1. GREAT NORTHERN DIVER
Whites Memorial Park - 1 flew over 22nd Nov. Rockport - 2 present off of the beach, possibly same 2 from the Pisces Whooping Crane Tours boat with a single in the harbour: 25th Nov.
2. LEAST GREBE
Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 4 were present on the main pools 26th Nov. Santa Ana - 4 birds were seen very well on the pool next to the road 28th Nov
3. PIED BILLED GREBE
Fairly common in suitable habitat such as the lakes of Brazos Bend, Anahuac, Santa Ana park and the Rio Grande river for example. Seen 8 out of the 10 days.
4. SLAVONIAN GREBE
Seen on coastal lagoons such as that at Anahuac 15+ 22nd Nov and Aransas 2 24th & 25th Nov
South Padre Island - 8 immatures 26th Nov
6. AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Fairly common but local along the coast with the main concentrations at Bolivar Flats 100+ 23rd Nov and Rockport 70+ 25th Nov. Other notable double figure counts came from along the Rio Grande.
7. BROWN PELICAN
Common along the coast with the highest counts coming from Rockport harbour. Generally fairly common along the coast but absent from the Rio Grande valley.
8. DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT
The commonest Cormorant along the coastal waterways and along the Rio Grande where flocks could often be watched at close quarters.
9. NEOTROPIC CORMORANT
A lot scarcer than Double Crested Cormorant with singles being noted at Anahuac 22nd Nov. Two's and three's were noted along the Rio Grande Valley at Salineno and Chapeno on 28th and 29th Nov.
Only noted as singles at Smith Oaks, High Island 22nd Nov and on Pilant Lake, Brazos Bend 23rd Nov.
11. AMERICAN BITTERN
A secretive bird that was seen in flight over Shoveler Pond at Anahuac 22nd Nov and 2 at Pilant Lake, Brazos Bend from the Observation Tower 23rd Nov, one of which showed very well feeding at close range in the reeds.
12. GREAT BLUE HERON
A fairly common heron that was found around most water courses from coastal marshes and lagoons to the small ponds in the WG Jones State Park.
13. GREAT EGRET
A common and widespread Egret found in all wetland habitat from Coastal lagoons to small dykes in more forested habitat. Counts of 10 or more were noted at Anahuac, Rockport, and the Rio Grande Valley.
14. SNOWY EGRET
Another common and widespread Egret found in lesser numbers than Great Egret but could be very approachable with birds down to a few feet along the Yacht Basin road and Rockport harbour.
15. LITTLE BLUE HERON
Smith Oaks, High Island 5 23rd Nov. Brazos Bend - A white juvenile in the broad dyke by the Observation Platform on 23rd or 24th Nov with an adult a little further along the same path on the 24th... Singles were seen from the Whooping Crane Tour boat, South Padre Island and Santa Ana. Between 25th and 28th Nov.
16. TRICOLOURED HERON
Scarcest of the herons. A fine adult flying over the Shoveler Pond, Anahuac on 22nd Nov.
17. REDDISH EGRET
An uncommon heron with bird's being noted at: Bolivar Flats - 3 23rd Nov. Route 48 east of Brownsville - An adult was in the canal south of Port Isabel 26th Nov
18. CATTLE EGRET
Surprisingly scarce with birds being noted only on 22nd Nov with 30+ north of Anahuac and 25+ at Brownsville Rubbish Dump on 26th Nov.
19. BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON
Anahuac - An adult on Shoveler Pond 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - 2 Adults in the dyke by the Observation Tower on 23rd Nov with an immature along the south side of Elm Lake on 24th Nov. Salineno - 1 flew along the Rio Grande 29th Nov. San Ygnacio - 2 Adults and 2 immatures 30th Nov
20. WHITE IBIS
Fairly abundant around coastal and wetland areas with peak counts coming from Anahuac where 50+ were on the floods along Cross Road on 22nd Nov.
21. WHITE FACED IBIS
A lot scarcer than White Ibis with most being found at Anahuac on the floods along the Cross Road with around 20 - 25 birds on 22nd Nov. Singles were noted around Brazos Bend on 23rd Nov.
22. ROSEATE SPOONBILL
Scarce with 1 or 2 at Anahuac on 22nd Nov with 1 over Smith Oaks, High Island on 23rd Nov.
23. WHITE FRONTED GOOSE
A widespread goose with 40+ seen on the floods along Cross Roads, Anahuac on 22nd Nov while smaller numbers of fly overs were noted south to Rockport. On 29th and 30th Nov up to 150 were seen in the bays of Falcon State Park.
