There are about a dozen species of birds that are resident or regular migrants in Hidalgo County that I have yet to see in our yard at Progreso Lakes. The one I thought most likely to drop by was Yellow-throated Vireo. Well a couple of days ago I looked out the bedroom window at our brush patch that was being sprayed by our irrigation system, when I noticed a passerine ejoying the afternoon shower. I got got my binoculars on it and saw a bight green back outlined by dark gray wings with white wing bars. First thing I thought was Blue-winged Warbler. Then it turned around and I saw big yellow spectacles abound a dark eye and a lemon yellow throat. Our first Yellow-throated Vireo. I ran out with the camera but got a terrible shot. Two days later it appeared again and I got more bad photos. Finally today I was able to get some OK pictures. Yellow-throated Vireo is yard bird #241.
Later I was sitting on the back porch watching our bird bath when I heard a repeated "chek" call. I was hoping it wasn't the Red-winged Blackbird that had just left the feeder. The call was a little "sweet" for a Redwing. My guess was Mourning Warbler. Anyway I pished and did my vireo scold call and the bird kept calling but wouldn't come our. Finally I went around behind the brush patch and tried to sneak up on the bird. There was something on the back side of the Tenaza.... a wet bird preening. It was a young Mourning Warbler. I got a tough photo. Had I stayed on the porch I probably could have gotten it in the bird bath.
Eastern Kingbirds have been passing through.
And we've had a couple of Olive-sided Flycatchers.
This afternoon the dove hunters are out and blasting away. Hopefully they will stir things up and there will be new stuff in the yard tomorrow.
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