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

September 2009 South Texas birding













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Sept 1  Dixieland Park with 3 dogs, improved section only: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Pied-billed Grebe    6, Neotropic Cormorant    3, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    28, American Coot    2, Killdeer, Laughing Gull    2, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Purple Martin    50, Bank Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    1, Northern Mockingbirds, Yellow Warbler, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow  South Padre Island Extremely rushed visit: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    30, Mottled Duck 2, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret    1, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    4, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill    7, Osprey    1, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher 1, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Black Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Nighthawk, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher  1 (my first of season), Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Empidonax sp., Great Crested Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Tropical Parula    1, Yellow Warbler, Prairie Warbler    1, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat,  Seaside Sparrow 1, Blue Grosbeak    1, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole 1 (my first of season!), House Sparrow

Sep 3 Estero Llano Grande SP Down Mntc Road onto Levy, to Alligator Lake and back past Dowitcher to HQ then Lakeview: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck    1, Blue-winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca, Northern Bobwhite    4, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga    1, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron    2, White-faced Ibis    1, Roseate Spoonbill    20, Wood Stork    8, Turkey Vulture, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite, Harris's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk 1, Common Moorhen, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Yellow-billed Cuckoo    1, Groove-billed Ani, Barn Owl    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher    1, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Great Crested Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Western Kingbird    2, White-eyed Vireo,Green Jay, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Altamira Oriole    1 (my first at this park!), Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Photo by Dalia Villarreal
wind scorpion

Sep 4 Estero Night Hike  We saw lots of Banded Bark Scorpions, a rather large WHIP SCORPION, lots of Pauraques and bugs at the black light, Night-Blooming Cereus (Queen of the Night) was in full bloom, but the biggest crowd-pleaser by far was the Alligator swimming toward us, big cow eyes glowing red.  The skies were cloudy meaning we couldn't see some of my favorite constellations, nor the full moon, nor Jupiter...

Sep 5 Estero Llano Grande SP Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    50, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    7, Mottled Duck    1, Blue-winged Teal    75, Plain Chachalaca    6, Northern Bobwhite    1, Least Grebe    40, Pied-billed Grebe    1, Neotropic Cormorant    3, Great Blue Heron    3, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill    20, Wood Stork    40, Turkey Vulture    6, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite    4, Cooper's Hawk    1, Harris's Hawk    1, Swainson's Hawk    1, Crested Caracara    1, King Rail 1, Common Moorhen, ,American Coot 1, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull 1, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Common Pauraque    3, Buff-bellied Hummingbird ,Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp. , Great Crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Barn Swallow, Carolina Wren    1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat 1, Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Painted Bunting 1, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Orchard Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Northern Waterthrush.jpg

Black-crested Titmouse

Yellow-breasted Chat

Painted Bunting

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Great Kiskadee

Great-crested Flycatcher

Great-crested Flycatcher

Empid. sp

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Sep 6 Arroyo Colorado Unit Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Harris's Hawk    1, Sora 1, Common Moorhen, White-winged Dove, Great Horned Owl 3, Common Nighthawk    2, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Empidonax sp., Great Crested Flycatcher 3, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee, Black-crested Titmouse    1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow-breasted Chat, Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Painted Bunting 1, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole

Sep 7 Dixieland Park with three dogs, a grass fire, a plowed-under sorghum field, and lots of construction but nevertheless:  Plain Chachalaca    X, Pied-billed Grebe    3, Neotropic Cormorant    3, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    3, Green Heron    2, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, White-tailed Kite    1, Killdeer    2, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Laughing Gull    5, Forster's Tern    1, Rock Pigeon    2, White-winged Dove    4, Mourning Dove    2, Inca Dove    1, Common Ground-Dove    6, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Vermilion Flycatcher 1 (first of season!), Tropical Kingbird    1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    4, Purple Martin    10, Cave Swallow    2, Barn Swallow    30, Northern Mockingbird    8, Curve-billed Thrasher    3, Olive Sparrow    2, Dickcissel    1, Great-tailed Grackle    2, Bronzed Cowbird    2, Altamira Oriole 1 (I think the first I've seen in this park!), House Sparrow    6

