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July 2009

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American Alligator eats Swamp Crawdad

July 1 Dixieland unimproved only, from road, with 3 dogs, Black-bellied Whistling Duck    2, Mottled Duck    2, Plain Chachalaca, Pied-billed Grebe    6, Neotropic Cormorant    6, Great Egret    1, Little Blue Heron    1, Green Heron    3, Yellow-crowned Night-Hero  3, White-tailed Kite    1, Harris's Hawk    1, American Coot    3, Killdeer    5, Laughing Gull    2, Rock Pigeon    25, White-winged Dove    4, Mourning Dove    2, Common Ground-Dove    1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo    1, Common Nighthawk    6, Common Pauraque    1 , Golden-fronted Woodpecker   1, Great Kiskadee    2, Couch's Kingbird    1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    1, Purple Martin    4, Northern Mockingbird    1, Curve-billed Thrasher    4, European Starling    2, Olive Sparrow    1, Red-winged Blackbird    2, Eastern Meadowlark    2, Great-tailed Grackle    2, Bronzed Cowbird    14, Brown-headed Cowbird    2, House Sparrow Estero Llano Grande SP Traditional route birdwalk, ie No Lakeview, No Green Jay Trail, No Camino de Avs Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    11, Mottled Duck    2, Plain Chachalaca 8, Least Grebe, ,Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Least Bittern    1, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret , Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill    1, Osprey 1, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Gull-billed Tern    3, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Groove-billed Ani    7, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird    1, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird    2, Couch's Kingbird, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher1, Olive Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow.  Airport/18th Altamira Oriole on a telephone wire, while enroute to  Frontera Audubon Ctr  Quick walk-thru at lunch: White-winged Dove    52, Mourning Dove    1, Inca Dove    2, White-tipped Dove    6, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    10, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    11,Great Kiskadee    5, Couch's Kingbird    3, White-eyed Vireo    4, Black-crested Titmouse    4, Carolina Wren    2, Northern Mockingbird    4, Olive Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal    1, Great-tailed Grackle    2, Hooded Oriole    1, Lesser Goldfinch    1

July 3 Tiocano Lake Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    36, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    62, Neotropic Cormorant    7, Great Blue Heron    3, Great Egret    28, Snowy Egret    79, Cattle Egret    12, Green Heron    1, White-faced Ibis    15, Roseate Spoonbill    5, Turkey Vulture    1, Common Moorhen    6, Killdeer    2, Black-necked Stilt    183, Long-billed Dowitcher    2, Laughing Gull    29, Least Tern    2, Gull-billed Tern    19, Forster's Tern    4, Eurasian Collared-Dove    2, White-winged Dove    1, Mourning Dove    2, Northern Mockingbird    1, Red-winged Blackbird    14, Great-tailed Grackle    10  Estero Estero Llano Grande SP Just to Alligator Lake and back: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    11, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret , Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Nighthawk, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher 1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, LongBilled Thrasher, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow.

July 4 Estero In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, four Wood Storks fly over.

July 5 Dixieland Park  While walking 3 dogs; 6 jackrabbits, 1 Mexican Ground Squirrel.  from road only: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    10, Mottled Duck    3, Pied-billed Grebe    10, Neotropic Cormorant    5, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    1, Green Heron    4, Black-crowned Night-Heron    1, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    6, American Coot    2, Killdeer    7, Black-necked Stilt    2, Laughing Gull    23, Forster's Tern    3, Rock Pigeon    18, White-winged Dove    27, Mourning Dove    40, Inca Dove    2, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Great Kiskadee    2, Tropical Kingbird    1, Northern Mockingbird    3, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling    1, Great-tailed Grackle    49, Bronzed Cowbird    4, Brown-headed Cowbird    2, House Sparrow    9

July 6 South Padre Island Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron , Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret    2, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Clapper Rail    1, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher    1, Black-necked Stilt, Willet, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird  , Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

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July 7 Estero Night Hike was good with both Nighthawks, Common Pauraques, more Scorpions than I can ever remember, only two Tarantulas but so very many spiders, three mama Wolf Spiders in one spot, giving their children a ride on their backs without complaint.

