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

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January 2010 Rio Grande Valley birding mostly

grasshopper sparrow

Jan 2 Estero  Becard seen four times near restrooms on Lakeview; Bobcat seen high up in a tree in Lakeview and also crossing grassy patch near deck.  Bird walk only into Lakeview and back.  Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga    1, Great Blue Heron    1, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, White-faced Ibis    14, Roseate Spoonbill    1, Turkey Vulture    125, White-tailed Kite    1, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk    1, White-tailed Hawk    1, Red-tailed Hawk    1, American Kestrel    1, Sora    1, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Lesser Yellowlegs    1, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe    1, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove 1, White-tipped Dove, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher 1, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird    2, Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Rose-throated Becard    1, Loggerhead Shrike    1, Green Jay    2, Tree Swallow    2, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler    1, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler    1, Lark Sparrow    1, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow    5, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark  1, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow
 

Jan 3 Estero Weslaco Christmas Bird Count Section 6 WBC 2 with Fran Bartle: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    618, Gadwall    6, Mottled Duck    2, Blue-winged Teal    18, Cinnamon Teal    7, Northern Shoveler    93, Green-winged Teal    20, Ring-necked Duck    8, Lesser Scaup    2, Ruddy Duck    27, Plain Chachalaca    6, Least Grebe    28, Pied-billed Grebe    3, American White Pelican    34, Neotropic Cormorant    123, Double-crested Cormorant    1, Anhinga    1, Great Blue Heron    2, Great Egret    2, Snowy Egret    2, Little Blue Heron    1, Tricolored Heron    2, White-faced Ibis    6, Roseate Spoonbill    1, Turkey Vulture    149, White-tailed Kite    1, Northern Harrier    3, Sharp-shinned Hawk    1, Cooper's Hawk    2, Red-shouldered Hawk    1, Red-tailed Hawk    1, Crested Caracara    1, Sora    1, Common Moorhen    11, American Coot    124, Black-necked Stilt    19, Spotted Sandpiper    3, Least Sandpiper    22, Stilt Sandpiper    14, Long-billed Dowitcher    93, Wilson's Snipe    2, Rock Pigeon    22, Mourning Dove    5, Inca Dove    1, Common Ground-Dove    13, White-tipped Dove    5, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    5, Ruby-throated Hummingbird    2, Black-chinned Hummingbird    1, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Green Kingfisher    3, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    5, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Eastern Phoebe    1, Vermilion Flycatcher    3, Great Kiskadee    8, Tropical Kingbird    1, Couch's Kingbird    3, Loggerhead Shrike    1, Blue-headed Vireo    1, Green Jay    1, Tree Swallow    2, Cave Swallow    7, Black-crested Titmouse    1, House Wren    1, Sedge Wren    1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet    5, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    4, Northern Mockingbird    7, Long-billed Thrasher    1, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling    6, Orange-crowned Warbler    8, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)    2, Common Yellowthroat    12, Lark Sparrow    5, Savannah Sparrow    88, Grasshopper Sparrow    10, Le Conte's Sparrow 1, Lincoln's Sparrow    19, Northern Cardinal    2, Red-winged Blackbird    628, Great-tailed Grackle    5, Altamira Oriole    1, Lesser Goldfinch    22, House Sparrow    11

Jan 4 El Zacatal  Nutria, plus a  Ringed Kingfisher at 281/506: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    20, Mottled Duck    1, Ring-necked Duck    3, Lesser Scaup    6, Ruddy Duck    11, Pied-billed Grebe    3, American White Pelican    5, Neotropic Cormorant    57, Anhinga    8, Great Blue Heron    3, Great Egret    9, Snowy Egret    28, Tricolored Heron    2, White Ibis    11, Harris's Hawk    6, Red-tailed Hawk    1, American Coot    40, Great Kiskadee    1, Tree Swallow    1, European Starling    5 

yellow-crowned night-heron

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lark bunting

greater yellowlegs
Does the bill appear to be DEcurved?!

