South Texas Day Two

Thursday, April 21, 2005, Led by Steve Shunk, Paradise Birding

112 Species at 3 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck SPAS
In addition to birds at Sabal Palm Grove, we saw at least fifty of them on South Padre Island.
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Least Grebe SPAS
seen at two locations in Sabal Palm with one group of at least eight birds
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
Anhinga SPAS
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Reddish Egret SPI
Both red and white morphs were seen.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron SPAS
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)
White-tailed Hawk OPIR
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)
Clapper Rail (h) SPI
King Rail SPI
heard and seen
Sora SPAS
heard and seen
Common Gallinule SPAS
a dozen were seen together from the boardwalk
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer SPI
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet SPI
breeding plumage Eastern bird looked unusually to these calfornia birders.
Dunlin SPI
breeding plumage
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Inca Dove OPIR
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
Lesser Nighthawk SPI
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."
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker SPAS
seen in a nest cavity
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Green Jay SPAS
Alaudidae (Larks)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Purple Martin SPAS
seen at our motel
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Cactus Wren (h) OPIR
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
European Starling SPAS
on the road somewhere
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Worm-eating Warbler SPAS
on the Oriole trail
Louisiana Waterthrush SPAS
also at South Padre Island
Blue-winged Warbler SPAS
two male individuals seen, one at Sabal Palm and one at South Padre Island
Tennessee Warbler SPAS
female individual at Sabal Palm, male at South Padre Island
Common Yellowthroat (h) SPAS
heard only, seen later at South Padre Island
Yellow Warbler SPI
brilliant breeding plumage male
Yellow-rumped Warbler SPAS
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)
Dickcissel SPI
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)
Lesser Goldfinch SPAS
black-backed Texas variety
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Old Port Isabel Road, TX = OPIR
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary, TX = SPAS
South Padre Island, TX = SPI

112 Species at 3 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck SPAS
In addition to birds at Sabal Palm Grove, we saw at least fifty of them on South Padre Island.
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Least Grebe SPAS
seen at two locations in Sabal Palm with one group of at least eight birds
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
Anhinga SPAS
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Reddish Egret SPI
Both red and white morphs were seen.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron SPAS
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)
White-tailed Hawk OPIR
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)
Clapper Rail (h) SPI
King Rail SPI
heard and seen
Sora SPAS
heard and seen
Common Gallinule SPAS
a dozen were seen together from the boardwalk
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer SPI
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet SPI
breeding plumage Eastern bird looked unusually to these calfornia birders.
Dunlin SPI
breeding plumage
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Inca Dove OPIR
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
Lesser Nighthawk SPI
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."
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker SPAS
seen in a nest cavity
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Green Jay SPAS
Alaudidae (Larks)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Purple Martin SPAS
seen at our motel
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Cactus Wren (h) OPIR
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
European Starling SPAS
on the road somewhere
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Worm-eating Warbler SPAS
on the Oriole trail
Louisiana Waterthrush SPAS
also at South Padre Island
Blue-winged Warbler SPAS
two male individuals seen, one at Sabal Palm and one at South Padre Island
Tennessee Warbler SPAS
female individual at Sabal Palm, male at South Padre Island
Common Yellowthroat (h) SPAS
heard only, seen later at South Padre Island
Yellow Warbler SPI
brilliant breeding plumage male
Yellow-rumped Warbler SPAS
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)
Dickcissel SPI
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)
Lesser Goldfinch SPAS
black-backed Texas variety
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Old Port Isabel Road, TX = OPIR
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary, TX = SPAS
South Padre Island, TX = SPI

112 Species at 3 Locations

Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Least Grebe
seen at two locations in Sabal Palm with one group of at least eight birds
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Reddish Egret
Both red and white morphs were seen.
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Following the immature seen at Sabal Palm, and adult bird was seen at South Padre Island convention center boardwalk, showing many unusual preening poses.
Old Port Isabel Road
White-tailed Hawk
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."
South Padre Island
King Rail
heard and seen
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Sora
heard and seen
Common Gallinule
a dozen were seen together from the boardwalk
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Willet
breeding plumage Eastern bird looked unusually to these calfornia birders.
Old Port Isabel Road
South Padre Island
Dunlin
breeding plumage
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Old Port Isabel Road
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Old Port Isabel Road
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Lesser Nighthawk
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."
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
seen in a nest cavity
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Old Port Isabel Road
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Old Port Isabel Road
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Purple Martin
seen at our motel
Old Port Isabel Road
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
European Starling
on the road somewhere
Blue-winged Warbler
two male individuals seen, one at Sabal Palm and one at South Padre Island
Tennessee Warbler
female individual at Sabal Palm, male at South Padre Island
South Padre Island
Yellow Warbler
brilliant breeding plumage male
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Yellow-rumped Warbler
very faded individual with one missing foot and almost no yellow except the rump itself.
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Worm-eating Warbler
on the Oriole trail
Louisiana Waterthrush
also at South Padre Island
Common Yellowthroat (h)
heard only, seen later at South Padre Island
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Dickcissel
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.
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Old Port Isabel Road
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Lesser Goldfinch
black-backed Texas variety
South Padre Island
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Old Port Isabel Road

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Weather was extremely warm and humid.

We started the morning at Sabal Palm, then spent the afternoon at the convention center at South Padre Island, returning to Harlingen by Old Port Isabel Road.

Birds seen by others on the trip include: White Ibis, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Green Kingfisher, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Grey Catbird, Scarlet Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Painted Bunting.

There was an alligator just off the boardwark at South Padre Island convention center.