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July 8 Estero Llano Grande SP  52sp: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck 20, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron , Great Egret , Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite 2, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Tern, Rock Pigeon, White-winged, Mourning, Inca, Common Ground-,  & White-tipped Doves, Red-crowned Parrot, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo    3, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Carolina Wren    1, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole    2, Lesser Goldfinch    2, House Sparrow.  Josh also found NARROW-STRIPED and RINGED FORCEPTAILS by Alligator Lake, and BROAD-STRIPED FORCEPTAILS on Green Jay Trail.  A Pauraque landed in front of us at Lakeview's dead-end.  The trail leading to the Llano Grande from Alligator Lake had a dead ROSITA PATCH on an ant hill, but Alligator Lake had the best-of-the-day:  A YELLOW MUD TURTLE.

July 9 For a half-hour at lunchtime I went to  Valley Nature CenterBlack-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Western Kingbird 1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    1, Northern Mockingbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird , House Sparrow

July 10 Estero Butterfly Walk Giant Swallowtail, Lyside Sulphur, Little Yellow, Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, Clytie Ministreak, Western Pygmy-Blue, American Snout, Gulf Fritillary, Bordered Patch, White Peacock, Mexican Bluewing, Tropical Leafwing, Queen, WHITE-STRIPED LONGTAIL (not seen on a walk since February!), Brown Longtail, Mazan’s Scallopwing, White and Tropical Checkered-Skippers, Laviana White-Skipper, Clouded, Fiery and Julia’s Skipper, COMMON SOOTYWING (first on a butterfly walk!).

 

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July 11 Estero A pair of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks had a litter of TWENTY-FOUR on the deck today!

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July 12  La Feria sod farm Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    4, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    6, Northern Bobwhite    2, Cattle Egret    50, White-faced Ibis    25, Black-necked Stilt    30, Couch's Kingbird    2, Loggerhead Shrike    1, Red-winged Blackbird    2, Great-tailed Grackle    150.  Not far away, very near the road, I took a few rolling photos through the car window without stopping so as not to raise a flock of Whistling-Ducks; mental groups of 25 quickly brought me to 500, probably were more!  Jackrabbit nearby:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    50, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    500

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July 13 Hugh Ramsey Park in Harlingen Mexican Bluewings, Crimson Patches plentiful; pack rat and cottontails, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    2, Snowy Egret    1, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, Harris's Hawk 2 (bursting out of a nearby Sabal palm), Laughing Gull    1, White-winged Dove    28, Mourning Dove    9, Inca Dove    4, Red-crowned Parrot    2., Yellow-billed Cuckoo    1. Groove-billed Ani    3.Common Pauraque    1 Chimney Swift    1. Buff-bellied Hummingbird    1. Ringed Kingfisher    1. Golden-fronted Woodpecker    7. Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1. Brown-crested Flycatcher    4. Great Kiskadee    6. Couch's Kingbird    12. Western Kingbird    2. Purple Martin    8. Verdin    2. Bewick's Wren 4. Northern Mockingbird    22. Long-billed Thrasher    2. Curve-billed Thrasher    10. Olive Sparrow    16. Northern Cardinal    3. Red-winged Blackbird    10. Great-tailed Grackle    22. Bronzed Cowbird    2. Brown-headed Cowbird    5, Altamira Oriole    1,Lesser Goldfinch    1,House Sparrow    50.   Tiocano Lake Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    4, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    44, Neotropic Cormorant    10, Great Blue Heron    5, Great Egret    9, Snowy Egret    1, Tricolored Heron    1, White Ibis    2, White-faced Ibis    8, Common Moorhen    1, Black-necked Stilt    50, Lesser Yellowlegs    10, Western Sandpiper    75, Laughing Gull    10, Least Tern    4, Gull-billed Tern    8, Forster's Tern    1, Rock Pigeon    8, Eurasian Collared-Dove    4, White-winged Dove    2, Chimney Swift    2, European Starling    3, Red-winged Blackbird    10, Great-tailed Grackle    10, Brown-headed Cowbird 4

