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Thick-billed Lark,©Tony Disley

15 Apr IBET .. [Roy Peterson ]
23 Jan SPI & Frontera [Mary Beth Stowe ]
18 Jan CTC Brush Country Loop [Mary Beth Stowe ]
15 Jan Goose island & Port Aransas [Mary Beth Stowe ]
10 Jan Rarity Hunt to LTC Coast - Big Year Report [Mary Beth Stowe ]
2 Jan 2012 Big Year [Mary Beth Stowe ]
28 Dec Santa Ana, Donna Res, & Estero Llano (26 DEC) [Mary Beth Stowe ]
23 Dec Old Hidalgo Pumphouse [Mary Beth Stowe ]
17 Dec Tip o' Texas CBC, Port Isabel portion [Mary Beth Stowe ]
11 Dec Bentsen, NABA, & Anzalduas [Mary Beth Stowe ]
4 Dec Brown Jays Etc. @ Salineno [Mary Beth Stowe ]
26 Nov Sage Thrasher, Chihuahuan Raven, Green-tailed Towhee on Sparrow Road Trip [Mary Beth Stowe ]
25 Nov Old Military Hwy/NABA/Anzalduas [Mary Beth Stowe ]
13 Nov La Sal, Laguna Atascosa, & SPI [Mary Beth Stowe ]
30 Oct Sparrow Road Route [Mary Beth Stowe ]
22 Oct VNC Trip - Longoria & Santa Monica Loop; Odd Hawk [Mary Beth Stowe ]
17 Oct Hidalgo County [Mary Beth Stowe ]
10 Oct Big Sit @ Estero Llano Grande [Mary Beth Stowe ]
3 Oct Twelve-spotted Skimmer, North McAllen [Mary Beth Stowe ]
2 Oct North LTC Sites [Mary Beth Stowe ]
27 Sep Photos from Hidalgo County Romp 25 SEP 11 [Mary Beth Stowe ]
26 Sep Kentucky Warbler Still @ Estero [Mary Beth Stowe ]
17 Sep VNC Field Trip to Boca Chica (Black-headed Grosbeak) [Mary Beth Stowe ]
27 Aug VNC Field Trip to Cannon Road... [Mary Beth Stowe ]
21 Aug Sparrow Road Route (Hidalgo Co.) [Mary Beth Stowe ]
15 Aug Edinburg, Bentsen, & NABA [Mary Beth Stowe ]
10 Aug Old Military Hwy & Anzalduas [Mary Beth Stowe ]
27 Jul Starr County [Mary Beth Stowe ]
20 Jul Sparrow Road [Mary Beth Stowe ]
13 Jul Monte Cristo Tract & Edinburg Scenic Wetlands [Mary Beth Stowe ]
6 Jul Santa Ana NWR [Mary Beth Stowe ]
4 Jul New Botteri's Location @ La Sal [Mary Beth Stowe ]
25 Jun VNC Field Trip to Wallace Road & Beyond [Mary Beth Stowe ]
18 Jun House Finches near McCook [Mary Beth Stowe ]
16 Jun Laguna Atascosa NWR [Mary Beth Stowe ]
11 Jun Cannon Road Loop (Cameron Co.) [Mary Beth Stowe ]
2 Jun Pictures from Big valley Day [Mary Beth Stowe ]
2 Jun Masked Duck and Others [Mary Beth Stowe ]
28 May VNC Field Trip to Sabal Palms & Old Port Isabel Road [Mary Beth Stowe ]
25 May Sabal Palm Masked Duck YES [Mary Beth Stowe ]
23 May Estero Llano Grande [Mary Beth Stowe ]
21 May Hidalgo Co. Scaled Quail [Mary Beth Stowe ]
21 May TR: Yellowknife, NWT, Canada - July 2010 [Blake Maybank ]
16 May Chaparri Ecological Reserve - Northern Peru [Eric LoPresti ]
14 May Quinta Mazatlan & Old Hidalgo Pumphouse [Mary Beth Stowe ]
25 Apr Old Military Hwy, NABA, & Bentsen [Mary Beth Stowe ]
23 Apr VNC Field Trip: Sacahuistale Flats [Mary Beth Stowe ]
23 Apr Cameron and Starr Counties (Frigatebird) [Mary Beth Stowe ]
18 Apr Lamanai Belize Trip Report [Mary Beth Stowe ]
17 Mar Estero Llano & Progresso Sod Farms [Mary Beth Stowe ]
15 Mar Falcon & Salineno [Mary Beth Stowe ]
11 Mar Monte Cristo & Edinburg Wetlands [Mary Beth Stowe ]
8 Mar Bentsen BV Oriole, Blue Bunting, BH Gros, & Gray Flyc [Mary Beth Stowe ]
4 Mar Valley Birding Report (longish) [Mary Beth Stowe ]
2 Mar West Texas Trip On Line [Mary Beth Stowe ]
25 Feb Old Port Isabel Road & SPI [Mary Beth Stowe ]
22 Feb Santa Ana NWR [Mary Beth Stowe ]
18 Feb Santa Monica Wetlands [Mary Beth Stowe ]
15 Feb Estero Llano Grande SP [Mary Beth Stowe ]
14 Feb Trip Report: Brazil (Rio State) - March-April 2008 [Blake Maybank ]
13 Feb Black-vented Oriole and Others... [Mary Beth Stowe ]
8 Feb Audubon's Oriole in Willacy County [Mary Beth Stowe ]
31 Jan Bentsen SP [Mary Beth Stowe ]
23 Jan VNC Field Trip to Starr County [Mary Beth Stowe ]
15 Jan Wallace Road & Estero [Mary Beth Stowe ]
1 Jan La Sal del Rey, Sanderling and More [Mary Beth Stowe ]
30 Dec Rockport Pictures On Line [Mary Beth Stowe ]
11 Dec La Sal del Rey [Mary Beth Stowe ]
8 Dec MERCHANT ACCOUNT UPDATE [PAYMENTECH ]
5 Dec Laguna Atascosa NWR [Mary Beth Stowe ]
25 Nov Day 5 - Goose Island SP [Mary Beth Stowe ]
26 Nov Day 6 - Mustang & Padre Islands [Mary Beth Stowe ]
23 Nov Day 3: Aransas NWR [Mary Beth Stowe ]
22 Nov Day 2: Magic Ridge to Aransas NWR [Mary Beth Stowe ]
21 Nov McAllen to Port Lavaca [Mary Beth Stowe ]
23 Oct Laguna Atascosa (no longspur...) [Mary Beth Stowe ]

Subject: IBET ..
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 05:16:37 -0700 (PDT)
Rondey wienilislauluja 
http://www.nanabrooks.com/cableerrorjustinyoung/?alinkFriend=9dlmy 



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Subject: SPI & Frontera
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 20:45:21 -0500
Hi, all!
 
The "Birder Patrol" set out Sunday to bag the kittiwake, warbler, and  
grosbeak, and dipped on all three :-( as well as the other rarities reported at 

the SPI Birding Center :-( :-(  but the photo ops there were a great  
consolation prize! New years birds include a Merlin at Isla Blanca, the fleeing 

Clapper Rail at the Birding Center, and a Gull-billed Tern at the same  
place. But skimming skimmers, sailing herons, and two mammoth Alligators made 

for a great day on the boardwalk, even without the kittiwake!
 
Report and pictures are here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%2022%20-%20Sout
h%20Padre%20&%20Frontera.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%2022%20-%20South%20Padre%20&%20Frontera.html) 

 
Or try this if the above link breaks up::
 
_http://tinyurl.com/7way5ch_ (http://tinyurl.com/7way5ch) 
 
 Enjoy!  MB  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: CTC Brush Country Loop
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:43:19 -0500
Hi, all!
 
Decided to explore the Brush Country Loop of the CTC map before heading  
home to McAllen; full trip report with photos is here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%2018%20-%20Lake
%20Corpus%20Christi%20etc.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%2018%20-%20Lake%20Corpus%20Christi%20etc.html) 

 
Highlights include Brown Thrasher, Spotted Towhee, Song and White-throated  
Sparrows, and a couple of Flickers.  

Photos have been added to the previous trip report around Port Aransas as  
well:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%2015%20-%20Goos
e%20Island%20Etc.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%2015%20-%20Goose%20Island%20Etc.html) 

 
Enjoy!
 
Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Goose island & Port Aransas
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:47:52 -0500
Hi, all!  I have a business trip in Corpus so I used the afternoon to  zip 
up to Goose Island SP and then head down to Aransas Pass.  Dipped on  the 
Whooping Cranes, but the highlight of the day were two Common Goldeneye in  
the little bay at Goose Island, seen from the boat ramp!
 
The full trip report is posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%2015%20-%20Goos
e%20Island%20Etc.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%2015%20-%20Goose%20Island%20Etc.html) 

 
but pictures will have to wait till I get back home--senior moment dictated 
 that I forget my USB cord... :-P  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Rarity Hunt to LTC Coast - Big Year Report
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:22:35 -0500
Hi, all!
 
Finally got the narrative for last Sunday's trip up on the website, which  
can be accessed here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%208%20-%20Sabal
%20Palm%20Grove%20etc.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/January%208%20-%20Sabal%20Palm%20Grove%20etc.html) 

 
If the above link gets broken, go to my main page (below) and follow the  
2012 Big Year Links to the trip for January 8th.  The report includes  
recordings and photos of the Sabal Palm Dusky-capped Flycatcher and Anna's  
Hummingbird (recording only), plus what may or may not be the reported 
California 

Gull on Boca Chica beach; I have more pictures of that bird here and  
welcome feedback:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/Big%20Year%20California
%20Gull.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/January/Big%20Year%20California%20Gull.html) 

 
Enjoy!  MB  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: 2012 Big Year
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:41:02 -0500
Hi, all!
 
The inevitable happened:  the movie "The Big Year" inspired me to try  one 
here in the Valley, but with a twist (see the link for more details);  
obviously I've already started :-), and trip reports, photos, and recordings  
will be posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/Big%20Year%20Main%20Page.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/Big%20Year%202012/Big%20Year%20Main%20Page.html) 
 
Any rarities I'll of course post to Texbirds, but the blow-by-blow will be  
on my website.  I hope you'll take a look!  :-)
 
Happy New Year,
 
MB  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Santa Ana, Donna Res, & Estero Llano (26 DEC)
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:02:50 -0500
Hi, all!
 
Here's the full trip report from last Monday's excursion; as mentioned  
previously, the highlight was the target Mountain Bluebird at Cattail Lakes, 
but  also had about five Dunlin in with the rest of the shorebirds, and at 
least three Green-tailed Towhees (two on Cattail Lakes trail and one on Bobcat 

 Trail)!  Had a Small World Event when the only other birder I ran into out 
 there also happened to be from Port Huron, Michigan!  (Well,  
Lexington...) But I circled the whole area before finally running into the 
bluebird on 

the way out--that's the way it always happens!  Also had a  pretty female 
Vermilion Flycatcher, and what was probably a Peregrine; Jack from  
Pennsylvania had one out there the day before, and that was my gut feeling, but 
I 

just couldn't get close enough to tell for sure.  Two Roseate Spoonbills  were 
also a treat.  Some park volunteers reported a Winter Wren on the  
connector trail to Willow Lakes, but I instead had nice looks at a Marsh Wren 
and 

Swamp Sparrow together, plus lots of Orange-crowned Warblers at my  feet!  
The Hooded Merganser was apparently long gone.
 
Headed over to Donna Reservoir and didn't see anything I felt comfortable  
calling a Greater Scaup, nor did I find the Royal Tern and Bonie (did have a 
 Caspian, however), so headed on over to Estero, but not before running 
into a Hitchcock-esque flock of Redwings and Bronzed Cowbirds making a racket! 

  Once at Estero I prowled the Tropical Zone along with several other 
birders,  including Jack who pointed out several wintering warblers to me (he 
also pointed  out the roosting Barn Owl Rick had told me about).  No sign of 
the becard  or other rarities, but the warblers and owl were definitely 
highlights!   Ended up with 97 species for the day.
 
Pictures (plus a recording of the towhee) are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Greater White-fronted  Goose           Anser  albifrons
Gadwall                                Anas strepera
American  Wigeon                        Anas americana
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Cinnamon  Teal                          Anas cyanoptera
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Ring-necked  Duck                       Aythya collaris
Lesser  Scaup                           Aythya affinis
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Gray  Hawk                              Buteo nitidus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Semipalmated  Plover                    Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Western  Sandpiper                      Calidris mauri
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Barn  Owl                               Tyto alba
Archilochus  Hummingbird              Archilochus sp.
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Blue-headed  Vireo                      Vireo solitarius
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Tree  Swallow                           Tachycineta bicolor
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Marsh  Wren                             Cistothorus palustris
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Mountain  Bluebird                      Sialia currucoides
Hermit  Thrush                          Catharus guttatus
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Black-and-white  Warbler                Mniotilta varia
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Setophaga coronata
Yellow-throated  Warbler                Setophaga dominica
Black-throated Gray  Warbler           Setophaga  nigrescens
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Green-tailed  Towhee                    Pipilo chlorurus
Field  Sparrow                          Spizella pusilla
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp  Sparrow                          Melospiza georgiana
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
American  Goldfinch                     Spinus tristis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

97 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Old Hidalgo Pumphouse
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 22:47:43 -0500
Hi, all!
 
The plan was to bird Quinta Mazatlan first and then head over to the  
pumphouse, but upon meeting Pat Heirs at a very closed up Quinta, we decided to 

head straight over to the pumphouse and wound up spending over three hours  
there!  Since there were two of us, we felt brave enough to not only hike  
the dirt track paralleling the channel there at the pumphouse, but also to 
hike  the Walking Trail behind the Wall, and even beyond along the bike trail 
that ran  along the edge of Carlson Lake, which was new for both of us!  It 
never got  above 60 the whole morning, but being bundled up (and walking 
almost constantly)  kept it comfortable!
 
Before we left Quinta an American Robin was "Pike!"ing in the trees, but we 
 never did spot it despite Pat's strong desire to see it!  Along the 
walking trail I swore I heard one singing, but again, we couldn't spot it, but 

along the  bike trail coming back to the pumphouse (which makes a very nice 
loop), a big  flock of 'em came in overhead and landed on a scraggly tree!  
Pat was  beside herself, finally getting to see her "robin redbreast" (which 
led to a  bunch of bad jokes about robins...)!  Since seeing one or two in 
the Valley  is a treat, how much more so a flock of 14!
 
We also had a pair of Clay-colored Thrushes in the gardens, and while we  
were enjoying them, we happened to look up in time to spot a small flock of 
Snow  Geese that included at least two Ross'!  An Anhinga at the fishing 
platform  had caught a big fat fish and was trying to "de-spear" it, but 
apparently lost it. A pair of Ospreys were wheeling around both at the channel 

and down by  the lake, and a pretty Ringed Kingfisher gave us a great look as 
we hiked the  dirt trail.  We heard House Finches on a couple of occasions, 
and a pair of  White Pelicans sailed overhead as well.  To get to the back 
area we had to  swing around the building (as the gate hadn't opened yet), 
and while back there  a brilliant Vermilion Flycatcher showed off!  "Behind 
the Wall" we had  a nice feeding flock that included a Blue-headed Vireo and a 
vocalizing Hermit  Thrush, while a brilliant Altamira Oriole came in to say 
hello.  Another  Clay-colored Thrush hopped on the trail when a Coyote 
stepped out and stared us  down; the thrush never moved but the coyote finally 
slunk away, leading to jokes  about the robin holding his ground...
 
The lake area had a great selection of raptors, including Red-shouldered,  
Red-tailed, Harris', and Sharpie.  The lake itself was pretty barren except  
for Coots and a single Shoveler, but we did manage to scare up a Spotted  
Sandpiper (we had a flyover Snipe along the Walking Trail).  A Caspian Tern  
also batted about, and even the trailer park we passed coming back had a mob 
of  Black-bellied Whistling Ducks!  All in all we had a pretty good list by 
the  end of the morning, with 57 species for the day (and had a couple of  
Long-billed Curlews in a residential area on the way out while looking for 
some  Monk Parakeets that were reported during the CBC).  Pics (such as they 
are)  are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Snow  Goose                             Chen caerulescens
Ross's  Goose                           Chen rossii
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Sharp-shinned  Hawk                     Accipiter striatus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Wilson's  Snipe                         Gallinago delicata
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Blue-headed  Vireo                      Vireo solitarius
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Tree  Swallow                           Tachycineta bicolor
Carolina  Chickadee                     Poecile carolinensis
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Hermit  Thrush                          Catharus guttatus
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
American  Robin                         Turdus migratorius
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Setophaga coronata
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
House  Finch                            Carpodacus mexicanus
American  Goldfinch                     Spinus tristis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

57 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Tip o' Texas CBC, Port Isabel portion
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 17:31:01 -0500
Hi, all!
 
Covered my little corner of the Tip o' Texas CBC this wet and windy  
morning, and was thankful I had paved roads to drive on (hope nobody got stuck 

out in the "outback"...)!  I covered residential Port Isabel and Laguna  
Heights, where the highlight was a female Pyrrhuloxia in someone's yard (I'm  
glad no one called the cops as I jumped out and snapped a few pictures with the 

 flash...)!  Two different Merlins were also nice, and one patch of  
shoreline near an industrial park on the southwest side of town (part of the 
Port 

Isabel Channel according to Mapquest) had a nice variety of shorebirds,  
including Oystercatchers and both Semipalmated and Piping Plovers.  A  Dunlin 
and Least Sandpiper were hanging out together at the USF&W boat ramp,  and 
on the north side of down a nice little dead-end road had oodles of Redheads  
and Pintail, as well as a calling Tropical Kingbird.  A road going through  
a rather large open park on the west side of town (I think it was called 
Laguna  Madre Memorial) would have been wonderful for songbirds on a better 
day, as it  went through some nice thornscrub habitat.  I found the Stanford's 
little  park at Laguna Heights with the boardwalk, but by the time I got 
there it was  raining, windy, and cold, so I decided to save it for another 
day (at least I  know where it is now)!
 
What few pictures I took are posted here (the mergansers were very  
cooperative):
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Redhead                                Aythya americana
Bufflehead                             Bucephala albeola
Red-breasted  Merganser                 Mergus serrator
Eared  Grebe                            Podiceps nigricollis
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Merlin                                 Falco columbarius
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Semipalmated  Plover                    Charadrius semipalmatus
Piping  Plover                          Charadrius melodus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
American  Oystercatcher                 Haematopus palliatus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Short-billed  Dowitcher                 Limnodromus griseus
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Setophaga coronata
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

49 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Bentsen, NABA, & Anzalduas
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 16:37:58 -0500
Hi, all!
 
Spent a drizzly morning looking for rarities at the above-mentioned spots,  
and dipped on all of them!  :-(  The Black-vented Oriole HAD been seen  
this morning, as well as a Brown Creeper by the Pavilion Restrooms, but I 
dipped  on both; had nice looks at the male Vermilion Flycatcher and Black 
Phoebe, however. The feeders were enjoyable as I chatted with Volunteer Linda, 

watching hordes of Green Jays, a few gorgeous Altamira Orioles, a 
cooperative Clay-colored Thrush, and the usual Inca Doves and Chachalacas come 
in 

before a  Cooper's Hawk broke up the party (twice!).  I had heard a flyover 
American Robin in the parking lot earlier, which was new for my Bentsen list! 

On  the walk to the Pavilion had both male and female Pyrrhuloxias, plus a 
Hermit  Thrush in the undergrowth.
 
It had been raining when I initially arrived at Bentsen, so after waiting a 
 few minutes, I headed over to Anzalduas (as NABA was still closed), and by 
the  time I got there it was just misting, so I braved wandering around the 
ebony  grove where the Dusky-capped Flycatcher had been hanging out.  No 
sign on  him, but a Flicker did call several times from the Mexican side of 
the river  (definitely new for my Anzalduas list), and heard a tremello 
"seeee" that could  have been a Brown Creeper, but I've caught Golden-crowned 
Kinglets making the  same kind of sound, and I never could track it down.  But 
did manage to  pull out a Blue-headed Vireo and a gorgeous Black-throated 
Green Warbler from the mix, along with the usual Bluebirds in the grove across 

the road.   Nothing else unusual except for the morning rush hour of Black 
Vultures just  before I left!  On the way out had my first White-tailed Kite 
for the  park.
 
At NABA I hiked the Walking Trail loop, and there was a LOT of mud (and  
mosquitoes, too, surprisingly, given the cold weather)!  I ran into another  
couple from Kentucky looking for the Golden-crowned Warbler, which never 
showed  while I was there, but along the road back to the visitor's center had 
some nice  Bluebirds on the fenceline.  Returned to Bentsen (see above), 
after which I  decided to call it a day as I was soaked to the bone!  Still 
wound up with  66 species for the morning!
 
Bird List (no pics today):
 
 Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Green  Parakeet                         Aratinga holochlora
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Green  Kingfisher                       Chloroceryle americana
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Northern  Flicker                       Colaptes auratus
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Blue-headed  Vireo                      Vireo solitarius
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Eastern  Bluebird                       Sialia sialis
Hermit  Thrush                          Catharus guttatus
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
American  Robin                         Turdus migratorius
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Setophaga coronata
Black-throated Green  Warbler          Setophaga  virens
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
American  Goldfinch                     Spinus tristis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

66 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Brown Jays Etc. @ Salineno
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2011 17:59:48 -0500
Hi, all!
 
The two Brown Jays are still coming in to Cheryl's feeders:  she said  they 
arrived about 8:45 this morning, and Joyce Davidson and I (along with  
Katherine from Plano) were down at the boat ramp at Salineno around 10:15 when 

they flew down and across the river!  Other goodies included a tree-full of  
Eastern Bluebirds, a Western Kingbird, a calling Flicker (Cheryl said that 
a  Red-shafted has been hanging around), and a Zone-tailed Hawk circling  
upriver.  Katherine had spotted some ducks earlier, but the only one we  were 
able to refind was a female Bufflehead and a pair of Gadwall that flew  
past.  All three orioles and a plethora of dove species were coming in to  the 
feeders, along with "Moldy the Leucistic House Sparrow"! ;-)
 
Before going to Salineno we opted to do Falcon State Park, where the  
Spotted Towhee was coming in to the photo blind along with both adult and  
immature White-crowned Sparrows. We spent about 15 minutes at Ellen's feeders 

enjoying the regulars (one Bobwhite made a brief appearance but Joyce  missed 
it), and we ran into a nice flock in the primitive camping area that  
consisted of several Vesper Sparrows, a pair of Vermilion Flycatchers, and a  
singing Cactus Wren.  We had at least two Eared Grebes at the boat ramp,  but 
the most unusual thing on the water was a fly-by adult Herring Gull; we also  
had a 1st-year Ring-billed and a raft of White Pelicans about midway out.   
There were at least three Ospreys hanging around.
 
We wrapped up around noon with 74 species for the morning.  Pics are  
posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
   Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Bufflehead                             Bucephala albeola
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Eared  Grebe                            Podiceps nigricollis
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Zone-tailed  Hawk                       Buteo albonotatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Northern  Flicker                       Colaptes auratus
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Brown  Jay                              Psilorhinus morio
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Tree  Swallow                           Tachycineta bicolor
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Eastern  Bluebird                       Sialia sialis
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Setophaga coronata
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Spotted  Towhee                         Pipilo maculatus
Chipping  Sparrow                       Spizella passerina
Vesper  Sparrow                         Pooecetes gramineus
Black-throated  Sparrow                 Amphispiza bilineata
White-crowned  Sparrow                  Zonotrichia leucophrys
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Audubon's  Oriole                       Icterus graduacauda
American  Goldfinch                     Spinus tristis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

74 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Sage Thrasher, Chihuahuan Raven, Green-tailed Towhee on Sparrow Road Trip
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 16:21:17 -0500
Hi, all!
 
Three three above-mentioned birds were definitely the highlights of today's 
 VNC trip up Sparrow Road!  The Raven flew in front of us on the paved  
portion of Sparrow Road maybe about three miles up and was long gone before we 

could stop and track it, but I was able to get a definitive quick look 
through  the bins before it disappeared behind some trees.  The Sage Thrasher 
posed  nicely along Mile 14 Road just east of the Starr County Line, and the  
Green-tailed Towhee was mewing at the same stop (he was back in the 
thornscrub  and never did come out).
 
We did manage to bag the Black-throated Sparrow along paved Sparrow Road,  
and also had a wedge of White-fronted Geese fly over at one stop!  A  
distant Ringed Kingfisher was a surprise along this waterless route (there was 

probably a canal somewhere), and Mary Jane found a Sapsucker whanging on a  
mesquite next to the road!  We had several Vesper Sparrows along Jara  Chinas 
Road, along with a big flock of Lark Buntings!  Western Meadowlarks  were 
also back in force, and per usual we had several Harris' Hawks and lots of  
Caracaras, in addition to a handful of Red-tailed Hawks.  I took a risk in  
promising Norma that we'd see Pyrrhuloxia along Jaras Chinas, but they came  
through! ;-)  A Sprague's Pipit also came through by flying overhead and  
giving its "anemic robin" call, and towards the end of the road we had a nice  
flock of American Goldfinches on the wires!  A large flock of Long-billed  
Curlew flew by at one point, and a Cactus Wren gave a brief appearance before 
 the ranch turnoff along Mile 14.  Larry and Linda saw Bobwhite out their  
window (which we had heard earlier) just before the Sage Thrasher spot, and  
although common and expected, a lady Ladder-backed Woodpecker put on a very 
nice  show for everyone near the intersection of Jara Chinas and Mile 14.
 
