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Texas Adventure
10-24 Apr 2004
Narrated by Henry Detwiler

Barry & Margie Hawthorne, Ron Nelson, and I enjoyed two weeks and 2600 miles of birding in the great state of Texas. 
276
species -- complete list at end of page
Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots. 


Numbers in text correspond to map locations.


SATURDAY, 10 Apr 04

Ron had arrived on Friday, so after picking up our minivan, I met him at the Hyatt Hotel, and we did a little "pre-trip" birding.
  

Barry, Ron, & Margie - 
Elliot Landfill, Corpus Christi

We reconnoitered the Monk Parakeet colony (1) west of the airport--but saw no birds.  A short while later we were back at George Bush International Airport, staking out the luggage carousel, where we met Barry and Margie. We returned to the parrot colony, and saw a handful of Monk Parakeets returning to their evening roost--a great way to start out the trip!  

As we drove west  towards Sealey, the sky opened up, slowing the interstate traffic to a crawl.

  

SUNDAY,  11 Apr 04

Clouds and rain were the order of the day, but we picked out some good birds on the way to Attwater NWR (2) and along the refuge loop.  Ron got his first of many Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and Margie spotted an American Bittern pretending to be a reed.  On the road again, we saw many Crested Caracaras.  Between more rain and hail at Aransas NWR (3), we saw waders, a Blue Grosbeak, and a beautiful pair of White-tailed Hawks.


Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
   


Upland Sandpiper

  

MONDAY, 12 Apr 04

 Tricolored Heron with lunch
   

We boarded the "Skimmer" in the morning and set out to find the Whooping Cranes.  The cold and rain continued, so we were happy to be peering out  glass windows from the inside of the boat.  Capt Tommy Moore found us a family of three whoopers, our first Roseate Spoonbills, and our only Sandwich Terns. 
      

After lunch the weather cleared and we headed to the Elliot Landfill (4) in Corpus Christi to search for a rare Yellow-footed Gull with a broken primary feather and missing secondaries.  


Franklin's Gulls

 
After donning orange safety vests, we hiked over mounds of garbage in a vain search for old "Gimpy".  Still, the spectacle of thousands of Laughing Gulls,  Franklin's Gulls sporting a breeding shade of pink, and Herring Gulls was truly awesome. 



Couch's Kingbird

A final stop at a park in Kingsville (5) yielded more beautiful Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Pyrrhuloxia, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Curve-billed Thrashers, and several Couch's Kingbirds.

  
 TUESDAY, 13 Apr 04

Monica Burdette was our host at El Canelo Ranch (6) this morning, and she showed Barry & Margie and Ron their life Ferruginous Owls--a pair looking down at us in her beautiful back yard.


Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl


Northern Bobwhite

Other birds that were equally at home in Monica's yard and on their ranch included Curve-billed Thrasher, Hooded Oriole, Northern Bobwhite, and Golden-fronted Woodpecker.


Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  

Our next stop was at one of the crown jewels of the NWR system, Laguna Atascosa (7).  From the moment we arrived we were bombarded with new and beautiful birds.  At the bird  blind and along the trails we were impressed by showy Green Jays, a Summer Tanager, Plain Chachalacas, White-tipped Doves, Bronzed Cowbirds, a Blue-headed Vireo, hordes of Indigo Buntings, and our first 'gator.


Plain Chachalaca
 


Indigo Bunting


Green Jay

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American Alligator

  
  
WEDNESDAY, 14 Apr 04

Buff-bellied Hummingbird
From Harlingen we drove south to Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary (8), where we were welcomed by another lifer, this exquisite Buff-bellied Hummingbird. 

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Texas, 10-24 Apr 2004
 
# Species
1 Common Loon
2 Least Grebe
3 Pied-billed Grebe
4 Magnificent Frigatebird
5 American White Pelican
6 Brown Pelican
7 Anhinga
8 Neotropic Cormorant
9 Double-crested Cormorant
10 American Bittern
11 Least Bittern
12 Great Blue Heron
13 Great Egret
14 Snowy Egret
15 Little Blue Heron
16 Tricolored Heron
17 Reddish Egret
18 Cattle Egret
19 Green Heron
20 Black-crowned Night Heron
21 Yellow-crowned Night Heron
22 Roseate Spoonbill
23 White Ibis
24 White-faced Ibis
25 Whooping Crane
26 Mottled Duck
27 Black-bellied Whistling Duck
28 Fulvous Whistling Duck
29 Canada Goose
30 Wood Duck
31 Gadwall
32 American Wigeon
33 Mallard
34 Blue-winged Teal
35 Northern Shoveler
36 Green-winged Teal
37 Redhead
38 Lesser Scaup
39 Red-breasted Merganser
40 Chacalaca
41 Osprey
42 White-tailed Kite
43 Mississippi Kite
44 Northern Harrier
45 Sharp-shinned Hawk
46 Cooper's Hawk
47 Harris' Hawk
48 Gray Hawk
49 Short-tailed Hawk
50 Red-shouldered Hawk
51 Broad-winged Hawk
52 Swainson's Hawk
53 White-tailed Hawk
54 Red-tailed Hawk
55 American Kestrel
56 Merlin
57 Wild Turkey
58 Scaled Quail
59 Bobwhite
60 Clapper Rail
61 King Rail
62 Sora
63 Purple Gallinule
64 Common Moorhen
65 American Coot
66 Black-bellied Plover
67 American Golden Plover
68 Snowy Plover
69 Piping Plover
70 Wilson's Plover
71 Semipalmated Plover
72 Killdeer
73 American Oystercatcher
74 Black-necked Stilt
75 American Avocet
76 Greater Yellowlegs
77 Lesser Yellowlegs
78 Solitary Sandpiper
79 Willet
80 Spotted Sandpiper
81 Upland Sandpiper
82 Whimbrel
83 Long-billed Curlew
84 Marbled Godwit
85 Ruddy Turnstone
86 Red Knot
87 Sanderling
88 Semipalmated Sandpiper
89 Western Sandpiper
90 Least Sandpiper
91 White-rumped Sandpiper
92 Pectoral Sandpiper
93 Dunlin
94 Stilt Sandpiper
95 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
96 Long-billed Dowitcher
97 Wilson's Snipe
98 Wilson's Phalarope
99 Crested Caracara
100 Black Vulture
101 Turkey Vulture
102 Laughing Gull
103 Franklin's Gull
104 Ring-billed Gull
105 Herring Gull
106 Gull-billed Tern
107 Caspian Tern
108 Royal Tern
109 Sandwich Tern
110 Forster's Tern
111 Least Tern
112 Black Tern
113 Black Skimmer
114 Rock Pigeon
115 Red-billed Pigeon
116 White-winged Dove
117 Mourning Dove
118 Inca Dove
119 Common Ground-Dove
120 Eurasian Collared Dove
121 Red-crowned Parrot
122 Monk Parakeet
123 Groove-billed Ani
124 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
125 Greater Roadrunner
126 Eastern Screech Owl
127 Great Horned Owl
128 Elf Owl
129 Lesser Nighthawk
130 Common Nighthawk
131 Common Pauraque
132 Chimney Swift
133 Buff-bellied Hummingbird
134 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
135 Black-chinned Hummingbird
136 Anna's Hummingbird
137 Ringed Kingfisher
138 Belted Kingfisher
 
