Saturday, March 20, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
It's been a great winter for rare birds in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas but here at Progreso Lakes it's been OK but not fantastic. I keep waiting for a Blue Bunting or a Crimson-collared Grosbeak but nada so far. Our best bird this month has been the wintering White-throated Sparrow which has been here since 1/7.
A new bird feeder stocked with black oil sunflower seeds and niger has finally attracted a few American Goldfinches. This one is getting colored up for summer. Meanwhile I'm waiting for a Pine Siskin.
It's been a good winter for Cedar Waxwings.
I got poor shots of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We didn't get one last year.
The month got off to a good start with this Merlin in the plowed cotton field out front.
Hooded Orioles add a spash of color to the yard. Haven't seen any Altamiras since the freeze.
Finally a flock of twenty Longbilled Dowitchers passed by this morning raising our 2021 total to 127.
We've already had five species this year that we didn't get last year so maybe a run at last year's total of 205 is possible. I don't know what to expect with all the damage from the freeze. Maybe there will be fewer birds or maybe there will be lots of hungry ones.