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

August 2009
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August 1 Today at "work" Mary, Huck and I started the first hour recording how many birds we could see from the deck at Estero Llano Grande State Park. We got to 58, I think: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Harris's Hawk, Crested Caracara, Common Moorhen, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, GULL-BILLED TERN (the adult pair have left and this juvenile showed up-- did they breed here? and why have they deserted their baby? We've watched him beg from Laughing Gulls), Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Groove-billed Ani, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Bank Swallow, Cave Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, European Starling, PAINTED BUNTING (a beautiful male showed up right beside the deck!), Red-winged Blackbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

We took a quick walk down the maintenance road to look at the early-migrating LEAST FLYCATCHERS, as well as an early Empid that may have been an Alder Flycatcher. We also picked up Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Eastern Screech-Owl in his box by Alligator Lake, a sleeping Pauraque, Curve-Billed Thrashers, Orchard Orioles...
In spite of the over-hundred-degree temperatures, we had a couple more guests in the park. One man from Detroit and I walked Green Jay trail. While he photographed Chachalacas, I photographed a beautiful green darner, a BLUE-FACED DARNER. It is only found in Texas and Florida, the first Texas one discovered by Josh Rose at Santa Ana only nine years ago!

A BOBCAT crossed the road in front of me at the bridge at the park entrance as I drove to lunch about 12:30, right in broad daylight. A Loggerhead Shrike was not at Estero, but there was one at the little recreational park on Airport Road near the Expressway. Lots of shorebirds, including Avocets, were in the Llano Grande at the FM 1015 bridge.

August 2 First thing this morning I took the three dogs to Dixieland Park. They're great about sticking around, but there were two fishermen, a guy walking a husky, two guys playing disc golf...so I just stuck to the edge of the reservoir. 1 Jackrabbit (the dogs didn't even see it), 2 Mexican Ground Squirrels (they don't see these either, but like to sniff at their entrance holes), Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 75, Pied-billed Grebe 8, Neotropic Cormorant 1, Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 6, Green Heron 4, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3, Osprey 1, Killdeer 2, Spotted Sandpiper 2, Least Sandpiper 2, Laughing Gull 6, Rock Pigeon 60, White-winged Dove 40, Mourning Dove 6, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1, Great Kiskadee 1, Loggerhead Shrike 1, Purple Martin 1, Northern Mockingbird 1, Red-winged Blackbird 20, Great-tailed Grackle 50, Bronzed Cowbird 3, House Sparrow 3. Tiocano Lake at about 1pm, I arrived to find it very dry-- almost dried up. The Wood Storks were gone, but there were still a few birds left: Great Egret 6, Snowy Egret 2, Little Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Crested Caracara, a dozen Black-necked Stilts, five Long-Billed Curlews (right on time), lots of sandpipers including Least, Stilt and Long-Billed Dowitchers, only 4 Laughing Gulls and a juvenile Gull-billed Tern, only 6 Rock Pigeons but lots of Mourning Doves, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the requisite bunch of Red-winged Blackbirds and Great-tailed Grackles. It was worth it though. Where else can you go when you only have a few minutes, AND stay air-conditioned?!

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August 4 Estero Llano Grande Just a walk from the deck to 1015, a route seldom taken: BlackBellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    100, Mottled Duck    2, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant    6, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill    30, Turkey Vulture    2, White-tailed Kite    2, Crested Caracara    1, Common Moorhen, American Coot 8, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs , Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Gull-billed Tern    1, 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    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, Western Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Olive Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle , Bronzed Cowbird , Orchard Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.  50 Cattle Egrets were at La Feria Sod Farm.

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August 6 Estero Night Hike Many, many Banded Bark Scorpions, a Wind Scorpion (my first at Estero!), no tarantulas, plus of course Eastern Screech-Owl, Lesser Nighthawk , Common Nighthawk, Common Pauraques.

