[texbirds] Birds at Bentsen State Park - 9/1/12 - Warblers passing through, Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird around HQ feeders

  • From: "Melissa Chadwick" <Melissa.Chadwick@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2012 12:35:47 -0500

Good afternoon,

For those of you seeing this in digest mode, the previous pauraque related post 
may have come out as gibberish, please email me directly if you would like to 
receive that recording.

I am passing along a post form Javier DeLeon, our Natural Resource Specialist 
at Bentsen from yesterday.

Thank you,
Melissa Chadwick
Park Naturalist/Volunteer Coordinator
World Birding Center
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive 
Mission, TX 78572
melissa.chadwick@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Telephone (956) 584-9156 Ext 228
Fax (956) 584-9126
 
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Hey everyone,

Quick update on what's been seen around Bentsen lately.  A nice flock of 
warblers (Wilson's, Yellow, American Redstart, Yellow-breasted Chat, Mourning) 
along with a Clay-colored Thrush were feeding in the Ebony Trees close to tram 
stop near the park's gift shop. A Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird showed up at 
7:30-ish at the hummingbird feeders behind one of the HQ buildings. Really bad 
light for pictures, but I did get one (available upon request).

In the park proper, Groove-billed Ani's are becoming scarce. They have started 
gathering in small groups as they leave us to travel south. We are seeing ones 
and twos, but we did see a group of about 12 of them from the Hawk Tower 
Thursday evening.

Elsewhere in the park, the local birds (Green Jays, Altamira Orioles, 
Kiskadees) are really hitting the water features at the park's bird blinds. A 
quick look at any time of day will produce all three plus maybe White-tipped 
Dove and Long-billed and Curve-billed Thrashers.

Hawk Watch will begin unofficially tomorrow morning at the park's Hawk Tower. 
The official start will be next Thursday from 9am - 11am (until it gets 
slightly cooler - then it will be from 9am - 12pm) and run through November 4th.

Ebird list is below. Join us for our Sunday morning birdwalks from 8:30am - 
10:30am every Sunday.

See you here!

Javier de León
Natural Resource Specialist
Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park
World Birding Center
2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive 
Mission, TX 78572
956-584-9156
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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP WBC (Mission) (LTC 069), Hidalgo, US-TX
Sep 1, 2012 11:30 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     General birding throughout the day while going in and out of the 
park.
47 species (+1 other taxa)

Plain Chachalaca  12
Great Egret  3
Roseate Spoonbill  1
Turkey Vulture  5
American Coot  1
Killdeer  3
Black-necked Stilt  2
White-winged Dove  50
Mourning Dove  4
Inca Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  3
Greater Roadrunner  1
Groove-billed Ani  1
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Lesser Nighthawk  4
Common Nighthawk  6
Common Pauraque  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  8
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird  1     Seen behind admin. building around 7pm. 
Picture available upon request.
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  4
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  4
Black Phoebe  2
Great Kiskadee  4
Couch's Kingbird  1
Green Jay  12
Barn Swallow  6
Cave Swallow  10
Black-crested Titmouse  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
Long-billed Thrasher  1
Curve-billed Thrasher  1
Mourning Warbler  1
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Olive Sparrow  1
Lark Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  2
Dickcissel  4
Great-tailed Grackle  6
Hooded Oriole  2
Altamira Oriole  3
Lesser Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  12


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