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

May 2009
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May 1 Frontera Audubon, Weslaco TX Giant Swallowtail, Dusky-Blue Groundstreak, Reakirt’s Blue, Zebra, White Peacock, LongTailed Skipper, Brown Longtail, Tropical Checkered-Skippers, Laviana and Turk’sCap White-Skippers, Clouded Skippers, Southern Skipperling, Whirlabout, Celia’s Roadside Skipper Estero Black and Giant Swallowtails, Cloudless and Lyside Sulphurs, Gray and Mallow Scrub-Hairstreaks, Ceraunus, CYNA, Reakirt's, and CASSIUS Blues, Fatal Metalmark, VESTA CRESCENT, Mexican Bluewing, Hermes Satyr, Queen, Brown Longtail, Mazan's Scallopwing, White and Tropical Checkered-Skipper, Laviana White-Skipper, Clouded and Fiery Skippers, and Whirlabout.

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May 2 Southmost Nature Preserve Norway Rat, Cottontail, Beaver, Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Narrowmouth, Mexican Freetail, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Redhead    1, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Black Vulture    1, Turkey Vulture, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitcher    1, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Barn Owl    2, Great Horned Owl    1, Common Nighthawk, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Least Flycatcher 1, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, Green Jay, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Olive Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole 1, Altamira Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow Brownsville Crested Caracara    1, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Gull-billed Tern, Cliff Swallow, Blue Grosbeak 1 Dump Brown Pelican    1, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Chihuahuan Raven Old Port Isabel Road Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Northern Bobwhite, American White Pelican, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Harris's Hawk    2, White-tailed Hawk, Aplomado Falcon 2 (Excellent views!), Black-bellied Plover, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Whimbrel, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Least Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Skimmer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Cave Swallow, Verdin    1, Cactus Wren    1, Bewick's Wren , Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cassin's Sparrow, Botteri's Sparrow    1, Lark Sparrow, Dickcissel South Padre Island Red-breasted Merganser    2, Least Bittern 1, Clapper Rail, Purple Gallinule 1, Black-bellied Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher, Black-necked Stilt, Long-billed Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Pectoral Sandpiper    1, Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Tern    1, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Inca Dove, Western Kingbird    4, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo    1, Tennessee Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler , Northern Waterthrush ,
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May 3 Dixieland Park, Harlingen TX While walking 3 dogs, from uncivilized portion of park road only.  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Pied-billed Grebe    3, Neotropic Cormorant    3, Great Blue Heron    1, Great Egret    6, Snowy Egret    4, Green Heron    1, Black-crowned Night-Heron    1, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    6, White-tailed Kite    2, American Coot    20, Killdeer    6, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Laughing Gull    33, Rock Pigeon    2, White-winged Dove    6, Mourning Dove    4, Common Ground-Dove    4, Red-crowned Parrot    4, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee    1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    2, Purple Martin    3, Northern Rough-winged Swallow    1, Bank Swallow    1, Barn Swallow    8, Northern Mockingbird    4, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, Lark Sparrow    4, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackles, Bronzed Cowbird    2

May 4 Dixieland Park While walking 3 dogs, civilized section of park only.  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    14, Lesser Scaup    4, Pied-billed Grebe    8, Neotropic Cormorant    11, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    1, Green Heron    1, Black-crowned Night-Heron    2, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    2, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite    1, American Coot    14, Killdeer    5, Laughing Gull    3, Forster's Tern    1, White-winged Dove    4, Mourning Dove    16, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    4, Great Kiskadee    1, Tropical Kingbird    2, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    4, Loggerhead Shrike    1, Purple Martin    27, Northern Rough-winged Swallow    5, Bank Swallow    1, Barn Swallow 21, Northern Mockingbird    5, Eastern Meadowlark    2, Great-tailed Grackle    14, Bronzed Cowbird    5, Brown-headed Cowbird    1, House Sparrow    15.  Tiocano Lake Very dry, not much swamp left.  all from car.  Fulvous Whistling-Duck    36, Blue-winged Teal    4, Neotropic Cormorant    1, Snowy Egret    2, Tricolored Heron    1, American Coot    1, Black-necked Stilt    24, American Avocet    15, Long-billed Curlew 1, Least Sandpiper    20, Stilt Sandpiper    100, Long-billed Dowitcher 21, Wilson's Phalarope 26, Least Tern    10, Gull-billed Tern 2, Rock Pigeon    8, Eurasian Collared-Dove    6, Mourning Dove 10, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Couch's Kingbird    3, Northern Mockingbird    5, Lark Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal 1, Red-winged Blackbird    5, Great-tailed Grackle    23, Bronzed Cowbird 1