24. SNOW GOOSE
Commonest of the geese with many skeins noted from many places such as 50 over White Memorial Park 22nd Nov, 100 over Davis Estate Road near Brazos on 24th Nov. The highest count though came from Anahuac were in the region of 500 were seen on 22nd Nov. This number is still low considering there's supposed to be 10,000 wintering annually here.
25. CANADA GOOSE
Aransas, Whooping Crane Tour from Rockport - 8 on 25th Nov. Route 83 west of McAllen - 10+ fly overs 27th Nov.
26. RUDDY DUCK
Anahuac - female in dyke 22nd Nov. Sabal Palms Sanctuary - 4 26th Nov. Chilean, Rio Grande Valley - 1-2 29th Nov
27. GREEN WINGED TEAL
A fairly common duck with majority around the larger areas of wetland habitat: Anahuac - 120+ on Cross Road floods 22nd Nov. Santa Ana - 50 on Pintail Lake 27th and 28th Nov.Rio Grande, Chapeno - 20 29th Nov.
28. MOTTLED DUCK
Uncommon with birds seen at Anahuac on 22nd Nov, Brazos Bend 24th Nov, Rockport 25th Nov, and Santa Ana 28th Nov.
Fairly common around the larger wetland areas such as Anahuac, Brazos Bend and Santa Ana. 2 "Mexican Ducks", the Mexican race, were along the Rio Grande at Salineno on 29th Nov.
A widespread duck with small groups around wetland areas with the largest counts at: Rockport - 10+ on the lagoon 25th Nov. Padre Island - 25+ 26th Nov. Laguna Atascosa - around 200+ flew over the car park around early morning 27th Nov. Rio Grande, Chapeno - 15+ along the river 29th Nov.
Widespread with varying numbers. The highest counts of 25+ on the floods along Cross Road, Anahuac 22nd Nov, 20 on Pintail Lake, Santa Ana 27th & 28th Nov and 70 at both Salineno and Chapeno along the Rio Grande 29th & 30th Nov.
32. BLUE WINGED TEAL
Anahuac - around 15 on 22nd Nov. Santa Ana - up to 60 on Pintail Lake. Rio Grande - about 20+ on the river at both Salineno and Chapeno 29th & 30th Nov.
33. CINNAMON TEAL
Scarce duck restricted to the Rio Grande Valley with: Santa Ana - male and female on Pintail lake 27th Nov. Chapeno - 2 males 29th Nov. Salineno - 5 30th Nov
Widespread dabbling duck with birds seen 7 out of 10 of the birding days with largest numbers at Anahuac on 22nd Nov, Santa Ana 27th & 28th Nov and Rio Grande at Chapeno and Salineno on 29th & 30th Nov.
35. AMERICAN WIGEON
Commonest and most widespread of the dabbling ducks with largest counts from the larger wetland locations: Anahuac - 150+ on the floods along Cross Road 22nd Nov. Rio Grande Valley - 250+ at Chapeno 28th Nov and 200+ at Salineno on 28th & 29th Nov.
Rather scarce diving duck: Rockport- 4 25th Nov. Chapeno, Rio Grande Valley - 8+ 29th Nov. Falcon Heights - 10+ on the large pool 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 5 30th Nov
Rockport Bay - 200+ 25th Nov, Laguna Padre - 100 26th Nov. Chapeno, Rio Grande Valley - 5 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 10+ 30th Nov
38. RING NECKED DUCK
Smith Oaks, High Island - female 23rd Nov. Bolivar Flats - flock of 150+ flew along the beach 23rd Nov. Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 5 26th Nov.
39. LESSER SCAUP
Most abundant diving duck although localized: Bolivar Flats - flock of 100+ flew along the beach 23rd Nov. Aransas, Whooping Crane tour - large raft of 400+ in the main saltmarsh channel 25th Nov.
Rockport - 12 present in the bay including 7 fine drakes 25th Nov. Falcon Heights - 5 on the large pool 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande - pair 30th Nov
41. RED BREASTED MERGANSER
Yacht Basin Road, Bolivar - 2 females 23rd Nov. Rockport - female 25th Nov.
42. BLACK VULTURE
Common, often seen with Turkey Vultures. Large numbers were present at Brownsville Dump 26th Nov
43. TURKEY VULTURE
Common, seen nearly every where often in the company of Black Vultures.
