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drive north and west of Harlingen

29 Nov

Overcast and windy, but that did not stop us.  We put about 120 miles on the car.  Driving back roads looking for good birds.  We saw 59 species.

Highlights were Greater White-fronted Geese (they winter in this area and have only arrived in the past couple of days), a Mallard (uncommon here in the lower Rio Grande Valley), Northern Bobwhite (locally common, but certainly not seen every time you go out), Least Grebe (can be found easily in certain areas), Neo-tropic Cormorant (they are the resident cormorants in the valley, Double-crested are winter migrants), White-tailed Kites (can often be seen while out driving the back roads), Harris’s Hawk (the most common hawk in the area), a couple of Sora, Sandhill Crane (they can often be seen in the valley), Black-necked Stilt and American Avocets (good numbers), Long-billed Dowitchers (in one flooded field there must be easily 250 or more), Wilson’s Snipe (along the edge of that same flooded field there were at least 25, maybe thirty), Say’s Phoebe (this bird was very co-operative, perching on a fence right alongside the road), a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (also perched on the same fence as the Say’s Phoebe (at times they sat side by side) and a Song Sparrow (they are very uncommon in the valley–probably the best bird of the day)

Here is a picture of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that was taken by Diana Miller.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2 by Diana

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