Sunday, January 10, 2016

Frontera Audubon Thicket, 1/10/16

I ran over to Frontera again this morning hoping to get the Black-headed Grosbeak on my new year list.  I failed to find it and missed the Crimson-collared Grosbeak as well.  But this fine adult Zone-tailed Hawk was nice consolation.

A real surprise was this female or young male Painted Bunting.  They are hard to find during the winter.

Otherwise the fruit is almost gone from the anacuas and  correspondingly the Clay-colored Thrushes were down in numbers.  Nice warblers included Yellow-throated, Nashville and Black-and-white.  Later in the afternoon, a check of the Ebony Grove Cemetery in Mercedes turned up this amorous Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Here's a list from Frontera.

Plain Chachalaca 12
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 10
Zone-tailed Hawk 1
Inca Dove 6
White-tipped Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Green Parakeet 2
Great Kiskadee 2
White-eyed Vireo 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Green Jay 1
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 1
Clay-colored Thrush 6
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 8
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Painted Bunting 1
Great-tailed Grackle 2
Lesser Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 4


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