We only had 42 species for the morning, but the quality couldn't be  beat!  
Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Greater White-fronted Goose 50
Northern Bobwhite 2
Double-crested  Cormorant 2
Northern Harrier 1
Harris's Hawk 8
Red-tailed Hawk  5
Crested Caracara 14
American Kestrel 1
Long-billed Curlew  80
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 5
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker 4
Great Kiskadee 3
Loggerhead Shrike 5
Green Jay  6
Chihuahuan Raven 1 The bird flew across the road in front of us: entirely  
black, constant corvid-like "rowing" flight, long bill.
Horned Lark  6
Verdin 6
Cactus Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Northern Mockingbird 20
Sage Thrasher  1
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
American Pipit 1
Sprague's Pipit  1
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Myrtle
Olive Sparrow  3
Green-tailed Towhee 1 The bird was mewing back in the brush where the Sage  
Thrasher was seen, along the portion of Mile 14 just east of the 
Hidalgo/Starr County line. We never could call it out, but the mew is 
diagnostic, and 

I am  very familiar with this species from California.
Black-throated Sparrow  2
Lark Bunting 25
Pyrrhuloxia 7
Red-winged Blackbird 200
Western  Meadowlark 100
Great-tailed Grackle 5
American Goldfinch 10
House  Sparrow 6

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Old Military Hwy/NABA/Anzalduas
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:04:28 -0500
Hi, all!
 
With the possibility of Golden-crowned Warbler and Dusky-capped Flycatcher, 
 I decided to do the above route this morning, and it was a lovely day to 
be  out!  I dipped on both (although both HAD been seen this morning), but I  
also managed to pick up several new birds for the route.  The best stretch  
was along the dirt levee (east of the paved portion) where I had flyover 
Ringed  Kingfishers, an Eastern Bluebird on the wire, a flyover Spraque's 
Pipit, and a Yellow-headed Parrot (undoubtedly one of the ones that hang out at 

 Anzalduas)!  There were more Red-shouldered Hawks along the route than 
I've ever seen, and numbers were unusually high (according to my records) for 

Kiskadees and Green Jays!
 
I was chagrined (as were several other people who wheeled by with bikes  
mounted on the backs of their cars) to discover that Anzalduas was closed 
today,  so I just parked myself on the levee where there was room and stood a 
fifteen  minute vigil, and was surprised at how productive that was!  Best 
bird here was a Say's Phoebe that was flopping around east of the spillway, so 

with the  Black Phoebe pair in the wetland and the Eastern Phoebe on the 
wire behind me,  that made for a phoebe sweep in one spot!  Also new for my 
list was a  female Redhead and Shoveler in the little wetland hanging with 
several Mottled Ducks, and a Wilson's Snipe probing away. A Harrier (also new 

for my  Anzalduas list) swooped in and spooked them all.  In the grass 
around the  riprap were several Savannah Sparrows and a couple of Vesper 
Sparrows, also new for my list (and I could hear the Yellow-headed Parrots from 
up 

there as  well)!
 
Meandered back to NABA, where the place was crawling with hopefuls, but the 
 birds never showed while I was there.  The resident Clay-colored Thrushes  
and a staked out Eastern Screech Owl were nice, but the real consolation 
prize  was in the butter department with my life Blomfeld's Beauty on a bait  
log!  Several other nice bugs showed up, including Red-bordered Pixie,  
Mexican Frit, American Lady, and Tropical Buckeye.
 
Wrapped up with 67 species for the morning.  Pics (all leps this time)  are 
posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
   Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Redhead                                Aythya americana
Lesser  Scaup                           Aythya affinis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Wilson's  Snipe                         Gallinago delicata
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Yellow-headed  Parrot                   Amazona oratrix
Eastern  Screech-Owl                    Megascops asio
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Say's  Phoebe                           Sayornis saya
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Eastern  Bluebird                       Sialia sialis
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Gray  Catbird                           Dumetella carolinensis
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Sprague's  Pipit                        Anthus spragueii
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Setophaga coronata
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Vesper  Sparrow                         Pooecetes gramineus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
American  Goldfinch                     Spinus tristis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

67 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: La Sal, Laguna Atascosa, & SPI
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 20:23:36 -0500
Hi, all!
 
Did a "rarity hunt" today which was very productive; started at La Sal del  
Rey for the reported Song Sparrow and Junco (had no idea where they were 
but I  assumed the little wetland at the end of the trail from Brushline), and 
while I  dipped on them, I DID pick up a Flicker!  Other highlights (for 
me)  included low-flying Sandhill Cranes, Wild Turkeys, a close Sharp-shinned 
Hawk,  Brewer's Blackbird, Lark Bunting, Vesper Sparrows, and Swamp Sparrow 
in the  little marsh on Rio Beef Road.
 
Took a back road to get down to 490 and cut over to US 77, where I had a  
huge Ringed Kingfisher keeping watch over a canal, my first for Willacy  
County!
 
Next stop was Laguna Atascosa for the reported Tropical Parula, which was  
still there putting on a great show for all the birders!  But even more  
exciting (for me) was a White-throated Sparrow hanging around the little 
stream, my first for the Valley! Dipped on the Stanfords' Sage Thrashers along 

the  Bayside Drive, but a Sprague's Pipit was a nice consolation prize!
 
On to South Padre, where George and Scarlet were watering the grounds at  
the Convention Center, and had the Fox Sparrow all staked out!  He flew to  
the area in back of the building where he was most cooperative!  The  Flicker 
that was hanging around also called, and had a Wilson's Warbler in the  
back as well.  Highlights on the boardwalk were a Least Bittern, Piping and  
Snowy Plovers in the same bin view, and great photo ops of Redheads and  
Pintail!
 
Had to head home after that, but wound up with 106 species for the  day!  
Pictures (including a not-so-great but at least identifiable shot of  the 
Flicker hanging around the Texan Guest Ranch) are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Snow  Goose                             Chen caerulescens
American  Wigeon                        Anas americana
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Redhead                                Aythya americana
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Least  Bittern                          Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned  Hawk                     Accipiter striatus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Clapper  Rail                           Rallus longirostris
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Sandhill  Crane                         Grus canadensis
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Snowy  Plover                           Charadrius nivosus
Semipalmated  Plover                    Charadrius semipalmatus
Piping  Plover                          Charadrius melodus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Short-billed  Dowitcher                 Limnodromus griseus
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
Sandwich  Tern                          Thalasseus sandvicensis
Black  Skimmer                          Rynchops niger
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Yellow-bellied  Sapsucker               Sphyrapicus varius
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Northern  Flicker                       Colaptes auratus
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Sprague's  Pipit                        Anthus spragueii
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Tropical  Parula                        Parula pitiayumi
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Wilson's  Warbler                       Wilsonia pusilla
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Vesper  Sparrow                         Pooecetes gramineus
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Lark  Bunting                           Calamospiza melanocorys
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Fox  Sparrow                            Passerella iliaca
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp  Sparrow                          Melospiza georgiana
White-throated  Sparrow                 Zonotrichia albicollis
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Brewer's  Blackbird                     Euphagus cyanocephalus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

106 SPECIES  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Sparrow Road Route
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:20:10 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Ran the Sparrow Road Route this morning for the month (skipped last month), 
 and had a LOT of winter arrivals!  The route lived up to its name with  
several new sparrow species added to the overall list, including Lincoln's,  
Savannah, Vesper, Grasshopper, and Lark Buntings!  New shorebirds included  
Long-billed Curlew and Greater Yellowlegs along the paved portion, and 
Kestrels,  Red-tailed Hawks, and Harriers have also arrived.  My FOS American 
Pipits  flew overhead along this stretch, but a highlight was TWO Sprague's 
Pipits  flying overhead in "The Square", up near the northern portion of the 
route in  pretty barren habitat!  (A lot of the sparrows were up here as well, 
along  with the ubiquitous Horned Larks...)  We're still batting 100 on the  
Black-throated Sparrows, as I had two today (important only if you want 
them for  your Hidalgo County list, although sometimes I don't get them until 
I'm just  over the Starr Co. line...), and managed to kick up a couple of 
Cassin's  Sparrows (not too surprising, as there were a gazillion of them 
during the  spring and summer).  Had lots of shrikes, and one was singing a 
whisper song! Another surprise was a handful of White-fronted Geese flying over 

 that I never could spot...  Also new for the year were Myrtle Warbler,  
Great Blue Heron, Eastern Phoebe, Rough-winged Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,  
and Western Meadowlark.
 
No pictures worth posting today, although I did shoot the Lark Buntings and 
 Grasshopper Sparrow.  Bird list follows:
 
Hidalgo Co.- FM 2221 'sparrow road', Hidalgo, US-TX
Oct 30, 2011 7:39 AM  - 11:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
25.5 mile(s)
48 species (+1 other  taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose 4
Northern Bobwhite 1
Great Blue  Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 1
Harris's Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Crested Caracara 12
American Kestrel 2
Killdeer  6
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Long-billed Curlew 3
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning  Dove 20
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 11
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
Eastern  Phoebe 1
Great Kiskadee 5
Loggerhead Shrike 11
Green Jay 8
Horned  Lark 12
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 100
Verdin  10
Bewick's Wren 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Northern Mockingbird  20
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Curve-billed Thrasher 5
American Pipit  3
Sprague's Pipit 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Myrtle
Olive Sparrow  4
Cassin's Sparrow 2
Vesper Sparrow 4
Lark Sparrow 11
Black-throated  Sparrow 2
Lark Bunting 6
Savannah Sparrow 2
Grasshopper Sparrow  2
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Pyrrhuloxia 3
Red-winged  Blackbird 300
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Western Meadowlark. 20
Great-tailed  Grackle 100
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Sparrow 10

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: VNC Trip - Longoria & Santa Monica Loop; Odd Hawk
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 21:17:17 -0400
Hi, all!
 
The hawk mentioned in the subject line was a small juvenile buteo we  
spotted along Citation Road (part of the Santa Monica Driving Loop); my gut  
reaction was a Swainson's as it seemed to show a patterned face, and a dark  
malar blending into the teardrop streaking on the stark white breast, but those 

 consulting the Sibley said it better matched juvenile Red-shouldered (and 
I had  to remind myself that young eastern RSHAs can be wildly different 
than what I'm  used to in California).  Granted, it DID show some rusty on the 
shoulders,  and the facial pattern DID fit the illustration in Sibley's 
better (although the breast streaking was almost Gray Hawk-like), and when the 

bird flew and perched  high up on a pole in different light, it DID start to 
look more like a RSHA, so  until proven otherwise, we're going with that 
(we DID hear one earlier, so we're  safe on that account)!  The only pictures 
I took all day were of this bird,  and they're posted here, so 
comments/corrections are welcome!
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
We had a good sparrow turnout, with Vesper at the western pond at Longoria, 
 a young White-crowned along one of the farm roads by the "Mountain Plover  
Fields" near Sebastian (no plovers yet BTW), a Field Sparrow along Citation 
on  the Santa Monica Driving Loop, and a Grasshopper along the grasslands 
(same  loop).  Another highlight was a trio of Barn Owls peeking at us from a 
barn  (of course), also along Citation.  In general we had a good show of  
raptors, with several Harris', harriers, White-tailed Kites, adult Swainsons 
 doing acrobatics, two young White-tailed Hawks, a few Redtails (including 
a dark  morph bird), both flavors of vulture, and several caracaras along 
with  kestrels.  Oh, how can I forget the adult Peregrine Norma spotted on the 
 water tower coming out of the Plover Roads!  We also had close to 70  
Long-billed Curlews coming down the same road!
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Peregrine  Falcon                       Falco peregrinus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Barn  Owl                               Tyto alba
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Nashville  Warbler                      Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Field  Sparrow                          Spizella pusilla
Vesper  Sparrow                         Pooecetes gramineus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
White-crowned  Sparrow                  Zonotrichia leucophrys
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

60 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Hidalgo County
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:17:46 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Bounced around the county yesterday primarily looking for odes, but of  
course I can't help keeping a bird list! :-)  Nothing out of the ordinary  
(except the Black-vented Oriole Mary spotted at Bentsen--I didn't catch that  
one), but it was a lovely day out with a total of 89 species.  Highlights  
include:
 
The continuing Cinnamon Teal at Estero Llano Grande, along with at least  
two Virginia Rails (Soras were flushing all along the Spoonbill Trail as  
well)
 
Point blank Chimney Swifts at Edinburg Wetlands, along with several other  
nice migrants including Baltimore Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  A  
female type Hooded Oriole was along them that looked a little green for my  
liking, but at the same time looked too big and long-tailed for an  Orchard.
 
Returning wintering friends like Orange-crowned Warbler, House Wren, Myrtle 
 Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Lincoln's Sparrow
 
A grackle chasing a Ringed Kingfisher at Edinburg Wetlands
 
A Green Kingfisher nearly nailing me at Old Hidalgo Pumphouse!
 
Black Phoebe continuing along the canal at Bentsen, along with a female  
Painted Bunting (plus plenty of Indigos)
 
Yellow-breasted Chat at NABA
 
Pictures (mostly odes, after all ;-)) are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Cinnamon  Teal                          Anas cyanoptera
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Virginia  Rail                          Rallus limicola
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's  Snipe                         Gallinago delicata
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
Ruby-throated  Hummingbird              Archilochus colubris
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Green  Kingfisher                       Chloroceryle americana
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Gray  Catbird                           Dumetella carolinensis
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Nashville  Warbler                      Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Wilson's  Warbler                       Wilsonia pusilla
Yellow-breasted  Chat                   Icteria virens
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted  Grosbeak                 Pheucticus ludovicianus
Blue  Grosbeak                          Passerina caerulea
Indigo  Bunting                         Passerina cyanea
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Baltimore  Oriole                       Icterus galbula
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

89 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Big Sit @ Estero Llano Grande
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:58:51 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Just checked Estero's Facebook page and saw we finished up the day with 99  
species!  (I left just after 4:00...)  Kyle posted some terrific  pictures:
 
_http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150328460156919&set=a.101503284385
81919.342699.118145116918&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.10150328438581919.342699
.118145116918&type=1_ 

(http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150328460156919&set=a.10150328438581919.342699.118145116918&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.10 

150328438581919.342699.118145116918&type=1) 
 
And here's my offering:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird of the day (unless they got something REALLY terrific after I left)  
was the American Bittern that lumbered past!  Pat and Joyce missed it by  
three minutes! :-(
 
Enjoy!  MB  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Twelve-spotted Skimmer, North McAllen
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:33:25 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Came home from work, started a walk around the property, and noticed a  
Twelve-spotted Skimmer patrolling around an area the crew was watering!   Ran 
and got the camera for some pics, then decided (since I had it) to poke  
around the pond in the RV area in back and had quite few other odes, including 

(best guess) a Straw-colored Sylph!  
 
Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Enjoy!  MB  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: North LTC Sites
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 20:35:05 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Birded around the northern LTC sites today, which included the Sarita area, 
 "Hawk Alley", the Falfurrias Rest Stop, and La Sal del Rey (although I 
didn't  make it to the actual salt lake), ending up with 78 species for the 
day.   Nothing out of the ordinary, but highlights include:
 
A group of Wild Turkeys at the Sarita Rest Stop (I was wondering what all  
the honking in the southbound lanes was all about...) along with Brewer's  
Blackbirds
 
A nice family of Harris' Hawks in Sarita itself
 
A couple of Reddish Egrets in Olmos Creek, one being a very  
"coffee-n-cream" colored juvenile (possibly a white morph?).
 
Several FOS's along Hawk Alley, including Kestrel, Harrier, and  
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
 
Two Audubon's Warblers at the Falfurrias Rest Stop along with the resident  
Bluebirds (one didn't have any head feathers)
 
Nice migrants along the La Sal route, including Tennessee and Nashville  
(both new for my list there), and Virginia Rail and Sora at the "Rio Beef  
Marsh".  Also had a nice variety of shorebirds and ducks at the farm pond  
along the upper end of Brushline (across from where the Purple Gallinules were 

last year).
 
Pictures from the day are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Virginia  Rail                          Rallus limicola
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Western  Sandpiper                      Calidris mauri
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Stilt  Sandpiper                        Calidris himantopus
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Yellow-bellied  Sapsucker               Sphyrapicus varius
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Eastern  Bluebird                       Sialia sialis
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Tennessee  Warbler                      Oreothlypis peregrina
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Nashville  Warbler                      Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Northern  Waterthrush                   Parkesia noveboracensis
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Wilson's  Warbler                       Wilsonia pusilla
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Indigo  Bunting                         Passerina cyanea
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Brewer's  Blackbird                     Euphagus cyanocephalus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
American  Goldfinch                     Spinus tristis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

78 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Photos from Hidalgo County Romp 25 SEP 11
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 18:36:05 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Photos from last Sunday's romp are up at my website:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Nothing really out of the ordinary, but the Neotropic Bluets were the most  
exciting photo ops, personally!  Enjoy!
 
MB  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Kentucky Warbler Still @ Estero
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 08:08:24 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Did kind of a "rarity hunt" yesterday and dipped on most everything (not  
surprising), but the highlight of the day (which included excursions to 
Bentsen, NABA, Santa Ana, the Progresso Sod Farms, and Estero Llano Grande SP) 

was  definitely the Kentucky Warbler that Huck had found at least a week ago! 
  Wound up with 96 species for the day.  Other highlights for the day  
include--
 
Roseate Spoonbills at the Bentsen Hawk Tower
Singleton Broad-winged Hawks at a variety of places
20-30 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at the Sod Farms (way down from Rex and  
Mary's counts, but more than I'VE ever seen!)
Singleton Wilson's Phalarope at Estero
Eastern Screech Owl flushed at NABA
Chuck-will's-widow flushed along the Green Jay Trail  AT  Estero
Ringed/Belted Kingfisher fight at Bentsen
Female Summer Tanager at Santa Ana
HUNDREDS of Dickcissels clustered in the Salt Cedar (?) along the estero  
south of the state park
 
And the non-avian highlight (thanks to Dan Jones for the head's up), my  
life Neotropical Bluet in with the mob of Blue-ringed Dancers at the canal at  
Santa Ana!  Also had a Smoky Rubyspot at the same place.
 
Pics forthcoming.  Full list below:
 
  Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Broad-winged  Hawk                      Buteo platypterus
Gray  Hawk                              Buteo nitidus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Upland  Sandpiper                       Bartramia longicauda
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Stilt  Sandpiper                        Calidris himantopus
Buff-breasted  Sandpiper                Tryngites subruficollis
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Eastern  Screech-Owl                    Megascops asio
Lesser  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles acutipennis
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Chuck-will's-widow                     Caprimulgus carolinensis
Ruby-throated  Hummingbird              Archilochus colubris
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Northern  Beardless-Tyrannulet         Camptostoma  imberbe
Least  Flycatcher                       Empidonax minimus
Great Crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus crinitus
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Nashville  Warbler                      Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Yellow  Warbler                         Dendroica petechia
Black-and-white  Warbler                Mniotilta varia
American  Redstart                      Setophaga ruticilla
Northern  Waterthrush                   Parkesia noveboracensis
Kentucky  Warbler                       Oporornis formosus
Mourning  Warbler                       Oporornis philadelphia
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Wilson's  Warbler                       Wilsonia pusilla
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Summer  Tanager                         Piranga rubra
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Blue  Grosbeak                          Passerina caerulea
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Baltimore  Oriole                       Icterus galbula
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

96 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: VNC Field Trip to Boca Chica (Black-headed Grosbeak)
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 21:03:26 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Had a marvelous trip down SR 4 and to Boca Chica Beach with the  gang this 
morning, racking up 77 species!  The highlight was a female  Black-headed 
Grosbeak that Mary Jane spotted on a wire, a beautiful bird with a  rich 
orange breast with no streaking whatsoever, and the classic bicolored bill. The 

second-most exciting thing a big mob of Reddish Egrets (both  white and 
dark morphs), with a smattering of White Ibis. The girls spotted at least one 

Wood Stork mixed in, but I was too focused on something that looked  almost 
like a Sacred Ibis in with the Whites, and if it was, it was certainly an  
escapee!  Unfortunately that one I was unable to photograph, and totally  
missed the storks as a result... :-(
 
Other highlights included an adult and immature Aplomado Falcon WAAAY out  
there; a small ditch with a little water that was housing a Wilson's  
Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs, several peeps and Semipalmated Plovers, and a 
young 

Sora; a family of Groove-billed Anis on one of the back roads; several  
Baltimore and two immature Altamira Orioles; a female Painted Bunting; and gobs 

 of birds on the beach--we were wondering if the Red Tide had anything to 
do with  it!  I had never seen large groups of Cattle Egrets on the beach 
before,  but in addition to those, we had lots of Royal, Sandwich, and Caspian 
Terns  along with single Forster's, Gull-billed, and a Black on the way TO 
the beach;  all three expected gulls; Willet, Black-bellied Plover, and this 
poor Ruddy  Turnstone that had been shot through with some kind of dart but 
appeared to be  functioning okay! 
 
In trying to find Dan Jones' road to the water, we wound up at a boat ramp  
where our only Black-necked Stilt of the day floated by, and had a couple 
of  Brown Pelicans across the way along with the regulars.  We also found  
another open road on the north side that gave access to some alkaline areas, 
but  the only bird we picked up in there was a Great Crested Flycatcher.  The 
 only other songbird migrants we encountered included a pewee and a Yellow  
Warbler, as well as swallows.
 
Pictures are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Wood Stork
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Aplomado  Falcon                        Falco femoralis
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Snowy  Plover                           Charadrius nivosus
Semipalmated  Plover                    Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Western  Sandpiper                      Calidris mauri
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Black  Tern                             Chlidonias niger
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
Sandwich  Tern                          Thalasseus sandvicensis
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Wood-Pewee                     Contopus virens
Great Crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus crinitus
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Eastern  Kingbird                       Tyrannus tyrannus
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cliff  Swallow                          Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Yellow  Warbler                         Dendroica petechia
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Black-headed  Grosbeak                  Pheucticus melanocephalus
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Baltimore  Oriole                       Icterus galbula

77 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: VNC Field Trip to Cannon Road...
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 19:55:01 -0400
...although when we got there we discovered the road to be slicker'n snot  
due to the recent rains (and I'm NOT complaining, believe me!!), so Norma 
knew  of a nearby nature park in La Ferria that I had never heard of, so we 
ventured  up there first (they also had a handy restroom, in which we 
encountered a  friendly Marine Toad)!
 
This place was fabulous!  We got there from the intersection of Cannon  and 
US 281 by retracing our steps west to Dukes Hwy (which IS an "FM" but isn't 
 showing up on Mapquest...), and going north and kinda zigzagging, but the  
simplest way to describe where this place is, is to take the Rabb Road exit 
off  US 83 and head south, where it dead ends at the park.  It has a nice 
trail  all the way around the lake (which we didn't take, but several people 
were  doing), with surrounding grasslands where we had Loggerhead Shrike, 
Eastern  Meadowlark, and flyover Upland Sandpipers.  The lake is a terrific 
little  freshwater wetland, with plenty of whistling ducks of both flavors, a 
pod of  Blue-winged Teal, Neotropic Cormorants, coots and gallinules, a few 
stilt,  several Green Herons and egrets, and a handful of Roseate Spoonbills 
(mostly  immatures but one adult came sailing in)!  Pat and I agreed it 
would be a  great place for an American Bittern to hide out in winter!  On the 
way out  we snuck into a nearby holding pond (the gate was open) where we 
added an avocet  within a gang of stilts, along with a couple of Black Terns 
batting around (we  left just as the guy came out to escort us out, I 
think...)
 
The famous La Ferria Sod Farms were just down the road, so Norma led the  
way there!  The best group of shorebirds was in a spot where we took our  
lives in our hands parking along the side of the road (FM 3076); most of them  
were Lesser Yellowlegs, but we also had a few Greater, some Least 
Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers and Curlews, and at least one Pectoral 
Sandpiper 

that I  could pick out before they all spooked.  The light wasn't the best, 
and as  Norma led us onto the dirt road that transects the sod farms, 
unfortunately the next best group was right in the sun, so we couldn't pick out 

anything new  (except for some White-faced Ibis).  On the "comfortably lit" 
side of the  road we had several Little Blue Herons in various stages of 
plumage. A couple of Orchard Orioles and an Olive Sparrow were making noise at 

the treeline  by the levee where we turned around.  Somewhere in here we had 
a Swainson's  Hawk go over...
 
Although the Ebony Unit of the Las Palomas WMA along Rangerville Road was  
always part of my Cannon Road Route, Norma knew of a place that actually had 
an  overlook of a lake, which was news to me, so again, as we went south on 
 Rangerville, we made a left on Jimenez (the sign for the WMA has you 
turning left at the next road), and sure enough, there was a nice parking area 

with a  kiosk and a wonderful deck overlooking a wonderful resaca!!  We had 
many of  the same birds as at La Ferria, but in addition had a mom Mottled 
Duck and her  babies following her in a row (they made at least two 
crossings), several Ruddy Ducks, LOTS of Least Grebes with a token Pied-billed, 
a 

couple of Wilson's Phalaropes twirling on the opposite shore, and a heard-only 

Green  Kingfisher.  Several Red-tailed Pennants were among the dragonflies 
hanging  around, and the girls spotted a Nutria by the bank.  In the trees 
just  before the deck were several Yellow Warblers, but also an oriole that I 
 initially called as Orchard, but Norma was able to get a shot that looked 
more  like a female Hoodie to them (it looked small to me, but judging size 
can be  tricky...).  We didn't take the trail as it was really starting to 
get hot,  but it looked promising!
 
We made a quick stop at the pond right there on Rangerville (while Norma's  
car checked out the produce stand ;-)), adding a Spotted Sandpiper, 
Tricolored Heron, and several swallows, including a token Cliff among the Caves 

(Pat  was the only one to spot a Bank before half the flock departed).  A real 
 Green Kingfisher made a brief appearance as well.  From there we went  
westbound on Jimenez picking up four kinds of kingbirds (Couch's, Tropical,  
Eastern, and Scissor-tailed if you count that as one--same genus), and Mary 
Jane  spotted a nighthawk roosting on a branch; Pat talked me into dragging 
out the  scope (it was getting pretty toasty by that time), and I'm glad I 
did, as taking  that close look confirmed it as a Lesser, where the tail and 
wingtips lined  up!
 
We wound up at the transformer station on Cannon Road (after a rain,  
Jimenez and Rangerville Roads are the only passable roads on this loop), but it 

was so hot we all decided against actually walking into the NWR tract (and 
it  was 11:30 to boot), so we called it a day, but just before going our 
separate  ways a Yellow-billed Cuckoo flew in and allowed nice looks!  It was 
after  we got back in the car after fiddling around awhile that we noticed the 
warning  sign about killer bees, which reminded us of Brush's close 
encounter... All said and done we wound up with 78 species for the morning! 
Pics 

 are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Upland  Sandpiper                       Bartramia longicauda
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Pectoral  Sandpiper                     Calidris melanotos
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Black  Tern                             Chlidonias niger
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Lesser  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles acutipennis
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Green  Kingfisher                       Chloroceryle americana
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Eastern  Kingbird                       Tyrannus tyrannus
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Bank Swallow
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cliff  Swallow                          Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Yellow  Warbler                         Dendroica petechia
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurious
Hooded Oriole
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

78 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Sparrow Road Route (Hidalgo Co.)
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 15:29:27 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Made the August run up FM 2221 and continuing on Jara Chinas and Mile 14  
and environs, on up to FM 490.  So far the Black-throated Sparrow has come  
through each trip, this time just over the Starr County line.  Amazingly, a  
Scaled Quail called once along Mile 14 (I think he was startled by the car), 
so  they're definitely rare but possible!  The juvenile Swainson's Hawks 
were  hanging along the dirt portion of Jara Chinas, along with many beat-up 
breeding  songbirds.  Since migration has started, picked up a few new birds 
for the  route, including several flyover Upland Sandpipers and Dickcissels, 
a couple of  Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a couple of Least Flycatchers.  
Cassin's  Sparrows were still singing their little hearts out along the 
northern portion of the route (particularly around "The Square"), but Horned 
Lark 

numbers were  down considerably; a family including a couple of juveniles 
hanging around a  natural gas pump just south of 490 put the total number up 
to about a  dozen.  White-tailed Hawk adults and juvies were nice to see.   
Although I had a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks, I could have sworn I heard 
the  "wheep" of a Western in a dirt field, but that woulda been WAY early!!   
(Not sure even the drought would drive them over here THAT soon!)
 
Had 54 species along the route.  Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Scaled Quail 1 Characteristic call along Mile 14 Road
Northern Bobwhite  12
Turkey Vulture 2
Harris's Hawk 1
Swainson's Hawk 6
White-tailed  Hawk 4
Crested Caracara 12
Killdeer 1
Upland Sandpiper 11
Rock  Pigeon 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
White-winged Dove 15
Mourning Dove  100
Inca Dove 1
Common Ground-Dove 7
White-tipped Dove 3
Greater  Roadrunner 8
Groove-billed Ani 5
Common Nighthawk 2
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker 12
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Least Flycatcher  2
Brown-crested Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 6
Couch's Kingbird  5
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 6
Loggerhead Shrike 2
White-eyed Vireo  3
Green Jay 5
Horned Lark 12
Purple Martin 2
Barn Swallow 6
Cave  Swallow 1
Verdin 15
Cactus Wren 8
Bewick's Wren 12
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher 2
Northern Mockingbird 30
Long-billed Thrasher  5
Curve-billed Thrasher 5
Olive Sparrow 7
Cassin's Sparrow 20
Lark  Sparrow 15
Black-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Pyrrhuloxia  20
Blue Grosbeak 1
Dickcissel 7
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Great-tailed  Grackle 5
Orchard Oriole 3
Bullock's Oriole 6
Lesser Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow 12

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Edinburg, Bentsen, & NABA
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:13:16 -0400
Hi, all!
 
The original plan was to go on an "ode hunt" for my birthday on Sunday, but 
 with yet another heat index of over 100 forecast, I decided to just enjoy  
everything God brought my way and head home at noon for a steak and a 
movie!  :-)
 
Started at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, and immediately kicked myself for not  
checking the batteries on the recorder:  the wind was absolutely still and  
the south pond was just STUFFED with waders, all croaking away!  I normally 
 do this park after birding Wallace Road, so coming first thing in the 
morning  was a real treat and added several new site birds, including Black 
Tern, a  flyover Upland Sandpiper, and the real surprise in the middle of this 
suburban  park:  a singing Bobwhite!  Was surprised, like Kyle, by a Belted  
Kingfisher so early, and enjoyed a pair of Yellow-crowned Night Herons 
hiding  across the way.  Both flavors of whistling ducks were still hanging 
around, and unlike the last visit here last month, the north pond had a ton of 

Least  Grebes!  Did manage to pick up a Spot-tailed Dasher and Red-tailed 
Pennant  in the ode department, but that was about it...
 
Headed down to Bentsen where I met up with Mike and Ginny, and while we  
were concentrating on leps, the Anis kept trying to distract us by flying back 
 and forth and making noise!  A Beardless Tyrannulet sang in the distance,  
which was neat seeing as I usually get them only in the interior of the  
park!  While they went on into the park I headed over to NABA, where  again I 
was more focused on leps (not many odes there, either, except some  female 
damsels I had no clue about), but had more Anis, Orchard and Altamira  
Orioles, a Clay-colored Thrush, a Black Phoebe (may have been my first one for 

the park), and a Common Ground Dove on the nest as a highlight!  The Lord's  
"birthday present" was the Red-bordered Pixie that landed on Jeff Glassberg's 
 shirt! :-)
 
Got out of there before I withered, with 56 species for the day (the  year 
I was born!).  No decent bird pics, but the leps and odes I shot are  posted 
here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Yellow-crowned  Night-Heron             Nyctanassa violacea
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Upland  Sandpiper                       Bartramia longicauda
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Black  Tern                             Chlidonias niger
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Northern  Beardless-Tyrannulet         Camptostoma  imberbe
Least  Flycatcher                       Empidonax minimus
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

56 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Old Military Hwy & Anzalduas
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:45:26 -0400
Hi, all!
 
Mary Jane Syvertsen and I headed down towards Bentsen this morning to road  
bird the Old Military Highway, including the levee that goes past Chimney 
Park  and the Riverside Club.  The most interesting bird along the route was 
a  couple of Anis and a pair of Orchard Orioles (MJ saw a second female), 
but we  also enjoyed the hordes of Cave Swallows at the bridge over the canal! 
 A  couple of Yellowthroats sang along the paved stretch with the sugar 
cane,  and I was surprised by the mob of Collared Doves at Chimney Park!
 
We rolled into Anzalduas after that (too bad you can't take the levee  
straight there, but the "Do Not Enter" signs are very plain), and it was good 
to 

 be back after it being closed for so long!  MJ was happy with her life  
Black Phoebe, and a couple of Ringed Kingfishers sailed past for good measure, 
 along with the two tern extremes (Least and Caspian), and another singing  
Yellowthroat.  We had a handful of shorebirds including Black-necked Stilt, 
 Least and Spotted Sandpipers, and a couple of flyover Upland Sandpipers.  
I  told her the park was famous for the wire-sitting swallows, and they 
didn't  disappoint this time with Purple Martins, Caves, a few Barns, and a 
single Bank  and Rough-winged all represented.  (The new restrooms were a 
welcome sight as well! :-)) I had my FOS Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the Ranch 
last 

month,  actually, but we had one buzzing here today as well.  Unfortunately 
the  back section is still closed, and we saw no raptors aside from the TVs 
and an  Osprey on the Mexican side.
 
Backtracked to the NABA Garden after that, where we visited the brand new  
visitor's center and poked around the gardens right there, enjoying Queens, 
Gulf  Fritillaries, and a Brown Longtail.  In the "old" gardens we got nice 
looks  at the Altamira Oriole and its nest, and I heard the Clay-colored 
Thrush making  quiet noises back in the woods.  A Long-billed Thrasher and 
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo allowed nice views, but the butterfly show wasn't bad, 
either:   nothing out of the ordinary, but besides the tons of Queens, Tawny 
Emperors, and  Phaon Crescents, we had a Soldier, White-patched Skipper, 
Rounded Metalmark, Silver-banded Hairstreak, and a Cassius Blue. Other common 

stuff in lesser  numbers included Pearl Crescents, Gray Hairstreaks, Fiery 
Skippers, Ceraunus  Blues, the big sulphurs, and Giant Swallowtails.
 
No pictures today (that's a first), but finished up with 56 species for the 
 day.  Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Upland  Sandpiper                       Bartramia longicauda
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

57 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Starr County
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:04:17 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Joyce Davidson, Pat Heirs, and myself headed bright and early out to Starr  
County this morning, initially planning to start at Falcon State Park, but 
when  I mentioned that I once had Scaled Quail along the road to Fronton 
(and the  girls had never been down there), we decided to swing down there 
first.   The normal thornscrub stuff sang from the road as we stopped a couple 
of times,  with Cactus Wren being a highlight.  On the mile-long dirt road 
down to the  river we had a couple of Anis, and down at the river we had a 
calling  Clay-colored Robin along with the regular Valley songsters, but the 
best bird  was a Black Phoebe that came right at us and sat close for stunning 
views!   On the way out several dark pigeons on a roof had us going until 
we saw that  every single one of 'em were dark Rocks!
 
From there we headed over to Salineno, where as we were approaching the  
river I got a brief but identifiable view of two Red-billed Pigeons batting  
downstream (Pat barely saw them and Joyce, who was driving, missed them 
entirely as she was tracking a shorebird, which we never refound). Pat spotted 

a  Ringed Kingfisher which later flew around and rattled wildly, along with 
a  Chachalaca sitting as a blob across the way, while I spotted a  
Yellow-billed Cuckoo fly in and land across the river. New for my "River Roads" 

list was a singing Blue Grosbeak over in Mexico, and poking along the  trails 
we found a preening Couch's Kingbird that was showing off his usually  
concealed red head feathers!  An Osprey with a big fish was another  highlight.
 
We took the "dump road" over to Chapeno where Joyce spotted a Blue Spiny  
Lizard on the wall of a house (I initially thought it was a Collared Lizard  
because it was so big with that strong black collar, but the handy dandy  
Peterson's proved me wrong...)!  At Chapeno we were getting ready to go  down 
the boat ramp when the lady who owns the property next door (who had just  
turned off from the boat ramp road) honked at us, backed up, and warned us  
that there was some "activity" down there, and that it probably wasn't wise 
to  go! So we accessed the river from their property (the old RV park), and 
while we  didn't see any unusual birds (added Cave Swallows for the day), we 
DID see a  motorized canoe and four guys putz upriver who looked as though 
they were  fishing, but then the next thing we knew they were on the US side 
of the shore  with a helicopter bearing down on them!  On the way out we 
told the husband  what we had seen, and he said they had actually witnessed 
them loading pot into that boat at the ramp, hence why his wife advised us not 

to go down there!
 
After all that we decided to check out the playa/farm pond/whatever on  
northbound FM2098, which was bone dry, but we had seen what looked like a young 

 Swainson's Hawk on the way up there and couldn't really pull over at the  
time.  Thankfully he was still there on the way back to the park, and he  
sat still for pics; looked like a nice crisp juvie, so I'm wondering if there  
was a breeding pair somewhere close!
 
We swung around the county park before going into the state park, hoping  
for possible pigeons and gnatcatchers, but dipped on all those; did see a 
cute  pair of Bobwhite, however.  It was getting hot and the park was rather  
quiet, but I talked the girls into making a quick stop at the butterfly 
gardens, where Ellen and her hubby were tending it. Happily there was lots of 

stuff  flying; mainly the common sulphurs, but I was THRILLED to get my life 
Common  Streaky Skipper (especially after several had been reported lately)! 
 Ellen  had been seeing an odd blue lately and miraculously found it while 
we were  there; turned out to be a female Cassius!  We also had nice looks 
at a  Mexican Fritillary and Bordered Patch, along with common garden variety 
Gray and  Mallow Scrub Hairstreaks and plenty of Reakirt's Blues, plus a 
beat-up Gulf  Fritillary.
 
The lake level was down so we were able to drive close to shore (which I  
wasn't able to do last time); most interesting birds there were Least Terns 
and  a couple of Laughing Gulls.  We caught a couple of Roadrunners panting  
away, but no Scaled Quail (or even Black-throated Sparrow this time), so we  
called it a day and raided the Golden Chick in La Joya for lunch, logging 
58  species for the day!
 
Picas are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Red-billed  Pigeon                      Patagioenas flavirostris
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Blue  Grosbeak                          Passerina caerulea
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

58 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Sparrow Road
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:30:50 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Ran my third scouting trip for the Sparrow Road Route; no Scaled Quail this 
 time (and there's DEFINITELY more traffic during the week, even on the 
dirt  portion), but did pick up the Black-throated Sparrow (over the Starr 
County  line), so we're three for three so far!  I'm wondering if the adult  
Swainson's Hawk I kept seeing along the northern portion of the route might 
have found a mate and bred, as there was a youngster hanging around there this 

time,  squealing away!
 
Again, nothing out of the ordinary, but had lots of Lark Sparrows  and 
Pyrrhuloxias, and several Blue Grosbeaks, Painted Buntings, Bullock's Orioles, 

and Yellow-billed Cuckoos along the route, as well as the  tons of Cassin's 
Sparrows and Horned Larks in the northern portion.  Had a  couple of nice 
White-tailed Hawks south of FM 490 as well, and several Bobwhite  actually 
showed themselves!  New for the composite list was a flyover  Tricolored Heron 
early on, several Cliff Swallows passing through, and a migrant  Orchard 
Oriole towards the end of the route.
 
The only pics I got were of interesting bugs: one was an almost two-inch  
long orange critter that looks like it might be a blister beetle of some 
kind, and the other was back at the house: a cicada (about the same size) with 

a white  neck band; closest match appeared to be Apache Cicada, but the info 
on BugGuide  seemed to imply it was a SE Arizona specialty.  PIcs are here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Hidalgo Co.- FM 2221 'sparrow road', Hidalgo, US-TX
Jul 20, 2011 6:42 AM  - 10:21 AM
Protocol: Traveling
25.5 mile(s)
43 species (+2 other  taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 4
Northern Bobwhite  20
Tricolored Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Harris's Hawk 1
Swainson's  Hawk 4
White-tailed Hawk 3
Crested Caracara 8
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
White-winged Dove 9
Mourning Dove 25
Common Ground-Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Greater Roadrunner 3
Common Nighthawk  2
nighthawk sp. 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 15
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  3
Great Kiskadee 4
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 6
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher 8
Loggerhead Shrike 2
Green Jay 1
Horned Lark 30
Purple  Martin 5
Cliff Swallow 12
Verdin 15
Bewick's Wren 4
Northern  Mockingbird 30
Curve-billed Thrasher 6
Olive Sparrow 12
Cassin's  Sparrow 20
Lark Sparrow 15
Black-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal  7
Pyrrhuloxia 8
Blue Grosbeak 6
Painted Bunting 3
Red-winged  Blackbird 20
Eastern Meadowlark 8
Great-tailed Grackle 20
Brown-headed  Cowbird 3
Orchard Oriole 1
Bullock's Oriole 4
House Sparrow 10

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Monte Cristo Tract & Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:18:35 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Boy, I've never seen so much traffic going up and down Wallace Road as I  
have today! :-P  The highlight was what may have been a family group of  
Swainson's Hawks: at one stop I spooked three (about all I could catch was the 

pale band at the base of the tail and a darkish head), then spotted an 
adult  in the next tree down who stayed put!  Otherwise it was the usual 
suspects along this stretch: many Common Nighthawks to begin with, a singing 

Tropical Kingbird at the beginning of the wetland along with a Green 
Kingfisher, the resident White Pelican, and other waders along with the usual 
ton of 

cormorants.  Attn, Tim:  also had two singing Yellowthroats at the big  
wetland! :-)  It was cool hearing a singing Pied-billed Grebe, as I usually  
only hear the whinny!  Both Blue Grosbeaks and Painted Buntings were  singing, 
but only the former sat out in the open.
 
Edinburg Wetlands was rather quiet as well, but there were plenty of  
whistling duck families around! A few Fulvous are still in the north pond, but 

NO Least Grebes at all, which surprised me!  The highlight here was a  Bank 
Swallow feeding low over the south pond, giving great looks at its totally  
brown upperparts and immaculate white underparts interrupted by that sharp 
brown  chest band.  Several Least Terns were also feeding in the south pond; 
most  appeared to be juveniles.  The funniest sighting was a Cave Swallow 
trying  madly to keep a Buff-bellied Hummingbird off his tail--didn't work...  
 Didn't find the Painted Bunting, but new for my park list was a singing  
White-tipped Dove in the "jungle" portion!
 
Not many bird pics today (just the duck families), but several other  
critters; Turk's-cap White Skippers were all over the place, and caught one  
momma ovipositing!
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Ended up with 70 species for the morning.  Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Green  Kingfisher                       Chloroceryle americana
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Blue  Grosbeak                          Passerina caerulea
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

70 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Santa Ana NWR
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 16:36:38 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Had a delightful morning at the refuge, being greeted by a Bobcat first  
thing crossing the paved trail to the "roundabout"!  Heading towards  Pintail 
Lakes I heard a couple of Clay-colored Thrushes and kicked up the first  of 
several Anis, and was thrilled to run into an old friend, Ki Brush, getting  
ready to mist net some birds for banding!
 
I was also thrilled to see even more of the Pintail Lake Trail open!   
Waders of all sorts were all over both going and coming (I had to backtrack as 

the trail isn't quite open to the Rio Grande yet), and Four-spotted Skimmers 
 were all over as well.  I think I also had a Broad-striped Forcepttail, 
but  those who know better can look at the pic and confirm/deny it! :-)
 
Headed down to Bobcat Trail, where I found the Painted Bunting singing  
away, as well as a Roadrunner family (and was shocked to discover I had never  
seen this bird at the refuge)!  Jaguarundi Trail was in bad need of a  
"shave", but at least it cleaned my shoes of all the mud I picked up along  
Pintail Lakes! :-) Orchard Orioles came through in several spots along the 
loop. 

 
Swung back to the VC by way of Willow Lakes, which was pretty dead except  
for a young Couch's Kingbird out on a dead branch and a fly-by Fulvous 
Whistling Duck. One Beardless Tyrannulet was calling in here. Other than that 

just the usual suspects; had 60 species for the morning.  Pics and  sounds 
are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 6
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 1
Mottled Duck  2
Plain Chachalaca 12
Northern Bobwhite 1
Least Grebe 1
Neotropic  Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 7
Snowy Egret 12
Little  Blue Heron 3
Tricolored Heron 4
Cattle Egret 10
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 5
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
White Ibis  4
Roseate Spoonbill 1
Turkey Vulture 10
Common Moorhen 1
American  Coot 3
Black-necked Stilt 2
Forster's Tern 1
White-winged Dove  60
Mourning Dove 12
Common Ground-Dove 8
White-tipped Dove  8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4
Greater Roadrunner 3
Groove-billed Ani  5
Common Nighthawk 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
Green Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 15
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 12
Northern  Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Brown-crested Flycatcher 8
Great Kiskadee  12
Tropical Kingbird 2
Couch's Kingbird 10
White-eyed Vireo 8
Green  Jay 7
Purple Martin 12
Black-crested Titmouse 3
Verdin 2
Carolina  Wren 7
Bewick's Wren 3
Clay-colored Thrush 2
Northern Mockingbird  9
Long-billed Thrasher 12
Olive Sparrow 20
Northern Cardinal  15
Painted Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Great-tailed Grackle  12
Bronzed Cowbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole  4
Altamira Oriole 2
Lesser Goldfinch 3  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: New Botteri's Location @ La Sal
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2011 17:33:42 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Did the La Sal del Rey driving route this morning on this glorious  
Independence Day, and the highlight was definitely two different Botteri's  
Sparrows in two new locations (but did not hear any at the "traditional" 
location 

along that spur road running north from NE Brushline).  The first  one was 
along the trail from Brushline to the salt lake, near where the parking  lot 
is going to be (BTW, everything is SO green out there; the birds were going  
nuts).  The second bird was also along Brushline, just north of the  
intersection with Chapa and just south of the entrance to Tres Presas Ranch,  
singing right outside the car!  I was able to obtain lousy photos but an  
outstanding recording, both of which are posted on the Latest Photos page  
(below). Another "rarity" which seems to be somewhat regular along this route 
(at 

least in summer) was a Black-throated Sparrow that weakly sang along  the 
northern stretch of GI Road.
 
Early on the route had a group of feral hogs cross the road; I noticed some 
 traps at the lake which I assume are for them.  Also had a White-tailed  
Deer with quite a rack, as well as a Nilgai along the trail (which seems to 
be a  pretty reliable place to see those).  Since I hit the trail portion 
right around sunrise the temperature was still tolerable, and birds were quite 

active,  with cuckoos, anis, a couple of Bullock's Orioles, Painted 
Buntings, Olive Sparrows, Cactus and Bewick's Wrens, and Scissor-tailed 
Flycatcher 

 families.  A pair of Snowy Plovers was at the lake itself, along with a  
couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.
 
Raptors were in good form on the poles along Brushline, with White-tailed,  
Harris', and Caracaras all represented.  Verdins and Pyrrhuloxias were all  
over.  The road that used to have the Botteri's had the only Gull-billed  
Tern for the day batting by, and the "east pond" along NE Brushline had a few 
 stilts as well as both flavors of whistling ducks.  No doubt that the  
Orchard Orioles are coming through now, as I had two birds along GI Road (a  
female and a young male) giving the characteristic "nyep" call!  A "lake"  
across northbound GI Road kept me from finishing that part of the route (a big 

ol' pickup came and fishtailed through it, but I wasn't that brave), but 
Rio  Beef had a Summer Tanager at about the same place I had it last year, and 
while  the marsh further down was overgrown, I heard Common Gallinules and 
Least Grebes  calling from within.
 
Ended up with 58 species for the morning.  Pictures and sounds  are posted 
here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 20
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 6
Mottled Duck  1
Northern Bobwhite 20
Least Grebe 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture  12
Harris's Hawk 3
White-tailed Hawk 2
Crested Caracara 9
Common  Moorhen 2
Snowy Plover 2 Expected bird at the salt lake
Killdeer  6
Black-necked Stilt 3
Gull-billed Tern 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove 150
Inca Dove 5
Common Ground-Dove 30
White-tipped  Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 15
Greater Roadrunner 7
Groove-billed Ani  4
Common Nighthawk 15
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 20
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker 9
Brown-crested Flycatcher 12
Great Kiskadee 12
Couch's  Kingbird 8
Western Kingbird 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 15
Green Jay  6
Horned Lark 1
Black-crested Titmouse 8
Verdin 15
Cactus Wren  4
Bewick's Wren 12
Northern Mockingbird 30
Long-billed Thrasher  4
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Olive Sparrow 15
Botteri's Sparrow 2 Both  birds singing the diagnostic 
spit-and-start-bouncing-ball song; these birds have been in the area for the 
last three years 

at least.
Cassin's Sparrow  4
Lark Sparrow 10
Black-throated Sparrow 1
Summer Tanager 1
Northern  Cardinal 12
Pyrrhuloxia 7
Blue Grosbeak 2
Painted Bunting  15
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Eastern Meadowlark 5
Great-tailed Grackle  15
Bronzed Cowbird 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 7
Orchard Oriole  2
Bullock's Oriole 2
House Sparrow 10  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: VNC Field Trip to Wallace Road & Beyond
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:13:04 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Joyce Davidson and Mary Jane Syvertsen were the only takers for the field  
trip today, but we had a ball poking up Wallace Road!  Some flyover Fulvous  
Whistling Ducks greeted us first thing along with Common Nighthawks (we 
also had a low-flying individual later along North Bryan), and what we thought 

were  distant Lesser Nighthawks "singing" turned out to be frogs when we 
heard them up  close and personal at the Monte Cristo Tract pumphouse culvert! 
 (Closest  match on the Valley Bird Songs CD was Coastal Plain Toad...)  We 
had a nice  selection of raptors including White-tailed Kite, Swainson's 
Hawk, and immature  White-tailed and Harris' Hawks, along with several 
obligatory Caracaras. This was Joyce's first summer here so she enjoyed seeing 

the juvenile Mourning  Doves with their pale-edged feathering!
 
Painted Bunting was a life bird for MJ, so we tried to spot every one we  
heard, but they all turned out to be young green males!  A changing Blue  
Grosbeak allowed a brief look, and a male Cardinal performed an odd fluttering 

flight display along the north end.  MJ also spotted three Anis along that  
stretch as well, along with a single Chachalaca hidden in the brush!  At  
another spot where we were stopped, a hen Turkey clucked unseen!
 
The south pond was dry, but the big wetland had a few things; besides the  
ubiquitous Neotropic Cormorants and the resident injured White Pelican, we 
had  both grebe species, a nice Green Heron, a pair of Least Terns, at least 
one of  the Tropical Kingbirds along with several Couch's, and a stunning 
Ringed  Kingfisher!  MJ spotted a single female Anhinga way on the far side.   
I heard the distinctive "nyep" of an Orchard Oriole along with some light  
chatter, and shortly after two darkish birds shot out and away; they got 
flagged  by eBird, but I had heard reports that they were starting to show up 
already, so  I didn't think much of it.  The only other anomaly was an 
obviously escaped  green Budgie keeping company with some doves on a wire!
 :-)  The mammalian highlight was a grungy looking Striped Skunk  lumbering 
across the road!
 
We braved North Bryan Road just west of Wallace, and for the first time  
since Dolly it was actually dry!  We added a nice Cassin's Sparrow along  this 
stretch, and this was also where the Harris' Hawk was.  A male Bronzed  
Cowbird entertained us by doing his "helicopter display" over a female (who  
ignored him), and Horned Larks were out the kazoo.  We eventually came to a  
muddy spot and all agreed that it was time to turn around! :-)
 
Since it was still relatively early (10:35), I offered to show the girls  
where I was scouting the new Sparrow Road Route, since Black-throated Sparrow 
 was also a lifer for MJ.  We scooted down to Mile 14 Road and headed west  
towards the Starr Co. Line, and sure enough, a beautiful individual hopped  
across the road, then chased a rival and sat up singing!  We also got great 
 looks at Bobwhite, Bullock's Orioles, Verdin, Pyrrhuloxia, and a bunch of  
Roadrunners.  Interestingly, we dipped on both thrashers along Wallace but  
got them both here!
 