Sep 8   Harlingen Thicket WBC (LTC 028) with 3 dogs: Killdeer    2, White-winged Dove    6, Mourning Dove    2, Groove-billed Ani    7, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    2, Empidonax sp.    2, Great Crested Flycatcher 2, Couch's Kingbird    1, White-eyed Vireo    2, Bank Swallow    2, Cave Swallow    2, Barn Swallow    10,Northern Mockingbird    2,Curve-billed Thrasher    2, Olive Sparrow    7, Northern Cardinal 3, Great-tailed Grackle    2, Orchard Oriole    1, Altamira Oriole 1 (maybe my first at this park), Lesser Goldfinch    8

Sep 9 Dixieland Park with 3 dogs: White-tailed Kite 1, Harris's Hawk 4, American Coot 2, Killdeer, Laughing Gull , Forster's Tern 2, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove 2, Common Ground-Dove, Couch's Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird , Curve-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow  

Sep 11 Estero Llano Grande SP Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Turkey Vulture, Harris's Hawk, Crested Caracara, Common Moorhen, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Red-winged  Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow

brown anole
A Brown Anole sunning himself at the Park today.

spinysoftshell
Estella and Wes found this tiny baby Spiny Softshell today

Sep 13 Estero Llano Grande SP Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Roseate Spoonbill, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, White-tailed Kite, Cooper's Hawk, Common Moorhen, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Common Pauraque    4, Chuck-will's-widow 1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher    1, Eastern Wood-Pewee    1, Empidonax sp., Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Green Jay, Barn Swallow, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Clay-colored Thrush    2, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Indigo Bunting    3, Painted Bunting    2, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole    10, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

9/14 Estero Llano Grande SP Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal    4, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe    1, Neotropic Cormorant    1, Anhinga    4, Great Blue Heron    1, Great Egret    1, Wood Stork    20, Turkey Vulture    6, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite    4, Peregrine Falcon    1, Common Moorhen, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull    2, Rock Pigeon    1, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher 1, Great Kiskadee, White-eyed Vireo    1, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling    3, Mourning Warbler    1, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole 4, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.  Steve Sinclair from Valley Morning Star was over, so I took him back to Lakeview.  We found a big six-foot Bull Snake and the skin of a Texas Patched-Nose Snake!

9/15  South Padre Island Mottled Duck    4, Blue-winged Teal    64, Brown Pelican    27, Neotropic Cormorant    1, Least Bittern    2, Great Blue Heron    12, Great Egret    15, Snowy Egret    33, Little Blue Heron    10, Tricolored Heron    15, Reddish Egret    3, Cattle Egret    46, Green Heron    3, Black-crowned Night-Heron    5, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    3, White Ibis    66, Roseate Spoonbill    14, Wood Stork    1, Osprey    2, Harris's Hawk    1, Peregrine Falcon    1, Common Moorhen    18, Black-bellied Plover    2, Snowy Plover    1, Wilson's Plover    1, Semipalmated Plover    2, Piping Plover    3, Killdeer    1, Black-necked Stilt    6, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Willet    28, Lesser Yellowlegs    1, Long-billed Curlew    2, Marbled Godwit    5, Ruddy Turnstone    5, Sanderling    20, Western Sandpiper    20, Least Sandpiper    30, Stilt Sandpiper    100, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull    144, Least Tern    6, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer    1, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, Mourning Dove    1, Groove-billed Ani    1,Ruby-throated Hummingbird    3, Olive-sided Flycatcher    2, Eastern Wood-Pewee    1, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher    3, Least Flycatcher    3, Empidonax sp.    14, Vermilion Flycatcher    1, Great Crested Flycatcher    2, Eastern Kingbird    6, Warbling Vireo    2, Northern Mockingbird    2, Yellow Warbler    11, Mourning Warbler    1, Wilson's Warbler    10, Canada Warbler    1, Yellow-breasted Chat    3, Lark Sparrow    4, Blue Grosbeak    1, Great-tailed Grackle    83, Baltimore Oriole    5

four-lined skink
My first photo ever of a Four-Lined Skink, at Estero!

Clay-Colored Sparrow
A pair of Clay-Colored Sparrows six weeks early!

clay-colored sparrow

whimbrel

Sep 16 Estero Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler    1, Green-winged Teal, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite    1, Broad-winged Hawk    1, Peregrine Falcon    1, Common Moorhen, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, White-eyed Vireo, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow  South Padre Island Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck    8, Blue-winged Teal, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Cattle Egret, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Osprey    2, Common Moorhen, Black-bellied Plover    2, Snowy Plover, Semipalmated Plover    1, Piping Plover    1, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Willet, Whimbrel 1, Marbled Godwit    2, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Olive-sided Flycatcher    1, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher    3, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo    1, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler    1, American Redstart    1, Northern Waterthrush    1, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler    1, Yellow-breasted Chat    1, Clay-colored Sparrow 2 (six weeks early!), Blue Grosbeak    1, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Baltimore Oriole    2

blue tilapia
One of the Blue Tilapia Huck & I fed to the alligator.

