[texbirds] RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - August 9, 2012

  • From: Mary Gustafson <live4birds@xxxxxxx>
  • To: texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2012 17:23:19 -0400 (EDT)

* Texas 
* Lower Rio Grande Valley 
* August 9, 2012 
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com (preferred)orcall (956) 
584-2731 option 3.
Capitalized birds marked with a + are Review Species for Texas.Please send 
sightings/photographs to the Texas Bird Review Committee,ecarpeATgmail.com. 
PELAGIC BIRDING OPPORTUNITY – Eric Carpenter is organizing onemore pelagic trip 
out of South Padre Island this summer **NOTE: The last tripis full with a 
waiting list - August 25. Contact Eric for registrationinformation at 
Our rare bird alert this week includes: 
Reddish Egret 
American Woodcock (no reports)
Yellow-green Vireo
Mangrove [Yellow] Warbler 
This is a general reminder that playing recordings is not allowedin Texas State 
Parks and many LRGV birding sites. All State Park and NationalWildlife Refuge 
visitors must stay on trails. Thank you for not disturbing thewildlife or 
damaging the vegetation. 
Redhead appeared in new locations in Cameron County on July30.  A stunning male 
Yellow-headedBlackbird was in Donna at the Valley Grass Farm on July 31. 
Migrants includeEmpidonax, Upland Sandpiper, Black-and-white Warbler etc.  
The Valley from east to west. 
The July 28 pelagic sailed on calm seas.  Highlights include two very confiding 
Cory’sShearwaters, a close but brief Audubon’s Sheatwater, distant Sooty and 
BridledTerns, and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels.  Apod of Short-finned Pilot Whales 
were very confiding, as was a GreenTurtle.  
Mangrove Warbler, a well-marked subspecies of Yellow Warbler thatmay be 
distinct enough to warrant full species status, can be seen bycontacting the 
Sealife Center at (956) 299-1957. 
Shorebirds abound at Sugar House Pond north of Edcouch/Elsa on FM1425, with a 
drop-in and fly-out Marbled Godwit and two Willets on August9.  These birds did 
not stay more than anhour.  Thousands of shorebirds arepresent.  Please do not 
walk away from theroad on the levees as these areas are posted closed.  
A Reddish Egret was a surprise at the inland location of DeltaLake on 7/26 and 
was relocated 8/6 and 8/8 from the parking area on the westside of TX 88. 
Another surprise was a breeding plumaged Eared Grebe on August9. The lake is 
already being refilled, shorebird habitat remained east of TX 88but not west of 
At Estero Llano Grande State Park, the Rose-throated Becard wasrelocated on 
8/1.  Please document theselate dates to the TBRC as they are especially 
important to document the entiredate span of occurrence.  This bird maybe 
continuing but has been very difficult to locate of late. 
Still at Estero, an American Woodcock was a stunning find, mostrecently on 
7/28.  As the park dries outafter irrigation birders should keep their eyes 
open for this major valleyrarity!  Additional reports andespecially photos are 
highly desired! 
Red-crowned Parrots are sometimes seen in the areas of QuintaMazatlan in 
McAllen, Valley Nature Center in Weslaco in the evening, and EsteroLlano Grande 
State Park in the mornings. Red-crowned Parrots are also reportedfrom Calvary 
Baptist Church in Harlingen (1815 N 7th Street) and atRio Hondo/ 7th Street in 
Harlingen in the evenings(exit Expressway 77 on EdCarey, heading north on Ed 
Carey about 3.5 miles to Rio Hondo Road just beforethe Airport, turn right onto 
Rio Hondo going to 7th Street), and also atOliveira Park (Los Ebanos Road/El 
Paso Road across from Pace High School) inBrownsville, mingling at dusk with 
Yellow-headed and Red-lored Parrots (bothspecies are escapes). Red-crowned 
Parrots and Green Parakeets are seen in urbanareas irregularly all over the 
Green Parakeets can be seen staging in McAllen near 10th and Dovein the 
evening, sometimes winging a few blocks over to Nolana/McColl – a reportlast 
month had 200 at the latter site. A couple of Mitred Parakeets (escapes)were 
present this winter. 
In Hidalgo at 5th and Gardenia near the HidalgoPumphouse World Birding Center, 
a few Monk Parakeets have taken up residencebuilding a nest on a telephone 
WHITE-COLLARED SEEDEATER INFORMATION - Most sites forWhite-collared Seedeaters 
are in Zapata and Webb counties. Information isprovided as a service to 
visiting birders. Sites to check include the SanYgnacio County Park/Seedeater 
Sanctuary at the foot of Washington Street in SanYgnacio, the Raptor Trail at 
the west end of San Ygnacio, the library pond inZapata, Laredo's Las Palmas 
Trail, North Central Park, or Father McNaboe Park.Seedeaters are widely 
distributed this spring with birds at all locations.Access to La Laja Ranch, 
also a Seedeater site, is by advance reservationsonly. E-mail the owner at 
Edward.herbst@xxxxxxxxxxxx is a fee site.
FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL INFORMATION – Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls arepresent at El 
Canelo, San Miguelito Ranch and King Ranch (Norias Divisiononly). San Miguelito 
is closed until March 1. King Ranch Norias bird trips arecompleted for the 
spering. This owl is very difficult to find at any otherlocation at present. 
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls have not been seen or heard atBentsen-Rio Grande Valley 
State Park since the summer of 2010, when the parkwas inundated by the Rio 
Directions are provided only for sites not included in the ABABirders' Guide to 
the Rio Grande Valley or the Birders' Guide to the TexasCoast. These guides are 
indispensable for visiting birders.
Site Closures: 
Allen Williams Wildscape, Pharr, open by appointment ONLY; Call ortext 
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, building closedSunday (grounds 
Bentsen-RGV State Park, office and store closed/no trams onMonday, Tuesday and 
Wednesday, grounds open (self-pay station). 
Estero Llano Grande State Park, building closed Mondays, groundsopen (self-pay 
Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco, closed Sunday mornings and allday Mondays 
except by appt. 
Los Ebanos Preserve, San Benito, Appointment ONLY; 956-241-2494. 
Methodist Camp Thicket, Weslaco, group reservations (fee) only.Contact Estero 
Llano Grande State Park – office and gift shop closed Monday andTuesday (site 
Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, closed Sundays and Mondays. 
Resaca de la Palma State Park, office and store closed/no tramsMonday, Tuesday, 
Wednesday, grounds open (self-pay station). 
San Miguelito Ranch - Lety at 956-365-3118 or Buny55@xxxxxxxx Closed until 
March 2013. 
Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles 
Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday morning and Mondays.

Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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