Headed over to the Ware Road Mall for some ice cream and to drop off  
Joyce!  Total tally for the morning was 75 species.  Pics are  posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Common  Gallinule                       Gallinula galeata
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Budgerigar                             Melopsittacus undulatus
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Black-throated  Sparrow                 Amphispiza bilineata
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Blue  Grosbeak                          Passerina caerulea
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
Bullock's  Oriole                       Icterus bullockii
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

75 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: House Finches near McCook
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:46:12 EDT
Hi, all!
 
As far as "rarity", the two flyover House Finches along Mile 14 Road west  
of McCook was definitely the highlight, but my personal favorite was the 
herd of  ten Turkeys along a side dirt road just into Starr County!
 
In brief, I did the "Sparrow Road Route"  which includes "Sparrow  Road" 
(FM 2221 heading north out of La Joya) then continues north along Jara  Chinas 
Road, then west on Mile 14 Road to the county line, then back and north  on 
an unmarked road, zigzagging up to FM 490 (that makes it about 25 miles  
total).  Despite the horrendous winds, had 49 species for the route,  some 
which I only had along paved "Sparrow Road" (such as Olive Sparrow,  
White-tipped Dove, Cactus Wren, Harris' Hawks, a calling Lesser Nighthawk, and 

Couch's Kingbird).  Dipped on the Scaled Quail this time along that  stretch.
 
Once again Cassin's Sparrows went "over the top" all along the route, as  
did Lark Sparrows and Pyrrhuloxias.  A group of seven flyover White-faced  
Ibis were a nice addition to the list.  Jara Chinas tends to have more  desert 
scrub stuff; once again picked up the Black-throated Sparrow in here  along 
with tons of Verdin and several Painted Buntings and a few Blue  Grosbeaks. 
 Had several swallows, but the only ones close enough to ID were  two 
Banks.  Just over the county line on Mile 14, besides the Turkeys there  was a 
pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers with a nest, bombing a Roadrunner that  was 
nearby!
 
Up near McCook where it's mostly a mix of ag fields and a "mesquite  
savannah" type prairie habitat, the Horned Larks were out the yahoo, and at one 

stop I swore I heard the end of a Botteri's Sparrow song, but he didn't sing  
again (and that would be unprecedented out in THAT area)!  What was  
probably the same Swainson's Hawk from last month was patrolling the same 
field, 

and had several Caracaras power by.
 
Bird List:
 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2
Northern Bobwhite 12
Wild Turkey  10
White-faced Ibis 7
Turkey Vulture 2
Harris's Hawk 3
Swainson's  Hawk 1
Crested Caracara 8
Rock Pigeon 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
White-winged Dove 2
Mourning Dove 30
Common Ground-Dove  8
White-tipped Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Greater Roadrunner  2
Lesser Nighthawk 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 12
Brown-crested  Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 5
Couch's Kingbird 1
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher 15
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 1
Horned Lark 30
Bank  Swallow 2
Verdin 12
Cactus Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 7
Northern  Mockingbird 25
Long-billed Thrasher 4
Curve-billed Thrasher 1
Olive  Sparrow 3
Cassin's Sparrow 20
Lark Sparrow 25
Black-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal 6
Pyrrhuloxia 12
Blue Grosbeak 5
Painted Bunting  7
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Eastern Meadowlark 5
Great-tailed Grackle  12
Bronzed Cowbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Bullock's Oriole 4
House  Finch 2 Two female types flying overhead uttering diagnostic flight  
notes.
Lesser Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 8

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Laguna Atascosa NWR
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:42:07 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Despite the wind and dry conditions, Laguna Atascosa was quite productive  
this morning.  Got to my starting point on General Brandt Road much earlier  
than anticipated, but that only added a mess of nighthawks to the list!   
Since things were coming out from roost I picked up several things along this 
 road that I didn't see elsewhere, like a lone Roseate Spoonbill and Black  
Skimmer!  
 
Was chagrined to discover that the Bayside Drive wasn't open yet (they wait 
 until a half hour after sunrise so as not to risk any more Ocelot/vehicle  
encounters...), so I tootled down the Lakeside Drive, and while the resaca  
halfway in was dry as a bone, Laguna Atascosa itself had plenty of water in 
it  (I've seen it bone dry in drought conditions before), and added both 
Black and  Least Terns to the list here.  By the time I got through with that 
the  Bayside Drive was open, so I did my usual half mile stops and had some 
nice  things; an immature White-tailed Hawk right by the road was a treat 
for  sure!  Back along the bay a displaying Willet was being entertaining by  
giving a strange "Pilla-wah-wah" (the last two notes much lower) rather than 
the  typical "Pilla-wee-wee!"  (Guess you had to be there...)  Also had a  
singing Botteri's Sparrow along this stretch, and another one actually 
showed himself nicely in a bush next to the road along the "prairie" section of 

the  drive (the part that floods during hurricanes ;-))!
 
Back at the Visitor's Center I sat in the photo blind for awhile with  
another lady, and the birds were coming in fast and furious, the best being a  
knock-out male Blue Grosbeak (that neither of us were able to shoot,  
unfortunately)!  We also had an odd Common Ground Dove with bronzy wing  spots 
rather than black wing spots, which I don't recall seeing before; Sibley shows 

that western females show these spots, so I wonder if this was the  case?  
An enterprising White-tailed Deer was stopped from entering the  blind area 
by a fence, but then found a way to crawl under it! :-)  Over in  the gazebo 
area I heard what sounded like a Ruby-throated Hummer on steroids,  and a 
little investigating uncovered a baby Long-billed Thrasher following mama  
around! An Ani showed up in the same area, and I was shocked to discover that 

Lesser Goldfinch was new for my Laguna Atascosa list!!
 
Regarding other critters, the only bugs I encountered was a desperately  
thirsty Laviana White Skipper and a Thornbush Dasher, aside from all the wasps 
 coming in to the water.  Several Cottontail bunnies almost let me pet  
them!
 
Headed home with 64 species for the day.  Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 100
Plain Chachalaca 12
Northern  Bobwhite 7
Neotropic Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 9
Great Egret  3
Little Blue Heron 1
Tricolored Heron 4
Reddish Egret 1
Cattle  Egret 9
White Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 2
Roseate Spoonbill 1
Black  Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 8
Osprey 1
Harris's Hawk 2
Swainson's Hawk  1
White-tailed Hawk 1
Crested Caracara 1
Black-bellied Plover  1
Black-necked Stilt 1
Willet 12
Long-billed Curlew 7
Marbled Godwit  2
Laughing Gull 20
Least Tern 2
Gull-billed Tern 1
Caspian Tern  2
Black Tern 3
Royal Tern 3
Black Skimmer 1
Mourning Dove  50
Common Ground-Dove 6
White-tipped Dove 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  7
Greater Roadrunner 2
Groove-billed Ani 1
Common Nighthawk  12
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  12
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 7
Brown-crested Flycatcher 9
Couch's  Kingbird 3
White-eyed Vireo 5
Green Jay 7
Horned Lark  1
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Verdin 8
Northern Mockingbird  25
Long-billed Thrasher 12
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Olive Sparrow  12
Botteri's Sparrow 2
Lark Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 12
Blue  Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Eastern Meadowlark 15
Great-tailed  Grackle 100
Bronzed Cowbird 40
Brown-headed Cowbird 9
Altamira Oriole  1
Lesser Goldfinch 1

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Cannon Road Loop (Cameron Co.)
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:24:43 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Mary Jane Syvertson and I birded the Cannon Road Loop this morning, which  
basically goes up Cannon Road just east of Santa Maria, circles Adams Garden 
 Reservoir, continues north to FM 3067, heads east to Weaver Road, winds 
south  through the sod farms, then heads east on US 281 where you catch 
Rangerville Road and head north, then take a left on Jimenez where it 
eventually 

joins up  with Cannon Road again.  We had nothing out of the ordinary (no  
Yellow-green Vireo this time, or at least "yet"), but it was a nice mix of  
agriculture, "big tree" thornscrub woodland, open water, mesquite savannah, 
and  resaca wetland.  Mary Jane had at least two lifers (knockout looks at  
Horned Larks near the sod farm, and a couple of Gull-billed Terns at the  
reservoir; these turned out to be new for my route list), and as per usual,  
Tropical Kingbirds went "over the top" with at least 12 individuals (eBird 
would  only let me put in 10, but that's good enough... ;-)).  A family of  
White-tailed Kites near 3067 put on a show, and we had nice looks at both 
stilts and an avocet at the reservoir (the stilts acted like they had nests). 

Both species of whistling ducks were around, and we also had both ibis:   
White-faced at the sod farm and a White at the little "Rangerville  Resaca".  
A pair of Common Gallinules (back to the old name I guess) faced  off at the 
same spot.  A cooperative nighthawk landed on an irrigation pipe  at the 
sod farms, and whereas we'd spot a Dickcissel here and there in the ag  areas, 
Jimenez Road was loaded with 'em!  The canal along Jimenez had its  usual 
assortment of swallows sitting on the wire:  mostly Caves, but a  couple of 
Banks showed off as well.  We ended the morning with 68 species  for the day.
 
[And for those interested--camera update...those not interested can scroll  
down to the bird list! ;-))  Thanks to some excellent test suggestions by  
Clay Taylor, we discovered that the problem was aperture related, so keeping 
the  aperture at f/10 enables me to use the full 300mm again with little or 
no fuzz,  and if there IS fuzz, I can confidently say it's due to motion 
and/or bad focus  on the part of the operator! :-)]
 
Pictures are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 50
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 6
Mallard  (Domestic type) 4  If I were anywhere else I'd call them "normal" 
northern  Mallards, as there were two "good" females and two males in 
eclipse plumage, all  very shy and wary.
Mottled Duck 3
Ruddy Duck 6
Plain Chachalaca  2
Northern Bobwhite 12
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant  50
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 4
Snowy Egret 8
Tricolored Heron  1
Green Heron 4
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
White Ibis 1
White-faced  Ibis 7
Turkey Vulture 1
White-tailed Kite 7
Harris's Hawk 1
Crested  Caracara 4
Common Moorhen 2
American Coot 1
Killdeer 12
Black-necked  Stilt 15
American Avocet 1
Laughing Gull 6
Gull-billed Tern  4
Forster's Tern 1
White-winged Dove 50
Mourning Dove 30
Inca Dove  2
Common Ground-Dove 6
White-tipped Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  7
Common Nighthawk 12
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker 6
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
Brown-crested Flycatcher  4
Great Kiskadee 4
Tropical Kingbird 10
Couch's Kingbird 3
Western  Kingbird 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3
White-eyed Vireo 6
Green Jay  1
Horned Lark 12
Bank Swallow 4
Cliff Swallow 1
Cave Swallow  10
Black-crested Titmouse 3
Verdin 1
Carolina Wren 3
Northern  Mockingbird 20
Long-billed Thrasher 3
European Starling 1
Common  Yellowthroat 9
Olive Sparrow 15
Lark Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal  2
Dickcissel 8
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Eastern Meadowlark  4
Great-tailed Grackle 75
Bronzed Cowbird 12
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Lesser Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 15

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Pictures from Big valley Day
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 21:14:36 EDT
Hi, all!  Pictures from Wednesday's Big Day with Robyn, Bill, Joanna,  and 
Michael are up on my website:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Enjoy!  MB  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Masked Duck and Others
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 08:27:13 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Took visiting birders Robyn, Bill, Joanna, and Michael out yesterday as  
part of their first trip to the Valley, so we covered a lot of ground starting 
 at Quinta Mazatlan, then heading up Wallace Road, back down to Edinburg  
Wetlands, over to Estero Llano Grande, then Sabal Palm Grove, up Old Port 
Isabel  Road, and finishing up at Laguna Atascosa.  Wound up with 102 species 
(I  had an additional two) for the day!  Highlights include:
 
Cracking views of the Green Parakeets and Red-crowned Parrots  AT  QM (I heard 
 the Yellow-crowned Parrot), plus a lingering male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
 
A lingering Greater White-fronted Goose  AT  the Wallace Road Wetland, along  
with the "resident" White Pelican and several Anhingas, plus a Turkey 
crossing  the road and a Groove-billed Ani that Joanna spotted
 
Lots of Fulvous Whistling Ducks and Least Grebes  AT  Edinburg
 
Pectoral Sandpiper, spoonbills, Least Bittern, and snoozing Pauraque  AT   
Estero Llano (no Purple Gallinule, alas... :-()
 
The continuing Masked Duck  AT  Sabal Palm, along with a Green Kingfisher  
zipping by, plus great looks at Olive Sparrow, White-tipped Dove, and titmouse 

at the feeders (no YG Vireo)
 
Cassin's Sparrow along OPIR and Chihuahuan Raven along SR 100
 
Reddish Egret, Wilson's (and a lingering Black-bellied) Plover, Black  
Skimmers, and a tricky juvenile White-tailed Hawk  AT  Laguna Atascosa
 
A magnificent adult WT Hawk along General Brandt, plus great looks at an  
Aplomado Falcon as the last bird of the day!
 
Pictures will be posted as soon as I have time to process them! ;-)   Bird 
List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Greater White-fronted  Goose           Anser  albifrons
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Masked  Duck                            Nomonyx dominicus
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Least  Bittern                          Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Aplomado  Falcon                        Falco femoralis
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Wilson's  Plover                        Charadrius wilsonia
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Pectoral  Sandpiper                     Calidris melanotos
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Black  Skimmer                          Rynchops niger
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Green  Parakeet                         Aratinga holochlora
Red-crowned  Parrot                     Amazona viridigenalis
Yellow-crowned  Parrot                  Amazona ochrocephala
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Common  Pauraque                        Nyctidromus albicollis
Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Green  Kingfisher                       Chloroceryle americana
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Chihuahuan  Raven                       Corvus cryptoleucus
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted  Grosbeak                 Pheucticus ludovicianus
Blue  Grosbeak                          Passerina caerulea
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

104 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: VNC Field Trip to Sabal Palms & Old Port Isabel Road
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 18:57:48 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Five of us made the trek to Sabal Palm Grove this morning in search of the  
female Masked Duck, and after a little searching we finally found her 
fairly close to the blind (where she's been seen in the past), and as we 
watched 

she  made her way to the grass and sticks she was hanging around when I was 
there  earlier in the week.  We were able to point her out to several 
others who came in (including a guy from Nebraska and his young son), and while 

there we  also had tons of Least Grebes, a Black-crowned Night Heron, Green 
Heron, and  several Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in addition to the coots 
and  moorhens.  Pat Heirs spotted an ani, and one of our other participants 
(I  think it was Sue; you guys can correct me if I'm wrong) spotted an 
Anhinga  flying in, but we never could refind it.  A walk around the trails 
yielded the usual summer suspects this time of year; no sign of the 
Yellow-green 

Vireo,  but we did have a White-eyed.  A return to the resaca gave us a 
Mottled  Duck, but no sign of a Mexican.
 
From there we headed over to Old Port Isabel Road where the wind was  
horrendous, but Pat did manage to spot an Aplomado Falcon early on on a post! I 

heard and then we spotted a singing Botteri's Sparrow down the  road, but 
it booked the minute Pat got her scope out... :-P  A Cassin's  landed briefly 
on the wire fence.  The pond was dry as a bone, but a  Scissor-tailed 
Flycatcher liked the area.
 
My personal list was 59 species, but with the two I missed, it brought the  
day list up to 61!  Some additional Masked Duck shots are inserted into the 
 Latest Photos page (BTW, anybody know of a good camera repair shop in the  
Valley??  I think my camera just has too much dirt in it to focus well any  
more... :-( ):
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Masked  Duck                            Nomonyx dominicus
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
  Anhinga (seen by Sue--I think...)
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Aplomado  Falcon                        Falco femoralis
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
  Groove-billed Ani (seen by Pat)
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Chihuahuan  Raven                       Corvus cryptoleucus
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Botteri's  Sparrow                      Peucaea botterii
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

61 SPECIES


Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Sabal Palm Masked Duck YES
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 19:20:31 EDT
Hi, all!
 
As previously reported, the female Masked Duck is still being seen at Sabal 
 Palm as of Wednesday, May 25th; those wise enough to hit the blind first 
thing  in the morning were blessed with point blank views, but being a 
creature of habit I did my little "survey route" before hitting the blind, and 
by 

that time  she was in the middle of the pond sharing a stick with a Coot!  
It was nice  to see her out of the water, but after awhile the Coot chased 
her off the stick,  after which she floated into the little grassy reeds next 
door and stayed there  for at least the next few hours, to the chagrin of 
another photographer who had  just shown up!  Lingering migrants included a 
singing Northern Parula along  the Resaca Trail and an Eastern Kingbird at 
the River Overlook, but otherwise it  was pretty much the local breeders doing 
their thing.  I was happy to see a  pair of Ringed Kingfishers fly 
overhead, and a Green was also along the Resaca Boardwalk. Had 46 species for 
the 

morning (and believe it or not, the  House Sparrow was new for my Sabal Palm 
list...)
 
Pics and recordings are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck     6
Mottled Duck   5
Masked Duck     1
Ruddy Duck   5
Plain Chachalaca     2
Least Grebe   15
Pied-billed Grebe     1
Green Heron   1
Turkey Vulture     1
White-tailed Kite   1
Common Moorhen     5
American Coot   12
Laughing Gull     7
Mourning Dove   12
White-tipped Dove     12
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo     3
Groove-billed Ani     1
Common  Nighthawk     2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird      5
Ringed Kingfisher     2
Green Kingfisher   1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker      12
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     10
Brown-crested  Flycatcher     8
Great Kiskadee      5
Couch's Kingbird     11
Eastern Kingbird   1
White-eyed Vireo     5
Green Jay   2
Black-crested Titmouse     6
Carolina  Wren     10
Northern Mockingbird      9
Long-billed Thrasher     4
Northern Parula   1
Common Yellowthroat     2
Olive  Sparrow     15
Lark Sparrow     2
Northern  Cardinal     5
Painted Bunting      1
Red-winged Blackbird     2
Great-tailed Grackle   6
Bronzed Cowbird     5
Brown-headed  Cowbird     9
Hooded Oriole     2
Lesser  Goldfinch     5
House Sparrow     1  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Estero Llano Grande
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 16:26:50 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Birded Estero Llano pretty thoroughly this morning, including the levee  
south of the park; despite the horrendous wind had 69 species for the  day.  
No Purple Gallinule, but had my first Painted Bunting for the park (a  
female) along the back fence by the orchard. Other highlights included a small 

group of Fulvous Whistling Ducks in the river, a beautiful adult  
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, a feisty Green Heron, an in-flight Least Bittern, 
four 

Roseate Spoonbills, and nice look at several raptors, including a whistling  
White-tailed Kite.  Flushed a pair of Red-crowned Parrots out of a mesquite  
in the grassland, which was a first, and a pair of anis were flopping around 
the  Spoonbill Trail boardwalk.  Back in the Tropical Zone an Altamira 
Oriole  was making a nest from a telephone wire! 
 
A few pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck     50
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck     5
Mottled Duck      1
Plain Chachalaca     3
Northern Bobwhite   1
Least Grebe     12
Pied-billed Grebe   1
Neotropic Cormorant     6
Least  Bittern     2
Great Blue Heron     1
Great  Egret     4
Snowy Egret     7
Little Blue  Heron     4
Tricolored Heron     1
Green  Heron     6
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron      6
White Ibis     4
Roseate Spoonbill      4
White-tailed Kite     1
Harris's Hawk      1
Swainson's Hawk     1
Common Moorhen      6
American Coot     20
Killdeer      9
Black-necked Stilt     8
Stilt Sandpiper   1
Laughing Gull     15
Rock Pigeon   8
White-winged Dove     30
Mourning Dove   11
Inca Dove     1
Common Ground-Dove   12
White-tipped Dove     7
Red-crowned  Parrot     5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo      1
Groove-billed Ani     3
Common Nighthawk   3
Common Pauraque     1
Black-chinned  Hummingbird     1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird      5
Golden-fronted Woodpecker     15
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker     2
Brown-crested Flycatcher      4
Great Kiskadee     10
Couch's Kingbird      1
White-eyed Vireo     2
Horned Lark      1
Purple Martin     12
Bank Swallow      2
Barn Swallow     5
Cave Swallow      1
Black-crested Titmouse     7
Bewick's Wren   2
Northern Mockingbird     12
Long-billed  Thrasher     3
Curve-billed Thrasher      2
European Starling     15
Common Yellowthroat   5
Olive Sparrow     12
Northern Cardinal   6
Painted Bunting     1
Red-winged  Blackbird     50
Eastern Meadowlark      1
Great-tailed Grackle     20
Bronzed Cowbird   2
Brown-headed Cowbird     2
Altamira  Oriole     1
Lesser Goldfinch     4
House  Sparrow     15  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Hidalgo Co. Scaled Quail
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 17:49:49 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Subject bird was definitely today's highlight scouting out a new "Easy  
Birder Route" that included "Sparrow Road" (aka FM 2221) and continued north  
onto Jara Chinas Road, then zigzagged the dirt roads between Mile 14 and FM  
490.  The quail was doing its "ching-chung" covey call along 2221 at a stop  
three miles north of US83 (there were also Bobwhite calling there, which 
turned  out to be very numerous along the route).  I was reticent about 
including  "Sparrow Road" (which IS a Great Texas Wildlife Trail site) in my 
regular outings because the traffic was so horrible when I first scouted it, 
but 

after  today I think that was due to the fact that I birded it on a weekday 
with  rush-hour traffic barreling along the road; today (on a Saturday) I 
would  classify the traffic as "moderate", which is very tolerable on a nice 
paved road  with a nice wide shoulder!  A dad Bullock's Oriole and the kid 
was nice as  well!  Pyrrhuloxias and other "desert" type birds were all over, 
and a pair  of Groove-billed Anis came in to pishing!
 
The dirt portions of the route were a little birdier; other highlights  
included a couple of Black-throated Sparrows practically at the county line  
along Mile 14 Road, plenty of Painted Buntings and Caracaras, and a posing  
Swainson's Hawk.  A Roadrunner sitting on a post rattled at me nicely, and  at 
another stop out in the middle of noplace a Yellow-billed Cuckoo surprised 
me  by flying into the only tree around!  The large brushy tracts between 
Mile  14 and FM 490 were Cassin's Sparrow and Horned Lark Heaven!  A  
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was entertaining as it tried to pull some of this  
cottony-like stuff from the side of the road for nesting material! A Cooper's 

Hawk also batted by with nesting material earlier on the route.
 
This area looks like it has good potential (had 51 species for the route),  
but I ran into a state trooper and a deputy who both said to be very 
careful, as  there was a lot of drug trafficking back in that area.
 
Pics and recordings for the day are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Scaled Quail     1
Northern Bobwhite      15
Turkey Vulture     9
Cooper's Hawk      1
Swainson's Hawk     3
White-tailed Hawk   3
Crested Caracara     12
Killdeer   2
Eurasian Collared-Dove     3
Mourning  Dove     20
Inca Dove     1
Common  Ground-Dove     8
White-tipped Dove      1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo     1
Greater Roadrunner   2
Groove-billed Ani     2
Common  Nighthawk     4
Golden-fronted Woodpecker      12
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     3
Brown-crested  Flycatcher     4
Great Kiskadee      6
Western Kingbird     5
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher   20
White-eyed Vireo     2
Green Jay   1
Horned Lark     20
Purple Martin   1
Bank Swallow     9
Barn Swallow   3
Cave Swallow     3
Verdin      9
Bewick's Wren     7
Northern Mockingbird   20
Long-billed Thrasher     1
Curve-billed  Thrasher     4
European Starling     5
Olive  Sparrow     6
Cassin's Sparrow     15
Lark  Sparrow     12
Black-throated Sparrow      2
Northern Cardinal     12
Pyrrhuloxia      15
Blue Grosbeak     4
Painted Bunting      12
Red-winged Blackbird     15
Eastern Meadowlark   6
Great-tailed Grackle     20
Bronzed  Cowbird     3
Brown-headed Cowbird      9
Bullock's Oriole     5
House Sparrow      12  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: TR: Yellowknife, NWT, Canada - July 2010
From: Blake Maybank <maybank AT NS.SYMPATICO.CA>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 10:40:44 -0300
I have recently completed a trip report from our short stay in 
Yellowknife, NWT, in July 2010.  You may find it here:

http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/maybank/Canada/NWT-07-2010.htm

Safe travels,

Blake


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White's Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  
Subject: Chaparri Ecological Reserve - Northern Peru
From: Eric LoPresti <lopresti.eric AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 15:48:12 -0700
While working in northern Peru, I had one day off (14-Apr-11) and decided to
bird the Chaparri reserve, as it possessed a huge list of birds and afforded
me the opportunity to see White-Winged Guans as well as King Vultures and
Andean Condors, none of which I had tracked down during the previous 6 weeks
in nearby areas (I had already seen Tumbes Tyrant, Tyrannulet, Sparrow,
Peruvian Plantcutter, White-Tailed Jay, White-Edged Oriole, etc.).  So
following the directions I received from the Peru Birding site as well as a
friend who had been, I made a reservation for the next day and headed to
Chongoyape with my coworker and fellow birder, Andre.

Being without a car, we had to hire a car to take us out there, and we
needed to hire a guide per park rules.  We explained our situation and asked
for a bird guide, and were assured that the guide would know the birds well
and we would see all that we wanted.  So the next morning we awoke, ate and
waited for 20 minutes after our agreed upon arrival time while the driver
ate breakfast.  We then picked up the guide and paid which was a process as
they did not have change (70 soles and they griped about 100 soles bill) 
it took almost 20 minutes to do just that.  On the phone, I was told the
guide would be 30 soles, still more expensive than the the birdingperu
website quoted (20), but the friend who had been there had paid 30, so I was
ok with that.  But that morning the price got raised to 50 soles (plus the
20 soles to get into the park).  The driver was going to be 60, so this was
getting expensive (we are interns in the area studying swallows for a few
months, with only a small stipend).  