whitetailed hawk

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Jan 5 Bentsen Christmas Bird Count Section 10a with Gary Davidson and Mary Beth Stowe:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    6, Greater White-fronted Goose    29, Gadwall    1, American Wigeon    1, Mottled Duck    13, Blue-winged Teal    46, Cinnamon Teal    2, Northern Shoveler    14, Ring-necked Duck    1, Lesser Scaup    1, Ruddy Duck    5, Least Grebe    5, Pied-billed Grebe    1, Double-crested Cormorant    3, Anhinga    1, Great Blue Heron    6, Great Egret    8, Snowy Egret    2, Cattle Egret    16, Black-crowned Night-Heron    6, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    5, Turkey Vulture    3, White-tailed Kite    5, Sharp-shinned Hawk    2, Cooper's Hawk    2, Harris's Hawk    6, Red-shouldered Hawk    1, Gray Hawk 1, way up north in a cemetery on Taylor, White-tailed Hawk    2, Red-tailed Hawk    15, Crested Caracara    4, American Kestrel    14, American Coot    22, Killdeer    2, Black-necked Stilt    15, Spotted Sandpiper    3, Greater Yellowlegs    1, Lesser Yellowlegs    2, Least Sandpiper    85, Stilt Sandpiper    26, Long-billed Dowitcher    8, Rock Pigeon    670, Eurasian Collared-Dove    9, White-winged Dove    1, Mourning Dove    55, Inca Dove    34, Common Ground-Dove    1, Green Parakeet    70, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    13, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Belted Kingfisher    1, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    44, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    8, Eastern Phoebe    12, Great Kiskadee    29, Tropical Kingbird    5, Tropical/Couch's Kingbird    4, Loggerhead Shrike    15, Blue-headed Vireo    4, Green Jay    5, Black-crested Titmouse    1, House Wren    18, Ruby-crowned Kinglet    13, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    11, Northern Mockingbird    67, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling    113, Orange-crowned Warbler    45, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)    42, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)    2, Black-throated Green Warbler    1, Yellow-throated Warbler    1, Pine Warbler    1, Common Yellowthroat    3, Olive Sparrow    3, Cassin's Sparrow    2, Chipping Sparrow    19, Vesper Sparrow    1, Savannah Sparrow    26, Grasshopper Sparrow    2, Lincoln's Sparrow    5, Northern Cardinal    8, Indigo Bunting    1, Red-winged Blackbird    600, Western Meadowlark    52, Great-tailed Grackle    960, Lesser Goldfinch    9, House Sparrow    630

wheatear on a tractor

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wheatear wings

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Jan 6   Beeville TX John Bontrager farm Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel , Sandhill Crane, Mourning Dove, NORTHERN WHEATEAR  1, meadowlark sp. FM59/I-37 Brewer's Blackbird Choke Canyon SP (Calliham Unit) (McMullen Co.)(CTC 082) at 75acre pond.  no time to explore the rest of the park. Gadwall, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal    2, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe    2, American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, American Coot, Northern Jacana    1, Greater Yellowlegs, Laughing Gull, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  1, Loggerhead Shrike, Green Jay, Black-crested Titmouse, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit , Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow    2, Northern Cardinal , Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow Hawk Alley (TX 285) (Kleberg Co.)(CTC 095) Turkey Vulture, Harris's Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk 1, Crested Caracara, American Kestrel 

Jan 7 Dixieland Park with three dogs in unimproved area only: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    13, Mottled Duck    2, Lesser Scaup    150, Plain Chachalaca    X, Pied-billed Grebe    4, American White Pelican    10, Neotropic Cormorant    6, Double-crested Cormorant    10, Great Blue Heron    1, Green Heron    1, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite    1, Sharp-shinned Hawk    1, Cooper's Hawk    1, Harris's Hawk    1, American Kestrel    2, American Coot    10, Killdeer    42, Spotted Sandpiper    1, Forster's Tern    10, Rock Pigeon    3, Mourning Dove    31, Common Ground-Dove    4, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    2, Eastern Phoebe    2, Great Kiskadee    2, Tropical Kingbird    2, Loggerhead Shrike    1, Tree Swallow    10, House Wren    1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet    1, American Robin 1, Northern Mockingbird    9, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, American Pipit    3, Orange-crowned Warbler    10, Savannah Sparrow    12, Lincoln's Sparrow    2, Red-winged Blackbird    23, Eastern Meadowlark    1, Great-tailed Grackle    90

Jan 9 Estero Llano Grande SP Gadwall, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret    1, Roseate Spoonbill  1, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Harris's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara    3, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe    1, Caspian Tern    2, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove    1, Common Pauraque    3, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird    1, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher  1, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Green Jay    1, Tree Swallow, Cave Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher    1, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Black-throated Gray Warbler  1, Black-and-white Warbler    1, Common Yellowthroat , Wilson's Warbler    1, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal    1, Red-winged Blackbird, meadowlark sp.    1, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow

Jan 10  Estero Llano Grande SP After two freezes butterflies are emerging!:Tropical Leafwing, Little Yellow, Gulf Fritillary, Red Admiral, Clytie Ministreak, Sleepy Orange, Laviana White-Skipper, Clouded Skipper, Queen, White-Checkered-Skipper, Large Orange, American Snout! Gadwall    2, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Harris's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Caspian Tern 1, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot  69, Common Pauraque  3, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Green Jay, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cave Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher , Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler    2, Lark Sparrow    10, Savannah Sparrow    2, Grasshopper Sparrow    1, Lincoln's Sparrow    2, Eastern Meadowlark    2, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.  Lunch at Valley Nature CenterPlain Chachalaca, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Clay-colored Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Ovenbird    1

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Jan 15  Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Notes:    398 green-banded white pelican Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis    1, Roseate Spoonbill    20, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Harris's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Gray Hawk    2, Red-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, American Kestrel, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    1, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo    1, Green Jay    16, Tree Swallow, Cave Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit    1, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Common Yellowthroat, Olive Sparrow    6, Northern Cardinal    1, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Altamira Oriole    6, House Sparrow 

Jan 17  Dixieland Park  unimproved section only w/3dogs Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    15, Lesser Scaup    150, Ruddy Duck    2, Pied-billed Grebe    4, Neotropic Cormorant    3, Green Heron    1, White-tailed Kite    1, American Kestrel    1, American Coot    22, Spotted Sandpiper    2, Forster's Tern    4, Common Ground-Dove    3, Tree Swallow    34, Northern Mockingbird    1, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Vesper Sparrow 2, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow

Jan 19 Tiocano Lake Greater White-fronted Goose    3, Gadwall    30, Blue-winged Teal    50, Cinnamon Teal    2, Northern Shoveler    162, Green-winged Teal    300, Great Blue Heron    2, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    3, Little Blue Heron    1, White-faced Ibis    3, Roseate Spoonbill    3, White-tailed Kite    1, Harris's Hawk    3, American Coot    75, Black-necked Stilt    7, American Avocet    32, Long-billed Dowitcher    250, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Kiskadee, European Starling    19, Red-winged Blackbird    298, Great-tailed Grackle    505

Jan 22 EIGHTY-TWO DEGREES and SUNNY so it was a total delight to be on the Butterfly Walk today at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco, as Mike Rickard has already noted in his post.  A White-Tipped Moth evidently escaped death by freezing, as did more butterflies than I expected, as if just enjoying the company of friends was not enough!:
 
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Mazan’s Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
 
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)
White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde)
Yellow Angled-Sulphur (Anteos maerula)
 
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-Blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
 
Reakirt’s Blue (Hemiargus isola)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

 
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)
 
