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Checklist S22217009

 
Location
Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Cameron County, Texas, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
6 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Mark Esparza
Comments:
N/A
Species
42 species (+1 other taxa) total
2
Blue-winged Teal
10
Northern Shoveler
10
Gadwall
2
American Wigeon
4
Mottled Duck
1
Northern Pintail
5
Ruddy Duck
10
Plain Chachalaca
5
Northern Bobwhite
3
Pied-billed Grebe
2
Common Ground-Dove
10
White-tipped Dove
5
White-winged Dove
1
Greater Roadrunner
100
American Coot (Red-shielded)
2
Black Vulture
5
Turkey Vulture
1
Osprey
1
Harris's Hawk
5
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
2
Crested Caracara
1
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1
White-eyed Vireo
15
Green Jay
5
Purple Martin
1
House Wren
1
Carolina Wren
1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2
Gray Catbird
5
Long-billed Thrasher
15
Northern Mockingbird
3
European Starling
3
Olive Sparrow
2
Altamira Oriole
X
Red-winged Blackbird
X
Great-tailed Grackle
2
Orange-crowned Warbler
2
Yellow-rumped Warbler
1
Wilson's Warbler
10
Northern Cardinal
1
Blue Bunting

I was on the walkway that takes you from the headquarters to the Refuge Office. I saw it at 11:15am. Walking towards the Refuge Office it was on the right side. It was in the trees just before you get to the Refuge Office. When I first saw it the bird appeared to be cleaning itself and it was behind some branches. When I put the binoculars on it I saw the very dark blue. I tried to get a photo but the branches were in the way. I put the binoculars back on it to get a better look and it flew to another branch. There I got a good look at it but only for about 2 seconds. I tried to get the camera on it but it went down. It was dark blue. Appeared very dark around the eye. I saw an indigo bunting that had some blue in it and the blue bunting had a much darker blue. I was no more than 20 feet away. I would say the Blue Bunting was just slightly bigger than the Indigo Bunting I saw. Unfortunately this was the only photo I got. He was cleaning himself when I took the photo and I believe that is a part of the wing that is showing above the branch. I stuck around for another 2 hours to try to get a better photo but obviously that didn't happen.

© Mark Esparza

2
Indigo Bunting
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes