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Rio Grande Valley birds, butterflies, dragonflies through the eyes of an ex-Buckeye

April 2007
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Welcome!

Tamaulipas Crow at Brownsville Airport::
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This page used to be a diary of my encounters with birds in Ohio. My move to Harlingen Texas has changed that! There are many birds here that remind me of Ohio, but the ones that really impress me, of course, are the ones that are found nowhere else in the United States.
 
 
April 1, 2007 Cameron County Texas Harlingen City Lake. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 90, Fulvous Whistling-Duck 1 (First one I've seen since September. He looked tired out from a long trip!), Neotropic Cormorant 1, Double-crested Cormorant 12, Snowy Egret 3, American Coot 30, Laughing Gull 172 (two still look like winter), Forster's Tern 2 (in great summer plumage!), Rock Pigeon 5, Mourning Dove 6, Couch's Kingbird 2, Northern Mockingbird 2, Great-tailed Grackle 3, House Sparrow 6. Pendleton Park  The birds were very uninteresting though (I'm already becoming immue to their unique beauty, oh no!) : Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 6, Mottled Duck 1, Common Moorhen 1, American Coot 2, Laughing Gull 7, Rock Pigeon 22, Mourning Dove 9, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5, Great Kiskadee 2, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 1, Red-winged Blackbird 3, Great-tailed Grackle 22, Bronzed Cowbird 5, House Sparrow 3. At LaFeria's McMurray Turf Farm were six UPLAND SANDPIPERS (I've seen these birds in Ohio, but this was the first time in Texas)! All the other shorebirds had gone away (there were hundreds here yesterday). In fact the only other birds there were two ScissorTailed Flycatchers.
 
April 2, 2007 Cameron County Texas Before work I did make it to the intersection of General Brant Road and Paredes Line Road where hundreds of birds were reported on Texbirds, in a flooded field. Well, they were there but very distant. I do not enjoy distant birding even when there were hundreds of birds there. The good bird? A lone SNOW GOOSE. Others there: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 10, Fulvous Whistling-Duck 400 (this group sure makes the single I saw yesterday pale in comparison. E-bird even flagged my entry as remarkable!), Snow Goose 1, Mottled Duck 25, Blue-winged Teal 50, Northern Shoveler 50, American Golden-Plover 8, Black-necked Stilt 25, American Avocet 34, Long-billed Dowitcher 1000 at least, or thereabouts, Laughing Gull 15, Ring-billed Gull 1, Eastern Meadowlark

Western Tanager
Western Tanager at the SPI Convention Center

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April 6, 2007 Harlingen, in Cameron County Texas  Hugh Ramsey Park here in Harlingen: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 8, Laughing Gull 1, Common Ground-Dove 1, White-tipped Dove 1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2, Great Kiskadee 2, Couch's Kingbird 1, Blue-headed Vireo 1, Barn Swallow 2, Verdin 1, Bewick's Wren 1, Northern Mockingbird 3, Long-billed Thrasher 1, Orange-crowned Warbler 1, Olive Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 1, Pyrrhuloxia 1, Great-tailed Grackle 2, House Sparrow 8. Dixieland Park here in Harlingen: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 33, Ring-necked Duck 8, Pied-billed Grebe 5, American White Pelican 1, Neotropic Cormorant 12, Double-crested Cormorant 29, Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 51, Cattle Egret 1, Black-crowned Night-Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 2, American Coot 50, Killdeer 1, Laughing Gull 31, Forster's Tern 1, Rock Pigeon 2, Mourning Dove 17, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1, Couch's Kingbird 1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2, Tree Swallow 1, Barn Swallow 1, Northern Mockingbird 3, Curve-billed Thrasher 2, European Starling 1, Olive Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 1, Red-winged Blackbird 6, Eastern Meadowlark 3, Great-tailed Grackle 17, Bronzed Cowbird 4

April 7, 2007 Harlingen, in Cameron County Texas  Hugh Ramsey Park Much different from yesterday:  34 Franklin's Gulls and hundreds of Swallows: Barn, Tree, Martins, Cliff.  Also eight ScissorTailed Flycatchers.
 
April 10, 2007 South Padre Island, in Cameron County Texas, for only fifteen minutes!  Convention Center Brown Pelican 8, Great Egret 1, Roseate Spoonbill 1, Osprey 1, Harris's Hawk 2, Sora 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 1, Laughing Gull 89, Royal Tern 2, Black Skimmer 7, White-winged Dove 3, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1,Common Nighthawk 1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9, Tropical Kingbird 1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 8White-eyed Vireo 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 1, Purple Martin 6, Tree Swallow 11, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10, Barn Swallow 8, Swainson's Thrush 3, Wood Thrush 1, Northern Mockingbird 1, Brown Thrasher 1, rare in Texas, Tennessee Warbler 5, Northern Parula 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 3, Worm-eating Warbler 1, Louisiana Waterthrush 1, Common Yellowthroat 2, Hooded Warbler 2, Summer Tanager 2, Lincoln's Sparrow 3, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1, Blue Grosbeak 3, Indigo Bunting 4, Painted Bunting--the first male I've ever seen!, Red-winged Blackbird 3, Great-tailed Grackle 6, Orchard Oriole 18, Baltimore Oriole 2.
 