Frontera Audubon Ctr (LTC 058 for lunch, a half-hour) Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird    1, Black-chinned Hummingbird    1, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Tropical Parula    1, Ovenbird    1, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler    1, Northern Cardinal    1, Lesser Goldfinch   

white phase reddish egret

Chihuahuan Raven

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Jan 23 Dixieland Park Lesser Scaup    154, Pied-billed Grebe    4, Neotropic Cormorant    27, Double-crested Cormorant    2, Great Blue Heron    11, Snowy Egret    1, Turkey Vulture    4, Osprey    1, Cooper's Hawk    1, American Coot    40, Killdeer    12, Laughing Gull    65, Forster's Tern    1, Mourning Dove    3, Tree Swallow    1, Northern Mockingbird    7, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, Savannah Sparrow    11, Grasshopper Sparrow    1, Red-winged Blackbird    1, Great-tailed Grackle    8

Hwy 48 (Brownsville- So. Padre I.)(LTC 039)   Far less birds than my last trip here when there were hundreds of egrets and spoonbills.  Water had receded very much. Northern Shoveler, Brown Booby    1, Northern Gannet, Brown Pelican    9, Neotropic Cormorant    9, Double-crested Cormorant    2, Great Blue Heron    11, Great Egret, Snowy Egret    1, Little Blue Heron    1, Reddish Egret    1, Black Vulture    1, Turkey Vulture    6, Osprey    2, White-tailed Kite    3, Northern Harrier    3, Cooper's Hawk    1, Harris's Hawk    5, Red-shouldered Hawk    1, White-tailed Hawk    2, Red-tailed Hawk    4, Crested Caracara    5, American Kestrel    2, Peregrine Falcon    1, Ruddy Turnstone    1, Sanderling    2, Laughing Gull    90, Ring-billed Gull    8, Herring Gull    6, Great Black-backed Gull    1, Caspian Tern    2, Forster's Tern    2, Royal Tern    3, Black Skimmer    1, Rock Pigeon    14, Mourning Dove    6, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe    1, Couch's Kingbird    14, Loggerhead Shrike    1, White-eyed Vireo    2, Chihuahuan Raven    2, Northern Mockingbird    15, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling    6, Orange-crowned Warbler    6, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)    1, Eastern Meadowlark    1, Great-tailed Grackle    16

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A Great Horned Owl was on its nest
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Jan 24  Dixieland Park    with three dogs on uncivilized side Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    1, Mottled Duck    2, Lesser Scaup    150, Pied-billed Grebe    6, Neotropic Cormorant    50, Double-crested Cormorant    28, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    2, Black-crowned Night-Heron    1, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    3, Turkey Vulture    2, Osprey    1, White-tailed Kite    1, Northern Harrier    1, American Kestrel    1, American Coot    40, Laughing Gull    60, Forster's Tern    6, Mourning Dove    3, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Tropical Kingbird    2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher , Savannah Sparrow    24, Lincoln's Sparrow  1  Anzalduas County Pk (LTC 068) Notes:    Extremely windy with lots of families barbecueing...Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser    1, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Black Vulture    2, Turkey Vulture    100, Gray Hawk    1, Zone-tailed Hawk    1, American Kestrel    2, American Coot, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper    2, Greater Yellowlegs    1, Lesser Yellowlegs    2, Least Sandpiper    3, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Great Horned Owl  1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    X, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet    1, Black Phoebe    1, Eastern Phoebe    1, Vermilion Flycatcher    3, Great Kiskadee, Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Green Jay, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit    100, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark    1, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch

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Jan 25 Estero Llano Grande SP nice walk with Mark Klym and Tom Pendleton.  Number of species:    71  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    1, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mottled Duck    4, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal  6, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron    1, Tricolored Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron    1, White Ibis    3, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite    1, Northern Harrier    1, Cooper's Hawk    1, American Kestrel    1, Merlin 1, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Common Pauraque    1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Eastern Phoebe, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird    4, Couch's Kingbird    2, Green Jay, House Wren, Marsh Wren    1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler    1, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow

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rock wren

Jan 26 El Rancho pond Just a quick stop to see if this was still a good spot for Canvasback-- and it is!  American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback    1, American Coot, and a quick stop at Anzalduas Park where the highlights were definitely ROCK WREN and HOUSE FINCHES!