9/17 Estero Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, ,Mottled Duck    8, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler 8, Green-winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca    4, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant    1, Anhinga    4, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron    1, White Ibis    2, Wood Stork    5, Turkey Vulture, Harris's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon    1, Sora    1, Common Moorhen, American Coot 1, Killdeer , Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet    3, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Solitary Sandpiper    1, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Common Pauraque    2, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher    2, Green Kingfisher    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher    1, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Great Crested Flycatcher    2, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird    1, Couch's Kingbird    1, White-eyed Vireo    1 ,Green Jay    1, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher    1, Curve-billed Thrasher    2, European Starling    3, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart    1, Mourning Warbler    1, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Sep 18 Estero My 28th Butterfly Walk since arriving as Park Naturalist:  Pipevine and Giant Swallowtails, Large Orange, DAINTY and Lyside Sulphurs, TAILED ORANGE, Little Yellow, SILVER-BANDED HAIRSTREAK, Ceraunus and Western Pygmy-Blue,  Fatal Metalmark, American Snout, White Peacock, Monarch, Sickle-Winged Skipper, White and Tropical Checkered-Skippers, Turk's-cap White-Skipper, Clouded and Fiery Skippers, Whirlabout, Southern Broken-Dash. El Zacatal after work: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    360, Mottled Duck    2, Pied-billed Grebe    3, Neotropic Cormorant    208, Anhinga    7, Great Egret    17, Snowy Egret    11, Cattle Egret    10, Common Moorhen    3 ,American Coot    28, Killdeer    1, Forster's Tern    9

Sep 19 Tiocano Lake Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    20, Blue-winged Teal    20, American White Pelican    18, Great Blue Heron    2, Great Egret    2, Snowy Egret    1, Little Blue Heron    4, Tricolored Heron    5, Cattle Egret    5, White Ibis    18, White-faced Ibis    10, Roseate Spoonbill    2, Killdeer    2, Black-necked Stilt    13, Lesser Yellowlegs    2, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, Couch's Kingbird    2

Sep 20 Ted Hunt/510 Bayview Little Blue Heron    1, Roseate Spoonbill    4, Osprey    2, Black-necked Stilt    2 South Padre Island Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    9, American Wigeon    1, Mallard (Domestic type)    1, Mottled Duck    8, Blue-winged Teal    10, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail    6, Pied-billed Grebe    1, Brown Pelican    37, Neotropic Cormorant    1, Least Bittern    2, Great Blue Heron    17, Great Egret    10, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron    6, Tricolored Heron    8, Reddish Egret    4, Cattle Egret    10, Black-crowned Night-Heron    17, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    5, White Ibis    77, White-faced Ibis    12, Roseate Spoonbill    8, Osprey    5, Clapper Rail 7, Sora    1, Common Moorhen    27, Black-bellied Plover 5, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet    18, Lesser Yellowlegs, Whimbrel    1, Long-billed Curlew    1, Marbled Godwit    5, Ruddy Turnstone    2, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer    4, Eurasian Collared-Dove    1, Groove-billed Ani    1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher    1, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird    6, Bell's Vireo    1, Warbling Vireo 4, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird    3, Yellow Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler    1, American Redstart    1, Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler    2, Seaside Sparrow    1, Blue Grosbeak    1, Painted Bunting    1, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Baltimore Oriole    3

9/21 Estero training exercise with Wes and Estella; also had Hispid Cotton Rat, Harvester Ant, Tarantula, Br Longtail, W peacock, Monarch, Queen, Red saddlebags, wandering Glider, RedTailed Pennant, Common Green Darner, Roseate Skimmer, Blue and SpotTailed Dashers, Gambusia, RedEared Slider, Diamondback Watersnake, Texas Spotted Whiptail, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Least Bittern, Common Moorhen, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl, Common Pauraque, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Belted Kingfisher    1, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Great Kiskadee, White-eyed Vireo, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Baltimore Oriole

