near Progreso

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