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May 6 Estero Llano Grande SP Filling of the ponds greatly reduces diversity and numbers of shorebirds.  Hispid Cotton Rat, Bobcat, Tarantula, Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake, Indigo Snake, Nutria, RoseBellied, Spiny, Whiptail Lizards also. Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    18, Mottled Duck    2, Blue-winged Teal    19, Northern Shoveler    6, Plain Chachalaca    4, Least Grebe    19, Pied-billed Grebe    7, Neotropic Cormorant    8, Great Blue Heron    14,Great Egret    4, Snowy Egret    11, Tricolored Heron    3, Green Heron    6, Black-crowned Night-Heron    1, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    4, White Ibis    5, White-faced Ibis    1, Roseate Spoonbill    5, Turkey Vulture    2, White-tailed Kite    5, Swainson's Hawk    2,Sora    3, Common Moorhen    23, American Coot    139, Killdeer    4, Black-necked Stilt    8, Spotted Sandpiper    3, Lesser Yellowlegs    17, Least Sandpiper    5, Long-billed Dowitcher    17, Laughing Gull    4, Gull-billed Tern    2, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, White-winged Dove    22, Mourning Dove    10, Inca Dove    6, Common Ground-Dove    3, White-tipped Dove    3, Red-crowned Parrot    1, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    7, Ruby-throated Hummingbird    3, Black-chinned Hummingbird    1, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    10, Least Flycatcher    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher    3, Great Kiskadee    5, Couch's Kingbird    2, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    1, White-eyed Vireo    2, Green Jay    1, Purple Martin    9, Northern Rough-winged Swallow    2, Cave Swallow    2, Barn Swallow    3, Black-crested Titmouse    1, Carolina Wren    1, Northern Mockingbird    12, European Starling    1, Yellow Warbler    1, Olive Sparrow    2, Lark Sparrow    2, Northern Cardinal    4, Red-winged Blackbird    2, Great-tailed Grackle    35, Baltimore Oriole    1, Lesser Goldfinch    1, House Sparrow    20

May 8 Estero Llano Grande SP Huck, Kyle and I from the deck alone: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck    2, Blue-winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron    1, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis    1, Turkey Vulture    1, White-tailed Kite    2, Swainson's Hawk    2, Sora, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper    1, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull    1, Gull-billed Tern    3, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani    1, Eastern Screech-Owl    3, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Great Kiskadee, White-eyed Vireo    1, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling    1, Olive Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Giant Swallowtail, Southern Dogface, Cloudless Sulphur, Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, Clytie Ministreak, Ceraunus Blue, Phaon Crescent, Mexican Bluewing, Hermes Satyr, Queen, Brown Longtail, Mazan's Scallopwing, Sicklewing Skipper, White/Desert/Tropical Checkered-Skipper, Laviana White-Skipper, Fiery Skipper, Celia's Checkered-Skipper.  I went back about 9pm and found  TEN Scorpions, 3 Tarantulas, Barn Owl    1, Eastern Screech-Owl, Lesser Nighthawks, Common Pauraques.  For lunch I went to Harlan Block Sports Complex Rock Pigeon    6, White-winged Dove    6, Mourning Dove    6, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    2, Loggerhead Shrike    6, Northern Mockingbird    7, European Starling    1, Great-tailed Grackle    25, Bronzed Cowbird    1, House Sparrow    13

