112 Species at 3 Locations
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
In addition to birds at Sabal Palm Grove, we saw at least fifty of them on South Padre Island.
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)
Both red and white morphs were seen.
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)
heard and seen
a dozen were seen together from the boardwalk
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."
seen in a nest cavity
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
seen at our motel
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
on the road somewhere
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
on the Oriole trail
also at South Padre Island
two male individuals seen, one at Sabal Palm and one at South Padre Island
female individual at Sabal Palm, male at South Padre Island
heard only, seen later at South Padre Island
brilliant breeding plumage male
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)
black-backed Texas variety
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)