Seen at various coastal locations and inland along the Rio Grande valley. From a single at Bolivar Flats 23rd Nov to a maximum of 7 birds at Falcon Dam 29th & 30th Nov.
45. WHITE TAILED KITE
This dainty raptor was noted on 4 dates with the first 2 birds at Anahuac 22nd Nov with singles south to Laguna Atascosa.
46. HOOK-BILLED KITE
Santa Ana - 1 28th Nov
47. NORTHERN HARRIER
A fairly common and widespread raptor with birds seen on 7 dates from a variety of habitats from the marshes of Anahuac to farmland along Route 77. Most birds were ringtails with only a handful of males.
48. SHARP SHINNED HAWK
Brazos Bend - a single was seen from the Observation Platform 24th Nov. Brownsville - a single on 27th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 1 29th Nov.
49. COOPER'S HAWK
Santa Ana - a single flew over Pintail Lake 27th Nov.
50. HARRIS'S HAWK
A common, large raptor found south of Corpus Christie with multiple sightings from Santa Ana, Laguna Atascosa and along the Rio Grande Valley to Falcon State Park between 25th & 30th Nov.
51. RED SHOULDERED HAWK
Santa Ana - 1 seen briefly 27th Nov.
52. WHITE TAILED HAWK
Seen on only one date when 2 birds were noted on roadside telegraph poles along route 77 south of Corpus Christie 25th Nov.
53. RED TAILED HAWK
The commonest and most widespread large raptor with many noted on roadside telegraph poles and many present in the larger reserves.
54. CRESTED CARACARA
Localised southern Texas species with the first birds, 2, noted at Aransas loop trail 24th Nov. Birds were then noted daily until 30th Nov with a peak of 5 at Falcon State Park.
Scarce small raptor with birds noted on two dates at: Anahuac - 1 22nd Nov. Rockport - female 25th Nov.
56. AMERICAN KESTREL
Common and widespread small falcon seen daily from 22nd Nov to 1st Dec with several double figure counts.
57. APLOMADO FALCON
Laguna Atascosa - 1 was seen distantly 27th Nov
Scarce large falcon with birds seen on three dates at: Anahuac - male over Shoveler Pond 22nd Nov. Laguna Atascosa - 1 27th Nov. Chapeno, Rio Grande Valley - 1 29th Nov.
59. WILD TURKEY
Aransas - 8 were seen along the road around dusk 24th Nov
60. AMERICAN PURPLE GALLINULE
Anahuac - 1 possibly 2 were seen on the Shoveler Pond, Anahuac 22nd Nov.
Uncommon and fairly widespread with birds noted at the Shoveler Pond-Anahuac, Brazos Bend and the Rio Grande.
62. AMERICAN COOT
Common around the wetland locations with often fairly large numbers: Anahuac - 250+ on the floods by Cross Road and Shoveler Pond 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - 25+ 24th Nov. Rockport - 140+ on the lagoon 25th Nov. Santa Ana - 30+ 27th & 28th Nov. Chilean, Rio Grande - 20 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande - 20+ 30th Nov.
63. SANDHILL CRANE
Brazos Bend - 5 were seen flying at the nearby Davis Estate Road on 24th Nov. Aransas - 2 were seen well on the saltmarsh at the Heron Flats birding trail 24th Nov. Aransas - 8 from the Whooping Crane Tours 25th Nov. Laguna Atascosa - about 150 were seen flying over calling soon after first light near the visitor centre 27th Nov.
64. WHOOPING CRANE
Aransas - an Adult and a juvenile were seen from the viewing platform in the evening of the 24th Nov while 32 birds were counted from the Pisces Whooping Cranes trip out of Rockport on the 25th Nov.
65. GREY PLOVER
Several were noted at coastal locations such as Bolivar Flats, Rockport lagoon and South Padre Island.
66. SNOWY PLOVER
Bolivar Flats - 6+ 23rd Nov.
67. WILSON'S PLOVER
Bolivar Flats - 2 23rd Nov
68. SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Bolivar Flats - 170+ 23rd Nov
Common plover with many locations, such as Anahuac, Rockport, Bolivar and Santa Ana, having counts in excess of 15 birds
70. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER
Noted at only a few coastal locations with a single bird at Bolivar Flats 23rd Nov and 6+ from the Whooping Cranes tour 25th Nov.
