[texbirds] RBA: Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - July 5, 2012.

  • From: Mary Gustafson <live4birds@xxxxxxx>
  • To: texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, birdcntr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2012 14:32:18 -0400 (EDT)

* Texas 
* Lower Rio Grande Valley 
* July 5, 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 threepelagic trips 
out of South Padre Island this summer.  The dates are July 28 and August 25.  
Contact Eric for registration information at ecarpe@xxxxxxxxxx
Our rare bird alert this week includes: 
+MASKED DUCK (gone?)
Purple Gallinule
Yellow-green Vireo
Tropical Parula
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. 
Purple Gallinules may continue to be present at various sites withemergent 
wetlands. Early migrants have included Swallow-tailed Kite at Resacade la Palma 
State Park, Gray Catbird at Bentsen, American Redstart at SantaAna, 
Black-and-white Warbler and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Sabal Palm, and themore 
expected Orchard Orioles.  
The Valley from east to west. 
Four Buffleheads were reported by an experienced local observer inthe Laguna 
Madre off South Padre Island on 6/30. 
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. 
A male MASKED DUCK molting from eclipse plumage appeared 6/5 atSabal Palm 
Sanctuary and remained through 7/2 but it was not found on 7/3-7/4.  A 
Yellow-green Vireo was singing near theblind on 7/4.  This is the first 
verified(recorded) record of this species at Sabal this year. 
At Estero Llano Grande State Park a female +ROSE-THROATED BECARDinitially found 
on the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival on 11/9 is stillfussing with her nest 
in the Tropical Zone! She is still not paired. The Becardis readily visible 
(easier in the AM) through at least 7/1. The nest is high ina palm tree, ask at 
the park HQ for directions. 
A leucistic Black-chinned Hummingbird continues at the EdinburgScenic Wetlands. 
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 are completed for the 
spering.  This owl is very difficult to find at anyother location at present. 
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls have not been seen or heardat Bentsen-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 – days change in July
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@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx until March 
Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles 
Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday morning and Mondays.

Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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