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August 7 Gassing up at Walmart, I couldn't help but overhear the Tropical Kingbirds atValley Vista Mall in Harlingen. Estero Llano Grande Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    100, Mottled Duck    2, Ruddy Duck    5, Plain Chachalaca, Northern Bobwhite 1, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron 6, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron    4, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    2, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill    40, Turkey Vulture    2, Swallow-tailed Kite, Harris's Hawk, Crested Caracara, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Groove-billed Ani    8, Eastern Screech-Owl 1, Common Pauraque 1, Chimney Swift    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Least Flycatcher    2, Empidonax sp., Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren    1, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, ,Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Black-and-white Warbler 1 (first for a long time!), Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird , Orchard Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. 
   Butterfly Walk.  It's very dry with little bloom and few butterflies:  Giant Swallowtail, Cloudless and Lyside Sulphurs, Little adn Mimosa Yellows, Gray Hairstreak, Western Pygmy-, and Ceraunus Blues, Bordered Patch, American Snout, White Peacock, Mexican Bluewing, Tropical Leafwing, Queen, Brown Longtail, White and Tropical Checkered-Skippers, Laviana White-Skipper, Clouded, Eufala and Fiery Skippers, Southern Skipperling, Southern Broken-Dash and Whirlabout. 
   While leading the butterfly walk on the Green Jay Trail, what should alight but a BAR-SIDED DARNER?!  From Bugguide.org: "This species was first confirmed in the US in 2000 with a photo taken by Bob Behrstock. [Josh Rose] found a specimen in 2001... took a photo in 2002..." (all at Santa Ana). Usually seen in October. Saw it here at Estero last November.  
Enroute home were 168 Cattle Egrets at the La Feria Sod Farm.

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August 8 Estero Llano Grande Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga    1, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Turkey Vulture, Osprey    1, Harris's Hawk    1, Crested Caracara, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Gull-billed Tern    2, Black Tern 1 (first I've seen at Estero), White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Pauraque    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    2, Least Flycatcher    1, Empidonax sp.    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow    1, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Clay-colored Thrush 2 (first in awhile), Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Black-and-white Warbler 1 (this one female, yesterday's a male), Northern Waterthrush 1 first in a long time, Olive Sparrow, Lark Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal, Painted Bunting 1 beautiful male, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird  , Orchard Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

August 11 Dixieland Park with three dogs in the unimproved area only from the road.  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    200, Mottled Duck    2, Pied-billed Grebe    6, Neotropic Cormorant    1, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    3, Green Heron    1, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    3, White Ibis 33, White-tailed Kite    1, Harris's Hawk    4, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern 1, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove    6, Yellow-billed Cuckoo    3, Common Nighthawk    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee    2, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    6, Purple Martin    40, Cave Swallow    2, Barn Swallow    8, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher    2, Olive Sparrow    1, Lark Sparrow    1, Pyrrhuloxia 3 (been a long time since I've seen these around here!), Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow.

August 12  Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
There for the Perseid Party and not for birding, I nevertheless detected Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Eastern Screech-Owl, Elf Owl 1, Lesser Nighthawks, Common Nighthawks, Common Pauraques... but best wee all the Groove-Billed Anis in the gardens as we prepped and received instruction.  One group of four fledglings no more than four feet off the ground were extremely endearing.

August 13 Rangerville Park, Harlingen TX While walking 3 dogs:  Mexican Ground Squirrel, Turkey Vulture    1, Killdeer    9, White-winged Dove    1, Mourning Dove    37, Inca Dove    5, Common Nighthawk    52, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Great Kiskadee    13, Couch's Kingbird    1, Northern Mockingbird    2, Curve-billed Thrasher    2, European Starling    12, Great-tailed Grackle    17, House Sparrow Tiocano Lake Mottled Duck    8, Snowy Egret    13, American Coot    2, Killdeer    1, Black-necked Stilt    8,American Avocet    26, Least Sandpiper    25, Stilt Sandpiper    200, Long-billed Dowitcher    100, Rock Pigeon    6, Red-winged Blackbird    5 Estero A brief rain stirs up many Common Nighthawks over the marsh, just off the deck.  With them are two extremely-ratty molting CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOWS!

August 14 Estero Butterfly Walk.  It's very dry with little bloom and few butterflies:  Giant Swallowtail, Great Southen White, Lyside Sulphur, Little Yellow, Gray Hairstreak, Western Pygmy-, Cyna, Ceraunus and Reakirt's Blues, American Snout, White Peacock, Mexican Bluewing (five, all but one on Green Jay Trail), Queen, Brown Longtail, White and Tropical Checkered-Skippers, Laviana and Turk's Cap White-Skippers, Clouded and Fiery Skippers, Southern Skipperling, and Whirlabout.

August 15 Estero ANCA-sponsored birder training has us leading 18 trainees:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck    6, 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, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Crested Caracara, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew    1, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull    3, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Common Pauraque    2, Chuck-will's-widow 1 (one flew over the water for a drink as we all watched from the deck about 4pm in broad daylight!) Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird    1, Ringed Kingfisher    1 at Alligator Lake, first in a long time, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher 1, my first of season, Least Flycatchers, Empidonax sp., Great Crested Flycatcher    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Olive Sparrow, Painted Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird ,Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Aug 17 Dixieland Park with three dogs around sorghum field:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    89, Pied-billed Grebe    4, Neotropic Cormorant    6, Great Blue Heron    1, Great Egret    5, Snowy Egret    2, Harris's Hawk    1, Killdeer    8, Black-necked Stilt    2, Least Sandpiper    8, Laughing Gull    20, Rock Pigeon    3, White-winged Dove    7, Mourning Dove    35, Common Ground-Dove    3, White-tipped Dove    1, Groove-billed Ani 2 (I think this is the first time I've seen them in this park), Great Kiskadee    1, Tropical Kingbird    2, Couch's Kingbird    2, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    4, Purple Martin    30, Bewick's Wren    1, Yellow Warbler    2, Olive Sparrow    1, Red-winged Blackbird    2, Great-tailed Grackle    19, House Sparrow    52

Aug 18 Estero Wood Stork    400, Osprey    1, Peregrine Falcon    1, Wilson's Phalarope    1, Yellow Warbler    2, Painted Bunting    3, Orchard Oriole    5, Lesser Goldfinch    2 (although I spent most of the day on the computer, Huck would alert me to some of the special birds he was seeing from the deck so I could see them-- thanks Huck!)

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Aug 19 Frontera Audubon Ctr (LTC 058) Just a half-hour walk here for lunch when it's over 100 degees!:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    38, Plain Chachalaca    10, Great Egret    5, Snowy Egret    5, Green Heron    1, Gray Hawk 1 (in downtown Weslaco!), White-winged Dove    31, Mourning Dove    1, Inca Dove    3, White-tipped Dove    4, Groove-billed Ani    5, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    8, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    11, Least Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee    6, Couch's Kingbird    2, Purple Martin    1, Black-crested Titmouse    3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, Clay-colored Thrush    1, Northern Mockingbird    1, Olive Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal    1, Lesser Goldfinch    2, House Sparrow 4  Just off the deck today at Estero:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal    25, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron 2, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill    2, Wood Stork    8, Turkey Vulture    1, Osprey    1, Cooper's Hawk    1, Harris's Hawk    2, Swainson's Hawk    1, Crested Caracara    1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope    5, Laughing Gull    1, Black Tern    2, Rock Pigeon    2, Eurasian Collared-Dove 2, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher 1 (beautiful viewing as he circled Ibis Pond just over the deck, twice!), Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, Green Jay    2, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher    1, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling, Yellow Warbler    2, Black-and-white Warbler    1, Yellow-breasted Chat 1 (my first of season), Painted Bunting    1, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle  , Bronzed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

August 20 A short stop on the way home at El Zacatal: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    86, Mottled Duck    1, Pied-billed Grebe    9, Neotropic Cormorant    74, Anhinga    4, Great Egret    1, Turkey Vulture    1, Common Moorhen    6, American Coot    88, Black-necked Stilt    6, Mourning Dove    1, Cave Swallow    X, Red-winged Blackbird    10, Great-tailed Grackle    2, and La Feria Sod Farm Cattle Egret    114, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew 35, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper , Long-billed Dowitcher, Great-tailed Grackle    373

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August 21 Butterfly Walk at Estero was pretty exciting:  Giant Swallowtail, Cloudless and Lyside Sulphur,  Gray Hairstreak, Ceraunus and Western Pygmy-Blues, Fatal Metalmark, American Snout, Gulf Fritillary, Phaon Crescent, White Peacock, Mexican Bluewing, Hermes Skipper, Queen, GUAVA SKIPPER, Brown Longtail, LONG-TAILED SKIPPER, FALCATE SKIPPER, MAZAN'S SCALLOPWING, Mournful Duskywing, White and Tropical Desert-Skippers, Laviana White-Skipper, Whirlabout, Clouded, Eufala, Fiery, and Celia's Roadside- Skippers.  A quick stop at La Feria Sod Farm found this time amidst yesterday's birds UPLAND and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS.