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audubons oriole

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Cheryl keeps the goat away from the feeders.

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Jan 27 Salineņo Number of species:    52 Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Mexican), Mottled Duck, Northern Pintail    4, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Plain Chachalaca 8, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron    2, White-faced Ibis  1, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Gray Hawk    1, Zone-tailed Hawk 1, Crested Caracara, American Coot, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Tree Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  1, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole    3, Altamira Oriole    7, Audubon's Oriole    2, House Sparrow  Starr County Park (LTC 082) Number of species:    37 Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, American Kestrel, Killdeer, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Loggerhead Shrike, Green Jay, Tree Swallow, Cactus Wren    2, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow    1, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Cardinal    1, Pyrrhuloxia, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch    1, House Sparrow Falcon SP (Starr Co.)(LTC 084)
Number of species:    21 Northern Bobwhite, Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay    2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Altamira Oriole    1 StarrCo 83 Roadside Pond American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead 1, Ruddy Duck, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret , Snowy Egret 

Jan 28 RanchoToluca Rd outside of Progreso Notes:    upon the advice of David!  Cooper's Hawk    1, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird 3, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Jan 29 Estero Llano Grande SP Number of species:    88  Fulvous Whistling-Duck    1, Gadwall    2, American Wigeon, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal    3, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup    1, Ruddy Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron    1, Tricolored Heron    1, Green Heron    1, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite    1, Northern Harrier    1, Sharp-shinned Hawk    1, Cooper's Hawk    1, Harris's Hawk    2, Red-tailed Hawk    2, Sora 2, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper    1, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe    1, Caspian Tern    2, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Common Pauraque    3, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Green Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird    4, Couch's Kingbird    1, Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    1, White-eyed Vireo    3, Blue-headed Vireo    1, Green Jay    2, Tree Swallow    6, Black-crested Titmouse    4, Carolina Wren    1, Marsh Wren    1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Clay-colored Thrush    1, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher    1, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Black-throated Gray Warbler    1, Yellow-throated Warbler    1, Black-and-white Warbler    2, Common Yellowthroat, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow  Frontera Audubon Ctr (LTC 058) Number of species:    21. Quick lunch walk for half-hour.  Plain Chachalaca, Anhinga    1, Inca Dove    30, White-tipped Dove    2, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, White-eyed Vireo    2, Blue-headed Vireo    1, Tree Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Ovenbird    1, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler  1, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow

Jan 30 Dixieland Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Lesser Scaup    100, Ruddy Duck    1, Pied-billed Grebe    4, American White Pelican    4, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant , Snowy Egret    3, Cattle Egret    1, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey    1, American Coot    40, Spotted Sandpiper    2, Forster's Tern    8, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow    1, Great-tailed Grackle Estero Llano Grande SP Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Harris's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Sora, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Purple Martin    3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat , Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow

Jan 31 Frontera Audubon Ctr (LTC 058) Arrived at 7am, about to go to work at 7:50 but just couldn't leave.  At 8am (when I should a have been at work) out flew the Object of Our Desire, from the thicket into the orchard, sitting in an orange trio.  It then flew to the house to the south, sitting out in plain view.  Traffic stopped on Texas Blvd as we grabbed our scopes and ran across the street.  I got two obscured photos through the branches of the orange tree, but my batteries went dead when he flew into plain view.  I ran back to the car, got a new set, put them in the camera and ran back, but he had flown down the street.  I could have followed but by now I didn't want to be TOO late for work... Number of species:    16  Plain Chachalaca    6, Turkey Vulture, RoaDsiDe Hawk, White-tipped Dove    3, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    2, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird    2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    1, Great Kiskadee    4, Black-crested Titmouse    2, Carolina Wren    1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet    2, Northern Mockingbird    3, Orange-crowned Warbler    2, Common Yellowthroat    1, Northern Cardinal    1, Altamira Oriole    2.  Huck found a WESTERN TANAGER at Estero Llano Grande State Park near Green Jay Trail.

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