Thursday, April 27, 2017

South Padre Island Part 1, 4/26/17

Gee, with the new house and doing most of my birding in the yard lately, I haven't posted in awhile.  But I ran out to South Padre Island yesterday and got some good photos of some good stuff so I thought it was worth a post.  A very cooperative Black-throated Bure Warbler has been hanging out at the Valley Land Fund's Sheepshead lot for several days and I was happy he was still there.  We get one in the Valley every couple of years.

There were more warblers up at the Convention Center taking advantage of the water feature.  This Blackburnian Warbler came in several times to bathe.

As did this Bay-breasted.  I don't see very many of these so  it's always a treat.

I Have a tough time getting good photos of Yellow Warblers.  It's hard to pick up any reflection in the eye but I got it this time.

We would appreciate Nashville Warblers more if they weren't so common.

Meanwhile, more warblers were hanging out in the row of trees behind the Convention Center.  Here's my first Magnolia Warbler of the season.

My first Chestnut-sided Warbler was not so cooperative.

There were two Black-throated Green Warblers but I didn't get the pretty male.

Back at the water feature there were a couple of Tennessee Warblers.

And a Common Yellowthroat.

This had to be the most photogenic Ovenbird I have ever encountered.

Seems like the few Palm Warblers we get are always walking around in the grass and hard to see clearly.

Don't forget the perky Black-and-white Warbler.

I ran back up to Sheepshead later in the afternoon and got luck with a MacGillivray's Warbler.

And an early Mourning Warbler.

So I finished up the day with 21 species of warblers.  Not shown were Blackpoll, Blue-winged, Hooded, Myrtle and Wilson's Warblers and a Yellow-breasted Chat.  Not fantastic but I like to get  up over twenty sometime every spring.  I'll make another post for the other sharp spring migrants seen this day on SPI.

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