Saturday, Apr 23, 2005 South Texas Day Four

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2 eBird checklists

South Padre Island
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,

Notes

An overcast day with winds from the northeast gave high hopes of being a premium fallout day, but we had to settle for quality over quantity at Padre Island. Life looks at the Cape May Warbler at the convention center were enough prize to distract us from a "low" day total.

Our first trip to the convention center turned up only, ho hum, Blue-winged, Nashville and Tennessee Warblers, 2 orioles, Indigo Bunting and a few other passerines. We took a break by going to look at plovers, terns and gulls on the beach behind the convention center itself. On our return, the Cape May Warbler was spotted almost immediately by the 5 or more photographers with large rigs pointed right at the bird's last known location.

We stopped at the beach and jetty at the south tip of the island, then said good-bye to South Padre and headed out to Bensen for owls and nightjars. An elf owl emerged from a known location at 8:14 pm and was quickly joined in a near-by conifer by a second bird. In the dusk, we observed multiple food exchanges between these two birds before it got too dark to see them at all. A much more satisfying experience than a simple check-mark on a list.

Birds observed by others on the trip include: Clapper Rail, Least Sandpiper, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bank Swallow, Cave Swallow, Grey Catbird, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Clay-colored and Savanah Sparrow, Hooded Oriole

84 Species

Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl

Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows

Grebes

Pigeons and Doves

Nightjars and Allies

Swifts

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots

Stilts and Avocets

Plovers and Lapwings

Sandpipers and Allies

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Anhingas

Cormorants and Shags

Pelicans

Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns

Ibises and Spoonbills

Osprey

Owls

Kingfishers

Woodpeckers

Tyrant Flycatchers

Shrikes

Crows, Jays, and Magpies

Swallows

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice

Kinglets

Thrushes and Allies

Mockingbirds and Thrashers

Troupials and Allies

New World Warblers

Cardinals and Allies

Old World Sparrows

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