Wednesday, March 26, 2014

South Padre Island Birding Mar 25-26 204

As expected the migrant fallout continued last night.  Birds were literally dropping out of the skies.  Birders were also becoming more abundant.  We met a group from Quebec and many local Texans and neighboring states.  We have only met one western couple from Washington.  This area is reminiscent of Point Pelee for bird activity except all the birding is spread out over a bigger territory (the county of Cameron).

This little area (about 1/2 a city block) is in the centre of town.  It yielded Worm Eating Warbler, Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hooded Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo and more.
This Kentucky Warbler looked exhausted as it gleaned a lawn.  It drew a good crowd.
Saw this action starting to develop as we drove.  Hopped out of the car and started snapping.
First year Orchard Oriole.
I never thought we would ever see a Worm-eating Warbler.  It only showed itself for a few seconds.  Good thing the camera was ready.

We have seen many Snowy Egrets but this is the first photo opportunity
White-eyed Vireo female

I have posted the Pied-billed  Grebe previously but I had to post this one. 
Black-necked Stilt
Yellow-throated Warbler
Marbeled Godwit with seafood
Caspian Tern
Wilson's Plover with one eye on the sky
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
This is the best shot I have of a Clapper Rail so far.
Winds, cloudy skies and rain to go away tomorrow.  Temperatures in the high 80's this weekend.  

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