Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Blackpoll x Bay-breasted Warbler hybrid? at Progreso Lakes, 5/5/20

This Cinco de Mayo morning I found absolutely no migrants in our Progreso Lakes yard.  So I swept out the barn and changed the oil on our Forester.  After lunch I decided to sit on the porch and watch the bird bath.  Migrants tired of flying in the heat, started dropping into our little oasis for a drink and some lunch.  Most interesting was this female that is either a very plain Bay-breasted Warbler or a Blackpoll x Baybreasted Warbler hybrid.  When it landed in the coral bean not far from where I was sitting I thought it was a female Blackpoll, which would be new for our yard.  But upon further review it seems to have a very faint "bay" wash on some of the neck and breast feathers.

It's probably just a Bay-breasted Warbler but take a look at this one found by some banders in Pennsylvania.

This Canada Warbler zoomed over my head and landed nearby in the big rubber Ficus.

Then he hit the showers.  Notice the Wilson's Warbler waiting its turn.

Then we got our first Mourning Warbler for the year.  I think it's a young male.

A silhouette in one of our big ashes turned out to be our first Least Flycatcher for the year.

I was trying to get a better shot of the Least when I found this Blackburnian Warbler.

And then our first of the year Philadelphia Vireo landed in the potato tree.

So four new year birds puts our Progreso Lakes 2020 yard list at 180.  With a little luck we have a shot at 200 this year.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Progreso Lakes, 5/3/20

Been waiting a long time for an Ovenbird to grace our yard at Progreso Lakes.  They like a shady open understory which we don't have.  But I guess our little native brush patch was enough to bring one in.  I got a few poor shots and didn't chase after the Ovenbird hoping it would eventually show at the bird bath.  But yard bird #227 didn't return.

Despite being hot and windy, birds dropped in through out the day.  This Magnolia Warbler was one of eight warblers species seen today.

Was glad to get a better look at a Bay-breasted Warbler.  Glimpsed one a few days ago.

First Chestnut-sided Warbler for our bird bath.

Black-throated Green Warbler.

Yellow Warbler is probably our must abundant migrant warbler.  They also respond best to pishing.

Back in October I heard a loud repetitive "speet" call over my head in the big yellow poinciana.  I could never find the bird but recognized the call as that of an Acadian Flycatcher.  So based on that somewhat flimsy evidence, I put it on our yard list.  However Yellow-bellied Flycatcher has a very similar call in migration.  But Acadian migrates later than Yellow-bellied so that was my justification.  Well today an Acadian Flycatcher landed in the big ficus next to the porch and posed for photos making me feel a lot better.  Now we have a legit Acadian Flycatcher for our yard.

Young male Summer Tanager enjoying the bird bath.

As did a couple of Painted Buntings.

We've had several Rose-breasted Grosbeaks this spring.

Saw the Purple Gallinule again last night but didn't get a photo.  Not much happening along the water.  Here's a Spotted Sandpiper and a Diamond-backed Watersnake.

Jones yard, Progreso Lakes, Hidalgo, Texas, US
May 3, 2020 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
62 species (+2 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (fulgens)  12
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)  2
Plain Chachalaca  6
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Inca Dove  1
White-tipped Dove  2
White-winged Dove  65
Mourning Dove  8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Northern)  1
Common Gallinule (American)  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Neotropic Cormorant  3
Cattle Egret (Western)  2
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Swainson's Hawk  1
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Northern)  3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher  1
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Black Phoebe  2
Brown-crested Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  2
Tropical Kingbird  1
Couch's Kingbird  1
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird  2
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1
Green Jay (Green)  1
Barn Swallow (American)  2
Cliff Swallow (pyrrhonota Group)  3
European Starling  7
Northern Mockingbird  3
House Sparrow  4
Lesser Goldfinch  1
Lark Sparrow  1
Orchard Oriole  4
Hooded Oriole (cucullatus/sennetti)  2
Altamira Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  4
Bronzed Cowbird (Bronzed)  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Great-tailed Grackle  10
Ovenbird  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler (Northern)  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Painted Bunting  2
Dickcissel  2