Paradise Birding Texas Day 6

Sunday, April 18, 2004, Led by Steve Shunk

Photos by Bill Walker

50 Species at 2 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Mississippi Kite MA
We got to watch a kettle of several hundred Mississippi Kites circling around the horizon at sunset. I've never seen so many raptors together in one place!
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Purple Gallinule MA
We have officially designated this sighting as our four hundredth life bird. We were talking with a Canadian fellow who said he'd been birding for twenty years but had never seen a Purple Gallinule. Within seconds, Mary and another woman spotted the bird walking out from the reeds. In remained in the open for several minutes, so everybody could admire it in the scope.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Strigidae (Owls)
Elf Owl BRGVSP
heard and seen at a staked-out nest site
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Psittacidae (Parrots)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Clay-colored Thrush MA
We watched the female on the nest for quite a while, she made a brief trip out of the nest for this photo in very low light.
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, TX = BRGVSP
McAllen, TX = MA

50 Species at 2 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Mississippi Kite MA
We got to watch a kettle of several hundred Mississippi Kites circling around the horizon at sunset. I've never seen so many raptors together in one place!
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Purple Gallinule MA
We have officially designated this sighting as our four hundredth life bird. We were talking with a Canadian fellow who said he'd been birding for twenty years but had never seen a Purple Gallinule. Within seconds, Mary and another woman spotted the bird walking out from the reeds. In remained in the open for several minutes, so everybody could admire it in the scope.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Strigidae (Owls)
Elf Owl BRGVSP
heard and seen at a staked-out nest site
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Psittacidae (Parrots)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Clay-colored Thrush MA
We watched the female on the nest for quite a while, she made a brief trip out of the nest for this photo in very low light.
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, TX = BRGVSP
McAllen, TX = MA

50 Species at 2 Locations

McAllen
Purple Gallinule
We have officially designated this sighting as our four hundredth life bird. We were talking with a Canadian fellow who said he'd been birding for twenty years but had never seen a Purple Gallinule. Within seconds, Mary and another woman spotted the bird walking out from the reeds. In remained in the open for several minutes, so everybody could admire it in the scope.
Mississippi Kite
We got to watch a kettle of several hundred Mississippi Kites circling around the horizon at sunset. I've never seen so many raptors together in one place!
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
Elf Owl
heard and seen at a staked-out nest site
McAllen
Clay-colored Thrush
We watched the female on the nest for quite a while, she made a brief trip out of the nest for this photo in very low light.

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Santa Ana NWR, Bentsen Rio Grande River State Park