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Checklist S44981641

 
Location
South Padre Is.--WBC/Conv. Center/Laguna Madre Trail (LTC 035), Cameron County, Texas, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:41 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
5
Duration:
3 hour(s), 28 minute(s)
Distance:
1.8 kilometer(s)
Observers:
Jay Withgott , Tim Kurtz List , casey cunningham List , david Ward List
Comments:
Convention Center grounds and boardwalks out to ends. Weather conditions last night were prime for a fallout, and the birding here today was extraordinary. It literally felt like walking through an aviary -- birds all around, close at hand, in nearly every tree, at nearly every moment.
Species
82 species (+2 other taxa) total
20
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
4
Blue-winged Teal
5
Mottled Duck
5
Pied-billed Grebe
5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1
Eurasian Collared-Dove
1
Mourning Dove
1
Chimney Swift
1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1
Clapper Rail
3
Sora
1
Common Gallinule
4
American Coot
9
Black-necked Stilt
2
Black-bellied Plover
2
Killdeer
4
Ruddy Turnstone
3
Stilt Sandpiper
12
Sanderling
15
Dunlin
9
Least Sandpiper
2
White-rumped Sandpiper
2
Pectoral Sandpiper
1
Semipalmated Sandpiper
3
Short-billed Dowitcher
50
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
2
Spotted Sandpiper
1
Greater Yellowlegs
7
Willet
6
Lesser Yellowlegs
50
shorebird sp.
75
Laughing Gull
60
Least Tern
3
Caspian Tern
12
Royal Tern
10
Black Skimmer
3
Neotropic Cormorant
16
Brown Pelican
1
Least Bittern

Fishing at close range just beneath us along the boardwalk!

2
Great Blue Heron
2
Great Egret
4
Snowy Egret
3
Little Blue Heron
2
Tricolored Heron
1
Reddish Egret
2
White Ibis
2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
1
Acadian Flycatcher
4
Philadelphia Vireo

Dave found 4, and I saw two of them well. Yellow suffusion on breast noticeable; diagnostic dark mark in front of eye. Odd to have 4 of these and fewer Warblings and no Red-eyes

2
Warbling Vireo
5
Barn Swallow
1
Marsh Wren
2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1
Veery
2
Gray-cheeked Thrush
8
Gray Catbird
2
Northern Mockingbird
2
Lincoln's Sparrow
6
Orchard Oriole
80
Baltimore Oriole

The most conspicuous migrant here today. They were at every fruit that was put up in the trees for them.

5
Red-winged Blackbird
30
Great-tailed Grackle
7
Black-and-white Warbler
6
Tennessee Warbler
1
Kentucky Warbler
1
Common Yellowthroat
3
Hooded Warbler
1
Cape May Warbler
1
Cerulean Warbler
1
Northern Parula
3
Magnolia Warbler
1
Bay-breasted Warbler
1
Blackburnian Warbler
2
Yellow Warbler
2
Chestnut-sided Warbler
1
Black-throated Blue Warbler

Viewed with many other observers from boardwalk about 3/4 of the way out through the mangroves. Male in typical striking plumage: slate navy-blue upperparts, jet black face and throat, clean white belly, and small white square patch near base of flight feathers. I understood that some other people today had seen more than one BT Blue.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
4
Black-throated Green Warbler
1
Summer Tanager
2
Northern Cardinal
4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
6
Indigo Bunting
3
Painted Bunting
240
Dickcissel

From the end of the boardwalk looking over the mangroves I witnessed all the (or at least many of the) Dickcissels that were hidden in the trees lift off in several sequential flocks and fly to the north, giving their distinctive buzzy flight calls. I was able to count by tens and ended up with 240 in total. Other members of our group also observed the birds from below as they flew over the boardwalk and identified them as Dickcissels.

2
House Sparrow
 

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

Yes