Monday, November 14, 2016

Frontera Audubon, 11/14/16

It was a nice, cool, calm morning so I thought a visit to the thicket at Frontera Audubon was in order.  I had not been there in a while and it was nice to see the thicket looking green and lush.  Two Green Parakeets welcomed me.

Birds were really quiet but I soon found a flock containing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Blue-headed Vireo, several Orange-crowned Warblers a Black-and-white Warbler.  I saw motion in a nearby palm and would have bet money it was a Yellow-throated Warbler.  I finally got a look and I was right.  This one has the yellow lores of a southeastern bird.  Don't know if I've ever noticed that in that Valley.

Around the corner on the south side of the big pond, Plain Chachalacas and Clay-colored Thrushes were feeding on Brazilian Pepper berries.  I've read the berries have little nutritional value but birds love them

At the boardwalk Great and Snowy Egrets and White Ibises fed in the wetlands while a Green Kingfisher kept a sharp eye on the fish below.

This alert Buff-bellied Hummingbird was garding its little patch of Turks-cap.

The east border along the trailer park was quiet and so were the feeding stations.  But another passerine flock was taking advantage of the two drips by the cemetery with Nashville and Orange-crowned Warblers enjoying a bath.

Nearby a White-eyed Vireo scolded me for invading their privacy.

A very nice morning in the Thicket. 

Frontera Audubon Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Nov 14, 2016 8:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
41 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (fulgens) 12
Plain Chachalaca 7
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
White Ibis 3
Turkey Vulture 40
Gray Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 8
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Northern) 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Green Parakeet (Green) 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Kiskadee 3
Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Green Jay (Green) 2
Black-crested Titmouse 3
House Wren (Northern) 2
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Clay-colored Thrush 12
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 6
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 10
Nashville Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Wilson's Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Great-tailed Grackle 5
House Sparrow 6

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