So we headed off to the park, an hour after we were hoping to.  Whereupon we
found a beautiful male American Kestrel teed up in a tree.  The guide
insisted it was an Aplomado Falcon  at this point, I knew the day was going
to be bad.  A flock of Parrot-Billed seedeaters was correctly identified,
but a Variable was (mis)identified as a Cinerous Finch.  I explained that
Cinerous finches were far bigger than the seedeater and had conspicuous
orange bills and none of the black or white, but was shut up as the
seedeater was not in the book the guide had (Birds of Chaparri).  It
continued.  In the center of the park, we ran into another birding group
briefly, whose leader clearly knew his birds and answered some of my
questions very kindly (I did not get his name).

We saw the White-Winged Guans, the Tumbes Tyrant, White-Faced Brush Finches,
etc..  A large raptor passed far overhead, all dark with white patches
underneath, which both Andre and I got on and started taking notes.  I took
a few pictures, being unable to place it.  The guide identified it as a
Condor, which it was clearly not  the shape was wrong, the wings not long
enough, and the colors off (I have seen dozens).  The guide informed us that
only condors fly that high and it could be nothing else which triggered an
argument, as even just the white patches on the bottom of the wings are
wrong for immature condors, clearly it must be something else.  Looking at
the pictures now, it is clearly a juvenile King Vulture.

We left after a few hours.  Whereupon we learned that the driver was
charging us 70 soles, not 60 as agreed on (still a really high rate for
northern Peru).   So in total we ended up getting screwed out of a lot more
money than we had been told we would pay and had an ineffective guide (but
were told they would be a bird expert).

The list of birds at that site (over 200) seems to have been created by
someone with similar birding skills as our guide  i.e. it looks like this
picture in the book...  Birds that occur nowhere near have been reported
(erroneously, we are told) there and added to the list.  The guide also
insisted we could find Tumbes Swallows there (habitat is all wrong) and
Peruvian Plantcutters (ditto)

As a final, and damning, verdict, we learned that the Condors and King
Vultures, despite being told they were wild by the guide, are birds brought
as chicks (rumor has it bought in markets  they are available there...),
raised and daily fed at the site.  If this is true and a conservation
organization is supporting that, well, draw your own conclusions.

If you have a car and get a guide at a reasonable price and have done all
the other spots in the area, then go, but otherwise, it is not worth the few
hours to travel there from Chiclayo.  Most of the birds - the tyrants, the
sparrow, the finches - can be seen elsewhere locally to Chiclayo and others
 the guan, king vulture and condor  can be seen elsewhere and as wild
(countable...) birds.  We would have preferred a day of birding somewhere
without the hassle of dealing with constantly inflating prices, as well as
having an effective guide.

Hop on a combi to Bosque de Pomac, the hills around Motupe, Olmos or Tucume
and see 95% of the same birds (we found Great Inca-Finches at Cerro Sapote
outside of Motupe, Tumbes Tyrants and Peruvian Plantcutters at Bosque de
Pomac, etc) with no admission charges or absurd prices to get to and all can
be reached from Chiclayo for less than 15 soles.

I realize that Chaparri is doing good things for the community and providing
a vital habitat for endangered birds, like the Guan, but our experience was
incredibly poor and we had been hinted by someone else that this might be
the case, thus others have clearly had bad experiences, too.  And the
conservation efforts are dubious, too.  

Eric LoPresti
Wrentham, MA
U.S.A
Subject: Quinta Mazatlan & Old Hidalgo Pumphouse
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 22:23:06 EDT
Hi, all!
 
It almost acted like it wanted to rain this morning, but the birds were  
going nuts at Quinta Mazatlan; both Green Parakeets and Red-crowned Parrots 
were  easy to see, and what I thought at first was a Yellow-headed Parrot due 
to the  vocalization turned out to be a Yellow-CROWNED Parrot, an obvious 
escapee as  that particular species is South American (although some sources 
lump all the  "yellow-headed" Amazons under Yellow-crowned, and they do all 
indeed sound  pretty similar)!  Best bird was a male Scarlet Tanager that was 
 singing!  Had several empids, the only one that I felt comfortable IDing  
being a Yellow-bellied, as its throat was yellowish-gray as well as the  
underparts.
 
At Old Hidalgo Pumphouse the Black Phoebe was hanging around the garden,  
and picked up Anhinga, Green Heron, and a pair of flyover Ringed Kingfishers 
at  the channel (and on weekends you have to walk around the north side of 
the  building to access the walking trail, as they have it gated off).  I 
walked the whole of the dirt track along the channel as a BP guy was parked at 

the  other end, so I felt safe doing so, and picked up some nice thornscrub 
birds,  including Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Groove-billed Anis.  My first 
Yellow  Warblers of the park were at the end with the BP guy, and walking back 
along the  levee added a singing Cassin's Sparrow of all things south of 
the Wall!   (Was entertained by a couple of aerobatic airplanes trailing smoke 
down in  Mexico...)  The BP guy and I had a nice chat, but it wasn't too 
long after  that when a helicopter flew low overhead, I heard screeching tires 
from the  vicinity of the parking lot, sirens going nuts, and a police 
sedan pulling into  the lot after this other couple did!  (They were also 
birders...)  So  there was apparently some excitement nearby...
 
Recordings of the two parrots at Quinta can be heard here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Birding%20Pages/Hidalgo%20County%20Birding%20Page
s/By%20Species/Yellow-crowned%20Parrot.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Birding%20Pages/Hidalgo%20County%20Birding%20Pages/By%20Species/Yellow-crowned%2 

0Parrot.html)    (Yellow-crowned Parrot)
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Birding%20Pages/Hidalgo%20County%20Birding%20Page
s/By%20Species/Red-crowned%20Parrot%20HD.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Birding%20Pages/Hidalgo%20County%20Birding%20Pages/By%20Species/Red-crowned%20 

Parrot%20HD.html)    (Red-crowned and Yellow-crowned together)
 
Scarlet Tanager:  

_http://miriameaglemon.com/Birding%20Pages/Hidalgo%20County%20Birding%20Pages/By%20Species/Scarlet%20Tanager.html_ 


(http://miriameaglemon.com/Birding%20Pages/Hidalgo%20County%20Birding%20Pages/By%20S 

pecies/Scarlet%20Tanager.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Green  Parakeet                         Aratinga holochlora
Red-crowned  Parrot                     Amazona viridigenalis
Yellow-crowned  Parrot                  Amazona ochrocephala
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Wood-Pewee                     Contopus virens
Yellow-bellied  Flycatcher              Empidonax flaviventris
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cliff  Swallow                          Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Swainson's  Thrush                      Catharus ustulatus
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Yellow  Warbler                         Dendroica petechia
Mourning  Warbler                       Oporornis philadelphia
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Scarlet  Tanager                        Piranga olivacea
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
Baltimore  Oriole                       Icterus galbula
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

58 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Old Military Hwy, NABA, & Bentsen
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:45:44 EDT
Hi, all! 
 
Took a drive down Old Military Hwy and the levee as far as you can legally  
go ;-) and had a nice variety of birds, especially at what I'm assuming is 
part  of the Rio Grande visible just as you leave the long stretch of paved 
portion of  the levee (as opposed to the paved portion over by Chimney 
Park); had a  Shoveler, Coot, and several herons flying around in there, 
including both night herons. Bank Swallows were all over, and had a few 
migrating 

Broad-winged  Hawks as well.
 
Back at the NABA Garden the grackles were making chests at each other at  
the feeders, and a Clay-colored Robin hopped around.  Back on the Walking  
Trail had my FOS Yellow-billed Cuckoo making its "coo" call (as opposed to its 
 rollicking song), and a Groove-billed Ani showed up in the north gardens, 
but it  was really too windy for either birds or butterflies.  The avian 
highlight  here was an adult White-tailed Hawk hanging in the air over the 
levee!
 
Spent about an hour at Bentsen and was entertained by a family of baby  
Killdeer (and mom) in the parking lot! The usual suspects were at the feeders 

(as well as a curious Roadrunner), and had both grebes at Kingfisher  
Overlook.  Rode the tram back and picked up Beardless Tyrannulet on the  fly.  
Headed home with 61 species for the morning.
 
Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned  Night-Heron             Nyctanassa violacea
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Broad-winged  Hawk                      Buteo platypterus
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Groove-billed  Ani                      Crotophaga sulcirostris
Archilochus  Hummingbird              Archilochus sp
  Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Northern  Beardless-Tyrannulet         Camptostoma  imberbe
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cliff  Swallow                          Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

61 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: VNC Field Trip: Sacahuistale Flats
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 17:42:44 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Was joined by Mary Jane Syvertsen, Pat Heirs, Joyce Davidson, and Norma  
Friedrich for this month's field trip, and despite the wind (and therefore  
relative lack of migrants), we had a great time!  Started off with a bang  
with a bright female Dickcissel (yes, girls, after looking at the fuzzy  
unpublishable pictures, I think that's what we had, as opposed to a 
non-breeding 

male ;-)), and at almost every stop we had something good:  a Hooded  Oriole 
here, an Altamira there (and despite the range map in the TOS Handbook  
that doesn't show them in Willacy County, I get them every time I do this  
route), and at one point a whole herd of Turkeys!  We had some nice raptors  
with both Harris' and White-tailed represented (as well as several Caracaras), 

and while a Cassin's Sparrow sang, we couldn't pin one down.  We even had a 
 presumed Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitting on a dead snag!
 
"Dan's Mudflat" was dry as a bone, but Norma knew of a bay access road I  
didn't even know existed, so we tootled out there (Pat and Joyce had a 
Catbird  that we missed on the way) and had a nice selection of shorebirds, 
including a breeding-plumaged Black-bellied Plover and a Wilson's Phalarope! We 

had a  good selection of larids as well including lingering Ring-billed and 
Herring  Gulls, and a Least Tern among the larger species.  A couple of 
Ruddy Ducks bouncing in the surf were hard for everyone to spot, whereas three 

Little Blue  Herons were a bit easier...
 
After that we headed to the Nature Trail which had another tom Turkey, and  
added a singing Long-billed Thrasher, zipping Buff-bellied  Hummingbirds, 
and a chattering Pyrrhuloxia to the list.  Fred Stone  was rather dismal as 
those mudflats were dry as well, but we sat for awhile at  one of the picnic 
tables and enjoyed a point-blank Lesser Yellowlegs, as well as  a Willet 
gagging down several crabs!
 
Called it a day after that, and on the way to VNC Mary Jane and I had a  
Swainson's Hawk on US77, making 70 species for the day (71 if you count the  
Catbird, but they didn't see the Swainie, so we're even... ;-)).  Pics are  
posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/VNC%20Field%20Trips.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/VNC%20Field%20Trips.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Ruby-throated  Hummingbird              Archilochus colubris
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Gray Catbird  (seen by Pat and Joyce  only)
  Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

71 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Cameron and Starr Counties (Frigatebird)
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:15:06 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Our Internet's been down for two straight days, so I haven't been able to  
post this until now, but on Tuesday and Wednesday I had a delightful time 
taking  around two couples from Georgia!  Tuesday we hit Sabal Palms, Old Port 
 Isabel Road, South Padre, and Laguna Atascosa; migrants were pretty dismal 
 (except for a nice male Blackpoll Warbler at the Convention Centre), but 
the  definite highlight of the day was a female Magnificent Frigatebird along 
the  Bayside Loop at LANWR!  We also had a brief look at the Aplomado 
Falcon along OPIR. Wednesday was spent mostly at Falcon SP, with a few minutes 

each at Salineno and Roma Bluffs, and at Falcon we had an odd hawk that, 
after  looking at the pictures, I believe to be a dark morph Swainson's; the 
pics are  here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Other highlights included a lingering Green-winged Teal along OPIR, rosy  
Franklin's Gulls on the beach near the SPI Convention Centre, and Falcon's 
park  host's "pet Roadrunner" coming up for a handout!  We logged 136 species 
for  the two days!
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Mallard                                Anas platyrhynchos
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Red-breasted  Merganser                 Mergus serrator
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Magnificent  Frigatebird                Fregata magnificens
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Least  Bittern                          Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Sharp-shinned  Hawk                     Accipiter striatus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Gray  Hawk                              Buteo nitidus
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Aplomado  Falcon                        Falco femoralis
Clapper  Rail                           Rallus longirostris
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
American  Oystercatcher                 Haematopus palliatus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Semipalmated  Sandpiper                 Calidris pusilla
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Stilt  Sandpiper                        Calidris himantopus
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Franklin's  Gull                        Leucophaeus pipixcan
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
Sandwich  Tern                          Thalasseus sandvicensis
Black  Skimmer                          Rynchops niger
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Ruby-throated  Hummingbird              Archilochus colubris
Black-chinned  Hummingbird              Archilochus alexandri
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Blue-headed  Vireo                      Vireo solitarius
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Chihuahuan  Raven                       Corvus cryptoleucus
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cliff  Swallow                          Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Marsh  Wren                             Cistothorus palustris
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
Tennessee  Warbler                      Oreothlypis peregrina
Nashville  Warbler                      Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Northern  Parula                        Parula americana
Blackpoll  Warbler                      Dendroica striata
Black-and-white  Warbler                Mniotilta varia
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Chipping  Sparrow                       Spizella passerina
Clay-colored  Sparrow                   Spizella pallida
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Black-throated  Sparrow                 Amphispiza bilineata
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Blue  Grosbeak                          Passerina caerulea
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Bullock's  Oriole                       Icterus bullockii
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Baltimore  Oriole                       Icterus galbula
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

136 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Lamanai Belize Trip Report
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:56:49 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Finally got the website updated with a week-long trip to Lamanai Outpost  
Lodge in Belize, taken March 26 - April 3rd.  Here's the link to the main  
index page:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Lamanai/Lamanai%20Main%20Page.html
_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Lamanai/Lamanai%20Main%20Page.html) 
 
I've divided the pages up into different categories:  a description of  the 
lodge and activities, and separate "critter" pages, with the bird pages  
divided into several pages according to taxonomy with photographs and  
recordings.  Those of you who are knowledgeable in both leps and odonates  of 
Central America are more than welcome to help me out with some of the IDs! In 

the last of the bird pages, there are also a few mystery  recordings that I 
could use feedback on (see that, Reuben?? :-))
 
The all important statistics :-) were 202 species, and 12 lifers!   (Some 
birds I thought may have been lifers weren't; I just don't remember the  
event...  Ever done that??)  The lifers were:
 
Black-collared Hawk
Mangrove Vireo
Crane Hawk
Ruddy Crake
Gray-headed Dove
White-bellied Wren
Yellow-lored Parrot
Yucatan Woodpecker
Yucatan Jay
Black Catbird
Yucatan Nightjar
Yucatan Poorwill
 
Enjoy!  MB
 
Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Estero Llano & Progresso Sod Farms
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:12:21 EDT
Hi, all!
 
Mary Jane Syvertson and I headed over to Estero today to try once again for 
 the White-throated Thrush (and dipped yet again--thought I'd get that news 
out  there right away :-P), but before going in we checked out the actual 
llano,  which was surprisingly empty!  I knew other birders had crossed the 
little  concrete bridge to get closer to more wetland (I usually go straight 
up onto the  levee when I do my little "route"), so just for kicks and grins 
we went back  there, and discovered that's where all the birds were!  The 
White Pelicans  were starting to get their bill horns, and there were all 
sorts of ducks,  stilts, avocets, and dowitchers.  Since I had never been back 
there, we  decided to follow the road along the estero as far as we could 
(had no idea  whether we were really supposed to or not, but there weren't any 
"posted"  signs), and near the opposite RV park were treated to many 
Red-crowned Parrots and an unseen Tropical Kingbird! (During a dull moment we 

were trying to  discern the breed of terrier that was up on the opposite levee 
with its  master...)  We also had my FOS Cliff Swallow swooping around 
there along  with a Tree.  Before getting down that far, however, we flushed a 
Cooper's  Hawk that had something rufous with long, skinny legs in its  
talons...unfortunately he didn't land in the open where we could see if he had 

nabbed a Jacana or not!!
 
We actually came back by way of the levee, and after checking in at the VC  
we enjoyed the usual suspects in Ibis Pond (including the hybrid teal), as 
well  as my FOS Least Bittern calling from Avocet Pond!  The sun on the 
ducks was stunning. In the Tropical Zone we saw nothing of note, but enjoyed 

Curve-billed Thrashers and White-tipped Doves coming in to the water and a  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet taking a bath in fits and spurts!  What we eventually  
decided was a Starling was making some very robin-like noises that had us 
going  for awhile... :-P
 
From there headed over to the Progresso Sod Farms where there was nary a  
Golden Plover, but a handful of both yellowlegs in the eastern field closest 
to  the levee, plus a Gull-billed Tern batting by.  They're still working on 
 the levee, but it's apparently open to traffic as we saw at least one 
local up  there, and we were able to pass through fine (one worker nearly gave 
MJ a heart  attack as he pulled his truck over so that it hanging halfway 
down the side of the levee, and you could tell he was enjoying every minute of 

our wide eyes!  :-))
 
Headed home with 69 species for the day.  A handful of pictures are  here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Ring-necked  Duck                       Aythya collaris
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Least  Bittern                          Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Red-crowned  Parrot                     Amazona viridigenalis
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Tree  Swallow                           Tachycineta bicolor
Cliff  Swallow                          Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Marsh  Wren                             Cistothorus palustris
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

69 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Falcon & Salineno
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 19:12:52 EDT
Hi, all!
 
It was nice to hear the Cassin's Sparrows singing first thing along the  
entrance road to the park, and Pyrrhuloxias were out by the gazillions, it  
seemed!  So were the humans:  I've never seen Falcon SP so busy in my  life!!  
Even the overflow boat parking was open, and people were actually  camping 
in the picnic area!  Then I remembered it was Spring Break...  
 
Humans weren't the only ones making a comeback:  had at least ten  
Chihuahuan Ravens looking for a handout amongst all the grackles and redwings, 
a 

bird I haven't seen here in a LONG time!  Gone is the little loop trail I  
used to make from the boat ramp, but it looks as though they have a new picnic 

area back there where the overflow parking is, and from that vantage point 
I  found my first Eared Grebes for the park, along with Laughing Gulls and 
an  Osprey.  Sat at the park host's feeders for 15 minutes and enjoyed a 
young  Audubon's Oriole (also a park first for me) come in to this 
interesting-looking  concoction along with a young Altamira and a couple of 
Orange-crowned Warblers trying to bully their way in! After awhile the Bobwhite 
mob 

came in, and I  noticed a couple of birds looked more rufous in the chest than 
I recall seeing  on most Bobwhites; are these the "eastern" race?  Comedy 
relief was  provided by a couple of cottontails literally leaping around each 
other!
 
Headed over to Salineno after that, where another 15 minute watch on the  
river was really rather quiet.  More was going on at the feeders where Lois  
was holding down the fort for Cheryl, and we enjoyed the usual suspects and 
the  company, although the Hooded and Audubon's Orioles didn't make an 
appearance while I was there (definitely got my Doggie Fix with Jake and 
another 

big white  dog brought in by another visitor).  Headed back down to the 
river where  another gentleman said he had seen the Red-billed Pigeons on the 
island, and  when another couple of guys pulled in, that's when the pigeon 
pair decided to  fly by!  That was the best look I've EVER had!  I strolled 
the trails  and kicked up a couple of damselflies (comments are welcome--see 
the photo page  below), and just as I was leaving a couple of 
suspicious-looking raptors soared by; one was definitely a Gray Hawk but the 
other struck 

me as a possible  Hook-billed Kite, given the wing shape and what looked 
like a big schnoz to me (they weren't real close). What pictures I could get, 

however, look more  like Sibley's depiction of a young Gray Hawk; again, 
comments are very  welcome!
 
All the pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
   Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Eared  Grebe                            Podiceps nigricollis
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Gray  Hawk                              Buteo nitidus
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Red-billed  Pigeon                      Patagioenas flavirostris
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Ash-throated  Flycatcher                Myiarchus cinerascens
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Chihuahuan  Raven                       Corvus cryptoleucus
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Black-throated  Sparrow                 Amphispiza bilineata
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Audubon's  Oriole                       Icterus graduacauda
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

66 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Monte Cristo & Edinburg Wetlands
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:31:08 EST
Hi, all!
 
Surveyed Wallace Road (Monte Cristo) and Edinburg Wetlands this morning;  
nothing out of the ordinary but had a great look at Green Kingfishers at both 
 locations!  A pair of Turkeys along the north end of Wallace Road was nice 
 (the male was gobbling)!
 
The sun was perfect at the south pond at Edinburg and the ducks were in all 
 their glory, including a pair of Fulvous Whistling and a domestic Mallard 
whose  pattern was right but was obviously too fat for a wild bird!  
Couldn't relocate the Cinnamon Teal and Yellow Warbler I had during the Expo, 
but 

there  WAS a Wilson's Warbler along the "Jungle Trail" on the north side, 
along with  the usual suspects (including some nice Least Grebes).  Total 
species for  the morning was 66 species.  Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List (individual lists were submitted to EBird, but for brevity the  
morning's species list only is posted here):
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Lesser  Scaup                           Aythya affinis
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Green  Kingfisher                       Chloroceryle americana
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Wilson's  Warbler                       Wilsonia pusilla
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

66 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Bentsen BV Oriole, Blue Bunting, BH Gros, & Gray Flyc
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 18:04:04 EST
Hi, all!
 
Just wanted to get the highlights out there first! :-)  BC birding  buddy 
Gary Davidson and I had a wonderful time "feeder bashing" at Bentsen this  
morning, actually starting pre-dawn where we picked up Pauraque and Killdeer 
in  the parking lot, and then spent 15 at the Gatehouse Feeders where we had 
my  first Pyrrhuloxia for the park on the eastern side!  A Roadrunner sang 
for  us, and down the road while we were trying to spot a whistling Gray 
Hawk, a Screech Owl trilled at us, a surprise after sunrise! We spent a little 

 time at "the ditch" (also apparently called the "New Water Feature") but 
only  had a calling Beardless Tyrannulet there (which Gary didn't hear 
unfortunately  :-()
 
Lengthy "sits" at the "middle feeders" and the Ebony Grove Feeders produced 
 the usual suspects, plus a glimpse of a Gray Hawk.  The first visit to  
Kingfisher Overlook didn't yield the Gray Flycatcher, but we did nail both  
Belted and Ringed Kingfishers, plus several Anhingas and cormorants.  As we  
were enjoying the Altamiras at the "South Acacia Loop Feeders" (closer to the 
 restrooms), the gentleman who was stocking the feeders informed us that 
the  Black-vented Oriole was just at the OTHER Acacia Loop Feeders, so over we 
went,  and we thankfully didn't have to wait long before he came in to the 
orange and  PB feeders several times, delighting many folks!  In addition to 
the  Blackvent, Gary got me onto my first Valley Black-headed Grosbeak 
(although  she's been hanging around awhile), and as we were enjoying the many 
Indigo  Buntings coming in to the tray, suddenly the female Blue showed up on 
the ground  for a brief visit!  Unfortunately "Smudgy" and the Lazuli 
Bunting never  showed while we were there, although we DID have a warm-colored 
female type  bunting with pretty strong wingbars, but there was pretty good 
streaking on the  breast, too...
 
A lady birder on a bicycle told us she had seen Swamp Sparrows at  
Kingfisher Overlook, so we filed that away and headed back via that newly 
opened 

section of Kiskadee Trail to the Pavilion, where Gary found the Gray  
Flycatcher! He didn't stick around for long, so we poked back along the resaca 

looking for Dan Jones' rare dragonfly.  There was a stagnant area  where the 
old boat ramp was that Gary thought should be good for dragons, but  then out 
popped the Swamp Sparrows that we had completely forgotten about!  :-)  They 
were a nice treat.
 
We sat around at a couple more areas on the way out hoping for either  
robin/thrush to show up, but neither did, so we called it a day, adding a 
single 

 Cave Swallow on the way out.  Headed home with 49 species for the  
morning.  Pictures are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Location:     Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP WBC (Mission)  (LTC 069)
Observation date:     3/8/11
Number of  species:     49

Plain Chachalaca      9
Double-crested Cormorant     15
Anhinga   12
Great Blue Heron     3
Great Egret   1
Turkey Vulture     10
Red-shouldered  Hawk     3
Gray Hawk     2
Killdeer   1
Caspian Tern     1
Mourning Dove   6
Inca Dove     12
White-tipped Dove   12
Greater Roadrunner     1
Eastern  Screech-Owl     1
Common Pauraque      2
Ringed Kingfisher     1
Belted Kingfisher   1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker      15
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     2
Northern  Beardless-Tyrannulet     1
Gray Flycatcher      1
Great Kiskadee     20
Couch's Kingbird      1
White-eyed Vireo     3
Green Jay      20
Cave Swallow     1
Black-crested Titmouse   3
Marsh Wren     1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1
Northern  Mockingbird     12
Long-billed Thrasher      5
Curve-billed Thrasher     1
Orange-crowned Warbler   5
Common Yellowthroat     1
Olive  Sparrow     2
Lincoln's Sparrow     5
Swamp  Sparrow     2
Northern Cardinal      12
Pyrrhuloxia     2
Black-headed Grosbeak   1
Blue Bunting     1
Indigo Bunting   5
Red-winged Blackbird     200
Great-tailed  Grackle     8
Black-vented Oriole      1
Altamira Oriole     12
House Sparrow     6   

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Valley Birding Report (longish)
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 17:42:29 EST
Hi, all!
 
Spent the last couple of days taking the DeJong family from New Jersey  
around the Valley looking for special birds (Peter lives here, so he arranged  
it), and we had a ball!  Ann, Peter, and I started at Sabal Palm Grove on  
Thursday morning (the others wanted to sleep in on the Island ;-)), and it 
was  wonderful to see the place (and Jimmy!!) again after having been closed 
for so  long!  A Great Horned Owl hooting when I arrived was fun, and at the  
boardwalk a group of Sandhill Cranes and White-fronted Geese flew over!  As 
 we made our way around the loop, the highlight actually wasn't a bird at 
all,  but a gorgeous Coral Snake sprawled across the trail!  Swinging back  
through the woods I swore I was hearing a Broad-winged Hawk doing its  
smoke-alarm-like squeal (which I've only heard on the breeding grounds), but it 

called often enough to verify that, yes, that's what it was!  Then a  
youngster flew up right in front of us and happened to call while I had my  
recorder on (granted, his was a strained version)!  We had great looks at  the 
common water birds from the big blind, in addition to a Snipe, a couple of  
Solitary Sandpipers facing off, and a Northern Waterthrush!  Back at the  
feeders, a female Sharp-shinned Hawk came tearing in and gave great photo  ops!
 
