Sunday, April 6, 2014

Birding South Padre Island Apr 5-6 2014

Week 3 ends with 191 species.  The last few days have been very productive not only for birds but for meeting interesting and genuinely nice people.
How many people can say they have met birders from the Scottish Hebrides?  Not only birders but excellent birders who have birded and banded birds all around the world.  Good to meet you Ian and Yvonne.

Ian and Yvonne put us on to this Blue-winged Warbler at Sheepshead

A Black-throated Green Warbler at Sheepshead

Black-bellied Plover

Indigo Bunting at Sheepshead

Nashville Warbler.  Taken at poor light with high ISO but so far it is the only shot I have of this species.
This was my mystery sparrow in a previous blog.  I can now id a Cassin's Sparrow.
I had a Skimmer in my previous blog but this one is better.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Palm Warbler.  The last time Dian and saw one of these was in Yellowknife NWT 2 years ago.

A white morph Reddish Egret out on the mud flats

Ian told us about the Sedge Wrens on the convention boardwalk.  

This one popped up for us as if on cue.

White Ibis.
We got Benton Basham to verify our ID of the Sedge Wren.  Who is Benton Basham?  The first man to break the 700 barrier for the most birds in one year with 710 in 1983.  He did this without bird alerts, computers etc.  Benton told us he now has 881 birds on his ABA list.  He has been to very province in Canada more than once.  Google him if you want to find out more about this fascinating and truly great birder and gentleman.

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  1. Thanks for posting such wonderful photos. It was interesting to see just how much brighter the eastern palm warbler is compared with the ones that pass through Vancouver.
    Quentin Brown

  2. Hi Quentin. Glad you liked the pictures. I noticed the brightness of the Palm Warbler also. Maybe it is just because it is a new moult.