South Texas Day Three

Friday, April 22, 2005, Led by Steve Shunk, Paradise Birding

Photos by Bill Walker

112 Species at 4 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Mottled Duck ELGSP
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Least Grebe (h) SANWR
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Great Egret ELGSP
Snowy Egret ELGSP
Cattle Egret SANWR
Green Heron ELGSP
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
White Ibis LANWR
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey LANWR
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Mississippi Kite SANWR
Kettle of twenty birds was seen when we stepped from the car around 8:45am.
Broad-winged Hawk SANWR
Kettle of a dozen individuals with one Missisippi Kite circling around 9:15am
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer ELGSP
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet SANWR
Long-billed Curlew FA
On a suburban lawn adjacent to Frontera Audubon
Red Knot SANWR
Dunlin LANWR
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Caspian Tern LANWR
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Rock Pigeon SANWR
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo SANWR
heard and seen. Under tail marked with curved
Greater Roadrunner LANWR
six individuals were seen (two pairs, two solo) on the entrance road about an hour before sunset.
Strigidae (Owls)
Eastern Screech-Owl (h) SANWR
heard only, two individuals
Great Horned Owl SANWR
One owlet was seen on the nest
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
Lesser Nighthawk LANWR
Sitting on the road quite close to the car, allowing detailed observation of white collar. When it flew, we observed its white wing markings.
Common Nighthawk (h) LANWR
Common Pauraque LANWR
At least ten individuals were seen calling and hawking for insects from the auto loop (some times in pairs), five or six others were heard.
Apodidae (Swifts)
Chimney Swift FA
heard and seen
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin LANWR
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Green Jay SANWR
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Bank Swallow SANWR
Barn Swallow ELGSP
Cave Swallow ELGSP
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Northern Parula SANWR
female
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Lark Sparrow LANWR
Grasshopper Sparrow SANWR
This is our official 450th life bird
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Crimson-collared Grosbeak FA
male individual seen at the feeders
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Estero Llano Grande State Park, TX = ELGSP
Frontera Audubon, TX = FA
Santa Ana NWR, TX = SANWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR, TX = LANWR

112 Species at 4 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Mottled Duck ELGSP
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Least Grebe (h) SANWR
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Great Egret ELGSP
Snowy Egret ELGSP
Cattle Egret SANWR
Green Heron ELGSP
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
White Ibis LANWR
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey LANWR
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Mississippi Kite SANWR
Kettle of twenty birds was seen when we stepped from the car around 8:45am.
Broad-winged Hawk SANWR
Kettle of a dozen individuals with one Missisippi Kite circling around 9:15am
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer ELGSP
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet SANWR
Long-billed Curlew FA
On a suburban lawn adjacent to Frontera Audubon
Red Knot SANWR
Dunlin LANWR
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Caspian Tern LANWR
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Rock Pigeon SANWR
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo SANWR
heard and seen. Under tail marked with curved
Greater Roadrunner LANWR
six individuals were seen (two pairs, two solo) on the entrance road about an hour before sunset.
Strigidae (Owls)
Eastern Screech-Owl (h) SANWR
heard only, two individuals
Great Horned Owl SANWR
One owlet was seen on the nest
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
Lesser Nighthawk LANWR
Sitting on the road quite close to the car, allowing detailed observation of white collar. When it flew, we observed its white wing markings.
Common Nighthawk (h) LANWR
Common Pauraque LANWR
At least ten individuals were seen calling and hawking for insects from the auto loop (some times in pairs), five or six others were heard.
Apodidae (Swifts)
Chimney Swift FA
heard and seen
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin LANWR
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Green Jay SANWR
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Bank Swallow SANWR
Barn Swallow ELGSP
Cave Swallow ELGSP
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Northern Parula SANWR
female
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Lark Sparrow LANWR
Grasshopper Sparrow SANWR
This is our official 450th life bird
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Crimson-collared Grosbeak FA
male individual seen at the feeders
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Estero Llano Grande State Park, TX = ELGSP
Frontera Audubon, TX = FA
Santa Ana NWR, TX = SANWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR, TX = LANWR

112 Species at 4 Locations

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Santa Ana NWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Mississippi Kite
Kettle of twenty birds was seen when we stepped from the car around 8:45am.
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Santa Ana NWR
Broad-winged Hawk
Kettle of a dozen individuals with one Missisippi Kite circling around 9:15am
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Santa Ana NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Frontera Audubon
Long-billed Curlew
On a suburban lawn adjacent to Frontera Audubon
Santa Ana NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Santa Ana NWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Frontera Audubon
Santa Ana NWR
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
heard and seen. Under tail marked with curved
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Greater Roadrunner
six individuals were seen (two pairs, two solo) on the entrance road about an hour before sunset.
Frontera Audubon
Santa Ana NWR
Eastern Screech-Owl (h)
heard only, two individuals
Great Horned Owl
One owlet was seen on the nest
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Lesser Nighthawk
Sitting on the road quite close to the car, allowing detailed observation of white collar. When it flew, we observed its white wing markings.
Common Pauraque
At least ten individuals were seen calling and hawking for insects from the auto loop (some times in pairs), five or six others were heard.
Frontera Audubon
Chimney Swift
heard and seen
Santa Ana NWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Santa Ana NWR
Frontera Audubon
Santa Ana NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Santa Ana NWR
Frontera Audubon
Santa Ana NWR
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Frontera Audubon
Santa Ana NWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Grasshopper Sparrow
This is our official 450th life bird
Frontera Audubon
Crimson-collared Grosbeak
male individual seen at the feeders
Santa Ana NWR
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Frontera Audubon
Estero Llano Grande State Park

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Weather was extremely hot and muggy, with varying clouds and occasional breeze.

In addition to the female Northern Parula, we observed a hybrid Northern x Tropical Parula.

Other critters included Pocket Gopher, Coyote, White-tailed Deer, Eastern Cottontail, and Spiny-backed Orb Weaver.