# Species
139 Green Kingfisher
140 Red-bellied Woodpecker
141 Red-cockaded Woodpecker
142 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
143 Red-headed Woodpecker
144 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
145 Downy Woodpecker
146 Pileated Woodpecker
147 Eeastern Wood Pewee
148 Eastern Phoebe
149 Vermilion Flycatcher
150 Ash-throated Flycatcher
151 Great Crested Flycatcher
152 Brown-crested Flycatcher
153 Couch's Kingbird
154 Western Kingbird
155 Eastern Kingbird
156 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
157 Great Kiskadee
158 Loggerhead Shrike
159 White-eyed Vireo
160 Bell's Vireo
161 Blue-headed Vireo
162 Warbling Vireo
163 Red-eyed Vireo
164 Black-capped Vireo
165 Blue Jay
166 Western Scrub Jay
167 Brown Jay
168 Green Jay
169 American Crow
170 Common Raven
171 Chihuahuan Raven
172 Horned Lark
173 Purple Martin
174 Tree Swallow
175 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
176 Bank Swallow
177 Cliff Swallow
178 Cave Swallow
179 Barn Swallow
180 Carolina Chickadee
181 Black-crested Titmouse
182 Verdin
183 Bushtit
184 Brown-headed Nuthatch
185 Cactus Wren
186 Canyon Wren
187 Bewick's Wren
188 Sedge Wren
189 Marsh Wren
190 Carolina Wren
191 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
192 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
193 Western Bluebird
194 Eastern Bluebird
195 Gray-cheeked Thrush
196 Swainson's Thrush
197 Wood Thrush
198 Clay-colored Robin
199 Gray Catbird
200 Northern Mockingbird
201 Brown Thrasher
202 Curve-billed Thrasher
203 Long-billed Thrasher
204 European Starling
205 Cedar Waxwing
206 Yellow-breasted Chat
207 Pine Warbler
208 Prairie Warbler
209 Prothonotary Warbler
210 Yellow-rumped Warbler
211 Yellow-throated Warbler
212 Common Yellowthroat
213 Nashville Warbler
214 Ovenbird
215 Golden-cheeked Warbler
216 N. Parula
217 Hooded Warbler
218 Chestnut-sided Warbler
219 Blue-winged Warbler
220 Blackpoll Warbler
221 Black-throated Green Warbler
222 Black-and-white Warbler
223 Wilson's Warbler
224 Tenessee Warbler
225 Orange-crowned Warbler
226 American Redstart
227 Swainson's Warbler
228 Summer Tanager
229 Scarlet Tanager
230 Bachman's Sparrow
231 Botteri's Sparrow
232 Olive Sparrow
233 Spotted Towhee
234 Cassin's Sparrow
235 Chipping Sparrow
236 Clay-Colored Sparrow
237 Field Sparrow
238 Vesper Sparrow
239 Lark Sparrow
240 Black-throated Sparrow
241 Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
242 Seaside Sparrow
243 Savannah Sparrow
244 Grasshopper Sparrow
245 Song Sparrow
246 Lincoln's Sparrow
247 Swamp Sparrow
248 White-throated Sparrow
249 White-crowned Sparrow
250 Cardinal
251 Pyrrhuloxia
252 Blue Grosbeak
253 Lazuli Bunting
254 Indigo Bunting
255 Painted Bunting
256 Dickcissel
257 White-collared Seedeater
258 Bobolink
259 Red-winged Blackbird
260 Eastern Meadowlark
261 Common Grackle
262 Great-tailed Grackle
263 Bronzed Cowbird
264 Boat-tailed Grackle
265 Brown-headed Cowbird
266 Orchard Oriole
267 Hooded Oriole
268 Baltimore Oriole
269 Bullock's Oriole
270 Audubon's Oriole
271 Altamira Oriole
272 House Finch
273 Lesser Goldfinch
274 House Sparrow
275 Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
276 White-tipped Dove

Photos Henry D. Detwiler