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

December 2008

Estero Llano Grande State Park
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December 3 Lunch was at Bentsen State Park for MEXICAN SILVERSPOT. Rick Snider, Mike Rickard, and Jose walked around with me for the few minutes I had and helped me find TWO. That was fun!  I hardly noticed the Two-Barred Flasher! 









December 6 Resaca de la Palma had their grand opening today. My assignment was Deck B with Jim Bangma and Tom Pendleton. That was fun. All day on the deck. It was very fun and the weather was cool and sunny. There were many activities (rehabilitated hawks, many vendors and displays, kite-flying, trams, bird-watching, nature tours).  Butterflies we saw included a couple Julias, quite a few Mexican Bluewings, nine Zebras in one cluster, American Snouts and Cloudless Sulphurs-- quite a few for the cool day. A Texas Spiny Lizard was almost all day in one spot at the base of a tree, it was so cold. A bright Green Anole was across the path on a tree.  Two Spiny Softshell Turtles were on the bottom of the resaca, not moving all day. An Indigo Snake and a Hispid Cotton Rat didn't stick around. Gambusia already were swimming in the recently-filled resaca, and one of many Great Kiskadees was diving like a Kingfisher into the water to catch them.

Dragonflies included: Plateau Spreadwing, Familiar Bluet, Rambur's Forktail, Common Green Darner, Pin-tailed Pondhawk, Thornbush Dasher, Roseate Skimmer, Blue Dasher, Variegated Meadowhawk, Evening Skimmer (at the time of its 2004 publishing, Abbot's book lists only 3 sightings of this dragonfly in the United States: one in Florida and two in Texas), Carolina Saddlebags, Black Saddlebags, Red Saddlebags.  Four species came floating by, unable to rescue themselves-- was it too cold for them to get out of the water???

We saw a few birds from the deck: Plain Chachalacas, Least Grebes, Black and Turkey Vultures, Sandhill Cranes, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Belted and Ringed Kingfisher, Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Great Kiskadees, Eastern Phoebes, House Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbirds, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10, Olive Sparrows, Altamira Oriole, Ani, American Goldfinches, Great-Tailed Grackles..."

December 7 Terry Fuller posted to TexBirds that he had a BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD in his yard only a few miles from here in San Benito! This bird is usually only in the mountains of the West, but must've strayed migrating to Mexico. Bruce and I headed over and had it almost immediately. Unfortunately my picture is from the wrong side of the feeder, even though we had beautiful views earlier. Terry gave us a mini-tour of his beautiful property, where a wonderful MEXICAN YELLOW came bouncing along a trail. When we arrived he had a ruddy hairstreak in sight. Also had Anhinga, both Cormorants and an Osprey.


December 9 South Padre Island In search of the PURPLE SANDPIPER I also find from 4 to 4:30pm on the North Jetty: Red-breasted Merganser . Brown Pelican . Double-crested Cormorant . Great Blue Heron . Willet . Ruddy Turnstone . Sanderling. Laughing Gull . Ring-billed Gull . Caspian Tern . Forster's Tern . Royal Tern . Rock Pigeon...and also the flippers cut off a threatened Green Sea Turtle.  Scarlet later found the dead turtle.

December 11 Estero  My first Mexican Silverspot at Estero was in the parking lot (my first Silverspot ever was at Bentsen)!



December 14 Kyle and I were Team 7 of the Christmas Bird Count for La Sal de Rey today, starting at 6:30 am, assigned Section 7. It was incredibly fun. Hundreds of Snow Geese, and over 200 Specklebellies, 43 Wilson's Snipe in one swamp...


December 15 114 sixth-graders were so lucky today at Estero Llano Grande State Park. The first group saw not only three Alligators but also a Bobcat treading the trail opposite the canal. The weather was great at 82 degrees, if not warmer. "Mister, why is your back wet?" "Oh, that helps to keep me cooler," which was true if not evasive. Karen and Tom found a great little Great Plains Rat Snake today, my first at Estero.  Four Groove-Billed Anis (usually gone in the winter) were by the Alligator Pond sign for the last group.  Downtown Weslaco had 18 Green Parakeets at Texas and Torritos Streets.

December 16 For lunch I skipped to Frontera Audubon, to look unsuccessfully for the reported female Blue Bunting and the female Crimson Collared Grosbreak in 50-degree weather. I only had time to take the bear-to-the-left path, where I saw: Plain Chachalaca, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe 2, Great Kiskadee, White-eyed Vireo, Green Jay XBlack-crested Titmouse 8 ,Carolina Wren 2, House Wren 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6, Northern Mockingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Black-throated Green Warbler 1, Black-and-white Warbler 1, WILSON's WARBLER, Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow.

December 18 Frontera for a half-hour lunch highlights:  Orange-crowned, Yellow-Rumped, a male and female Black-Throated Green Warblers, and a female BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER.


December 19 Estero This week's walk included: Great Southern & Giant Whites; Orange, Cloudless, Large Orange, Lyside and Dainty Sulphurs, Little & Mimosa Yellows, and Sleepy Orange, Gray Hairstreak, Dusky-Blue Groundstreak, Mallow Scrub-Hairstreaks, winter Clytie Ministreak (right off the bat!), Reakirt's Blue, Rounded and Red-Bordered Metalmarks, American Snout, Gulf Fritillary, Zebra, Pale-Banded Crescent, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, White Peacock, Malachite, Mexican Bluewing, Tropical Leafwing, Carolina Satyr, Monarch, Queen, Soldier, LongTailed Skipper, Brown Longtail; Potrillo, Sickle-Winged, Laviana-White, Clouded, Olive-Clouded and Eufala Skippers... but best was Mike Rickard and Ginny's great find:  the first US record of a BROmELiAD sCRuB-hAIRSTrEAk!

December 20 Estero This was our day for Breakfast with the Birds on the deck at Estero Llano.  Kyle and I were elves that led birdwalks in separate directions: He took twice as many as I to see the Alligators while I took 19 to see the BLACK-THROATED MAGPIE-JAY and the ROSE-THROATED BECARD. It was friendly and relaxed with a bird list of 74 and two great British birders: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck , X Blue-winged Teal , 1 Cinnamon Teal , Northern Shoveler , Green-winged Teal , Plain Chachalaca , Least Grebe , Pied-billed Grebe , American White Pelican , 1 Neotropic Cormorant , Anhinga , Great Egret , Snowy Egret , Little Blue Heron , Tricolored Heron , 1 Green Heron , 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron , 9 White Ibis , 2 Roseate Spoonbill , Turkey Vulture , White-tailed Kite , Cooper's Hawk , Sora , Common Moorhen , American Coot , Killdeer , Black-necked Stilt , American Avocet , Spotted Sandpiper , Solitary Sandpiper , Greater Yellowlegs , Lesser Yellowlegs , Least Sandpiper , Stilt Sandpiper , Mourning Dove , Inca Dove , Common Ground-Dove , White-tipped Dove , 1 Eastern Screech-Owl , Common Pauraque , Belted Kingfisher , Green Kingfisher , Golden-fronted Woodpecker , Ladder-backed Woodpecker , Eastern Phoebe , Vermilion Flycatcher , Great Kiskadee , Tropical Kingbird , Couch's Kingbird , 1 Rose-throated Becard , Green Jay , Tree Swallow , Cave Swallow , Black-crested Titmouse , Carolina Wren , House Wren , Marsh Wren , Ruby-crowned Kinglet , Blue-gray Gnatcatcher , Northern Mockingbird , European Starling , Orange-crowned Warbler , Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) , 1 Yellow-throated Warbler , Common Yellowthroat , Lark Sparrow , Savannah Sparrow , Lincoln's Sparrow , Red-winged Blackbird , Great-tailed Grackle , American Goldfinch , House Sparrow
For lunch, and after work, Kyle and I went to Frontera Audubon where we hooked up with Terry Fuller. A beautiful YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was bathing as we walked up the first time (Kyle's lifer), and a MALE BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was bathing as we walked up the second time (another lifer for Kyle. Earlier this week I had seen a female), and Kyle's third lifer was a Blue-Headed Vireo. There were American Robins in the trees at the entry as well, and Clay-Colored Thrushes everywhere. Black-Throated Greens and Nashvilles and OrangeCrowned Warblers continued.
Kyle and I returned to Estero from our Frontera search for the Bunting to find Terry Fuller, Benton Basham and Diane-from-Canada in the parking lot poring over a Silver-Banded Hairstreak, and a BLUE METALMARK. At least two Two-Barred Flashers nectared along the brick entry walk.


December 21 Enroute to Frontera for the Grosbeak/Bunting search once again, I couldn't help but notice 165 Cattle Egrets at Rangerville/800, and a Barn Owl with 3 WhiteTailed Kites at 88/281.

December 22 A lunchtime visit to Frontera finds Plain Chachalaca , Turkey Vulture , Inca Dove, 7 White-tipped Dove , Buff-bellied Hummingbird , Golden-fronted Woodpecker , Great Kiskadee, 1 White-eyed Vireo, 1 Blue-headed Vireo , Green Jay , Black-crested Titmouse , Carolina Wren , House Wren , Ruby-crowned Kinglet , Blue-gray Gnatcatcher , Clay-colored Thrush , American Robin , Northern Mockingbird, 1 Long-billed Thrasher , Orange-crowned Warbler , Nashville Warbler , Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Black-throated Green Warbler, 1 Pine Warbler, 1 Black-and-white Warbler , Northern Cardinal, 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

December 23 Estero Kyle showed me parts of the park I had not yet seen!: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, X Blue-winged Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, 1 Brown Pelican (first park record), Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Harris's Hawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Crested Caracara, Sora, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, 1 Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, 1 Loggerhead Shrike, White-eyed Vireo, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, Green Jay, Tree Swallow, Cave Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Clay-colored Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Tropical Parula, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), 1 Yellow-throated Warbler, 1 Pine Warbler, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow.
Lunch at Frontera:Plain Chachalaca, Turkey Vulture, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-crested Titmouse, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Clay-colored Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Black-throated Green Warbler, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

December 24, 2008 Frontera Audubon in Weslaco You meet the nicest people birding, from all over the world, and today was no exception. A Cooper's Hawk greeted us at the fountain, first. Scaring him off relieved the frozen-with-fear Wilson's, Orange-Crowned and Yellow-Rumped Warblers, American Goldfinches, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, Black-Crested Titmice, White-Eyed Vireos, and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, all of them tiny, each of them a potential victim. The Mockingbirds, House Sparrows, Cardinals, Golden-Fronted Woodpeckers, Great Kiskadees and Chachalacas were much bigger and perhaps less potential victims, but they too became more active with the disappearance of the hawk. All of these were right at the entrance, but soon I came upon Blue-Headed Vireos, Buff-Bellied Hummingbirds, and House Wrens in the restored natural forest. At the far corner around the irrigation ditch were three Indigo Buntings, Lincoln's Sparrows, four beautiful MALE LESSER GOLDFINCHES, Couch's Kingbirds, and a Yellow-Throated Warbler. On the pond beside the fence were a Green Heron, Pied-Billed and Least Grebes, Green and Ringed Kingfishers. A little slough on this side of the fence had an Eastern Phoebe flycatching there. A Tropical Kingbird called overhead. A black-masked male Common Yellowthroat popped up at the marsh, a Ladder-Backed Woodpecker (not seen here often) called so I wouldn't miss him, and White-Tipped Doves scurried away under the trees in the underbrush everywhere. At the pond near the shed, a Cooper's Hawk stood in the water drinking. Eyeing another juvenile overhead, he sprang into action chasing it high into the sky. A little Sharp-Shinned Hawk made me jump as it rushed through the trees away from me. With him gone, a Black-Throated Green moved again high overhead. As I finished my first trip through the whole park, I heard a loud piercing whistle. I ran over the wooden bridge, knowing it was Danny and Susan Hoehne alerting me to the presence of... I knew right where they were somehow...Whistling back, not wanting to frighten away the... Almost out of breath, I came upon them... and the female CRiMSoN-cOLLaRed GROsbeaK feeding quietly, undisturbed by my personal drama, on a bent-over white trunk.

The first record of this bird in the United States was at Bentsen State Park, my former place of employment, almost 35 years ago, June 28, 1974. Eight birds and thirty years later, the very first specimen of the bird was found in Brownsville, December 10, 2004. Suddenly in 2005 this count was nearly doubled in one year, with FIVE appearing at Frontera and two in Pharr. Another in Weslaco May 20, 2006. So this may be only the seventeenth Crimson-Collared seen in the US? I'll have to ask around to be sure, but the rarity of the bird is confirmed by the code assigned by the American Birding Association-- a four. One is a bird that is easy to find. Six is extinct.

My second tour of the park has Clay-Colored Thrushes near the entrance in the grapefruit trees, with Inca and Mourning Doves. An American Robin sits high on the top twig of a big tree. A Great Egret is in the pond-by-the-fence now, a Nashville warbler nearby, a Turkey Vulture soars overhead with a Rock Dove. An Ovenbird and a Carolina Wren, a flock of Great-Tailed Grackles, I decide its time to head home. Before I go, though, I run through the cemetery next to the park. I thought I saw something in the ditch, and I did: a female BLue BuNTiNG. It's another Code 4 bird, with thirty accepted records since 1980. Some feel it's probably here every year, but very hard to detect.

December 26, 2008 Estero It's Friday, and time for a Butterfly Walk!: Great Southern White, Giant White, Southern Dogface, White Angled- and Yellow Angled-Sulphurs , Cloudless/Large Orange/Lyside Sulphurs, Little Yellow, Tailed Orange, SILVER BANDED HAIRSTREAKS, Mallow Scrub-Hairstreaks, Dusky-Blue Groundstreaks, American Snout, Gulf Fritillary, MEXICAN SILVERSPOT, Julia, Zebra, Pale-Banded Crescent, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, White Peacock, Malachite, Mexican Bluewing, Carolina Satyr, Monarch, Queen, Soldier, LongTailed Skipper, Brown Longtail, 2 Two-Barred Flashers, Potrillo/Sickle-Winged/White Checkered-/Laviana White-/Fawn-Spotted/Clouded/Olive-Clouded Skippers, FUNEREAL DUSKYWING, Sachem These were the highlights



December 27 Estero Christmas Bird Count I was up at 4:15am to be at Estero by 5am where I rode around with Kyle, Jennifer and her sister looking for owls unsuccessfully. This was my first time in Methodist Thicket. My segment of the circle was the Mercedes Tract, a pretty barren area so I was not expecting much. To my surprise, some of our first birds were TWO PEREGRINES flying closely overhead, and then four WHITE-FRONTED GEESE also flying closely overhead.
The Mercedes Tract: Greater White-fronted Goose 4, American White Pelican 12, Neotropic Cormorant 2, Double-crested Cormorant 3, Great Blue Heron 1, Great Egret 1, Snowy Egret 1, Black-crowned Night-Heron 5, White-faced Ibis 30, Turkey Vulture 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 2, Harris's Hawk 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Crested Caracara 2, Peregrine Falcon 2, Spotted Sandpiper 1, White-winged Dove 3, Mourning Dove 129, Common Ground-Dove 16, Belted Kingfisher 1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 13, Eastern Phoebe 1, Great Kiskadee 3, Tree Swallow 6, Bewick's Wren 6, House Wren 10, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5, Northern Mockingbird 3, European Starling 1, Orange-crowned Warbler 4, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Common Yellowthroat 2, Red-winged Blackbird 93, Great-tailed Grackle 10, House Sparrow 7.

Not my area, but a stop at the top of the Estero found: Fulvous Whistling-Duck 22, Mottled Duck 2, Blue-winged Teal 10, Northern Shoveler 128,Green-winged Teal 10, Great Blue Heron 15, Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 34, Little Blue Heron 1, Tricolored Heron 2, Black-crowned Night-Heron 6, American Coot X, Black-necked Stilt 54,American Avocet 211, Long-billed Curlew 25, Least Sandpiper 300, Stilt Sandpiper 25, Belted Kingfisher 1

At Curlew Pond was the American Bittern and 15 Moorhens.

December 28 Estero Half-day at Estero today, and all of it was totally spent on the Bird Walk: Blue-winged Teal X, Cinnamon Teal 2, Northern Shoveler X, Green-winged Teal X, Plain Chachalaca X, Least Grebe X, Pied-billed Grebe X, American White Pelican X, Neotropic Cormorant X, Double-crested Cormorant X, Anhinga X, Great Blue Heron X, Great Egret X, Snowy Egret X, Little Blue Heron X, Tricolored Heron X, White Ibis X, Roseate Spoonbill X, Turkey Vulture X, Northern Harrier X, Sharp-shinned Hawk X, Cooper's Hawk X, Harris's Hawk X, Crested Caracara X, Sora X, Common Moorhen X, American Coot X, Killdeer X, Black-necked Stilt X, American Avocet X, Spotted Sandpiper X, Lesser Yellowlegs X, Least Sandpiper X, Stilt Sandpiper X, Long-billed Dowitcher X, White-winged Dove X, Mourning Dove X, Inca Dove X, Common Ground-Dove X, White-tipped Dove X, Eastern Screech-Owl X, Common Pauraque X, Buff-bellied Hummingbird X, Ringed Kingfisher X,Belted Kingfisher X, Green Kingfisher X, Golden-fronted Woodpecker X, Ladder-backed Woodpecker X, Eastern Phoebe X, Vermilion Flycatcher X, Great Kiskadee X, Tropical Kingbird X, Couch's Kingbird X, White-eyed Vireo X, Blue-headed Vireo X, Green Jay X, Tree Swallow X, Cave Swallow X, Black-crested Titmouse X, Carolina Wren X, House Wren X, Ruby-crowned Kinglet X, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher X, Northern Mockingbird X, Long-billed Thrasher X, European Starling X, Orange-crowned Warbler X, Black-throated Green Warbler X, Pine Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat X, Lark Sparrow X,Savannah Sparrow X, Lincoln's Sparrow X, Northern Cardinal X, Red-winged Blackbird X, Eastern Meadowlark X, Great-tailed Grackle X, House Sparrow X.


Dec 29 La Sal de Rey Today I rode around with Mary Beth in Jip, her four-wheel drive Outback, watching as she birded in BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) style: stopping every half-mile, listening for a minute, pishing for a minute and moving on. An interesting style, and we had many interesting birds!

La Sal de Rey is literally translated "The King's Salt." The salt lake here was declared property of the King of Spain, since Spain claimed all mineral rights to land discovered in her name.

Here is her post from Tex-Birds:

"Hi, all!

"John Yochum joined me this morning birding the La Sal "driving route", and
we had a marvelous time: although nippy, the wind had died, and we had sunny
skies for most of the morning. Sandhill Cranes were almost constant, and we
had a good variety of raptors, including many Kestrels and Caracaras, a
beautiful pair of White-tailed Hawks, several Redtails and Harris', and a
single Harrier and Sharpie. The "seasonal wetlands" were very productive: one pond
off one of the Brushline spur roads had several Least Grebes (including a
stripey-headed youngster) and several duck species, as well as a couple of
Vermilion Flycatchers! Also along the east-west portion of Brushline we were
barreling down the road to find a "whip"ping Least Flycatcher when we
inadvertantly flushed a Barn Owl from a tree! At the turnaround point at the second spur
road, we were enjoying a flock of Lark Sparrows when we noticed a pretty
Whitecrowned in with them! A nice flock of Western Meadowlarks gave us looks at their lazy flapping while a couple of Easterns sang nearby.

The wetlands along GI road were very productive as well: the little puddle
that had one Brewer's Blackbird last month had at least 25 this time (I
guesstimated about 30 but eBird didn't like that... ;-)), and the snipe and
dowitchers were still there giving great looks. A larger pond further back from
the road had over 300 Snow Geese along the edge (along with a few Ross'), and as
many ducks in the water, along with a mob of Black-bellied Whistlers that
John found. Further down the road a couple of wedges of Whitefronts flew over,
rounding out the goose mix. Vultures of both flavors started kettling about
that time, and we even found a Harris' Hawk trying to blend in! The marsh
on Rio Beef Road yielded two Soras (one actually out in the open), several
Moorhens and Coots, a couple of Neotropic Cormorants, and more Redwings than
you could shake a stick at (just when I thought I had escaped them, another big
mob flew over...) At the intersection with the highway was a Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher on the wire!

We took the hike from SR 186 afterwards up to the salt lake; John found our
first Curve-billed Thrasher of the day, and just as I mentioned that I often
get Vesper Sparrows in there, up popped said bird! We also started chasing
Dainty Sulphurs and Sleepy Oranges about that time, but those nasty little
gnats hadn't gone away... At the lake were several Least Sandpipers, and the
Snowy Plovers came close enough for great looks! A Bobwhite was tuning up just
as we left.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 160, Greater White-fronted Goose 142, Snow Goose 315, Ross's Goose 20, Mottled Duck 4, Blue-winged Teal 11, Northern Shoveler 102, Northern Pintail 10, Green-winged Teal 200, Ruddy Duck 3, Northern Bobwhite 6, Least Grebe 7, Pied-billed Grebe 3, Neotropic Cormorant 3, Great Blue Heron 2, Great Egret 2, Black Vulture 11, Turkey Vulture 39, Northern Harrier 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Harris's Hawk 5, White-tailed Hawk 3, Red-tailed Hawk 5, Crested Caracara 13, American Kestrel 10, Sora 2, Common Moorhen 8, American Coot 3, Sandhill Crane 349, Snowy Plover 4, Killdeer 10, Black-necked Stilt 2, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Least Sandpiper 30, Long-billed Dowitcher 6, Wilson's Snipe 6, Eurasian Collared-Dove 1, Mourning Dove 110, Inca Dove 4, Common Ground-Dove 10, Barn Owl 1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 13, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 11, Least Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 16, Vermilion Flycatcher 2, Great Kiskadee 11, Couch's Kingbird 4, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1, Loggerhead Shrike 7, White-eyed Vireo 3, Green Jay 20, Bewick's Wren 2, House Wren 27, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4, Northern Mockingbird 18, Long-billed Thrasher 6, Curve-billed Thrasher 1, European Starling 8, American Pipit 1, Orange-crowned Warbler 22, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 22, Common Yellowthroat 2, Olive Sparrow 3, Vesper Sparrow 2, Lark Sparrow 30, Savannah Sparrow 12, Lincoln's Sparrow 19,White-crowned Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 10, Pyrrhuloxia 21, Red-winged Blackbird 4390, Eastern Meadowlark 4, Western Meadowlark 13, Brewer's Blackbird 25, Great-tailed Grackle 7, Brown-headed Cowbird 740, House Sparrow 6

Dec 30 Brownsville Christmas Bird Count @ the Fish Hatchery Two BARN OWLS I scared up about 11am were cool, right? And a Northern Parula was great... Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 130, Gadwall 14, Mottled Duck 4, Blue-winged Teal 2, Northern Shoveler 4, Plain Chachalaca 9, Least Grebe 2, Pied-billed Grebe 4, American White Pelican 126, Neotropic Cormorant 1, Double-crested Cormorant 4, Anhinga 3, Great Blue Heron 1, Great Egret 1, Little Blue Heron 2, Green Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 91, White-tailed Kite 1, Northern Harrier 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Harris's Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Sora 5, Common Moorhen 3, American Coot 7, Sandhill Crane 1, Laughing Gull 2, Mourning Dove 12, Inca Dove 5, Common Ground-Dove 1, White-tipped Dove 1, Barn Owl 2, Eastern Screech-Owl 2, Great Horned Owl 1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1, Ringed Kingfisher 2, Belted Kingfisher 1,Golden-fronted Woodpecker 8, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 11, Eastern Phoebe 6, Great Kiskadee 19, Tropical Kingbird 1, Couch's Kingbird 14, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1 Loggerhead Shrike 2, White-eyed Vireo 4, Blue-headed Vireo 3, Green Jay 14, Black-crested Titmouse 4, Carolina Wren 2, House Wren 18, Marsh Wren 19, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6, Northern Mockingbird 17, Long-billed Thrasher 17, Curve-billed Thrasher 8, European Starling 2, Orange-crowned Warbler 48, Nashville Warbler 5, Northern Parula 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 32, Black-throated Green Warbler 2, Black-and-white Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 23, Savannah Sparrow 3, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 6, Indigo Bunting 1, Red-winged Blackbird 3, Great-tailed Grackle 129, Altamira Oriole 3.