71. BLACK NECKED STILT
Fairly abundant in suitable wetland and coastal habitats with high counts of: Anahuac - 40+ 22nd Nov. Rollover Pass, Bolivar - 10 23rd Nov. Canal along route 48 west of Port Isabel - 25+ 26th Nov. Santa Ana - 50 27th & 28th Nov
72. AMERICAN AVOCET
Anahuac - 40 seen distantly from the main track out on Deep Marsh from by the windmill 22nd Nov Rollover Pass, Bolivar - 4 23rd Nov. Aransas - 2 from the elevated platform 24th Nov. Canal along route 48 west of Port Isabel - 10 26th Nov. Santa Ana - 4 27th & 28th Nov
73. GREATER YELLOWLEGS
Anahuac - about 15 on the floods by Cross Road 22nd Nov. Santa Ana - 7 27th & 28th Nov
74. LESSER YELLOWLEGS
Anahuac - 15 on the floods by Cross Road 22nd Nov. Canal along route 48 west of Port Isabel - 1-2 26th Nov. Chapeno, Rio Grande - 1 29th Nov.
Fairly numerous along the coast with a peak of 12 along the Yacht Basin Road, Bolivar 23rd Nov.
76. SOLITARY SANDPIPER
Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 1 26th Nov. Santa Ana - 1 27th Nov
77. SPOTTED SANDPIPER
Singles at various locations: Aransas, Whooping Crane Tours - 4 25th Nov. Chapeno, Rio Grande Valley - 2 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 3-4 29th & 30th Nov
78. LONG BILLED CURLEW
Anahuac - 1 22nd Nov. Yacht Basin Road, Bolivar - 12 23rd Nov. Aransas, Whooping Crane tour - 5+ 25th Nov. Canal along route 48 west of Port Isabel - 1-2 26th Nov.
79. MARBLED GODWIT
Yacht Basin Road, Bolivar - 5 23rd Nov. Aransas, Whooping Crane Tour - several 25th Nov.
80. RUDDY TURNSTONE
Noted at coastal beaches such as Bolivar Flats, Aransas Whooping Crane Tours and South Padre Island
Only noted at Bolivar Flats were several hundred were present 23rd Nov.
Found on beaches at Bolivar Flats, Rockport and South Padre where birds were very approachable.
83. SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
Anahuac - 10+ on floods by Cross Road 22nd Nov. Bolivar Flats - 10 23rd Nov. Santa Ana - 20 on Pintail Lake 28th Nov.
84. WESTERN SANDPIPER
Bolivar Flats - 50+ minimum 23rd Nov.
85. BAIRDS SANDPIPER
Bolivar Flats - 5 23rd Nov
86. LEAST SANDPIPER
Anahuac - 40+ present on the floods along Cross Road 22nd Nov. Bolivar Flats - 70+ 23rd Nov. Aransas, Whooping Crane Tour - 2-4 25th Nov.
Anahuac - 35+ on the floods by Cross Road 22nd Nov. Bolivar Flats - hundreds 23rd Nov. Rockport - 10+ 25th Nov. South Padre Island - 10 26th Nov
88. STILT SANDPIPER
Santa Ana - 3 on Pintail Lake 27th & 28th Nov.
89. SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER
Rollover Pass - 30+ 23rd Nov. Bolivar Flats - 170 23rd Nov. Rockport - 4 25th Nov. Canal along route 48 west of Port Isabel - 20-25 26th Nov
90. LONG BILLED DOWITCHER
Anahuac - 250+ on flood by Cross Road 22nd Nov. Santa Ana - 100 27th & 28th Nov
91. WILSON'S SNIPE
Santa Ana - 1 flushed by Pintail Lake 27th Nov.
92. LAUGHING GULL
Very common along the coast with individuals along the Rio Grande Valley as far as Falcon Dam. High counts came from Bolivar Flats with 170+ 23rd Nov, 200+ from the Galveston Ferry 23rd Nov, 120+ Rockport 25th Nov and 250 -300 on Brownsville Dump 26th Nov.
93. RING BILLED GULL
Numerous along the coast with 20+ birds at Bolivar Flats 23rd Nov, several from the Galveston Ferry 23rd Nov, 20+ Rockport 25th Nov, 40+ Brownsville Dump 26th Nov and 10 along the beach at South Padre Island 26th Nov.
94. "AMERICAN" HERRING GULL
Small numbers, of mostly immatures, at Bolivar Flats 23rd Nov, Rollover Pass 23rd Nov, Rockport 5 (including 3 adults) 25th Nov and South Padre Island 26th Nov.
95. CASPIAN TERN
Found along coastal shorelines: Anahuac - 1 22nd Nov. Bolivar Flats - 50+ 23rd Nov. Rockport - 10 at the lagoon 25th Nov. Aransas, Whooping Crane Tour - 6+ 25th Nov.