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May 9 Estero Night Hike Lots of Pauraques, two Screech-Owls, THIRTEEN Tarantulas, and many Banded Bark Scorpions.  Here Peter is holding one!  It was a very diverse group age-wise ranging from older adults to middle age adults to  young adults to two children; I think Cora was 6.  We heard many Rio Grande Leopard Frogs, and even got to see one very close up on land.   Dixieland Park In the morning while walking the three dogs:  A Jackrabbit, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    6, Ruddy Duck    7, Pied-billed Grebe    4, Neotropic Cormorant    10, Great Blue Heron    1, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    5, Green Heron    1, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite    1, Harris's Hawk    4, American Coot    14, Laughing Gull    21, Forster's Tern    1, White-winged Dove    16, Mourning Dove    2, Common Ground-Dove    5, Chimney Swift    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Great Kiskadee    2, Couch's Kingbird    4, Purple Martin    6, Northern Rough-winged Swallow    8, Barn Swallow    4, Northern Mockingbird    7, Olive Sparrow    1, Lark Sparrow    2, Northern Cardinal    1, Red-winged Blackbird    8, Great-tailed Grackle    25

May 10 Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary Giant Swallowtail, Texas Crescent, Orange/Clouded/Orange Barred Sulphurs, Little Yellow, Mimosa Yellow, Great Southern White,  Mazan's Scallopwing,  Armadillo, Cottontail, Whiptail, Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    5, Plain Chachalaca    7, Least Grebe    9, Pied-billed Grebe    2, Green Heron    1, Black-crowned Night-Heron    1, Common Moorhen    3, American Coot    1, Laughing Gull    1, White-winged Dove    3, Mourning Dove    12, Inca Dove    1, Common Ground-Dove    3, White-tipped Dove    9, Yellow-billed Cuckoo    2, Groove-billed Ani    2, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    3, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    8, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    6, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet    1, Eastern Wood-Pewee    7, Brown-crested Flycatcher    4, Great Kiskadee    3, Couch's Kingbird    6, Eastern Kingbird    18, White-eyed Vireo    2, Yellow-throated Vireo    1, Warbling Vireo    1, Yellow-green Vireo 1, Green Jay    3, Black-crested Titmouse    2, Carolina Wren    4, Gray Catbird    1, Northern Mockingbird    9, Long-billed Thrasher    5, Tennessee Warbler 4, Yellow Warbler    1, Chestnut-sided Warbler 5, Magnolia Warbler 3, Blackburnian Warbler 1, American Redstart 2, Common Yellowthroat    3, Northern Cardinal    3, Blue Grosbeak    3, Indigo Bunting    1, Great-tailed Grackle    4, Bronzed Cowbird    3, Brown-headed Cowbird    1, Lesser Goldfinch    2

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May 11 2-5pm  Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge An endangered Texas Tortoise, White-Tailed Deer, Cottontail, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    19, Fulvous Whistling-Duck 2, Blue-winged Teal    7, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Masked Duck 2, Plain Chachalaca    5, Least Grebe    1, Pied-billed Grebe    20, American White Pelican 72, Neotropic Cormorant    24, Great Blue Heron    4, Great Egret    47, Snowy Egret    25, Little Blue Heron    1, Tricolored Heron    9, Reddish Egret    4, White Ibis    22, White-faced Ibis    2, Roseate Spoonbill 110, Black Vulture    18, Turkey Vulture    10, Harris's Hawk    1, White-tailed Hawk    1, Crested Caracara    5, Common Moorhen    5, American Coot    481, Black-bellied Plover    1, Wilson's Plover 1, Black-necked Stilt    6, Willet    8, Lesser Yellowlegs    12, Whimbrel    4, Long-billed Curlew    9, Ruddy Turnstone    2, Least Sandpiper    1, Dunlin    3, Stilt Sandpiper    30, Short-billed Dowitcher    46, Wilson's Phalarope    8, Laughing Gull    50, Gull-billed Tern    2, Caspian Tern    22, Forster's Tern    1, Royal Tern    95, White-winged Dove    3, Mourning Dove    20, Common Ground-Dove    1White-tipped Dove    10, Barn Owl    1, Common Nighthawk    2, Chimney Swift    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    4, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    2, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher    2, Great Kiskadee    1, Couch's Kingbird    2, Eastern Kingbird    2, Loggerhead Shrike    1, White-eyed Vireo    1, Green Jay    6, Barn Swallow    11, Black-crested Titmouse    2, Bewick's Wren    1, Northern Mockingbird    30, Long-billed Thrasher    8, Curve-billed Thrasher    1,European Starling    1, Yellow Warbler    2, American Redstart 1, Northern Waterthrush 1, Olive Sparrow    2, Northern Cardinal    7, Red-winged Blackbird    27, Eastern Meadowlark    20,  Great-tailed Grackle 13, Bronzed Cowbird    32, Brown-headed Cowbird    6, Hooded Oriole    2.  In the morning, walking the three dogs at Dixieland Park in Harlingen: "improved" area only, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    6, Neotropic Cormorant    12, , Snowy Egret    4Black-crowned Night-Heron    4, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, American Coot    11, Killdeer    4, Black-necked Stilt    3, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Wilson's Phalarope    2, Laughing Gull    6, Rock Pigeon    8, White-winged Dove    1, Mourning Dove    25, Inca Dove    5, Chimney Swift    1, Tropical Kingbird    2, Loggerhead Shrike    1, Purple Martin    10, Northern Rough-winged Swallow    1, Bank Swallow    2, Barn Swallow    6, Northern Mockingbird    2, European Starling 3, Great-tailed Grackle    15, Bronzed Cowbird    6, House Sparrow    3

At the park: Not your usual Band-Winged Dragonlet.
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May 13 Estero We inexplicablly missed many bird species today, but did see a bobcat, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck    2, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler 2, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant    1, Least Bittern 3, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill 9, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite 5 (3 young'uns out of the nest!), Swainson's Hawk 1 (a classic, soaring low overhead), Sora, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper 1, White-rumped Sandpiper 1, Stilt Sandpiper    26, Long-billed Dowitcher    2, Wilson's Phalarope 5, Laughing Gull    2, Gull-billed Tern 2, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot 9, Groove-billed Ani 3, Common Pauraque 1 (it was tough finding this one asleep on the ground), Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird    2, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling, Olive Sparrow, Red-Winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch    8, House Sparrow

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May 14 Estero Simple chatty-walk with visiting journalist, not including Lakeview.  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler    2, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron    5, White-faced Ibis    40, Turkey Vulture , White-tailed Kite 5 (3 young ones sitting near the nest), Swainson's Hawk, Sora, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, White-rumped Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Laughing Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove    2, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot    8, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

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May 16 Estero Llano Grande SP with Huck and Kyle from the deck only, our version of Big Sit,  60 species: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Cooper's Hawk, Sora, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Laughing Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Olive Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow.  Today I saw the first BLACK-STRIPED SNAKE I've ever seen at Estero Llano!  Mildly venomous (rear-fanged), this snake is a THREATENED SPECIES, and in the US seen only in the three counties of Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy!

May 17 Estero Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    1, Mottled Duck    2, Blue-winged Teal    4, Plain Chachalaca    6, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican    1 (been gone for awhile!), Neotropic Cormorant    3, Least Bittern    1, Great Blue Heron    2, Great Egret    8, Snowy Egret    2, Little Blue Heron    9, Tricolored Heron    2, Green Heron    6, White Ibis    3, White-faced Ibis    2, Roseate Spoonbill  8, White-tailed Kite    4, Sora    2, Common Moorhen, American Coot    55, Killdeer    4, American Avocet    1 (been gone for awhile!), Spotted Sandpiper    2, Least Sandpiper    2, Stilt Sandpiper    15, Long-billed Dowitcher    2, Wilson's Phalarope    4, Laughing Gull    16, Gull-billed Tern    2, Rock Pigeon    1, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove    12, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot 8, Yellow-billed Cuckoo    2, Groove-billed Ani 1, Common Pauraque    1, Chimney Swift    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee    2, Empidonax sp.    5, Brown-crested Flycatcher    3, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird    3, Warbling Vireo 1, Philadelphia Vireo 1, Green Jay    3, Purple Martin    13, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cave Swallow    1, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse    1, Carolina Wren    3, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher    2, Curve-billed Thrasher    2, European Starling    5, Yellow Warbler (Northern) 2, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, Blackburnian Warbler    1, Common Yellowthroat    2, Olive Sparrow    2, Lark Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal 1, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole 2 (first I've seen at Estero!), Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.  Lunch was spent at Frontera Audubon with Kyle:   Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Laughing Gull, White-winged Dove, White-tipped Dove, Green Parakeet 2, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Empidonax sp. , White-eyed Vireo    1, Warbling Vireo 1, Carolina Wren, Swainson's Thrush 2, Northern Mockingbird, Nashville Warbler    1, Chestnut-sided Warbler  1, Magnolia Warbler 2, Black-and-white Warbler 2 (been awhile!), American Redstart 2, Canada Warbler 1, Northern Cardinal    1, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. Enroute home from work at Bluetown were two Bobwhite by the side of the road!  LaFeria sod farm only had 16 Cattle Egrets.

