Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Purple Gallinule at Progreso Lakes, 4/29/20

The morning was slow today in our Progreso Lakes yard but things started to pick up when a cold front blasted in a little before noon.  It only dropped temperatures from the 90's to the 80's but the wind was strong enough to slow down some migrants.  Best bird was this Purple Gallinule that flushed up from the edge of the resaca into the neighbor's yard.  I thought I could get one someday but didn't know how many years it might take.  This was yard bird #226.

Just a few minutes before the gallinule, I was sitting on the porch watching the bird bath when this Swainson's Thrush blew in, yard bird #225.  It is very satisfying to see the native plant garden in which I have put in so much effort finally attracting birds and butterflies.  This one liked the fiddlewood berries.

Our second and third ever Rose-breasted Grosbeaks also dropped into the garden.

And then there were eight species of warblers.  Poor light made photos difficult.  Best was a brilliant Golden-winged Warbler that popped up from the garden for a couple of seconds.  But no photo today, maybe tomorrow.  Here's our first Magnolia Warbler of the year.

Chestnut-sided Warblers did not cooperate.

Nor did the Blackburnian Warbler.

But common Yellow Warblers always like to pose for photos.

Our 2020 April total is now 129, the most we've ever had in one month.  Our 2020 year list is 172 which is the most we've ever had this early in the year.

No comments: