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Rio Grande Valley Texas birds, butterflies, dragonflies. etc May 2010

 
   
 

May 1 Hidalgo County (Bentsen SP) Mourning Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl , Elf Owl 5 (at least!), Lesser Nighthawk, Common Pauraque, Chuck-will's-widow
(Estero Llano Grande SP mostly) Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Gadwall, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, White-tailed Kite, American Coot, American Golden-Plover, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Baird's Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Green Parakeet, Red-crowned Parrot    1, Groove-billed Ani, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet    1, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, White-eyed Vireo, Horned Lark, Cave Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Claycolored Thrush, Lesser Goldfinch  (Starr Co) Black-bellied, Whistling-Duck, Muscovy Duck    2, Mallard (Mexican)    1, Mottled Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Scaled Quail 4, Northern Bobwhite, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey 1, Harris's Hawk, Gray Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk    1, Crested Caracara, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Rock Pigeon, Red-billed Pigeon 4, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Nighthawk, Common Pauraque, Common Poorwill, Whip-poor-will, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Green Jay, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 1, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Olive Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, Altamira Oriole, House Sparrow (Cameron County)

May 10 Dixieland Park, Harlingen Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  1, Pied-billed Grebe    1, Neotropic Cormorant    25, Great Egret    1, Snowy Egret    8, Osprey    1, Killdeer    4, Laughing Gull    14, White-winged Dove    5, Mourning Dove    29, Chimney Swift    6, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    2, Tropical Kingbird    2, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    6, Loggerhead Shrike    2, Purple Martin    3, Northern Rough-winged Swallow    2, Cave Swallow    1, Barn Swallow    3, Northern Mockingbird    3, Common Yellowthroat    1, Blue Grosbeak    1, Red-winged Blackbird    14, Eastern Meadowlark    2, Great-tailed Grackle    29, Bronzed Cowbird    9, House Sparrow    6

May 14 Dixieland Park, Harlingen Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  3, Pied-billed Grebe    1, Neotropic Cormorant    17, Double-crested Cormorant    1, Snowy Egret    9, Black-crowned Night-Heron    2, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    1, Killdeer    2, Laughing Gull    16, Forster's Tern    2, Rock Pigeon    7, White-winged Dove    2, Mourning Dove    20, Chimney Swift    3, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    1, Tropical Kingbird    4, Couch's Kingbird    1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    2, Loggerhead Shrike    1, Purple Martin    6, Barn Swallow    50, Northern Mockingbird    2, European Starling    3, Red-winged Blackbird    4, Eastern Meadowlark    2, Great-tailed Grackle    12, Bronzed Cowbird    3, Brown-headed Cowbird    8

May 18 Victor Park, Harlingen Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    1, Killdeer    1, Laughing Gull    15,Rock Pigeon    1, White-winged Dove    3, Mourning Dove    7, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    4, Loggerhead Shrike    4, Bank Swallow    3, Cliff Swallow    1, Barn Swallow    3, European Starling    6, Great-tailed Grackle    20 while walking 3 dogs.  The canals have been dredged free of any habitat.

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May 19 Estero A Chuckwillswidow flew over Ibis Pond in broad daylight, 2pm!

May 24 Resaca de la Palma State Park in Brownsville TX Just two hours to spare, so I only did the Ebony Trail: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, White-tipped Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Groove-billed Ani, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Green Jay, Black-crested Titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Common Yellowthroat, Olive Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Altamira Oriole. 3 dragonfly species:  Roseate Skimmer, Familiar Bluet, and Wandering Glider.  A Texas Spotted Whiptail was there too, but best were the butterflies!:  Giant Swallowtails, just one Checkered White, a WHITE-ANGLED SULPHUR, many Cloudless Sulphurs, an ORANGE-BARRED SULPHUR, a few Large Oranges, Lyside Sulphurs, many BOISDUVAL'S YELLOWS, a Little Yellow, a Mimosa Sulphur, and many Dainty Sulphurs, 4 Dusky-blue Groundstreaks, a Reakirt's Blue, a Red-Bordered Pixie, a Theona Checkerspot, a Bordered Patch, an Elada Checkerspot, many Phaon Crescents, many Pearl Crescents, a Common Buckeye, at least four Mexican Bluewings, many Tawny Emperors, a Hermes Satyr, one(!) Queen, Mazan's Scallopwings, Sickle-Winged Skippers, White Checkered-Skippers, and Clouded Skippers.

 
   
 

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