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Checklist S48430813

 
Location
High Island--Boy Scout Woods (UTC 055), Galveston County, Texas, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
2 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Distance:
0.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Doug Willick
Comments:
Last day of our 9-day Texas trip. Here with Phil Brown again. We only had time to bird Boy Scout Woods for a few hours, and then get on the road back to Austin, to meet up with Debbie, and catch our flight back to Orange County, CA. And wouldn't you know it, yesterday had higher winds, and overcast skies, and this morning there seemed to be a very distinct increase, and change in migrants. We spent probably half the time just across from the entrance to Boy Scout Woods (i.e., the north side of 5th St., two properties west of Goodman St.), a smallish "vacant" lot, with nice mature trees to the north and east, and a number of tall, flowering bottlebrush shrubs), where there were lots of migrants to see. And a noticeable turnover of migrants occurring as well. Not quite a "fallout" certainly, but enormously better than it had been Thursday through yesterday.

Weather: unfortunately did not record this in the notes I took for this day (which I otherwise tried to include in each day's notes for the trip (don't have the eBird app on my old smartphone, and didn't bring a laptop to enter data at the end of the day). But I do remember the weather looking somewhat "inclement": blustery winds, overcast, drizzle at times, cool (perhaps mid to high 60s, deg F). Good weather for downing migrants, not surprisingly.
Species
58 species (+5 other taxa) total
4
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Actually these were not seen in High Island, but perhaps a few miles north of town, while driving south on FM 124, just a few minutes before entering High Island. The birds were seen in flight. Very obvious birds of course.

1
Common Nighthawk

Seen roughly just across the street from the entrance area to Boy Scout, where a lot of birders were still gathered (some still arriving, including a couple fairly large groups, that I would have to guess had bussed in--perhaps from Houston?). I assume Common are much more expected than LENI; what I could see of the bird (the bird not lingering long, as seemed to vanish out of sight fairly quickly) appeared to have Common field marks (more pointed wingtips, the white primary patch further out on primaries, etc.). I don't have any status & distribution guides for birds for this part of Texas, so am curious what the status of LENI would be here.

6
Chimney Swift

Overhead, while out in vacant lot just north of Boy Scout Woods.

15
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Most of these feeding in the flowering Bottlebrush shrubs, across 5th Street from (roughly) the entrance to Boy Scout Woods.

2
Black-necked Stilt

These were not seen at Boy Scout Woods, but I believe were seen in flight, from FM 124, near High Island.

4
tern sp.

Seen just north of High Island, while driving along FM 124.

2
cormorant sp.
X
Great Blue Heron
X
Great Egret
20
Cattle Egret

On the outskirts of town, and not actually in, or over, Boy Scout Woods.

1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Adult.

3
White Ibis
X
Glossy/White-faced Ibis
1
Roseate Spoonbill
12
Black Vulture

Recorded "12-15" in my notes for the morning.

18
Turkey Vulture
1
Northern Harrier
X
Red-shouldered Hawk

Not sure where this was, but if not Boy Scout Woods, somewhere in High Island.

1
Broad-winged Hawk

Unfortunately, this was another species NOT seen in High Island, but on our drive back to Austin. We'd made a stop in the Houston area, where we got off I-10 to get lunch at a fast-food restaurant. I saw this adult Broad-wing lift up out of large, mature trees on the grounds of what I believe may've been a hospital or some medical facility. We were in an intersection waiting to make a turn, so didn't see it for long, but even with naked eye (especially when it was just barely above the trees) could see the boldly banded tail (looked like a mostly black tail, with one broad white band across the middle). Rusty-brown breast, with narrow crossbarring, fairly pale underwings. This was the only one seen for the trip (that was positively identified at least).

1
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Crested Caracara

This was NOT seen anywhere near High Island, but didn't feel like keeping a list for just the drive back to Austin (as only saw a few birds worth mentioning, and they were all like one in one county, another in another, etc.). Anyway, the CRCA was seen well while heading northwest on Hwy. 71, about half-way between the junction with I-10 and Austin.

5
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

These were NOT seen at High Island, but on our drive from High Island back to Austin to catch our flight home.

4
White-eyed Vireo
1
Blue-headed Vireo
1
Red-eyed Vireo
2
Blue Jay
1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1
Purple Martin
6
Tree Swallow
2
Barn Swallow
50
swallow sp.
1
Carolina Wren
5
Swainson's Thrush
3
Wood Thrush
12
Gray Catbird
6
Northern Mockingbird
6
European Starling
5
Cedar Waxwing
8
Orchard Oriole
3
Baltimore Oriole
4
Red-winged Blackbird
X
Common Grackle
X
Boat-tailed/Great-tailed Grackle

A few seen flying along the marshy areas that line FM 124, while approaching High Island from the north.

3
Northern Waterthrush
1
Blue-winged Warbler

Entered in notes: "1 or 2".

2
Black-and-white Warbler
1
Prothonotary Warbler
12
Tennessee Warbler

All seen well enough were males.

ML114471171

© Doug Willick

An adult male type Tennessee Warbler feeding on Bottlebrush flowers. High Island, Galveston County, Texas. 22 April, 2018.

1
Nashville Warbler
X
Common Yellowthroat

Heard only.

1
Hooded Warbler

A male.

1
Northern Parula

A male. Hard to believe but the first for this trip.

1
Blackburnian Warbler

A beautiful male.

1
Yellow Warbler
1
Chestnut-sided Warbler

A nice male. First for the trip.

2
Black-throated Green Warbler
ML114471031

© Doug Willick

A male Black-throated Green Warbler, at Boy Scout Woods, in High Island, Galveston County, Texas. 22 April, 2018.

4
Summer Tanager
1
Scarlet Tanager
8
Northern Cardinal
4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1
Blue Grosbeak
10
Indigo Bunting
1
Painted Bunting
 

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

Yes