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July 14 Dixieland Park, Harlingen With 3 dogs just around the sorghum field.  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    4, Pied-billed Grebe    1, Neotropic Cormorant    1, Green Heron    1, Black-necked Stilt    4, Laughing Gull    4 ,Common Ground-Dove    9, Green Kingfisher 1, Tropical Kingbird    1, Couch's Kingbird    2, Western Kingbird 2, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    1, Purple Martin    8, Northern Mockingbird    4, European Starling    1, Olive Sparrow    3, Lark Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal    1, Red-winged Blackbird    4, Great-tailed Grackle    1, Bronzed Cowbird    4, Brown-headed Cowbird    4, House Sparrow 80  Rio Hondo fishing for a few hours:  Channel Catfish, Mullet, Carp, Blue Crabs, Couch's Kingbirds, Laughing Gulls, Green Heron, Great-Tailed Grackles and House Sparrows, Great Southern White and Whirlabout.

July 15 Estero traditional route:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron  , Great Egret  , Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs , Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove ,Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Groove-billed Ani, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, House Sparrow

July 16 Estero Just to Dowitcher Pond and back.  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Least Bittern 1, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Crested Caracara 2, Common Moorhen , American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Solitary Sandpiper    2, Greater Yellowlegs  , Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper 2, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher    1, Gull-billed Tern    1, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dov, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Groove-billed Ani, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Green Jay, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle , Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, House Sparrow Frontera on a quick half-hour walkthrough for lunch: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    3, Plain Chachalaca    20, Green Heron    1, Solitary Sandpiper    1, White-winged Dove    27, Mourning Dove    1, Inca Dove    7, White-tipped Dove    12, Common Nighthawk    1, Chimney Swift    10, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    5, Brown-crested Flycatcher    2 ,Great Kiskadee    5 ,Couch's Kingbird    7, White-eyed Vireo    1, Black-crested Titmouse    2, Northern Cardinal    2, Great-tailed Grackle    3, Lesser Goldfinch    1.  It was HOT!  Harlingen Mall At least 350 Purple Martins.

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July 17 Valley Nature Center Quick walk-through at lunch on a very hot day: Plain Chachalaca    8, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, White-winged Dove    40, Mourning Dove    3, Inca Dove    13, White-tipped Dove    7, Red-crowned Parrot    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    3, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    11, Great Kiskadee    12, White-eyed Vireo    1, Carolina Wren    2, Northern Mockingbird    12, Long-billed Thrasher    1, Northern Cardinal    1, Great-tailed Grackle    35, Brown-headed Cowbird    3, House Sparrow    76  Estero Butterfly Walk It was a very hot day again for the Butterfly Walk, but then this is South Texas.  I was surprised (again) to see people still showing up for the Walk, but of course also very pleased.  There is not a lot of bloom, so White Peacocks, Giant Swallowtails and Queens were the onlybutterflies out in any numbers:  Giant Swallowtail - Papilio cresphontes, Ornythion Swallowtail - Papilio ornythion (in a very tall Duranta), Giant White - Ganyra Josephina (in the same Duranta), Lyside Sulphur - Kricogonia lyside, Little Yellow - Pyrisitia lisa, Gray Hairstreak - Strymon melinus, Mallow Scrub-hairstreak - Strymon istapa, Clytie Ministreak - Ministrymon clytie, Western Pygmy-Blue - Brephidium exilis, Ceraunus Blue - Hemiargus ceraunus, Cyna Blue - Zizula cyna (in the parking lot, on its foodplant, almost becoming common!), American Snout - Libytheana carinenta, Phaon Crescent - Phyciodes phaon, White Peacock - Anartia jatrophae, Malachite - Siproeta stelenes biplagiata (in the woods on Green Jay Trail), Mexican Bluewing - Myscelia ethusa (in the woods on Green Jay Trail), Hermes Satyr - Hermeuptychia hermes (in the woods on Green Jay, Trail), Queen - Danaus gilippus, Soldier - Danaus eresimus (in the parking lot on Betony), Brown Longtail - Urbanus procne, White Checkered-skipper - Pyrgus albescens, Tropical Checkered-skipper - Pyrgus oileus, Laviana White-skipper Heliopetes laviana, Clouded Skipper - Lerema accius, Southern Skipperling - Copaeodes minima, Fiery Skipper - Hylephila phyleus, Whirlabout - Polites vibex

