Sunday, February 17, 2008

Back to normal.

Well my White-crested Elaenia was present for two days and then it was outta there. I guess quite a few people got to see it but many drove or flew out on Monday and there was nothing to see. There has been a raging argument on Texbirds as to whether the bird should have been netted. There were even accusations that it had been taken as a specimen. I don't care that much either way. It's a little depressing to think that I will never see a bird this unusual again. Even if I found an Elegant Euphonia or a Squirrel Cuckoo it wouldn't be as unexpected or remarkable as the elaenia. Well anyway, it's on to the next one.

I checked out the feeders at Bentsen this morning and quickly found the Allen's Hummingbird. So I drove over to Anzalduas for the Townsends Warbler. No luck. There were a few warblers but not as many as usual in winter. The tyrannulets were vocal and easy to see.

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Gadwall 25
American Wigeon 6
Blue-winged Teal 1
Least Grebe 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
American White Pelican 30
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Anhinga 2
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 5
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 10
Gray Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 25
Least Sandpiper 1
Rock Pigeon 8
Mourning Dove 10
White-tipped Dove 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 3
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Kiskadee 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay 10
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Eastern Bluebird 1
Northern Mockingbird 6
American Pipit 12
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Nashville Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
Savannah Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 10
Eastern Meadowlark 10
Great-tailed Grackle 8
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 5

The Burrowing Owl continues as nearby Granjeno.

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Mel said...

Great pic!

Unknown said...

Interesting photographs.

You should visit Guatemala.
It is a bird-watcher’s paradise, where more than 700 species of birds inhabit some of the most diverse ecosystems in the Americas.