Tuesday, May 21, 2013


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!

Long-billed Thrasher

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!

Hooded Warbler

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!

Chestnut-sided Wabler

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.

Prothonotary Warbler
Here is a list of Warblers

Nashville Mangolia  LIFER
Hooded LIFER
Swainson’s LIFER
Canada LIFER
Kentucky LIFER
Golden-winged LIFER
Cerlean LIFER
Overbird LIFER
American Redstart
Northern Parula 
Yellow Warbler
Northern Waterthrush 
Common Yellowthroat

Painted Bunting

Gray-cheeked Thrush


Hermit All Lifers! 
Wood Thrush



Baltimore Orioles
Water Birds

Tri-colored Heron
Green Heron 
Least Bittern 
American Bittern 
Black-crowned Night-Heron 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 
Long-billed Dowitcher, 
Roseatte Spoonbill 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Least Sandpiper 
American Golden-Plover 
Black-bellied Plover 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 
Black-necked Stilt 
Least Bittern
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 
Greater Yellowlegs 
Pectoral Sandpiper 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 
Semipalmated Plover 
Tri-colored Heron 
Upland Sandpiper 
Western Sandpiper 
Glossy Ibis 
White Ibis 
Great Blue Heron
American Bittern

American Golden-Plover

Least Sandpiper
Acadian Flycatcher LIFER
Eastern Wood-Pewee 
Brown-crested Flycatcher 
Willow Flycatcher LIFER

Acadian Flycatcher

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Other Birds
Philadelphia Vireo 
Blue Grosbeak 
Gray Catbird
Brown-headed Cowbird 
Great-tailed Grackle 
Indigo Bunting 
Lark Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
Savannah Sparrow 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
Scarlet Tanager  LIFER
Summer Tanager 
Western Tanager 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 

Willow Flycatcher
The birds were so tired you had to watch were you were walking, because they didn't want to move! We came back on Friday to the Island and there was a little less birds but mostly all still there, waiting for the wind to blow in the right direction

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).

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