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July 18  Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in Mission was the starting point for the annual National Butterfly Count, but one couldn't help but notice the great birds, too:  Greater Roadrunner, Groove-billed Ani, Green Jay, Orchard Oriole, Hooded Oriole, Altamira Oriole...  Butterflies were good too: the Best Butterfly was seen right out of the chute:  DINGY PURPLEWING!  Nice also was the WHITE SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK, CASSIUS BLUE, and White-Striped Longtail.  We also covered the nearby NABA Butterfly Park, where the standout was definitely the GRAY  CRACKER but also nice were the Desert Zinnia (Zinnia acerosa), and the Blackfoot Daisy pointed out by Carol Goolsby, the manager there.

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July 19 Santa Ana  The Butterfly Count Part II.  Distracted by the Clay-Colored Thrush, Peregrine Falcon, Green Jays, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, but nevertheless we got quite a collection of butterflies including Silver-Banded Hairstreak.   Estero was next on our visits where the good birds were a dozen Wood Storks overhead and first-of-the-season Stilt Sandpipers.  But also great were the butterflies:  FIVE MEXICAN BLUEWINGS, a Dorantes Longtail, two CYNA BLUES, a CASSIUS BLUE, but best of all a BROAD-BANDED SWALLOWTAIL.. FRONTERA AUDUBON was closed, but we managed WHITE SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK.   

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July 23 Harlingen Thicket WBC (LTC 028) w/3 dogs.  Laughing Gull    2, White-winged Dove    19, Mourning Dove    14, Inca Dove    1, Common Ground-Dove    1, Common Pauraque    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    8, Couch's Kingbird    2, Western Kingbird    4 (I'm seeing these everywhere this year!), White-eyed Vireo    1, Black-crested Titmouse    3, Northern Mockingbird    10, European Starling    4, Olive Sparrow    5, Northern Cardinal    2, Great-tailed Grackle    4, Bronzed Cowbird    1, House Sparrow    6  Tiocano Lake Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    4, Great Blue Heron    1, Great Egret    14, Snowy Egret    25, White Ibis    20, Roseate Spoonbill    6, Wood Stork 34, American Coot    1, Black-necked Stilt    8, Stilt Sandpiper    1, Rock Pigeon    33, Eurasian Collared-Dove    5, Red-winged Blackbird    2, Great-tailed Grackle    2

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July 24 Dixieland Park The water was unusually low in the reservoir with mud along the bank actually showing below the concrete slab blocks:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    2, Pied-billed Grebe    8, Neotropic Cormorant    2, Great Egret    3, Snowy Egret    2, Green Heron    3, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, American Coot    1, Black-necked Stilt    3, Spotted Sandpiper    3, Western Sandpiper    1, Least Sandpiper    20 (unusual for here), Laughing Gull    10, Forster's Tern    1, Rock Pigeon    30, White-winged Dove    12, Mourning Dove    35, Inca Dove    2, Common Ground-Dove    1, Common Nighthawk    1, Chimney Swift    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    1, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Tropical Kingbird    1, Western Kingbird    2, Purple Martin    80, Cave Swallow    1, Barn Swallow    1, Northern Mockingbird    2, Long-billed Thrasher    1, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling    4, Olive Sparrow    1, Lark Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal    1, Great-tailed Grackle    20, Bronzed Cowbird    1, House Sparrow    3

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July 25 Pelagic 50 miles off the coast of South Padre Cory's Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel 1, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird 2, Snowy Egret, Laughing Gull, Bridled Tern    1, Black Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern

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July 26  Dixieland Park Per usual, birds seen while with 3 dogs.  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    43, Mottled Duck    2, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    2, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, Semipalmated Plover    1, Killdeer    8, Least Sandpiper    20, Laughing Gull    8, Rock Pigeon    30, White-winged Dove    12, Mourning Dove    33, Inca Dove    2, Common Ground-Dove    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    5, Tropical Kingbird    1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    3, Purple Martin    100, Northern Mockingbird    2, Red-winged Blackbird    5, Great-tailed Grackle    3, Bronzed Cowbird    19, House Sparrow    10

July 27 Estero Llano Grande SP  77 sp: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    74, Mottled Duck    1, Plain Chachalaca    8, Least Grebe    5, Pied-billed Grebe    1, Neotropic Cormorant    2, Great Blue Heron    1, Great Egret    14, Snowy Egret    51, Little Blue Heron    12, Tricolored Heron    1, Green Heron    14, Black-crowned Night-Heron    2, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    3, White Ibis    7, White-faced Ibis 4, Roseate Spoonbill    50, Wood Stork    4, Turkey Vulture    1, White-tailed Kite    2, Harris's Hawk    2, Crested Caracara    4, Peregrine Falcon    1, Common Moorhen    16, American Coot    7, Semipalmated Plover    2, Killdeer    8, Black-necked Stilt    100, American Avocet    4, Spotted Sandpiper    2, Solitary Sandpiper    1, Greater Yellowlegs    2, Lesser Yellowlegs    X, Semipalmated Sandpiper    X, Western Sandpiper    X, Least Sandpiper    X, Baird's Sandpiper    X, Stilt Sandpiper    X, Long-billed Dowitcher    X, Laughing Gull    22, Least Tern    3, Gull-billed Tern (juvenile!) 1, Rock Pigeon    2, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, White-winged Dove    823, Mourning Dove    21, Inca Dove    15, Common Ground-Dove    19, White-tipped Dove    7, Groove-billed Ani    11, all by the deck, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Common Pauraque    1, Chimney Swift    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    6, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    12, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Least Flycatcher 2, Empid 1, Great Kiskadee    5, Tropical Kingbird    1, Couch's Kingbird    8, White-eyed Vireo    3, Purple Martin    9, Cave Swallow    30, Northern Mockingbird    30, Long-billed Thrasher    3, Curve-billed Thrasher    6, European Starling    12, Olive Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal    2, Dickcissel    4, Red-winged Blackbird    50, Great-tailed Grackle    35, Bronzed Cowbird    14, Orchard Oriole    17, Hooded Oriole    1, Lesser Goldfinch    2, House Sparrow    21

July 28  Estero Llano Grande SP  I'm not sure why I wrote down that I saw these:  Wood Stork    10, Yellow-billed Cuckoo    1, Black-crested Titmouse    3, Brown-headed Cowbird    2

July 30   Dixieland Park 6 Jackrabbits, 2 Mexican Ground Squirrels while walking 3 dogs in the civilized section of the park only (many workmen and large trucks).  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    43 Pied-billed Grebe    2, Neotropic Cormorant    9, Snowy Egret    1, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, Killdeer    4, Black-necked Stilt    1, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Laughing Gull    27, Least Tern    1,Forster's Tern    1, Rock Pigeon    18, White-winged Dove    2, Mourning Dove    9,Inca Dove    2, Tropical Kingbird    2, Purple Martin    1, Barn Swallow    1, Curve-billed Thrasher    2, European Starling    2, Dickcissel    2,Red-winged Blackbird    2, Great-tailed Grackle    20, Bronzed Cowbird    9, House Sparrow    1

July 31 Estero Butterflies: FLORIDA WHITE, Cloudless, Large Orange and Lyside Sulphurs, Little and Mimosa Yellows, American Snout, Phaon Crescent, White Peacock, Tropical Leafwing, Queen, Brown Longtail, White and Tropical Checkered-Skippers, Laviana White-Skipper, Julia's and Fiery Skippers, Whirlabout, Southern Skipperling.

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