On Thursday ,April 27th, down in Texas we traveled to Delta Lake near Monte Alto, TX.
Right away we spotted a Great Kistadee perched on the railing. Beyond the railing was some water that some Black-necked Stilts were enjoying the day. Also some Blue-winged Teals were searching for food.
Going deeper into the park we found a lot of swallows but could not see any Bank Swallows. (The only swallow we need, as a lifer.) Arriving in the back of the park we saw some birds up in the trees and got out to investigate. We found a Magnolia Warbler and Black-throated Green Warbler. We also saw a few flycatchers that turned out to be Western Wood-Pewees.
|Great Kistadee in nest|
We were about to leave when we caught sight of a Great Kistadees nest. The pair was watching the nest and came in and feed chicks or checked on the eggs, couldn't tell if there were chicks in there or not.
After leaving there we headed for Edinburg World Bird Center. There we saw Long-billed Thrasher, Least
Grebe (LIFER), Fulvous Whistling-Ducks (LIFER), and a White-eyed Vireo (LIFER) fledgling!
It was there that the naturalist on site told us about the FALLOUT that was happening at South Padre Island. Before leaving a couple told us about the fallout also and said the trees were so orange with all the orioles, and they needed oranges!
Are you serious! Wow!
We rushed right over there! Picked a few bags of oranges along the way! It was raining when we arrived, so we put on our ponchos. LOL the ponchos are huge!
We got there around 4pm and cut up a bag of oranges and set them out for the birds.
Right away we spotted Gray Catbird, Painted Buntings, and Baltimore Orioles. The orioles were everywhere! We walked over to the trees and saw tons of warblers; they were crawling on the tree branches! The poor little wet things looked so tired.
Here is a list of Warblers
Nashville Mangolia LIFER
Hermit All Lifers!
Great Blue Heron
Willow Flycatcher LIFER
Scarlet Tanager LIFER
The fallout was an amazing experience; I think it was one of the best birding times we have encountered!
On Friday we went back to South Padre Island picked up a few more lifers listed above and in the morning we went to Salineno, TX down at the Rio Grande River. First of all I was freaked out by being so close to Mexico! But it turned out alright we didn't see anything illegal going on down there.
We were looking for Muscovy Ducks, Red-billed Pigeon, and Audubon's Oriole. Well we didn't see any of them... But we did see 21 species down there. Altimira Oriole, Great Kistadee, Mexican Mallard, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Green Jay and Golden-fronted Woodpecker just to name a few.
On Thursday night we attended Night Walk at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. That lasted 2 hours and got us 3 more LIFERS~ Elf Owl, Common Paraque, and Bank Swallow.
Next blog coming up will be on Saturday(April 27th).