Thursday, April 28, 2011

Frontera Audubon Thicket, 4/28/11

Well it's been a month since I posted anything. The continual southerly winds have been pushing all the spring migrants over our heads and there hasn't been much to see. In fact it's been the crappiest spring migration I've ever seen. We finally got a cool front that slowed down the birds and I was able to see a few things at Frontera Audubon Thicket in Weslaco. Here's a sharp looking Chestnut-sided Warbler. I had one in my yard yesterday also.

An unusual peekaboo pose.

A half dozen gaudy Magnolia Warblers were about.

My best bird of the morning was a MacGillivray's Warbler. I didn't get a pic of this western species but I did manage a poor one of his eastern congerer, Mourning Warbler.

Another good bird for the day was my first singing Bell's Vireo. I've seen a few on them in the Valley but they've always been silent.

Here's a teneral male Common Green Darner.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 10
Plain Chachalaca 12
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Gray Hawk 1
Laughing Gull 4
Rock Pigeon 2
White-winged Dove 10
Mourning Dove 1
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 8
Green Parakeet 7
Groove-billed Ani 1
Common Pauraque 1
Chimney Swift 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 10
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Least Flycatcher 5
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Brown-crested Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 3
Couch's Kingbird 5
White-eyed Vireo 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Green Jay 1
Purple Martin 2
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 10
Cliff Swallow 15
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Carolina Wren 3
House Wren 2
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
Long-billed Thrasher 3
Nashville Warbler 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 6
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Ovenbird 1
Mourning Warbler 1
MacGillivray's Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Canada Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Olive Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 6
Painted Bunting 4
Great-tailed Grackle 12
Bronzed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 3
Altamira Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Sparrow 2