Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
seen at two locations in Sabal Palm with one group of at least eight birds
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Following the immature seen at Sabal Palm, and adult bird was seen at South Padre Island convention center boardwalk, showing many unusual preening poses.
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Bob Power notes: "Great study bird. Why isn't this a
Swainson's? Sub-terminal tail band too thick and
black. Trailing edge of the wing curves down and out
as it leaves the body. Swainson's leaves the body in
pretty much a straight line. Flight feathers are
dark, but not all the way through the secondaries.
Swainson's would be darker. Hood is a fooler, but
Swainson's hood comes down fairly far into the chest.
Not so on this pretty little White-tailed Hawk."
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
breeding plumage Eastern bird looked unusually to these calfornia birders.
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
Seen both perched and flying near the convention center for five to ten minutes in broad daylight. Amazing looks.
Bob says: "Dots on flight feathers probably the best field mark here, although the whitish bars near the wing tips are
pretty good. Common doesn't show the dots and the bar
is set further away from the wingtip."
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
two male individuals seen, one at Sabal Palm and one at South Padre Island
very faded individual with one missing foot and almost no yellow except the rump itself.
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
as we were leaving the convention center, Steve spotted a Dickcissel perched on a low scrubby bush. Sparrow-shaped bird with black triangular throat patch, yellow above and below the grey auricular area.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)