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May 22 Santa Ana NWR With Bob Behstock, Matin Reid and about 20 other people we stumbled upon the great find by John Abbott, author of THE Texas field guide to Dagonflies and keynote speaker fo our Dragonfly Days here in Weslaco.  From Tex Odes: 

"Hello All,

This morning at about 11 A.M., John Abbott, Kendra Bauer, and I were at the front pond at Santa Ana N.W.R. where Bob Behrstock, Martin Reid and others had recently found numbers of Cream-tipped Swamp Damsels (Leptobasis melinogaster) . We found several of this species and photographed both males and females. John called Kendra's and my attention to an interesting orange colored damselfly that he was trying to identify and we started getting photos of it. John thought this could be a new U.S. species but we were not certain what it was. Bob Behrstock, Martin Reid and others arrived with a field trip from the Dragonfly Days festival and between John, Bob and Martin decided that Leptobasis vacillans was the most likely identification. We lost sight of the original damsel, but Martin found a 2nd one, and later we found a 3rd one. All were more or less teneral and recently emerged. There is no accepted (by the DSA names committee) common name as yet for this tropical species. Later examination of images shows that we photographed both male and female. Dennis Paulson has looked at the images and agreed with the ID as Leptobasis vacillans. I do not have a way to post images to my website while on the road, but Jan Dauphin will post a few of my shots as well as some of her shots and make a note to TexOdes in a while with a link to the location where the images can be seen.

Greg Lasley
Austin, Texas
currently at the Dragonfly Days festival in south Texas

We also saw a host of amazing other dragonflies, including my very first Blue-Striped Spreadwings!  Martin captured one and passed it around ina plastic bag before releasing it.  Amazing.
Metallic Pennant (Idiataphe cubensis)This species was new to Texas last summer when Martin, Josh, Jose, Tom and I saw it at Bentsen with the Dauphins.  Here was my second one, the first for me at Santa Ana.  Of course, the "normal" stuff was nice too:  Four-spotted and Red-Tailed Pennants, Red Saddlebags, Citrine Forktail, Familiar Bluet, Spot-tailed and Thornbush Dashers, Eastern and Great Pondhawks, Roseate Skimmers and Wandering Gliders, Slough Amberwing, Neotropical Bluet and Rainpool Speadwings... There were probably more, but they were all far overshadowed by the Big Four-- three of them I saw for the very first time!

Of course there were birds, too:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga 31, Black-necked Stilt, Gull-billed Tern, Forster's Tern    1, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Groove-billed Ani, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Nighthawk, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher    1, Acadian Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher    1, Empidonax sp., Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Green Jay, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.   And the occasional Celias's Road-side Skipper and Lyside Sulphur...

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May 23 Estero Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Sora, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Lesser Yellowlegs, Gull-billed Tern    4, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani    3, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee    6, Empidonax sp. , Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird    1, Couch's Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Green Jay, Purple Martin, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler (Northern)    1, Chestnut-sided Warbler    3, Black-and-white Warbler    1, Ovenbird    1, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-Tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow, but of course, we were really here for dragonflies. 
 
