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Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society (ACAS) Field Trip to South Padre Island

11 Apr

The day began early.  The sun was obscured by heavy clouds.  It was raining AGAIN.  Nothing new there.  But approximately 12 people showed up for the trip.  We met at the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park in Harlingen at 7:15 am and left there for South Padre Island at 7:30.  It is about a 35 minute drive to the island.  The rain lessened and then stopped as the morning progressed.

We began our birding at the Convention Centre.  There were many other birders there beside our group.  Here is a picture of Diana Miller and Scarlet (the Dolphin Whisperer).  Diana (on the left) is a member of ACAS and is the coordinator of the volunteers that work the Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival and Scarlet is the person that designed and did the landscaping that surrounds the Convention Centre.  Scarlet also takes groups of people out on her boat to see dolphins and explore the Laguna Madre.

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There has not been much migration seen in this area yet.  Strong southerly winds have kept many birds flying right over to points further north along the coast.  It is still a bit early.  But today there were quite a number of migrants putting in an appearance.  We saw a total of 57 bird species.  Just for the fun of it — here is a list of the birds we saw today.  (NOTE:  There were other birds out on the sandy shore north of the Convention Centre that I could not identify due to the fact my scope was back in the car.)

  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  2. Blue-winged Teal
  3. Redhead
  4. American White Pelican
  5. Double-crested Cormorant
  6. Neo-tropic Cormorant
  7. Great Blue Heron
  8. Great Egret
  9. Snowy Egret
  10. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  11. Turkey Vulture
  12. Roseate Spoonbill
  13. Osprey
  14. Harris’s Hawk
  15. American Kestrel
  16. Sora
  17. Common Moorhen
  18. American Coot
  19. Black-necked Stilt
  20. American Avocet
  21. Marbled Godwit
  22. Willet
  23. Long-billed Dowitcer
  24. Laughing Gull
  25. Franklin’s Gull
  26. Royal Tern
  27. Sandwich Tern
  28. Black Skimmer
  29. Rock Pigeon
  30. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  31. White-winged Dove
  32. Mourning Dove
  33. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  34. Great Kiskadee
  35. Couch’s Kingbird
  36. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  37. Loggerhead Shrike
  38. White-eyed Vireo
  39. Chihuahuan Raven
  40. Tree Swallow
  41. Marsh Wren
  42. Northern Mockingbird
  43. Tennessee Warbler
  44. Blue-winged Warbler
  45. Northern Parula
  46. Nashville Warbler
  47. Black-throated Green Warbler
  48. Prothonotary Warbler
  49. Louisiana Waterthrush
  50. Hooded Warbler
  51. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  52. Northern Cardinal
  53. Indigo Bunting
  54. Red-winged Warbler
  55. Great-tailed Grackle
  56. Orchard Oriole
  57. House Sparrow

Later in the morning we moved over to another area on the island to the natural area on Sheepshead Road.  Some of the birds in the list were seen here.  It was a great morning of birding.  For lunch we went to Yummies, a local bistro on the island.  A great place to eat and relax.

These pictures were taken also today.

Great Southern White

Great Southern White

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Unknown Butterfly

Unknown Butterfly

This picture was taken the other day out behind the library.

This picture was taken the other day out behind the library.

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1 Comment

Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society (ACAS) Field Trip to South Padre Island

  1. Bob Zeller

    April 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Great day for you, Dave.

     
 
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