We headed up Old Port Isabel Road, which was still passable, adding a few  
new water birds to the list (including some beautiful White Pelicans in the  
air), and a nice Merlin in a roadside tree.  I was pleasantly surprised to  
hear Cassin's Sparrows singing already, but we just couldn't pin him down 
(and  we were right across from someone's homestead, so we didn't wanna stick 
 around).  We were enjoying a nice White-tailed Hawk when what I initially  
thought was a palm frond on the road suddenly started moving when a pickup 
went  by--a huge Diamondback Rattlesnake!  (He was too fast for the camera,  
unfortunately...)  But the real prize was just down the road: a lovely pair 
 of Aplomado Falcons sitting cooperatively on a couple of fenceposts!  Ann  
was taken with the Long-billed Curlews right outside the car at the north  
end.
 
We zipped through Laguna Atascosa and enjoyed the regular stuff, including  
a Roadrunner, Reddish Egrets, and other coastal birds.  It was getting late 
 so we hurried back to the visitor's center and kissed goodbye from there.
 
Today the whole family met at Estero Llano Grande, and before the DeJongs  
showed up I checked out the llano and levee where I had Avocets and a Swamp  
Sparrow amongst the other stuff.  Up on the levee I was shocked to hear the 
 Western Meadowlarks tuning up in song, as my understanding was that they 
never  sing here on the wintering grounds!  Back in the main park, I was 
chatting  with the Sniders by their rig enjoying THREE Two-barred Flashers 
coming in to their orange tree, in addition to a female Red-bordered Metalmark! 

When  the family showed up we had marvelous looks at the mob in Ibis Pond 
(including  the hybrid teal), and out at Alligator Lake Peter actually 
spotted the Pauraque pair when I couldn't find them to save my life (turns out 

they were RIGHT by the  trail)!  The little tram tour was running, and the guy 
leading it (I think  it was the same guy feeding the Chachalaca Mob when I 
was there last) told me  that they affectionately dubbed them "Mickey and 
Marty"! :-)
 
From there we went to Bentsen and basically camped out at the Ebony Grove  
feeders, where the family got knockout views of the regulars (they were  
especially wowed by the Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Altamira Oriole, and Green  
Jays), and a transitioning Indigo Bunting came briefly to the tray feeder.   
Olive and Lincoln's Sparrows made appearances, although the Black-vented 
Oriole  did not while we were there (although we were told he had just shown 
up at the  Acacia Loop Feeders).  We made a brief peek at the resaca and 
added cormorants to the list, but everyone was pretty tired by that time, so we 

all  hitched a ride on the tram and headed back, kissing goodbye in the 
parking  lot.  For the two days we logged 110 species, which wowed them as  
well!
 
Pictures are posted here (today's are first, followed by  yesterday's):
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Greater White-fronted  Goose           Anser  albifrons
Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Cinnamon  Teal                          Anas cyanoptera
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Redhead                                Aythya americana
Ring-necked  Duck                       Aythya collaris
Lesser  Scaup                           Aythya affinis
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned  Hawk                     Accipiter striatus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Broad-winged  Hawk                      Buteo platypterus
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Merlin                                 Falco columbarius
Aplomado  Falcon                        Falco femoralis
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Sandhill  Crane                         Grus canadensis
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Solitary  Sandpiper                     Tringa solitaria
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Wilson's  Snipe                         Gallinago delicata
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Great Horned  Owl                       Bubo virginianus
Common  Pauraque                        Nyctidromus albicollis
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Tree  Swallow                           Tachycineta bicolor
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Northern  Waterthrush                   Parkesia noveboracensis
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp  Sparrow                          Melospiza georgiana
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Indigo  Bunting                         Passerina cyanea
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Yellow-headed  Blackbird                Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

110 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: West Texas Trip On Line
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2011 11:53:39 EST
Hi, all!
 
I've finally gotten around to getting last summer's trip to the Davis  
Mountains and Big Bend up on my website for your information and viewing  
pleasure! These pages also include sound recordings I made on the trip, 
although 

some of them aren't the best quality... :-P  You may also notice a  slight 
bit of "pixelling", as I copied and pasted the photos from a Publisher  
document I had made earlier (as I did the text), rather than re-input the whole 

thing.  But it does the job...
 
Here's the direct link:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/West%20Texas/West%20Texas%20Main%2
0Page.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/West%20Texas/West%20Texas%20Main%20Page.html) 

 
or go to my main page (below), click on Trip Reports, then click on "Davis  
Mountains & Big Bend".  Any comments and corrections (especially  regarding 
the "bugs") would be appreciated!
 
Enjoy!  MB  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Old Port Isabel Road & SPI
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 07:36:37 EST
Hi, all!

The wind was howling most all day yesterday, so I didn’t  see (or hear) 
much along Old Port Isabel Road; dipped on the falcons, and didn’t  see any 
raptors at all, in fact!  There were a few waterbirds in the pond  past the 
skeet club, and that resaca on the right near the south end of the road  was 
stuffed with Laughing Gulls, egrets, ibis of both types, and coots (and  
probably other stuff, but it was right into the sun).  The most interesting  
birds to me were some Long-billed Curlews in a field joined by a single  
Black-bellied Plover.  Loggerhead Shrikes were all over, however!

South Padre made up for it, though:  headed onto the beach on the  Laguna 
Madre side, and the tide was way out!  So I drove practically to the  line of 
posts and started making my way north, which allowed killer looks at the  
birds along the shoreline:  three types of gulls (and the Laughers were in  
every plumage imaginable), many Royal Terns, a single Sandwich, plus lots of  
Dunlin, Sanderlings, and Ruddy Turnstones running around!  (Had lesser  
numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and Willets, but no little plovers this 
time…) 

 
Back at the Convention Centre, the only things coming in to the water  
feature were a Butterbutt and mocker, but the photo ops abounded on the  
boardwalk! Dipped on the Purple Gallinule, but in its place had a very 
photogenic 

Pied-billed Grebe, a couple of Gull-billed Terns batting around, and  a 
small flock of Black-necked Stilts zooming in and out that rivaled any air  
show stunt!  Eventually a group of both yellowlegs species also came in for  
killer shots, and a Great Blue Heron also posed regally in the sun!  Out on  
the bay the gulls and skimmers were cavorting, and a lone Caspian Tern put on 
a  show, with a Forster’s in transition also batting by, looking almost 
like a  Common Tern!  Red-breasted Mergansers and Redheads were also rafting, 
and  both flavors of Reddish Egret were represented.  Then you saw what the  
feeding frenzy was all about:  in the shallow water you could see hundreds  
of little three-inch long fish schooling!  Out by the first blind (the  
original one) were several foot-long fish; one gentleman thought they were  
Redfish, but they weren’t showing the “black dot” he was expecting. The 

Clapper Rail came through vocally, but I never spotted him.
After spending  some more time at the water feature (and shooting a Monarch 
caterpillar a lady  was pointing out to some visitors) I wandered around 
the trees a little and  added Eastern Phoebe to the day list, then called it a 
day after  that. 
 
Headed home with 62 species for the day.  Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
   Gadwall                                Anas strepera
American  Wigeon                        Anas americana
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Redhead                                Aythya americana
Red-breasted  Merganser                 Mergus serrator
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Clapper  Rail                           Rallus longirostris
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
Sandwich  Tern                          Thalasseus sandvicensis
Black  Skimmer                          Rynchops niger
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Marsh  Wren                             Cistothorus palustris
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
 
62 SPECIES

Mary Beth Stowe
McAllen,  TX
www.miriameaglemon.com
Subject: Santa Ana NWR
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:11:42 EST
Hi, all!
 
Had a good hike at Santa Ana this morning, using the Bobcat and Jaguarundi  
Trails as an alternative to the flooded out Pintail Lakes loop.  Took a  
peek into the lakes (or "lake" really), as I hadn't seen it since the 
flooding; it was really something, and quite birdy with lots of ducks, fighting 

Black-necked Stilts, an Osprey, and several cormorants of both flavors.
 
Hiked the tour road to Bobcat Trail and then hiked down to Cattail Lakes to 
 take a peek; I didn't know THAT area was flooded out as well!  So I sat in 
 a rowboat sitting on the shore and enjoyed the Anhingas and Night Herons 
on the  opposite shore. A Clay-colored Thrush called in here as well, and was 
 entertained by several Long-billed Thrashers running and bouncing along 
the  trail feeding on whatever they were finding!  Ran into a couple of  
volunteers who were working on getting the water OUT of Cattail Lakes--good  
luck!  
 
Backtracked to Jaguarundi, and upon approaching a large area of dead Guinea 
 Grass a dark bunting popped up, and I immediately thought, "Blue!" and 
started  shooting off a bunch of pictures.  Based on the brief bin look I got, 
she  sure looked chocolate with a black bill, but the pictures revealed the 
truth,  alas, and she was just a darkish Indigo Bunting (the wing bars 
shoulda given it  away...).  A Groove-billed Ani was a nice consolation prize, 
however, and  picked up two birds that were (surprisingly) new for my Santa 
Ana list:   Purple Martin and White-tailed Kite!
 
Joined up with the Cattail Lakes Trail and headed into the jungle, where  
the Red-shouldered Hawk pair was yelling up a storm.  In the drier parts of  
the trail where the flooding had killed the cactus, there were flowers 
blooming  all over, and despite the gloom was able to pick up a few leps 
including Dusky-blue Groundstreak and Red Admiral. Closer to the intersection 
with 

 the Willow Lakes Trail a sapsucker called in the distance, which was also 
new  for my Santa Ana list.  A pair of Ringed Kingfishers was making a 
racket at Willow Lakes themselves, and a Beardless Tyrannulet called nearby. In 

the  non-avian department was treated to not one, but TWO Indigo Snakes on 
the trail,  one who had been trying to warm up on the paved part of the 
Chachalaca  Trail!  Took a quick peek at their new feeder area behind the 
Visitor's  Center and enjoyed the Altamira Orioles coming in to the oranges.  
 
Headed home with 74 species for the morning.  Pics are posted  here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck     8
Gadwall   5
Mottled Duck     6
Blue-winged Teal   20
Northern Shoveler     5
Green-winged  Teal     20
Plain Chachalaca     3
Least  Grebe     2
Pied-billed Grebe      6
Neotropic Cormorant     20
Double-crested Cormorant   30
Anhinga     9
Great Blue Heron   4
Great Egret     15
Black-crowned  Night-Heron     4
White Ibis     12
Black  Vulture     1
Turkey Vulture      30
Osprey     1
White-tailed Kite      1
Cooper's Hawk     1
Red-shouldered Hawk   3
Gray Hawk     3
Common Moorhen   2
American Coot     15
Killdeer   3
Black-necked Stilt     20
American  Avocet     1
Least Sandpiper     50
Mourning  Dove     3
Common Ground-Dove      20
White-tipped Dove     5
Groove-billed Ani   1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird    1
Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird     1
Ringed  Kingfisher     4
Golden-fronted Woodpecker      12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     1
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker     10
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet   1
Eastern Phoebe     9
Great Kiskadee   15
Couch's Kingbird     10
White-eyed  Vireo     12
Green Jay     15
Purple  Martin     1
Tree Swallow     12
Cave  Swallow     7
Black-crested Titmouse      6
Verdin     2
Carolina Wren      9
Bewick's Wren     3
House Wren      8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   7
Hermit Thrush     1
Clay-colored  Thrush     1
Gray Catbird     1
Northern  Mockingbird     10
Long-billed Thrasher      15
European Starling     1
Orange-crowned Warbler   20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)      30
Common Yellowthroat     12
Olive Sparrow   15
Lincoln's Sparrow     12
Northern  Cardinal     9
Pyrrhuloxia     2
Indigo  Bunting     1
Red-winged Blackbird      150
Great-tailed Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird   1
Altamira Oriole     4
American  Goldfinch     3
House Sparrow     10
 
Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Santa Monica Wetlands
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 20:10:31 EST
Hi, all!

Picked up birding buddy Mary Jane Syvertson yesterday  (Thursday) and 
headed out to Santa Monica Wetlands. I didn’t have high hopes because it was 

supposed to be windy all day, but we actually heard a few  things here and 
there, including another Altamira Oriole who wasn’t supposed to be in Willacy 

County! :-) The requisite stop at the canal a mile south of  Willamar hit 
the jackpot, with tons of Great Blue Herons, egrets, vultures, and  Caracaras 
all presumably feeding on fish that were killed during the freeze  (although 
Mary Jane saw one jump)!  We also had a nice flock of Cave  Swallows 
overhead.

Getting onto the dirt road (Citation) we picked up two Sandhill Cranes  
floating by, as well as a flock of White-faced Ibis.  Getting into the NWR  
portion of the road, I was amazed to see that so much vegetation had died off; 

previously-hidden ponds were now visible, and we picked up a big flock of  
Green-winged Teal, a few Mottled Ducks and Blue-winged Teal, and a few White 
 Ibis.  A pair of White-tailed Kites on the wire was nice, and we had  
several Red-tailed Hawks and Kestrels as well as the occasional Harris’, but 
the 

 star of the show was a Sprague’s Pipit that MJ spotted right outside the 
car  hiding from the wind!  A close second was a Sedge Wren calling from a  
grassy area that was perfect for them (the sparrows insisted on staying down 
in  the wind)!

Picked up the Collared Doves around the farm, and a pretty pair of  
Pied-billed Grebes in a pond approaching the levee. Once up there, we pretty 
much 

stayed in the car to bird as it was a virtual hurricane up there,  and 
again, the vegetation was stark.  But even then we had a couple of  treats:  a 
beautiful White-tailed Hawk posed at eye level from a dead tree  at one 
point, and a flock of about 30 Sandhill Cranes lifted off from the ditch,  
floated by the car, then landed again further down!  That was a  sight!

From there headed over to Longoria, where the east side was again  closed 
off, so we went into the west side and discovered a little pond south of  
where the nature trail opens up into the field, so we poked down there.  We  
found the trail heading into the woods (which was news to me), so we headed in 
 there, being a little more sheltered from the wind.  Things were pretty  
quiet, but we managed to add gnatcatcher, titmouse, and White-eyed Vireo to 
the  day list there.  Two adult White-tailed Hawks floating overhead against 
the  blue sky were the definite highlights however (with the Turkey Vultures 
cutting  into the field of view as if to say, “Hey!  Lookit me!”)!

Headed home after that with a respectable 61 species for the morning,  
which considering the lousy conditions is not bad!  Pics are posted  here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Location:     Santa Monica Wetlands (LTC  012)
Observation date:     2/17/11
Number of  species:     56
 
Mottled Duck     3
Blue-winged  Teal     3
Green-winged Teal      30
Pied-billed Grebe     2
Neotropic  Cormorant     10
Great Blue Heron      15
Great Egret     3
Snowy  Egret     12
White Ibis      4
White-faced Ibis     12
Black  Vulture     4
Turkey Vulture      30
White-tailed Kite     2
Northern  Harrier     2
Harris's Hawk      4
White-tailed Hawk     2
Red-tailed  Hawk     3
Crested Caracara      25
Killdeer     5
Eurasian  Collared-Dove     10
Mourning  Dove     50
Common Ground-Dove      2
Belted Kingfisher     1
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker     5
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker     8
Eastern Phoebe      7
Great Kiskadee     4
Couch's  Kingbird     1
Loggerhead Shrike      2
Green Jay     8
Horned Lark      5
Cave Swallow     10
Verdin      2
Cactus Wren     2
Bewick's  Wren     3
House Wren     5
Sedge  Wren     1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet      3
Northern Mockingbird     5
Long-billed  Thrasher     1
European Starling      6
American Pipit     1
Sprague's  Pipit     1
Orange-crowned  Warbler     3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  (Myrtle)     6
Common  Yellowthroat     3
Savannah  Sparrow     3
Lincoln's Sparrow      20
Northern Cardinal     2
Red-winged  Blackbird     1000
Eastern  Meadowlark     7
Western  Meadowlark     30
Brewer's  Blackbird     10
Great-tailed  Grackle     6
Altamira Oriole      1
House Sparrow     12
 
Location:     Las Palomas WMA - Longoria
Observation  date:     2/17/11
Number of  species:     12
 
Turkey Vulture     3
Red-shouldered  Hawk     1
White-tailed Hawk      2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker     2
Great  Kiskadee     1
White-eyed Vireo      2
Black-crested Titmouse      5
Verdin     1
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher     1
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet     3
Orange-crowned  Warbler     6
Lincoln's Sparrow      3
 
Mary Beth Stowe
McAllen,  TX
www.miriameaglemon.com
Subject: Estero Llano Grande SP
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:34:23 EST
Hi, all!
 
Had a delightful morning at the park today, actually starting along the  
dirt road south of the llano and then heading up onto the levee.  Had  several 
shorebirds there that I didn't see elsewhere, including Long-billed  
Dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, and both Stilt and Avocet. Once up on the levee a 

big flock of White Ibis took off, and one lone White Pelican cruised by  in 
the distance.  Other than picking up the normal "ag birds", the levee  was 
rather quiet except for a whistling White-tailed Kite and a Caracara that  was 
flying alongside the car!
 
Headed into the Tropical Zone, picking up the Green Kingfisher that likes  
to hang at the canal there, but dipped once again on the thrush; however, 
the  mob of Chachalacas patiently waiting for breakfast (and thinking I was 
the meal  ticket and practically jumping in my lap) made up for it! :-)  The 
real  feeder-man came shortly afterwards, along with a mob scene (he told me 
he took a  picture of the mass of birds at one point and counted 40 
individuals)! It was also a great place to study White-tipped and Common Ground 

Doves.  On  the way out a flock of about 20 Red-crowned Parrots flew by 
outside the park  proper.
 
Headed into the main part of the park after that where I ran into a lady  
from Mississippi who was looking for the Anna's Hummer (along with a few 
other folks, apparently), and we didn't have to wait long: she came right in to 

the  feeder next to the main building, along with a young male 
Black-chinned and several Buff-bellied! After a quick check of Ibis Pond I sat 
at the 

other  set of feeders for awhile, enjoying a young Altamira Oriole chowing 
down on an  orange, when before long all hell broke loose and previously 
hidden Chachalacas exploded from everywhere! A photographer meekly crossed the 

bridge  announcing, "I didn't do it!  I didn't do it!"  Fortunately he was 
off  the hook as I had seen the culprit, a big young Cooper's Hawk, dart out 
of the  shrubbery and away!
 
Made the old loop around Ibis Pond and the grasslands, encountering a very  
odd Spotted Sandpiper that was apparently starting into its breeding molt, 
as it  was unlike anything I had ever seen!  (A more normal one was close  
by...)  I had heard about a hybrid Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal hanging  
around, and sure enough, he was in with some normal Bluewings a little past  
where the boardwalk turns towards the gazebo.  A pure Cinnamon was visible  at 
the gazebo itself (I guess it's really more like a shelter with a bench under 
 it).  Back in the grasslands I kicked up a couple of Grasshopper Sparrows, 
 and a Swamp Sparrow was in the reeds at the Dowitcher Pond boardwalk.  At  
the turnoff to the levee trail a young Red-shouldered Hawk had caught an  
unidentified snake for breakfast!  A "duck log" contained several Fulvous  
Whistling Ducks along with pretty teal.  A "wild sound" overhead revealed a  
wedge of about 100 Greater White-fronted Geese, and my FOS Purple Martins  
gurgled overhead as well.
 

A close Least Grebe at Grebe Marsh gave some photo ops, and miraculously  
spotted the snoozing Paraque on the way to Alligator Lake (a lady I ran into  
said there were actually two back there), where a Belted Kingfisher was 
making  lots of noise and a lone Anhinga kept guard.  Did the Camino del Aves 
loop  where I ran into Tom Pendelton who was looking for a reported 
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher; I didn't see much back there except a Bewick's Wren 
and 

three big  guys taking an exercise walk...
 
Gave the thrush one last chance, but while he never showed, a pretty  
Ovenbird came in to bathe at the water feature! On the way out I was chatting 

with a lady from BC here with a group that Stuart Healy was leading,  when a 
Mexican Bluewing batted around some bait someone had put out; it was nice  
to see he had survived the freeze!  Heading back to the car I noticed that  
"Bippy" (said car) had a friend on her door; the best match in the insect 
book  was an Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle!  
 
Headed home with a whopping 88 species!  Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Location:     Estero Llano Grande SP WBC (Weslaco)(LTC  054)
Observation date:     2/15/11
Notes:   includes the levee south of the floodway
Number of  species:     88

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck   20
Fulvous Whistling-Duck     5
Greater  White-fronted Goose     50
Gadwall      20
Mottled Duck     10
Blue-winged Teal      40
Cinnamon Teal     1
Northern Shoveler      50
Northern Pintail     3
Green-winged Teal   20
Ring-necked Duck     15
Ruddy Duck   2
Plain Chachalaca     50
Least Grebe   12
Pied-billed Grebe     5
Neotropic  Cormorant     6
Double-crested Cormorant      1
Anhinga     1
American White Pelican      1
Great Blue Heron     6
Snowy Egret      12
Little Blue Heron     1
White Ibis      20
Turkey Vulture     7
White-tailed Kite   1
Cooper's Hawk     2
Red-shouldered  Hawk     1
Crested Caracara     1
American  Kestrel     1
Sora     3
Common  Moorhen     6
American Coot      30
Killdeer     3
Black-necked Stilt      1
American Avocet     5
Spotted Sandpiper   3
Long-billed Curlew     2
Least  Sandpiper     5
Stilt Sandpiper      3
Long-billed Dowitcher     10
Rock Pigeon   10
White-winged Dove     6
Mourning Dove   4
Inca Dove     4
Common Ground-Dove   3
Red-crowned Parrot     20
Common  Pauraque     1
Black-chinned Hummingbird      1
Anna's Hummingbird     1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird   6
Belted Kingfisher     1
Green  Kingfisher     3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker      12
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     2
Eastern Phoebe   9
Great Kiskadee     8
White-eyed Vireo   1
Green Jay     5
Horned Lark   1
Purple Martin     4
Tree Swallow   8
Cave Swallow     8
Black-crested  Titmouse     3
Carolina Wren     1
Bewick's  Wren     2
House Wren     8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher&     4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet      5
Northern Mockingbird     6
Long-billed Thrasher   7
Curve-billed Thrasher     2
European  Starling     6
American Pipit      1
Orange-crowned Warbler     15
Yellow-rumped Warbler  (Myrtle)     10
Ovenbird     1
Common  Yellowthroat     8
Savannah Sparrow      7
Grasshopper Sparrow     2
Lincoln's Sparrow   1
Swamp Sparrow     1
Northern Cardinal   5
Red-winged Blackbird     100
Western  Meadowlark     3
Great-tailed Grackle      200
Altamira Oriole     1
Lesser Goldfinch   1
House Sparrow     40

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Trip Report: Brazil (Rio State) - March-April 2008
From: Blake Maybank <maybank AT NS.SYMPATICO.CA>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:11:54 -0400
In March and April 2008 our Maritimes Nature Travel Club went to the 
Serra dos Tucanos Lodge in the Rio de Janeiro State of Brazil. There 
are already many fine trip reports on-line detailing the delights of 
this wonderful eco-lodge, but our adventure was different in a couple 
of respects.

1) - Because there was so much interest in this trip among our group, 
and because the lodge can only house a maximum of 12 guests, we went 
in three different groups.

2) - Each group stayed two weeks, a longer time that the typical 
commercial tour. Within this two week period we were offered four 
full-day excursions and four half-day excursions, leaving three full 
days for birding around the lodge, or organising special trips 
elsewhere. And as it turned out each group chose to spend a day with 
our lodge guide exploring new areas for future excursions. We found 
this fun, and the Lodge owners found this useful, as the commercial 
tours never have such free days built into their schedule, and during 
the busy austral summer season the Lodge staff do not have time to do 
scouting on their own.

This report does not offer a detailed review of this fine lodge -- it 
is sufficient to say that all three of our groups greatly enjoyed the 
facility and praise the staff. We recommend the Lodge to you. Thumbs Up!

Because our group members visited the same trails on multiple 
occasions during the three trips, I was able to chart out each group
on comparative tables, to provide a useful perspective regarding the 
similarities and differences among the different lists. This approach 
is rarely done with trip reports, and gives a better idea regarding 
what a future visitor is likely to encounter on the various excursions.

The full and detailed trip report is here:

http://tinyurl.com/68stmo3

I invite your comments and questions.

Good birding, and safe journeys,

Blake Maybank
maybank AT ns.sympatico.ca

-- 

Blake Maybank, organiser
Maritimes Nature Travel Club
http://tinyurl.com/naturetravel

author, "Birding Sites of Nova Scotia"
http://tinyurl.com/birdingns

White's Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada
(902) 852-207
Subject: Black-vented Oriole and Others...
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:13:04 EST
Hi, all!
 
Took visiting birders Lenny and Louise Hochron out and about yesterday,  
starting at Bentsen where we (finally) saw the Black-vented Oriole coming in 
to  the east side feeders by the little Nature Center!  (Someone had put out  
some oranges prior to the volunteers getting there with the "official" 
food...  ;-)) A big string of White Pelicans flew overhead while we waited  
(surprisingly a first for my Bentsen list)!  The regulars were also there  to 
delight, in particular a very cooperative Clay-colored Thrush both at that  
site and at the "mid station" between there and Ebony Grove!  The most  
interesting bird at Ebony Grove was a "chocolate" White-winged Dove, but we 
also 

enjoyed brilliant adult Altamiras as well as the regulars.  Dipped on the  
Gray Flycatcher by the resaca, but we DID get the Beardless Tyrannulet and 
two  Vermilion Flycatchers (a young bird showing no red across the way, and 
the  "brilliant male" delighting a bunch of birders on the wires!  (The  
flycatcher was on the wires, just to clarify...) A Ringed Kingfisher called in 

the distance but never showed, and Anhingas were all over.  At  the Green 
Jay Blind titmice, Kiskadees, and jays were point blank as usual,  along with 
a young Altamira and a pair of Cardinals, but more interesting to me  was a 
Cedar Waxwing calling outside and out of sight.  A displaying  White-tailed 
Kite was a treat as well, and we had heard a whistling Gray Hawk  coming in.
 