After a Powerpoint presentation wawe went out looking and found the Estero usual:  Familiar Bluets and Rambur's Forktails, Red Saddlebags, Common, Pin-tailed and Great Pondhawks, Roseate Skimmers, Four-spotted and Red-Tailed Pennants, Common Green Darners-- the best find was Mr Langsheid's netting of a KIOWA DANCER in the irrigation ditch by the parking lot. .  A quick trip to Valley Nature Center added Desert Firetails and Slough Amberwings, both of which had been seen at Esteo in recent days but somehow slipped off to hide today.  The Spreadwings and Band-winged Dragonlets were also mysteriously missing.  It was a beginners' group so I think they were happy.

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May 24  I was with Mr Abbott's and Mr Greg Lasley's group today, starting off at the eastern-most section of Santa Ana.  Here were the nice huge dragonflies, just behind the newly-constructed Wall:  Broad-striped Forceptail (Aphylla angustifolia), Narrow-striped Forceptail (A. protracta), Eastern Ringtail (Erpetogomphus designatus), Sulphur-tipped Clubtail (Gomphus militaris), Ringed Forceptail (Phyllocycla breviphylla), Five-striped Leaftail (Phyllogomphoides albrighti), Russet-tipped Clubtail (Stylurus plagiatus).  Then it was time for Estero again, where we added Eastern Amberwing and Marl Pennant to yesterday's list (Josh and I had Marl Pennant on a walk here last night, too).

May 25  Dragonfly Days Festival is over.  Unfortunately I only made it to the mid-Valley, with no upper-Valley or lower-Valley trips for me.  Therefore I missed a lot of great bugs...  THe official list, with tiny ones being ones I missed:  Blue-spotted Comet (Anax concolor) seen and photographed Sunday near C deck at Resaca de la Palma State Park; first county record, maybe 6th US!Common Green, blue-faced, and bar-sided Darners, Broad-striped and Narrow-striped Forceptail, Eastern Ringtail, Sulphur-tipped Clubtail, Ringed Forceptail, Five-striped Leaftail, Russet-tipped Clubtail (Stylurus plagiatus),  prince baskettail, Red-tailed, Four-spotted, tawny and halloween pennant, black setwing, Pin-tailed, Eastern and Great Pondhawks, band-winged dragonlet, Metallic Pennant, Needham's Skimmer (Libellula needhami) Martin Reid showed me a few at Bentsen on Thursday, Marl Pennant, hyacinth glider,- many off torres rd, Spot-tailed and Thornbush Dashers, carmine and Roseate Skimmers, blue dasher (usually at Estero!), Spot-winged Glider, Slough and Eastern Amberwings, Mexican Scarlet-tail (Planiplax sanguiniventris) at Bentsen,Arch-tipped Glider (Tauriphila argo) at Bentsen, Striped, black, Red Saddlebags, smoky rubyspot, plateau, Rainpool, chalky, and Blue-striped Spreadwings, Coral-fronted and amelia's threadtailsblue-fronted, Kiowa, powdered, golden-winged, Blue-ringed and Dusky Dancers (A. translata), Familiar, Neotropical, and orange bluets, Citrine Forktail and Rambur's Forktail (I. ramburii), Desert Firetail (Telebasis salva), Caribbean Yellowface (Neoerythromma cultelatu), Cream-tipped Swamp-damsel (Leptobasis melinogaster), Leptobasis vacillans.  39 dragons, and 21 damsels, 60 species total over the three days of field trips. Not too shabby at all, and with the two species of Leptobasis at Santa Ana, the rare darners near Brownsville, and the rare skimmers at Bentsen, the quality was off the charts." --Josh Rose on TexOdes Listserve