April 11, 2007 South Padre Island, in Cameron County Texas  Isla Blanca Park and the Convention Center (but not the ConventionCenter beach) At the ice cream shop (with a wonderful selection of flavors like the Mango and Margarita I chose) we saw a tiny perfect Parula warbler dead on the sidewalk. Evidently it flew into the plate glass. The Alligator was on prominent display along with a Black-belliedWhistling-Duck 1, Mottled Duck 14 (12 of them tiny ducklings), Blue-winged Teal 2, Brown Pelican 15, Great Blue Heron 1, Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 16, Tricolored Heron 3, Cattle Egret 1, Green Heron 1, White Ibis 1, Osprey 1, Sora 2, Common Moorhen 3, American Coot 1, Black-bellied Plover 1, American Golden-Plover 3, Wilson's Plover 1, Killdeer 1, Black-necked Stilt 11, American Avocet 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Willet 38, Upland Sandpiper 16, Whimbrel 3, Ruddy Turnstone 9, Red Knot 5, Sanderling 500, Pectoral Sandpiper 1, Dunlin 6, Long-billed Dowitcher 100, Laughing Gull XXXX, Franklin's Gull 4, Ring-billed Gull 1, Gull-billed Tern 4, Royal Tern 8, Least Tern 58, Black Skimmer 7, Rock Pigeon 10, White-winged Dove 3, Mourning Dove 1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8, Eastern Kingbird 1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 10, Loggerhead Shrike 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 2, Purple Martin 1, Tree Swallow 20, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4, Barn Swallow 50, Northern Mockingbird 1, Brown Thrasher 1, Tennessee Warbler 5, Northern Parula 3, Prothonotary Warbler 1, Worm-eating Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, Hooded Warbler 1, Summer Tanager 5, Clay-colored Sparrow 1, Lark Sparrow 7, Savannah Sparrow 3, Lincoln's Sparrow 4, Indigo Bunting 16,  Dickcissel 1, Red-winged Blackbird 3, Great-tailed Grackle XXXX, Orchard Oriole 27, Baltimore Oriole 2
 
April 18, 2007 South Padre Island, in Cameron County Texas  Causeway and the Convention Center (but not the ConventionCenter beach or Isla Blanca) Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2, Brown Pelican 8, Great Blue Heron 1, Great Egret 1, Snowy Egret 4, Tricolored Heron 6, Cattle Egret 20, Sora 2, Common Moorhen 2, Black-bellied Plover 1, Wilson's Plover 1, American Oystercatcher 1, Black-necked Stilt 2, Willet 10, Ruddy Turnstone 1, Dunlin 20, Long-billed Dowitcher 2, Laughing Gull X, Gull-billed Tern 8, Caspian Tern 2, Royal Tern 6, Least Tern 12, White-winged Dove 1, Mourning Dove 2, Inca Dove 2, Western Kingbird 1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 8, Warbling Vireo 1, Barn Swallow 30, Northern Mockingbird 2, Brown Thrasher 1, Tennessee Warbler 1, Nashville Warbler 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Prothonotary Warbler     1, Hooded Warbler 2, Summer Tanager 3, Scarlet Tanager 1, Western Tanager 1, Savannah Sparrow 2, Lark Sparrow 1, Lincoln's Sparrow 7, Indigo Bunting     5, Painted Bunting 2, Red-winged Blackbird 10, Yellow-headed Blackbird 5, Great-tailed Grackle X, Brown-headed Cowbird 400, Orchard Oriole 4, Baltimore Oriole 3

 

April 18, 2007 Brownsville, in Cameron County Texas  Dakota/Boca Chica intersection 2 TamAuLipAS crOWs

April 19, 2007 South Padre Island, in Cameron County Texas  Causeway, Isla Blanca and the Convention Center (but not the ConventionCenter beach or boardwalk) Brown Pelican 46, Common Moorhen 2, Black-bellied Plover 1, Wilson's Plover 2, Killdeer 1, American Oystercatcher 2, Black-necked Stilt 2, Willet 100, Ruddy Turnstone 3, Sanderling 15, Least Sandpiper 22, Long-billed Dowitcher 70, Laughing Gull X, Royal Tern 9, Rock Pigeon 3, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8, Warbling Vireo 2, Barn Swallow 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2, Wood Thrush 1, Northern Mockingbird 6, Tennessee Warbler 2, Nashville Warbler 1, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, Black-throated Green Warbler 1, Prothonotary Warbler 1, Ovenbird 1, Common Yellowthroat 2, Hooded Warbler 2, Summer Tanager 9, Scarlet Tanager 1, Western Tanager 1, Lincoln's Sparrow 6, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4, Blue Grosbeak 1, Indigo Bunting 5, Painted Bunting 1, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Yellow-headed Blackbird 1, Great-tailed Grackle X, Orchard Oriole 12, Baltimore Oriole 45
 