From there headed to Quinta Mazatlan which was rather quiet, but we still  
enjoyed the Chachalacas at our feet, and got Lenny his life Inca Doves and  
Curve-billed Thrasher while we were there.  Then we tootled up to Edinburg  
Wetlands where there were plenty of water birds including both whistling 
ducks  (gobs of BBs and only one Fulvous), Black-crowned Night Herons, both 
grebes,  several other duck species, and many egrets.  The south pond had  
Black-necked Stilts, Least Sandpipers, Green-winged Teal, and Ruddy Ducks, as  
well as a single male Lesser Scaup.  Also had nice comparative views of the  
two cormorant species.
 
Then we made a quick trip up to Brushline Road between FM 490 and SR 186,  
picking up Sandhill Cranes (and a calling Sora while we were enjoying them), 
 Caracaras, and a Harris' Hawk among some other "field" birds, then called 
it a  day after that.  Wound up with a whopping 84 species for the  day!
 
A few pics (including fuzzy ones of the "Chocolate Dove" are in the  
following link (scroll down past the deer):
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Lesser  Scaup                           Aythya affinis
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Gray  Hawk                              Buteo nitidus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Sandhill  Crane                         Grus canadensis
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Yellow-bellied  Sapsucker               Sphyrapicus varius
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Northern  Beardless-Tyrannulet         Camptostoma  imberbe
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Cedar  Waxwing                          Bombycilla cedrorum
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Black-vented  Oriole                    Icterus wagleri
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
American  Goldfinch                     Spinus tristis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

84 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Audubon's Oriole in Willacy County
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:46:58 EST
Hi, all--this apparently got kicked back to me, so I'm trying  again...
 
Hi, all!

Highlight of the morning along Sacahuistale Flats was an  Audubon's Oriole
along SR 186, 7.5 miles east of the intersection with FM  1420!  I was
hearing a vocalization I didn't recognize but sounded  somewhat like the 
long,
rising "raack raack!" of our "California" Scrub  Jays.  A little  pishing
produced a very brief glimpse of the bird,  but enough to positively ID  
it: a
large oriole, lemon-yellow overall  with an olive back, and completely  
black
head (that was the nano-second  image engraved on my brain).   
Unfortunately I
couldn't coax it to  reappear but it continued to call, and along  with the
"shaack" call it  produced a "strained" whistle, as though the bird were
exerting great effort  to get it out!  (It wasn't, of course, but that's the
impression you're  left with...)  I tried whistling at it, and it DID  
respond
with a  little bit of its sad song!  It was well back in the  mesquite,  and
between the distance, the wind, and someone hammering away back   there, I 
was
amazed I was able to get any kind of recording at all, but  it's  VERY 
bad--I
managed to filter out the wind noise, but if anyone  can figure out  how to
get rid of the hiss, be my guest!  (I had to  amplify it several  times...)
When I got home I got onto Xeno-Canto, and  the very first  recording I
played is spot-on for that "scrub jay"  call!  Go to the  following link, 
scroll
down past the thrashers,  and there's the horrible  recording I got, along
with a link to the  Xeno-Canto AUOR page.  I also  checked the TOS Handbook,
which  states that the "highest concentrations of  Audubon's Orioles in  
Texas
are found in...Kenedy and Brooks Counties," so it  might make  sense if this
fellow was pushed down by the cold front.  Anyway,   here's the  link:

_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html)

If  anyone decides to try for this bird, there are also Altamira Orioles in
the  same area (and I recall this being a subject of discussion as well, as
I  get  them regularly along this stretch, but they are apparently  
considered
absent  from Willacy County).

Other not-so-exciting  highlights included my first Grasshopper Sparrow of
the route, a lovely  Vermilion Flycatcher, several caracaras chasing each
other  and  rattling, and a small flock of Roseate Spoonbills flying past.
White-fronted  Geese and Sandhill Cranes were calling from somewhere 
unseen, and
Roadrunners  are starting to sing already!  The tide was out at Port
Mansfield, so  "Dan's Marsh" was empty, and Fred Stone was pretty bleak as 
well
bird-wise  (although they've but in some picnic shelters that were new since
my   last visit).  The nature trail had the requisite White-tailed Deer  
(mom
and  fawn), but not much bird-wise.

Two bird lists  follow:

Location:     Sacahuistale Flats (LTC  013)
Observation  date:     2/8/11
Notes:   What alerted me to  the Audubon's Oriole was a vocalization  I
was not familiar with at all, that  sounded incredibly like the rising  
"Shack
Shack" call of the "California" Scrub  Jay, along with a "pushy"  sounding
whistle (i.e., sounding like the bird was  "pushing" it  out).  I had a very
brief glimpse of the bird: definitely a  large  oriole, lemon-yellow 
overall,
with an olive back and entirely black   head.  The bird was 7.5 miles east 
of
the intersection with FM 1420  along  SR 186.
Number of species:     58

Greater  White-fronted  Goose     3
Gadwall      2
Northern  Shoveler     1
Northern Pintail   2
Green-winged Teal     4
Pied-billed  Grebe   2
Great Blue Heron     6
Great  Egret   1
Roseate Spoonbill     7
Black  Vulture   2
Turkey Vulture     4
Northern  Harrier   3
Cooper's Hawk     1
Harris's  Hawk   1
Red-shouldered Hawk      1
Red-tailed  Hawk     2
Crested Caracara   10
American  Kestrel     12
American  Coot     2
Sandhill  Crane      3
Killdeer     1
Spotted  Sandpiper      1
Greater Yellowlegs      3
Long-billed Curlew   1
Eurasian Collared-Dove   5
Greater  Roadrunner     4
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker   8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker      12
Eastern  Phoebe     5
Vermilion Flycatcher   1
Great  Kiskadee     5
Loggerhead Shrike   3
Horned  Lark     4
Black-crested  Titmouse      1
Verdin     6
Cactus  Wren      7
Bewick's Wren     2
House  Wren      6
Northern Mockingbird      12
Long-billed Thrasher   2
Curve-billed Thrasher   4
European Starling   12
Orange-crowned  Warbler      6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)   7
Common Yellowthroat   4
Olive  Sparrow     1
Savannah  Sparrow      4
Grasshopper Sparrow      1
Lincoln's Sparrow   12
Northern Cardinal      4
Pyrrhuloxia   1
Red-winged Blackbird      20
Eastern  Meadowlark     12
Western Meadowlark   5
Great-tailed Grackle     4
Altamira  Oriole   2
Audubon's Oriole     1
House  Sparrow   12

Location:     Port   Mansfield
Observation date:     2/8/11
Number of   species:     31

Double-crested Cormorant    2
American White Pelican     1
Brown  Pelican   5
Great Blue Heron     8
Black   Vulture     1
Turkey Vulture      2
American  Kestrel     1
Killdeer      5
Greater  Yellowlegs     1
Laughing Gull     10
Caspian Tern     2
Royal Tern       1
Rock Pigeon     4
Eurasian Collared-Dove    1
Mourning Dove     1
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker   1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker      1
Eastern  Phoebe     1
Bewick's Wren      1
House  Wren     2
Northern Mockingbird       2
European Starling     4
Yellow-rumped Warbler   (Myrtle)     1
Lincoln's Sparrow       1
Northern Cardinal     1
Red-winged Blackbird    30
Eastern Meadowlark     1
Western  Meadowlark   5
Great-tailed Grackle      30
American  Goldfinch     1
House Sparrow   20  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Bentsen SP
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:37:07 EST
Hi, all!
 
Had a lovely morning out at Bentsen yesterday, the highlight being the  
continuing Gray Flycatcher hanging around the Green Jay Trail restrooms, along 

with a brilliant male Vermilion and the Beardless Tyrannulet.  I was able  
to get a mediocre recording of its soft "whit" calls which can be heard here 
 (along with a mediocre photo):
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Birding%20Pages/Hidalgo%20County%20Birding%20Page
s/By%20Species/Gray%20Flycatcher.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Birding%20Pages/Hidalgo%20County%20Birding%20Pages/By%20Species/Gray%20Flycatcher.html 

) 
 
I arrived pre-dawn and nailed the three common night birds, along with a  
Bobwhite and some Black-crowned Night Herons that were carrying on like  
Boat-billed Herons (they made their "normal" vocalization as well).   Besides 
the usual suspects, I heard my first Golden-crowned Kinglets for the  park, 
and picked up several new species (for me) for January, including flyover  
Tricolored Herons and Neotropic Cormorants.  I was pleased to see the  entire 
loop open, and heard a Ringed Kingfisher calling from the vicinity of the  
resaca by the hawk tower. (Trails to the Hawk Tower and Kiskadee Blinds are  
still closed, however...)   Raptors made a good appearance, with a  Gray Hawk 
posing in wonderful light, a Harrier soaring overhead, a Merlin  whizzing 
by (also new for my park list), a pair of Caracaras chasing a TV, a  group of 
sunning Black Vultures, and calling White-tailed Kites.  A  Cooper's Hawk 
was terrorizing the Green Jays at the Acacia Loop feeders, but  they'd return 
almost immediately after the hawk made a pass!  Although  expected, another 
highlight was three Clay-colored Thrushes thrashing around in  the leaves!
 
I was pretty shot after my walk but dutifully plodded up to the RV park to  
try for the oriole (the gentleman already there said the bird had come in 
about  45 minutes earlier), but alas, he didn't show while I was there.  A 
nice  young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird came in to the coral beans, however!
 
Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Location:     Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP WBC (Mission)  (LTC 069)
Observation date:     1/30/11
Number of  species:     67

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck   15
Mottled Duck     1
Plain Chachalaca   20
Northern Bobwhite     1
Pied-billed  Grebe     1
Neotropic Cormorant      9
Anhinga     8
Great Blue Heron      4
Tricolored Heron     4
Black-crowned Night-Heron   4
Black Vulture     5
Turkey Vulture   1
White-tailed Kite     2
Northern  Harrier     1
Cooper's Hawk      1
Red-shouldered Hawk     4
Gray Hawk      4
Crested Caracara     2
Merlin      1
Common Moorhen     1
American Coot      9
Killdeer     2
Caspian Tern      2
Mourning Dove     5
Inca Dove      12
Common Ground-Dove     7
White-tipped Dove   12
Greater Roadrunner     1
Eastern  Screech-Owl     3
Great Horned Owl      2
Common Pauraque     2
Ringed Kingfisher   1
Belted Kingfisher     1
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker     15
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker      2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     7
Northern  Beardless-Tyrannulet     3
Gray Flycatcher      1
Eastern Phoebe     2
Vermilion Flycatcher   1
Great Kiskadee     12
White-eyed Vireo   10
Green Jay     30
Cave Swallow   1
Black-crested Titmouse     7
Verdin   3
Carolina Wren     1
Bewick's Wren   1
House Wren     20
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher     12
Golden-crowned Kinglet      2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     10
Clay-colored Thrush   4
Northern Mockingbird     15
Long-billed  Thrasher     12
Curve-billed Thrasher      2
American Pipit     1
Orange-crowned Warbler   20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)      12
Common Yellowthroat     12
Northern Cardinal   20
Indigo Bunting     3
Red-winged  Blackbird     100
Great-tailed Grackle      12
Altamira Oriole     7
American Goldfinch   6
House Sparrow     3

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: VNC Field Trip to Starr County
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:45:31 EST
Hi,  all!

About ten of us had a blast yesterday traipsing around Starr County with 
the man  himself, VNC's own Martin Hagne!  We met at the Whataburger in La 
Joya and  ended up with three vehicles heading west towards Salineño first in 
the  fog.  It turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day, and while we didn’
t  see any of the specialties of the areas, we had great comparative looks 
at both  cormorants, some beautiful White Pelicans (which were new for my 
Salineño list it turns out), Osprey, Gray, Red-shouldered, and Cooper’s 
Hawks 

(also new), as well as Gadwall, Mottled Duck (I’m assuming—I realized when 

I got home that they  could have easily been Mexicans), Moorhen, and Coot.  
Green Jays shot over  by the dozens, all headed for Cheryl’s feeders (she 
came down and announced that  24 or thereabouts were waiting for her to put 
breakfast out)!  Both Ringed  and Belted Kingfishers showed up, giving us 
great views in the scope!  We  heard both Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles 
singing, so I tried to point out the difference in the two to the group. Alas, 

that would be the only Audubon’s  we would get for the day, as Cheryl said a 
hawk was hanging around, and the  Audubon’s usually didn’t come in under 
those circumstances…

We  walked up the trail a little and picked up Lincoln’s Sparrow, 
Orange-crowned Warbler, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet showing his ruby crown, 
Blue-gray 

Gnatcatcher, Verdin, and Bewick’s Wren. No less than four Ringed Kingfishers 

flew  overhead at one point!  A little Sharp-shinned Hawk blasted through 
and  broke up the party...

We  sat at Cheryl’s feeders for awhile (Mary Jane likened it to Heaven—
this was her  first exposure to the “power backyard feeders”) and enjoyed 
Kiskadees,  Altamiras, four kinds of dove in the same field of view, 
Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, a Long-billed Thrasher, and of course the hordes of 

Red-winged Blackbirds and grackles. The Hooded Oriole did come in at one point, 

so we  were able to add him to the list at least!

We  kissed Cheryl goodbye and headed down the Dump Road (where Martin got  
White-crowned Sparrows but we missed ‘em) to Falcon County Park, where after 
 using the restrooms we walked into a little area of brush looking for  
Black-tailed Gnatcatchers.  No luck there, but we got Cactus Wrens and a  Lark 
Bunting out of it!  We then went over to the state park and sat at the  park 
host's feeders and enjoyed more moochers, particularly mobs of  
Orange-crowned Warblers. An Olive Sparrow came in, along with lots of Cardinals 
and 

Pyrrhuloxias, and her leucistic Inca Dove.  Someone had  reported a Roadside 
Hawk that morning, so we cruised through the campground;  Martin spotted 
some Scaled Quail shooting across the road, but the rest of us  missed them 
(the disadvantage of being in the last car…).

From  there we headed over to Santa Margarita Ranch.  We actually went down 
a  different road than I had been on when I first tried to bird the place 
three  years ago, and went in a locked gate (Martin had the key), went 
four-wheeling  down another road, and most of the gang went hiking down this 
steep, treacherous  trail that went back up (and that side looked even more 
treacherous when one  decided to come back down), so myself and another lady 
named Mary decided to stay by the cars. There was a level side road that also 

eventually went  down, but we stood on the crest and enjoyed the view, 
getting a pair of Black-throated Sparrows out of it (which the rest of the crew 

unfortunately  missed).  When the rest of them got back they reported not 
having seen  anything of import, but Martin showed us some fossilized trees 
and pieces of  tortoise shell he found!  I also suddenly noticed the big 
mountain range in the distance, and I think he said that was the Pico Range, at 

the very top of  the Sierra Madres.

On  the way out we spotted a Bobwhite in the road, but because we were the 
second  car this time and Joyce’s was the third, they missed it!  :-(   
Joyce made some pointed silent remarks that got us all laughing…

Headed home after that, with a quick stop at Roma Bluffs where we picked up 
 Vermilion Flycatcher and the DQ for an ice cream :-)!  Don't know what the 
 total count was for the trip, but my own list topped out at 66.
 
Pictures are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
   Gadwall                                Anas strepera
American  Wigeon                        Anas americana
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned  Hawk                     Accipiter striatus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Gray  Hawk                              Buteo nitidus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Ringed  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle torquata
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Black-throated  Sparrow                 Amphispiza bilineata
Lark  Bunting                           Calamospiza melanocorys
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Altamira  Oriole                        Icterus gularis
Audubon's  Oriole                       Icterus graduacauda
 
66 SPECIES

Mary Beth Stowe
McAllen,  TX
www.miriameaglemon.com
Subject: Wallace Road & Estero
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 16:58:46 EST
Hi, all!
 
Braved the rain with visiting birders Alan and Portcia (hope I spelled that 
 right! :-}  Pronounced like the car...) from Chicago and figured that  
Wallace Road would be a safe place to start.  It was foggy, but rainless,  so 
we stepped out of the car several times to look at warblers and sparrows, the 
 highlights of which were Yellow and White-crowned respectively.  Had a 
very  nice look at a perched female Harrier, and the wetlands were really full 
of  stuff:  lots of grunting cormorants and a pitifully-quacking female  
Shoveler, along with a brilliant Vermilion Flycatcher.  A real treat was  
having Sandhill Cranes bugling overhead, then ethereally drop down out of the  
fog!  Unfortunately we dipped on all the kingfishers except the one they  
didn't need, but posed nicely... ;-) American Pipit was a life bird for Alan, 

but unfortunately it was one of those "bounce-over" types...  I was  trying 
desperately to get him a caracara:  one flew by in the fog at the  wetlands, 
but he didn't see it (Portcia caught that one), but thankfully we saw  
several along 490 on the way to the freeway!
 
It was a mess driving over to Estero, but also thankfully it let up enough  
when we got there to be able to roll the cooler to the deck unscathed (Alan 
 volunteered for that job), so we had sandwiches and watched the show from 
the  deck as the rain once again started coming down pretty good:  
Black-bellied  Whistlers were "right there" along with a couple of Neotropic 
Cormorants, and some visiting birders spotted a Fulvous Whistling Duck way on 
the 

other side of  Ibis Pond.  Black-necked Stilts provided comedy relief as they 
literally  bounced around attacking each other (an avocet showed up later 
but he stayed out  of the skirmish)!  A Snipe came tearing in and poked 
around right out in the open, and eagle-eye Huck found us a Stilt Sandpiper 
that 

I initially thought  was a Lesser Yellowlegs as it flew in!  Ducks were 
lovely, and we had great  looks at both Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, and 
Ring-necked Ducks.   Alan wanted a "BVD" of the Buff-bellied Hummers, so we 
watched the feeders for  awhile and enjoyed a nice adult that came in and 
showed off its rufous  tail!  The Chachalacas were also very wet waiting for 
their turn at the  feeders...
 
Just before they had to leave for SPI, Alan and I took a last-minute dash  
into the Tropical Zone as Huck had the White-throated Thrush minutes before, 
but  as per usual, I couldn't find it (or anything else of interest, for 
that  matter), so we sludged back to the entrance and I got Bippy warmed up 
for the  drive back to the motel.  Despite the weather, we managed 77 species 
for  the morning, and Alan and Portcia were very happy with the day!  The  
company was great (Alan's a caterer so it was fun talking food all morning... 
 ;-))!
 
Bird List: W = seen/heard  AT  Wallace Road only; E = seen/heard  AT  Estero  only
 
E Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
E  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Gadwall                                Anas strepera
E  Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
W  Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
W  Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
E  Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Ring-necked  Duck                       Aythya collaris
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
E  Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
W  Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
E  Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
W  Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
W  Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
W  Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
W  Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
W  Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
W  Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
W  American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
W  Sandhill  Crane                         Grus canadensis
E   Sora                                   Porzana carolina
E  Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
W  American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Wilson's  Snipe                         Gallinago delicata
E  Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
W  Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
W  Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
E  Stilt  Sandpiper                        Calidris himantopus
W  Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
W  Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
W  Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
W  Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
E  Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
W  Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
W  Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
W  Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
E  Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
W  American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
W  Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
E  Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
W  Yellow  Warbler                
  Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
E  Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
W  Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
W  Lesser  Goldfinch                       Carduelis psaltria
W  American  Goldfinch                     Carduelis tristis
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Vermivora celata
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
W  Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
W  Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
W  Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
W  White-crowned  Sparrow                  Zonotrichia leucophrys
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
W  Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus

77 SPECIES 

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: La Sal del Rey, Sanderling and More
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2011 17:49:51 EST
Hi, all!
 
I was kinda hoping my first bird of 2011 would be something a little more  
exotic than a Starling, but oh, well...  The first recorded bird of the  
route was Sandhill Crane, so that was more like it! :-)
 
The highlight today was definitely a Sanderling running around the shores  
of the lake along with several Least Sandpipers and Snowy Plovers!  (I went  
in by way of the Brushline Road Trail...)  Another highlight for me was a  
Golden-crowned Kinglet about a mile up Brushline first thing along the  
route.
 
Otherwise it was a brisk and windy day out there, but very productive with  
hundreds of cranes, Snow Geese, and White-fronted Geese, the "trio" I like 
to  tag in the winter months here.  A Peregrine came close at the GC Kinglet 
 stop, and Caracaras were all over.  Only had one White-tailed Hawk today,  
and surprisingly missed Harris' altogether.  The pond at the north end of  
Brushline had lots of Shovelers, both grebes, a pair of Vermilion 
Flycatchers, and a Wilson's Snipe right next to the road! The Snow Geese were 
in a 

massive huddle in a distant pond in the Rio Beef Feedyard, and in the 
now-dry "bog" past the gate were several Brewer's Blackbirds. The "Rio Beef 
Road 

 Marsh" had a couple of Soras, but no Virginia called this time.  All the  
Bobwhite were at the lake as well, as I flushed a big mob walking to the  
shoreline.
 
Pictures of the Sanderlings (plus some shots from yesterday's butter walk  
at Estero) are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
Location:     LRGV NWR Driving Route
Observation  date:     1/1/11
Number of species:      64

Greater White-fronted Goose     40
Snow Goose   200
Mottled Duck     2
Blue-winged Teal   6
Northern Shoveler     20
Northern  Bobwhite     12
Least Grebe      1
Pied-billed Grebe     2
Great Blue Heron   1
Turkey Vulture     20
Northern Harrier   2
White-tailed Hawk     1
Red-tailed  Hawk     2
Crested Caracara     15
American  Kestrel     3
Peregrine Falcon      1
Sora     2
Sandhill Crane     300
Snowy  Plover     10
Killdeer     3
Greater  Yellowlegs     1
Sanderling     1
Least  Sandpiper     20
Wilson's Snipe      2
Eurasian Collared-Dove     3
White-winged Dove   1
Mourning Dove     100
Common  Ground-Dove     2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker      5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     9
Eastern Phoebe   7
Vermilion Flycatcher     2
Great  Kiskadee     10
Couch's Kingbird      3
Loggerhead Shrike     2
Green Jay      15
Black-crested Titmouse     2
Verdin      3
Cactus Wren     1
Bewick's Wren      3
House Wren     15
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   4
Golden-crowned Kinglet     1
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet     7
Northern Mockingbird      8
Long-billed Thrasher     6
European Starling   6
American Pipit     2
Orange-crowned  Warbler     20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)   15
Common Yellowthroat     4
Olive  Sparrow     2
Lark Sparrow     15
Savannah  Sparrow     7
Lincoln's Sparrow      10
Northern Cardinal     15
Pyrrhuloxia      7
Red-winged Blackbird     1000
Western Meadowlark   30
Brewer's Blackbird     15
Great-tailed  Grackle     15
Brown-headed Cowbird      100
American Goldfinch     3
House Sparrow   12

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Rockport Pictures On Line
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 21:44:26 EST
Hi, all!
 
Took long enough, but I finally now have the trip report and pictures from  
the Thanksgiving week Rockport trip up on my website:  here's a direct link 
 to the Rockport index page:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Rockport%20Area/Rockport%20Main%20
Page.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Rockport%20Area/Rockport%20Main%20Page.html) 

 
...and then you can click on the individual days.  I have a handful of  
recordings made on the trip in there as well, along with lots of mystery 
insects  and herps for those so inclined to gander a guess!
 
Enjoy!  

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: La Sal del Rey
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 20:54:59 EST
Hi, all!
 
Mary Jane Syvertson and I birded the La Sal del Rey route this morning and  
had a blast, the wind notwithstanding!  Early on we had great views of  
strings of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, and a little later a trio of  
Whitefronts flew over.  Sparrows weren't as numerous as I've had them in  the 
past, but quality was great with a single Lark Bunting being a definite  
highlight, along with a couple of Clay-colored Sparrows (thank God for the 
camera 

as I couldn't get a good look at the "ocular line" under the conditions  we 
had)!  We had a great selection of raptors, including a White-tailed  Hawk 
being bombed by a White-tailed Kite at the "Botteri's Sparrow Corner" along  
Brushline, a Krider's Redtail at the Rio Beef Feedyard, and a Peregrine that 
we  flushed along GI Road and which gave us a great show!  
 
Pyrrhuloxia was a life bird for MJ, and several gave great views.  A  
couple of White-winged Doves were a surprise this late in the year, and just  
before hitting the "Brushline Wetlands" we surprised an Emu at one stop!   (He 
was behind the fence, but "boomed" at us nonetheless...)  The wetlands  were 
quite productive with several duck species, White-faced Ibis, Neotropic  
Cormorants, a great look at a pair of Sandhills, grebes, and a brilliant  
Vermilion Flycatcher!  The little marsh on Rio Beef Road had both Sora and  
Virginia Rails calling, and a hike from SR 186 to the lake produced some Snowy 

Plovers and peeps along with a nice Verdin along the trail.  A quick run  
down Brushline south of the highway added a few duck and shorebird species,  
along with more great looks at the cranes!  Headed home with 82  species for 
the day.
 
A few pictures are posted here (after the baby snake):
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Greater White-fronted  Goose           Anser  albifrons
Snow  Goose                             Chen caerulescens
Green-winged  Teal                      Anas crecca
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
"Krider's" Hawk
  Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Peregrine  Falcon                       Falco peregrinus
Sandhill  Crane                         Grus canadensis
Virginia  Rail                          Rallus limicola
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Snowy  Plover                           Charadrius alexandrinus
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Western  Sandpiper                      Calidris mauri
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Marsh  Wren                             Cistothorus palustris
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Vermivora celata
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Clay-colored  Sparrow                   Spizella pallida
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Lark  Bunting                           Calamospiza melanocorys
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater

82 SPECIES

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Subject: Laguna Atascosa NWR
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:16:34 EST
Hi, all!
 