May 26 Tiocano Lake Still thinking about a large rail that crossed the road... Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    4, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    1, Northern Bobwhite    2, Neotropic Cormorant    1, Great Egret    4, Snowy Egret    4, Tricolored Heron    1, Roseate Spoonbill    1, Swainson's Hawk    1, Sora    1, Killdeer    2, Black-necked Stilt    34, American Avocet    5, Stilt Sandpiper    6, Least Tern    3, Rock Pigeon    4, Eurasian Collared-Dove    5, White-winged Dove    6, Mourning Dove    8, Common Nighthawk    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    2, Purple Martin    2, Northern Mockingbird    2, Red-winged Blackbird    12, Great-tailed Grackle    79, Bronzed Cowbird 2, Brown-headed Cowbird    1, House Sparrow 4.    La Feria sod farm White-faced Ibis    2, Black-necked Stilt    12, Lark Sparrow    2, Red-winged Blackbird    20, Eastern Meadowlark    2, Great-tailed Grackle    30, Bronzed Cowbird    2 Dixieland Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Green Heron    1, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Turkey Vulture    2, White-tailed Kite    2, Harris's Hawk    2, Crested Caracara    2, American Coot, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove Mourning Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee    2, Tropical Kingbird    2, Couch's Kingbird    2, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    2, Loggerhead Shrike    6, Purple Martin    10, Northern Rough-winged Swallow    50, Bank Swallow    5, Cliff Swallow    75, Barn Swallow    90, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher    2, Olive Sparrow    2, Lark Sparrow    2, Northern Cardinal    1, Red-winged Blackbird    6, Eastern Meadowlark    3, Great-tailed Grackles, Bronzed Cowbird    10, Brown-headed Cowbird    2, Lesser Goldfinch    4, House Sparrow    8

May 27 Dixieland Park While walking three dogs from unimproved area road only: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey    1, American Coot, Killdeer, Laughing Gull, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow.  South Padre Island in high winds and looking like rain any second.  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    2, Mallard (Domestic type under the boardwalk at the Convention Center) 1, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret    1, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Common Moorhen, American Coot, American Oystercatcher    2, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Dunlin, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Tern 75, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Yellow Warbler    2, American Redstart    1, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow

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May 30 Estero Llano Grande SP Tom Pendleton, Huck, Kyle, Don Carrell and I took an unusual route this morning: Lakeview,GreenJayTrail, outer perimeter around and past Kiskadee pond, behind Alligator Lake on Camino de Aves to HQ:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    16, Mottled Duck    1, Plain Chachalaca    18, Least Grebe    8, Pied-billed Grebe    3, Least Bittern    3, Great Egret    2, Snowy Egret    1, Little Blue Heron    1, Tricolored Heron    2, Green Heron    4, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, Common Moorhen    9, American Coot    39, Killdeer    1, Black-necked Stilt    2, Laughing Gull    1, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, White-winged Dove    35, Mourning Dove    25, Inca Dove    12, Common Ground-Dove    9, White-tipped Dove    3, Red-crowned Parrot 5, Yellow-billed Cuckoo    7, Groove-billed Ani 5, Common Nighthawk    5, Common Pauraque    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    4, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird    2, ,Green Kingfisher    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    27, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    2, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee    2, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher    2, Empidonax sp.    7, Brown-crested Flycatcher    10, Great Kiskadee    8, Couch's Kingbird    8, White-eyed Vireo    3, Red-eyed Vireo    1, Green Jay    5, Purple Martin    11, Black-crested Titmouse    2, Carolina Wren    3, Northern Mockingbird    19, Long-billed Thrasher    7, Curve-billed Thrasher    2, European Starling    2, Canada Warbler 1, Olive Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal    2, Red-winged Blackbird    6, Bronzed Cowbird    6, Brown-headed Cowbird    2, Lesser Goldfinch    11, House Sparrow    4.  We casually noticed White Peacocks, Celia's Roadside Skipper, Lyside Sulphur, Queen, Ceraunus and Reakirt's Blues butterflies.  Also dragonflies Rambur's Forktail, Blue-Ringed Dancer, Familiar Bluet, Common Green Darner, Eastern, Great, and Pintailed Pondhawks, Red-tailed and Four-Spotted Pennants, Roseate Skimmers, Striped and Red Saddlebags, Eastern Amberwing... all pretty normal and average and unremarkable until Revered Terry Fuller found my first-for-the-park AMELIA'S THREADTAIL at the bridge over the irrigation ditch.  There were also many Blue-Ringed Dancers and Striped Saddlebags.

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