April 21, 2007 Harlingen, in Cameron County Texas  Dixieland Park Not including the dirt road:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 18, Ring-necked Duck 1, Pied-billed Grebe 1, Neotropic Cormorant 8, Double-crested Cormorant 2, Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 34, White-tailed Kite 1, American Coot 11, Laughing Gull 22, Forster's Tern 2, Rock Pigeon 1, Mourning Dove 18, Inca Dove 2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4, Great Kiskadee 2, Purple Martin 2, Tree Swallow 30, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 30, Bank Swallow 35, Cave Swallow 2, Barn Swallow 50, Northern Mockingbird 1, Great-tailed Grackle 7, Bronzed Cowbird 4, hovering a foot off the ground the male courted three females!
 
April 22, 2007 South Padre Island, in Cameron County Texas  Causeway, Isla Blanca and the Convention Center (but not the ConventionCenter beach or boardwalk) Brown Pelican 15, Great Blue Heron 1, Black-bellied Plover 3, Killdeer 1, American Oystercatcher 2, one ON THE NEST and one always nearby!, Black-necked Stilt 1, Willet 56, Long-billed Curlew 1, Long-billed Dowitcher 55, Laughing Gull X, Royal Tern 5, Rock Pigeon 2, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 6, Olive-sided Flycatcher 1, Warbling Vireo 1, Philadelphia Vireo 1, Purple Martin 2, Tree Swallow 10, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8, Bank Swallow 4, Cave Swallow 1, Barn Swallow 20, Gray Catbird 1, Northern Mockingbird 1, Tennessee Warbler 1, Nashville Warbler 3, Yellow Warbler 3, Blackpoll Warbler 1, American Redstart 1, the first time for me in Texas for these two, Common Yellowthroat 2, Summer Tanager 3, Scarlet Tanager 3, Lincoln's Sparrow 3, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1, Indigo Bunting 4, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Great-tailed Grackle X, Brown-headed Cowbird 2, Orchard Oriole 4, Hooded Oriole 1, Baltimore Oriole 4

 
April 26, 2007 Dearborn in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan  The Hyatt  Hotel  I'm here with three non-birders and a very busy agenda, so no birding trips for me.  Still, it is great to see those old familiar birds which I can no longer see, or seldom see, at home in Texas:  Canada Goose 6, Wood Duck 2, Mallard 10, Turkey Vulture 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Ring-billed Gull 50, Belted Kingfisher 1, European Starling 25, Common Grackle 50, American Goldfinch 1, House Sparrow 6

April 27, 2007 Williams County Roads intersection 16/C, near Bryan in Williams County, Ohio  Joint Watershed Project Surprise!  No migrating ducks!  Just a few minutes with three fellow travelers (non-birders all) waiting:  Canada Goose 10, Mallard 8, Osprey 1, diving not into the marsh or the reservoir or even the creek, but a small pond behind a neighbor's house, Tree Swallow 150, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 50, Bank Swallow 50, Barn Swallow 200, Eastern Bluebird 5, American Robin 3, Northern Mockingbird 1 in the parking lot, very unusual for Northwest Ohio!, Red-winged Blackbird 4, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Common Grackle 25
 
April 28, 2007 Sherwood, in Defiance County, Ohio  The empty feeders at our old home Well, they've made it without me filling the feeders since I've moved to Texas.  Just a couple-minute stop with three non-birders waiting:  Rock Pigeon 30,
Mourning Dove 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 1, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2, Black-capped Chickadee 2, Tufted Titmouse 2, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 2, European Starling 5, Eastern Towhee 1, back already, it must be spring!, Song Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 1, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Common Grackle 50, House Finch 4, American Goldfinch 1, House Sparrow 1
 

In Detroit hotel lot, first one in a long time!
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To see my history of birding before I moved to Texas just click one of these links: at Oxbow Lake, in Defiance County.
at Independence Dam State Park, in Defiance County.
in Sherwood Ohio, my old hometown, in Defiance County
the rest of Defiance County.
in Paulding County, one county south of Defiance County, in Northwest Ohio
at 16 and C in Williams County, in Northwest Ohio.
the rest of Williams County
in Fulton County, also in Northwest Ohio
around Lake Erie
as well as other various spots in Ohio
and occassionally other states.
I've also researched my genealogy a bit (my other hobby). Click here to learn about the Yochums.
and the Hinsch's
and the Stahls.
and the Jones'
and the Rathbuns.
and the Mattsons
and the Browns
and the Weisers
and the Batdorffs.
Genealogy Tree, Generations 1 through 6
Genealogy Tree, Generations 7 through 12
Genealogy Tree, Generations 13 and up