August 22 Estero Llano Grande SP Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal    40, Plain Chachalaca    4, Northern Bobwhite    2, Least Grebe    35, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant    7, Great Blue Heron    2, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron 1, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill    19, Turkey Vulture    1, White-tailed Kite    2, Cooper's Hawk, Crested Caracara, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani    8, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Common Nighthawk    3, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird , Western Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler    3, Olive Sparrow, Dickcissel 50 (usually blasting overhead, these were in small groups perched along the path from Alligator Lake to the Llano Grande, nicely viewed!), Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

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Aug 25 Valley Nature Center for a half-hour for lunch: Plain Chachalaca, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher , Great Kiskadee, White-eyed Vireo, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow Estero Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal 125, Plain Chachalaca, Northern Bobwhite, Least Grebe 50, Pied-billed Grebe, Anhinga    1, Least Bittern    1, Great Egret , Snowy Egret, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Osprey    1, Swainson's Hawk    1, Sora 2 (Both juvenile, first of season), Purple Gallinule 1, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Common Pauraque    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Empidonax sp. , Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse    2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    1, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Yellow-Breasted Chat, Olive Sparrow, Painted Bunting    1, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Orchard Oriole , Lesser Goldfinch    4, House Sparrow

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Intermediate Swainson's Hawk

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Aug 26 Estero Llano Grande SP My camera was stolen over the weekend so fellow Ranger Kyle O'Haver kindly agreed to let me use his photos today, posted above. Just Lakeview and Alligator Lake, 83 species :Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck    1, Blue-winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe    50, Pied-billed Grebe    1, Anhinga    1, Least Bittern    1, Great Blue Heron 1, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture    4, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite 4 (two were juveniles, all were up close and calling!), Cooper's Hawk    1, Harris's Hawk    2, Broad-winged Hawk 1 (first of season), Swainson's Hawk (beautiful intermediate) 1, Sora    2, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet    1, Spotted Sandpiper    2, Solitary Sandpiper    1, Greater Yellowlegs , Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper    1, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot    4, Groove-billed Ani, Eastern Screech-Owl 3 (at 2pm!), Common Pauraque    2, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1,Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird , Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    1, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Bank Swallow    1, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    8, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling    2, Yellow Warbler    6, Mourning Warbler 2, Canada Warbler 1, Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal    2, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.  Enroute home I stopped briefly at the La Feria sod farm Snowy Egret    2, Cattle Egret    142, Roseate Spoonbill    5, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Upland Sandpiper 9, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1, Long-billed Dowitcher, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, Mourning Dove    1, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark    1, Great-tailed Grackle

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Three Soras were in Grebe Marsh at Estero today.

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Aug 27 Enroute to work at Rangerville/Thieme intersection were two Red-Crowned Parrots on the telephone wire!  I went for lunch for a half-hour at Frontera Audubon Ctr (LTC 058): Plain Chachalaca    20, Tricolored Heron    1, Cooper's Hawk    1, Common Moorhen    1, White-winged Dove    30, Mourning Dove    4, Inca Dove    5, White-tipped Dove    1, Groove-billed Ani    1, Chimney Swift    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    18, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    8, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Empidonax sp.    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee    7, Couch's Kingbird    5, White-eyed Vireo    1, Barn Swallow    4, Carolina Wren    1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    3, Northern Mockingbird    1, Mourning Warbler 2 (first adults of the year), Canada Warbler 1, Olive Sparrow    1, Northern Cardinal    4