Spent the morning at Laguna Atascosa and made two vigils for the robin  
(morning and mid-day), and dipped on both, although watching the Redwings  
establish dominancy at the feeders was rather entertaining...  Began by  
road-birding General Grant Road at dawn and had a nice selection of things  
including Snow and Blue Geese, Sedge Wren, and King Rail calling. It was pretty 

windy all morning so things were hunkered down and not much was  vocalizing.
 
At the intersection with the entrance road I was teasing Stacy in my brain  
about the mythical Aplomado Falcons she always seems to see at that 
intersection yet I NEVER see, when suddenly a large falcon went tearing in 
front 

of me!   Turned out to be a Peregrine, but it sure gave a rush!  Four 
Sandhill  Cranes flew silently in the distance at the same spot.
 
After the aforementioned vigil (where I also added Altamira Oriole) I  
continued on the tour loop, having nice looks at White-tailed Hawks, Caracaras, 

and lots of egrets and ducks, mainly Pintail and Shovelers early on.  A  
single Eared Grebe was in with some Pied-bills, and egrets of both types were 
in  high numbers.  Laguna Madre was stuffed with birds, many too far away to 
ID  with certainty (and it was way too windy for the scope), but Willets,  
dowitchers, and Marbled Godwits were all in high numbers, along with more  
Pintail and the requisite Redheads.  Had a nice selection of tern species,  
but I didn't see as many Osprey as I've seen there in the winter before; 
maybe  later.  Just before Redhead Ridge had one of the best sightings of the 
day  when a Long-tailed Weasel ran across the road!  A Pyrrhuloxia at the 
potty  there was a nice addition as well.
 
Coming around the back side of the loop the Spoonbills came through in all  
their glory, along with two white morph Reddish Egrets (had the regular 
ones earlier). Back at the VC, a stroll around the Kiskadee Trail produced a 

Wilson's Warbler and the Parula hybrid.
 
Headed home with 84 species for the day.  Bird list:
 
Location:     Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024)
Observation  date:     12/5/10
Notes:     The parula appears  to possibly be a hybrid.
Number of species:     84

Snow  Goose     20
American Wigeon     12
Northern  Shoveler     40
Northern Pintail      1000
Redhead     500
Pied-billed Grebe      20
Eared Grebe     1
American White Pelican   50
Brown Pelican     2
Double-crested  Cormorant     2
Great Blue Heron      15
Great Egret     20
Snowy Egret      30
Little Blue Heron     2
Tricolored Heron   10
Reddish Egret     4
White Ibis   15
White-faced Ibis     5
Roseate  Spoonbill     20
Black Vulture     5
Turkey  Vulture     20
Osprey     6
White-tailed  Kite     2
Northern Harrier     7
Cooper's  Hawk     1
White-tailed Hawk      4
Red-tailed Hawk     3
Crested Caracara      12
American Kestrel     2
Peregrine Falcon   1
King Rail     1
American Coot   1000
Sandhill Crane     5
Black-bellied  Plover     8
Killdeer     5
Black-necked  Stilt     10
Greater Yellowlegs      5
Willet     200
Lesser Yellowlegs      2
Long-billed Curlew     12
Marbled Godwit   20
Least Sandpiper     4
Dunlin   1
Long-billed Dowitcher     300
Wilson's  Snipe     1
Laughing Gull     15
Ring-billed  Gull     2
Gull-billed Tern     1
Caspian  Tern     1
Forster's Tern     4
Royal  Tern     1
Mourning Dove      15
Golden-fronted Woodpecker     3
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker     1
Eastern Phoebe     2
Great  Kiskadee     4
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird      2
Loggerhead Shrike     5
White-eyed Vireo   3
Green Jay     3
Verdin      1
Cactus Wren     1
Bewick's Wren      1
House Wren     10
Sedge Wren      1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1
Northern Mockingbird   30
Long-billed Thrasher     15
American  Pipit     1
Orange-crowned Warbler      15
Tropical x Northern Parula     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  (Myrtle)     9
Common Yellowthroat      9
Wilson's Warbler     1
Olive Sparrow      5
Savannah Sparrow     2
Lincoln's Sparrow   1
Northern Cardinal     7
Pyrrhuloxia   2
Red-winged Blackbird     1000
Eastern  Meadowlark     15
Western Meadowlark      1
Great-tailed Grackle     1000
Altamira Oriole   1
House Sparrow     3

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Day 5 - Goose Island SP
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 19:49:03 EST
Hi, all!
 
Dennis beat me to the punch:  went out to Goose Island SP first thing  to 
road bird, and at my third stop just outside the park entrance (at the  
turnaround, actually), just as I turned to get back in the car what I assumed 
at 

first were three White Pelicans sailing past were in reality three Whooping 
 Cranes!  What a thrill!  I told the lady at the entrance about them,  and 
she happened to be Dennis' wife and made me promise to send him pictures!  
:-)
 
I was afraid it was going to be a law of diminishing returns today (I had  
been tempted to skip Goose Island and go to Goliad instead just to get some  
inland birds; I'm glad I stuck with the original plan!), but I actually 
added a  handful of trip birds:  a flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flew 
over  just before hitting that lovely oak-lined boulevard, and at the first 
Whooper  stop a few White-winged Doves flew past.  While creeping through 
the  campground I discovered a feeding station by the restrooms that had a  
Buff-bellied Hummer visiting, and just before I left the place came alive with 
 Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, and a single Catbird (besides 
the  hordes of House Sparrows)!  
 
My disappointment at not being able to find Rockport Beach Park yesterday  
was somewhat alleviated when I saw the mob of skimmers along the road going 
down  to the pier for some great photo ops!  Even though the tide was in (it 
had  splashed over the breakwater so hard that only one lane was dry) 
several  shorebirds were also right next to the road, including turnstones, 
Dunlins, a Semipalmated Plover, and a single Least Sandpiper. Upon parking and 

readying myself to walk out on the pier, I scanned the marsh to see not 
only  several White Pelicans but the Whooper family (Mom, Dad, and the kid)!   
Granted they were WAAAAY out there, but it was so cool to see them "on your  
own"!  Besides getting some exercise and enjoying a five-minute sit at the  
end with the breeze and the view, the highlight of the pier walk was a pair 
of  Oystercatchers out on a little sandbar which decided to fly in where I 
was  parked just as I got back to the car!  How thoughtful! ;-)
 
Road-birded over to the Big Tree area after that, enjoying the mammoth tree 
 and adding a young Cooper's Hawk to the day list while I was at it.   
Several folks confirmed that the huge pasture there is often visited by the  
Whoopers, but not today; even the blackbird flock was gone!  Just had both  
flavors of vulture to show for it...  The pond on 4th Street was missing  its 
night herons, but still had the Anhinga, grebes, coots, and moorhen.   
Returned to the park and hiked the Turks Cap Trail, which was a lovely walk but 

rather "critterless", especially with the same group of kids riding their 
bikes  back and forth on it (they were rather apologetic after awhile, and I 
threatened  to join them for Thanksgiving dinner if they came by again ;-))!  
Did  manage to kick up a nice Chipping Sparrow for the Spizella Challenge...
 
From there explored some more sites on the GTWT map on the way to Port  
Aransas and didn't really add much; the most picturesque place was Live Oak 
Park  in Aransas Pass that had a nice little fresh-water pond and lovely oak  
woodland.  An early-morning perusal probably would have been productive,  but 
it was rather quiet when I was there.  Took a quick peek at Conn Brown  
Harbor before taking the ferry to Port Aransas, where a new trip bird, a  
Sandwich Tern, squealed overhead!
 
Had a terrific prime rib for Thanksgiving dinner at Koby's, then came back  
to crash.  Bird List:
 
  BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING  DUCK          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Whooping  Crane                         Grus americana
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica Americana
American Oystercatcher
Semipalmated  Plover
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
SANDWICH  TERN                          Thalasseus sandvicensis
Black  Skimmer                          Rynchops niger
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
WHITE-WINGED  DOVE                      Zenaida asiatica
Belted Kingfisher
BUFF-BELLIED  HUMMINGBIRD               Amazilia yucatanensis
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Gray  Catbird                           Dumetella carolinensis
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Hermit  Thrush                          Catharus guttatus
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Vermivora celata
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Chipping  Sparrow                       Spizella passerina
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater

59 SPECIES
So far:  127 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Day 6 - Mustang & Padre Islands
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:46:06 EST
And I'm sick that I missed Mikael Behrens' Lesser Black-backed Gull!!!  :-( 
 Just wasn't on the right part of the beach...
 
Anyway, the cold front came through with a vengeance, and the first part of 
 the morning was cold, windy, and rainy, so birding Paradise Pond and the 
Birding  Center in Port Aransas was out of the question!  Headed over to the 
pier  where you could drive on the beach, and went as far as I could but 
picked up  some great quality trip birds, including both Snowy and Piping 
Plovers. The Pipings looked a bit darker than I'm used to seeing them, but that 

could  have been an artifact of the weather; the fact that several of them 
had a  gazillion color bands on their legs gave them away! ;-)  Now I need 
to try  and find the place that's tracking these little guys...
 
Made a quick stop at the Port Aransas Wetlands Park which was stuffed with  
dowitchers, but also both kinds of yellowlegs and several avocets.  From  
there I headed straight to Mustang Island SP, but I guess I shoulda checked 
out  of a couple of those beach accesses on the way! :-(  You can drive a bit 
of  the beach there as well, but didn't add anything new; just enjoyed the  
Sanderlings and other shorebirds running back and forth!  Searched the  
roaring gulf for Gannets, but nada...
 
Padre Island NS was a bit more productive, with a White-tailed Hawk taking  
advantage of the stiff wind to effortlessly hover while hunting!  Stopping  
every so often along the roads to listen (from the car--still too windy to 
get  out) added a few brave songbirds such as Eastern Meadowlark and Sedge  
Wren.  Bird Basin Road had several snipe flying around along with Harriers,  
and a White Pelican was at the boat ramp.  Mottled Ducks and a Pied-billed  
Grebe hid in one of the roadside marshes, and a cruise down the beach to 
where  the rough stuff started added a new trip bird: a Red Knot!  Terns were  
loafing as well, and a nice Sandwich Tern joined the Royals, Caspians, and  
Forster's.  One of the strangest sightings was a small flock of swallows  
that came swooping in from over the gulf; as best I could tell they looked 
like  Roughwings.
 
Made a quick stop at Packery Channel Park seeing as the sun was out by  
then, and padded the day list with a raft of Bufflehead, a pair of  
Oystercatchers, and a couple of Little Blue Herons. Called it a day after that, 
and 

if I don't see anything new on the way home tomorrow, the trip list  stands 
at 133 species!  I'll send out a post when the pictures are all  processed 
and up on the website.
 
Bird List:
 
  Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Lesser  Scaup                           Aythya affinis
Bufflehead                             Bucephala albeola
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
American  Oystercatcher                 Haematopus palliatus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
BLACK-BELLIED  PLOVER                   Pluvialis squatarola
Semipalmated  Plover                    Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
PIPING  PLOVER                          Charadrius melodus
SNOWY  PLOVER                           Charadrius alexandrinus
Wilson's  Snipe                         Gallinago delicata
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
LESSER  YELLOWLEGS                      Tringa flavipes
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
RED  KNOT                               Calidris canutus
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Western  Sandpiper                      Calidris mauri
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
Sandwich  Tern                          Thalasseus sandvicensis
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED  SWALLOW         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Sedge  Wren                             Cistothorus platensis
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus

54 SPECIES
So far:  133 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Day 3: Aransas NWR
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 20:55:18 EST
Hi, all!
 
If this had happened on Thanksgiving Day it would have been  hysterical:  
drove in to Aransas at dawn to road bird, and there blocking  the road was a 
whole herd of Turkeys, with one Tom in full display!  (I  thought they only 
did that in the spring!)  What a hoot!  They wound  up entertaining a lot of 
folks as the morning went on!
 
Did the BBS protocol along the tour route, picking up calling Clapper Rails 
 near the Rail Trail and wondering who in the world was playing a Mexican ra
dio  station back on the trail, only to discover later it was coming from 
one of the  boats in the bay!  The lady at the VC yesterday said someone had 
spotted a  Northern Parula in the lush picnic area, and sure enough, she was 
still  there!  (The warbler, not the lady...)
 
One of the stops happened to fall at Jones Lake, so I took another peek and 
 spooked a whole mess of Wood Ducks!  The Least Grebes were still  
trumpeting, and joining them and the Pied-bills was a single Eared Grebe! A 
flock 

of Lesser Scaup literally came tearing in as I was leaving:  the  wind 
through their wings as a couple screamed in at 60 mph sounded like a fighter 
jet! 

 
I confess that I'm totally out to lunch regarding the thrashers here:   I 
kept hearing something making the "duit" call our Long-billeds make, but I 
was  also hearing something chucking that sounded rather like a Hermit Thrush 
on  steroids, and was wondering if that could have been the Brown!  
According to the checklist, both are expected this time of year (although the 
Brown 

is  more common), and since both make the smack and fuss, I honestly had no 
clue as  to what I was hearing.  (Those "chucks" were interspersed enough 
with the  other calls that I'm assuming Brown until told otherwise...)
 
But along the one-way section of the auto tour, one of the stops at an open 
 area had the obligatory Sedge Wren calling, but in the distance I couldn't 
 believe my ears:  a Whooping Crane was calling!  The rolling trumpet  of 
the Sandhills were here and there (and also very familiar), but when this  
single "ba-GOP!" hit the air several times, it sent chills down my back!   Too 
bad they didn't show themselves!  (Hopefully that will be for the boat  
trip...)
 
Things quieted down rapidly, and did the rest of the loop with not much  
else of note except a pair of lingering Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.  Hiked  as 
much of the trails as my bum foot would allow after that, and the highlight 
 was definitely along the boardwalk at the observation tower:  a  
double-chack got my attention, and out popped a Winter Wren, just long enough 
to see 

the pertinent field marks, and then he was gone!  Frantic pishing only  
brought out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet...
 
The Panoquins were still at the same bush along the Heron Flats Trail, but  
the star of the show was the big mama Alligator basking on the shore!  The  
Big Tree Trail produced a nice Palamedes Swallowtail and a cute little 
brown frog I haven't been able to ID, and the only "birds" the Birding Trail #2 

 produced were the big bird grasshoppers (plus some smaller ones--and 
that's the  one field guide I forgot to bring!)
 
Both feet were totally shot after all that careful treading, so I headed  
towards Rockport, enjoying a huge flock of Sandhill Cranes on the way!   Made 
a reconnaissance swing through Goose Island SP, where the ranger said  
someone had actually seen Whoopers there the day before, but the closest thing 
I 

 found were White Pelicans begging scraps from the fishermen, along with 
the  Browns!  A spit near the north end of the park had Black Skimmers in with 
 the terns, and wheeling through the neighborhood towards the "Big Tree" I  
discovered a little wetland where I added Anhinga for the trip and 
Black-crowned Night Herons for the day. Enjoyed a huge flock of blackbirds 
along 

the  road that hugged the bay.  The woodlands here were absolutely  
stupendous!
 
Headed on in to Rockport after that.  Bird List:
 
  WOOD  DUCK                              Aix sponsa
AMERICAN  WIGEON                        Anas americana
Gadwall                                Anas strepera
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Redhead                                Aythya americana
Lesser  Scaup                           Aythya affinis
RUDDY  DUCK                             Oxyura jamaicensis
WILD  TURKEY                            Meleagris gallopavo
Least  Grebe                            Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
EARED  GREBE                            Podiceps nigricollis
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
ANHINGA                                Anhinga anhinga
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
CATTLE  EGRET                           Bubulcus ibis
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Red-tailed Hawk
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Sandhill  Crane                         Grus canadensis
WHOOPING  CRANE                         Grus americana
Clapper  Rail                           Rallus longirostris
Common  Moorhen                         Gallinula chloropus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
BLACK  SKIMMER                          Rynchops niger
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
COUCH’S  KINGBIRD                       Tyrannus couchii
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
CAROLINA  WREN                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
WINTER  WREN                            Troglodytes troglodytes
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Sedge  Wren                             Cistothorus platensis
Marsh  Wren                             Cistothorus palustris
GRAY  CATBIRD                           Dumetella carolinensis
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
BROWN  THRASHER                         Toxostoma rufum
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
HERMIT  THRUSH                          Catharus guttatus
BLACK-CRESTED  TITMOUSE                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
WHITE-EYED  VIREO                       Vireo griseus
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Vermivora celata
NORTHERN  PARULA                        Parula americana
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Dendroica coronata
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
CHIPPING  SPARROW                       Spizella passerina
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp  Sparrow                          Melospiza georgiana
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Common  Grackle                         Quiscalus quiscula
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater

82 SPECIES
So far:  119 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Day 2: Magic Ridge to Aransas NWR
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 20:45:56 EST
Hi, all!
 
Realized I wasn't gonna have enough time or energy to process the pics and  
update the website every night, so it's back to the plain ol' trip report, 
and  I'll get pictures up as I can!
 
I was gratified to hear the Clapper Rails going at it when I walked out to  
my car this morning!  Headed down to Magic Ridge first thing, and it was  
great to get there at first light and with no wind!  Dickey birds were  
easier to call up now, as Lincoln's and Swamp Sparrows joined the  Savannahs.  
There weren't a whole lot of shorebirds and waders in the  eastern wetlands 
like yesterday (a calling Long-billed Dowitcher flew by, making  me think that 
perhaps that's what I had yesterday as opposed to Short-billed),  but 
there's a wider wetland off to the west where Sandhill Cranes, Snow and  
White-fronted Geese, and Avocets all gave distant views, but their calls filled 
the 

morning air!  According to the GTWT map, Long-billed Thrashers get up  this 
far, and I indeed heard the "duit" call coming from the scrub, and later  
heard what I presume was the same bird singing.  Just before leaving, a  pair 
of Hooded Mergansers zipped in and landed in the marsh, promptly  
disappearing in the reeds!  
 
Headed straight into Indianola from there and Powderhorn Lake, where there  
were several Sedge Wrens calling at several stops, one giving a brief  
glimpse.  A Reddish Egret in the wetlands was new for the trip.  Over  by the 
bay a couple flocks of Lesser Scaup flew overhead, and heading up Ocean  Drive 
I was treated to a roadside Oystercatcher and Common Loon!  Just  before 
getting into the residential area is a little boardwalk going into the  
wetland (you can see the Zimmerman Road cemetery across the way) where both  
flavors of night heron stood stoically.
 
The Map also suggests visiting Seadrift, so I headed that way and ended up  
in a new development looking for Swan Point; when I finally found the CTC 
site  it was actually RW Bill Sanders Memorial Park.  A swan-like White 
Pelican  floated by (I guess "Swan Point" is more picturesque-sounding than 
"Pelican  Point"), and the Browns gave great photo ops, but there weren't any 
unusual ducks in the bay. From there they suggest you peruse the bayfront in 

Seadrift itself, so I did, and picked up both Boat-tailed and Common 
Grackle for  the trip, but not much else (except an Inca Dove in the RV park).
 
A brief stop at the observation platform at Guadeloupe WMA yielded a  
couple of Black Vultures only, so from there headed south to reconnaissance  
Aransas NWR for tomorrow. The gal in the visitor's center told me which trails 

would be safest with my bum foot, so I gingerly poked along ten minutes'  
worth of the Rail Trail and the Heron Flats Trail after picking up their  
Kiskadees!  Didn't have many birds at either spot, but the Rail Trail had  
these interesting grasshoppers that were greenish-yellow with three broad black 

bands around each leg!  All the Panoquin butterflies seemed to be in this  
one purple bush along the Heron Flats Trail (just had Ocola and 
Obscure--that one's for you, John! ;-)), along with this incredible fuzzy 
caterpillar 

that was  chowing down on said bush!  Also had Turk's-cap White Skipper, 
Orange  Sulphur, and a Phaon Crescent along here.
 
Jones Lake was full of water this time (it was bone dry the last time I was 
 here), and added Coot and Moorhen to the trip list, along with a few  
ducks. I was just about to leave when a familiar nasal trumpet split the air, 

announcing the presence of a pair of Least Grebes!  That sure was  special 
this far north!
 
Dragged myself up the observation tower (although I admit the exercise felt 
 good), and while there were no Whoopers, it was still a great view as 
always  (along with the nice breeze)!  Joined a transplanted Brit from Houston 
on  the boardwalk as we enjoyed the mob of Pintail out in the bay, that also 
had a  few Gadwall and Redheads in with them.  Several Royal and Forster's 
Terns  batted about as well.
 
Whizzed through the tour route as I had to get back to Port Lavaca; an  
Osprey and a sluggish Armadillo were the only critters of note.  Doing up  the 
bird list I noticed that we're at an even 100 for the trip so far!
 
Bird List (new birds for the trip in CAPS):
 
  GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE     Anser  albifrons
SNOW GOOSE     Chen  caerulescens
GADWALL     Anas  strepera
MOTTLED DUCK     Anas  fulvigula
NORTHERN PINTAIL     Anas  acuta
BLUE-WINGED TEAL Anas discors
REDHEAD Aythya  americana
LESSER SCAUP Aythya affinis
HOODED MERGANSER  Lophodytes cucullatus
NORTHERN BOBWHITE Colinus virginianus
COMMON LOON Gavia immer
LEAST GREBE Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
REDDISH EGRET Egretta rufescens
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON Nycticorax  nycticorax
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON Nyctanassa violacea
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
COOPER’S HAWK Accipiter cooperii
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
SANDHILL CRANE Grus canadensis
CLAPPER RAIL  Rallus longirostris
COMMON MOORHEN Gallinula chloropus
AMERICAN COOT Fulica americana
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus  palliatus
AMERICAN AVOCET Recurvirostra americana
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
INCA DOVE Columbina inca
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
HOUSE WREN Troglodytes aedon
Sedge  Wren                             Cistothorus platensis
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
LONG-BILLED THRASHER Toxostoma longirostre
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER Polioptila caerulea
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Vermivora celata
“MYRTLE” WARBLER Dendroica coronata
COMMON  YELLOWTHROAT Geothlypis trichas
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
LINCOLN’S SPARROW Melospiza  lincolnii
SWAMP SPARROW Melospiza georgiana
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE Quiscalus major
COMMON GRACKLE Quiscalus quiscula
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater

87 SPECIES
So far:  100 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: McAllen to Port Lavaca
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 21:26:09 EST
Hi, all!  The drive from McAllen to Port Lavaca produced 66 species,  some 
of which were gotten while packing the car, so that accounts for the Valley  
specialties!  I'm going to try and keep up the trip reports of the website, 
 as I can also post pictures there, so to read about today's trip you can 
go  here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Rockport%20Area/Day%201%20McAllen%
20to%20Port%20Lavaca.html_ 

(http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Rockport%20Area/Day%201%20McAllen%20to%20Port%20Lavaca.html) 

 
I can't believe I forgot my TOS Handbook, so if I inadvertantly report  
anything unusual, please tell me!  Here's the day's list:
 
  Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
American White  Pelican                 Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
White Ibis
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Ferruginous  Hawk                       Buteo regalis
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
Merlin                                 Falco columbarius
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Wilson's  Snipe                         Gallinago delicata
Short-billed  Dowitcher                 Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Ruddy  Turnstone                        Arenaria interpres
Sanderling                             Calidris alba
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Dunlin                                 Calidris alpina
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed  Gull                       Larus delawarensis
Herring  Gull                           Larus argentatus
Caspian  Tern                           Hydroprogne caspia
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Royal  Tern                             Thalasseus maximus
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
American  Pipit                         Anthus rubescens
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet                   Regulus calendula
Sedge  Wren                             Cistothorus platensis
Marsh  Wren                             Cistothorus palustris
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Vermivora celata
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater

66 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Laguna Atascosa (no longspur...)
From: Mary Beth Stowe <MiriamEagl AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 19:54:09 EDT
...but that doesn't mean it's not there:  it was terribly windy today,  and 
I looked at every pullout before Stover Point, but couldn't find a thing  
even remotely sparrow-like!  But overall it was a great day with lots of  
birds:  a King Rail was "clapping" on General Brant Road along with a  couple 
of whinnying Soras and a gobbling Turkey!  Had my FOS White-fronted  Geese 
and Northern Pintail along with the usuals along the Bayside Drive; a  small 
flock of Wilson's Phalaropes may have been a bit late, and a calling  Western 
Meadowlark might have been a bit early!  Had a nice selection of  migrants 
along the Kiskadee Trail including Northern Parula, Tennessee Warbler,  and 
American Redstart, along with many Indigo Buntings.  A White-tipped  Black 
Moth kept eluding me, but had a nice Purple-washed Skipper pose, along  with 
several Variegated Meadowhawks and Thornbush Dashers.  At the blind a  
couple of Green Jays were having it out... Despite the wind had 82 species for 

the day!
 
Pics are posted here:
 
_http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html_ 
(http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/Latest%20Photos.html) 
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Greater White-fronted  Goose           Anser  albifrons
Northern  Pintail                       Anas acuta
Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Brown  Pelican                          Pelecanus occidentalis
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Northern  Harrier                       Circus cyaneus
Cooper's  Hawk                          Accipiter cooperii
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
White-tailed  Hawk                      Buteo albicaudatus
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
American  Kestrel                       Falco sparverius
King  Rail                              Rallus elegans
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-bellied  Plover                   Pluvialis squatarola
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Willet                                 Tringa semipalmata
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Ruby-throated  Hummingbird              Archilochus colubris
Belted  Kingfisher                      Megaceryle alcyon
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Least  Flycatcher                       Empidonax minimus
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Tennessee  Warbler                      Vermivora peregrina
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Vermivora celata
Northern  Parula                        Parula americana
American  Redstart                      Setophaga ruticilla
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Wilson's  Warbler                       Wilsonia pusilla
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Indigo  Bunting                         Passerina cyanea
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Western  Meadowlark                     Sturnella neglecta
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus

82 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/)