Sep 22 Valley Nature Center at lunchtime for half hour: Plain Chachalaca    15 ,White-winged Dove    38, Mourning Dove    2, Inca Dove    4, White-tipped Dove    4, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    5, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    6, Great Kiskadee    5, Couch's Kingbird    4, White-eyed Vireo    1, Carolina Wren    1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    2, Clay-colored Thrush 2, Northern Mockingbird    2, Curve-billed Thrasher 1, Yellow Warbler    1, Wilson's Warbler    6, Great-tailed Grackle    10, House Sparrow    110

Sep 24 Falcon State Park  Huck Hutchens, Bryan Zvolanek, and John Yochum--Northern Bobwhite    4, Neotropic Cormorant    3, Great Blue Heron    3, Great Egret    5, Snowy Egret    2, Black Vulture    1, Turkey Vulture    14, Osprey    1, Crested Caracara    5, Killdeer    5, Laughing Gull    2, Herring Gull    3, White-winged Dove    2, Common Ground-Dove    3, Greater Roadrunner    3, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird    8, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    4, Empidonax sp.    1, Vermilion Flycatcher    2, Great Crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee    2, Couch's Kingbird    2, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    1, Loggerhead Shrike    2, White-eyed Vireo    2, Green Jay    3, Barn Swallow    1500, Cactus Wren    2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    15, Northern Mockingbird    8, Curve-billed Thrasher    4, Nashville Warbler    8, Yellow Warbler (Northern)    10, Black-and-white Warbler    2,Common Yellowthroat    1, Wilson's Warbler    1, Olive Sparrow    5, Lark Sparrow    10, Northern Cardinal    3, Pyrrhuloxia    1, Indigo Bunting    2, Dickcissel    4, Yellow-headed Blackbird 4, Great-tailed Grackle    300, Baltimore Oriole 20. Salineno  Pied-billed Grebe    1, Great Blue Heron    2, Snowy Egret    5, Turkey Vulture    2, Osprey    2, Cooper's Hawk    1,Spotted Sandpiper    3, Solitary Sandpiper    1, Inca Dove    3, Common Ground-Dove    3, Groove-billed Ani    2, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Alder Flycatcher    1, Great Crested Flycatcher    2, Great Kiskadee    3, Couch's Kingbird    3, Green Jay    2, Bank Swallow    10, Barn Swallow    500, Black-crested Titmouse    2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    9, Nashville Warbler    2, Mourning Warbler    2, Olive Sparrow    2, Northern Cardinal    6, Great-tailed Grackle    2


Sep 26 from my perch at the grand opening of South Padre Island WBC (LTC 035) Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Pied-billed Grebe, Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret    1, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Common Moorhen, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Whimbrel    1, Western Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Belted Kingfisher    1, Purple Martin 4, Barn Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle

red-eared slider
Two of these Sliders appeared on the deck (in Bryan's hand).

Sep 30 Estero traditional route, plus lakeview: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler    1, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican    60, Neotropic Cormorant    2, Anhinga    1, Great Blue Heron    2, Great Egret    6, Snowy Egret    2, Little Blue Heron    1, Tricolored Heron    2, Green Heron    1, White Ibis    3, White-faced Ibis    9, Wood Stork    3, Turkey Vulture    9, Osprey    1, Northern Harrier    1, Harris's Hawk    1, Red-shouldered Hawk    1, Broad-winged Hawk    1, Sora    2, Common Moorhen, American Coot    6, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet    1, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper    1, Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Caspian Tern    1, Forster's Tern    2, Rock Pigeon    2, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove    1, Eastern Screech-Owl    1, Common Pauraque    3, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Belted Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    3, Empidonax sp., Great Crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    1,Loggerhead Shrike    1, White-eyed Vireo    2, Green Jay    3, Northern Rough-winged Swallow    1, Bank Swallow, Cave Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren    3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Nashville Warbler    3, Mourning Warbler    1, Northern Cardinal, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow  Frontera Audubon Ctr (LTC 058) quick lunchtime walk: Plain Chachalaca, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Empidonax sp., Great Crested Flycatcher    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo    3, Black-crested Titmouse    2Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    3, Northern Mockingbird, Nashville Warbler    5, Yellow Warbler    1, Black-throated Green Warbler    1, Ovenbird    3, Mourning Warbler    1, Canada Warbler    1, Summer Tanager    1, Northern Cardinal    3, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow
















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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