Black-throated Green Warbler

Aug 29 Estero Llano Grande SP morning bird walk: Fulvous Whistling-Duck 2, Blue-winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca, Northern Bobwhite    1, Least Grebe,  Pied-billed Grebe, Anhinga    1, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill    12, Turkey Vulture    5, Harris's Hawk    4, Swainson's Hawk 1 yesterday's phase, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet    4, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Least Tern    4, Forster's Tern    2, Black Skimmer, Rock Pigeon    1, Eurasian Collared-Dove    2, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Common Pauraque    2, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher    1, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird , Eastern Kingbird    1, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, Yellow Warbler    8, Olive Sparrow , Northern Cardinal    1, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.  Later in the day Javier, Huck and I checked out Lakeview, adding: White-tailed Kite    4, Semipalmated Sandpiper    1, Western Sandpiper    1, Common Pauraque    3, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Olive-sided Flycatcher 4, Brown-crested Flycatcher    2, Green Jay    2, Black-crested Titmouse    2, Carolina Wren    1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    20, Black-throated Green Warbler 2 (first of season), Black-and-white Warbler    1

Aug 30  I tried for the banding at Arroyo Colorado Unit but it had no signage and it was very dark so early in the morning, so instead I had a great time (my first time) in a very unorganized hour-long walk at Adolph Thomae County Park so I could be home in time for church:  Just an hour very unorganized walk through a park for my first time.
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    50, Blue-winged Teal, Wild Turkey 7, Great Blue Heron    4, Great Egret    3, Tricolored Heron    1, Green Heron    2, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    2, White Ibis    2, White-faced Ibis    32, Osprey    1, Harris's Hawk    1, Black-bellied Plover    4, Killdeer    1, Black-necked Stilt    25, Spotted Sandpiper    4, Willet    5, Long-billed Curlew    1, Sanderling    3, Least Sandpiper    6, Laughing Gull    16, Caspian Tern    2, Royal Tern    4, Rock Pigeon    20, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, White-winged Dove    1, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove    8, Common Ground-Dove    5, White-tipped Dove    1, Groove-billed Ani    11, Common Nighthawk    26, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    7, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 8, Great Crested Flycatcher    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee    3, Couch's Kingbird    7, Western Kingbird    1, Eastern Kingbird    2, Green Jay    2, Purple Martin    34, Cliff Swallow    20, Barn Swallow    5, Cactus Wren    1, Bewick's Wren    1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    8, Northern Mockingbird    20, Long-billed Thrasher    2, Curve-billed Thrasher    8, Yellow Warbler 17, Canada Warbler    1, Olive Sparrow    8, Northern Cardinal    1, Dickcissel, Great-tailed Grackle    20, Bronzed Cowbird    1, Brown-headed Cowbird    1, Orchard Oriole    1, Altamira Oriole    2, Lesser Goldfinch    2

Aug 31  Dixieland Park with three dogs in improved area only: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    70, Pied-billed Grebe    4, Neotropic Cormorant    6, Snowy Egret    4, Tricolored Heron    2, Osprey    1, Killdeer    2, Least Sandpiper    1, Laughing Gull    4, White-winged Dove    2, Mourning Dove    8, Inca Dove    6, Lesser Nighthawk    8, Ringed Kingfisher 1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    3, Great Kiskadee    6, Tropical Kingbird    2, Couch's Kingbird    2, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    2, Purple Martin    50, Cliff Swallow    8, Cave Swallow    2, Barn Swallow    8, Northern Mockingbird    2, Yellow Warbler    20, Dickcissel, Great-tailed Grackle    10, Bronzed Cowbird    2  Hugh Ramsey Park Great Egret    1, Cooper's Hawk    1, Harris's Hawk    1, White-winged Dove    22, Mourning Dove    2, Inca Dove    9, White-tipped Dove    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    2, Ruby-throated Hummingbird    1, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    15, Empidonax sp.    8, Brown-crested Flycatcher    5, Great Kiskadee    5, Couch's Kingbird    7, Purple Martin    50, Barn Swallow    10, Carolina Wren    1, Bewick's Wren    2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    2, Northern Mockingbird    2, Long-billed Thrasher    1, Curve-billed Thrasher    4, Yellow Warbler    7, Mourning Warbler 2, Yellow-breasted Chat 1, Olive Sparrow    5, Northern Cardinal    4, Blue Grosbeak 1, Great-tailed Grackle    2, Baltimore Oriole 1, House Sparrow    6

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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