96. ROYAL TERN
Fairly numerous along the coast with 4 at Anahuac 22nd Nov, 150+ Bolivar Flats and Peninsula area 23rd Nov, Aransas 6 24th Nov and Rockport / Aransas Whooping Crane tour 10-15 25th Nov.
97. SANDWICH TERN
Bolivar Flats - 10+ 23rd Nov. South Padre Island - 4 26th Nov
98. COMMON TERN
Rockport - 1 flew over the beach area 25th Nov.
99. FORSTER'S TERN
A common tern along the coast, often in loose flocks following boats. Highest counts were of 25 at the end of Yacht Basin Road, Bolivar 23rd Nov, 20+ from the Whooping Crane Tour out of Rockport 25th Nov and 30+ from the beach at South Padre Island 26th Nov.
100. BLACK SKIMMER
Rollover Pass, Bolivar - 3 23rd Nov. Bolivar Flats - 250+ distantly on mudflats 23rd Nov. Canal along route 48 west of Port Isabel - 20+ 26th Nov
101. ROCK DOVE / FERAL DOVE
Abundant around towns and urban areas
102. COLLARED DOVE
Rockport - 1 25th Nov
103. WHITE TIPPED DOVE
Only seen along the Rio Grande Valley and north to Laguna Atascosa with around 10 birds seen at the feeders of Sabal Palm Sanctuary on 26th Nov and 10+ at Salineno on 29th & 30th Nov.
104. WHITE WINGED DOVE
Another dove only found along the Rio Grande and north to Laguna Atascosa. A total of 20 birds were around the car park at Laguna Atascosa on 27th Nov while the 15 or so at Salineno on 29th & 30th were far more confiding
105. MOURNING DOVE
The commonest and most widespread of the doves being seen many places, often in small flocks i.e. 12 at Rockport 25th Nov.
106. INCA DOVE
A widespread dove that was commoner in the south than the north. From 2 birds at White Memorial Park on 22nd Nov to larger flocks in the region of 10 or more birds along the Rio Grande.
107. COMMON GROUND DOVE
A scarce small dove in the south of the state with generally only singles being seen at Santa Ana and the Rio Grande Valley west to San Ygnacio.
108. RED BILLED PIGEON
Salineno - 1 flew over along the Rio Grande 29th Nov
109. GREATER ROADRUNNER
Falcon Dam State Park - 1 29th Nov
110. EASTERN SCREECH OWL
Santa Ana - 1 at nest hole in dead Palm 27th Nov
111. RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
Smith Oaks, High Island - 1 23rd Nov
112. BELTED KINGFISHER
Fairly widespread with birds being seen at many large wetland and coastal locations with a maximum of 3 at Anahuac on 22nd Nov.
113. RINGED KINGFISHER
Found only along the Rio Grande Valley with 1 at Chapeno on 29th Nov and Salineno with 2 on 29th Nov with 1+ still present next morning.
114. GREEN KINGFISHER
Chapeno- 1 briefly on 29th Nov
KINGFISHERS - All 3 species kingfishers were seen at Chapeno in a space of about 15 minutes 29th Nov.
115. RED HEADED WOODPECKER
White Memorial Park - Adult and Immature 22nd Nov
116. GOLDEN FRONTED WOODPECKER
Found only in the south of the State where it replaces the very closely related Red-bellied Woodpecker: Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 4 26th Nov. Laguna Atascosa - 2+ 27th Nov. Santa Ana - 3 27th Nov with about 5 on 28th Nov. Falcon Dam - 2 28th Nov. Chapeno, Rio Grande Valley - 2 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 3 29th Nov & 3 or 4 30th Nov
117. RED BELLIED WOODPECKER
Found only in the north of the state with 5 seen at White Memorial Park 22nd Nov, 2 at Smith Oaks, High Island 23rd Nov and 3 at Brazos Bend on 24th Nov.
118. YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER
White Memorial Park - 2 22nd Nov. Smith Oaks, High Island - 1 23rd Nov. WG Jones State Park - 4 1st Dec
119. LADDER BACKED WOODPECKER
Common along the Rio Grande Valley north to Laguna Atascosa: Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 1 26th Nov. Laguna Atascosa - 2 27th Nov. Santa Ana - 2+ 27th Nov with 3 28th Nov. Falcon Dam - 1 28th Nov. Falcon State Park - 2 29th Nov. Chapeno, Rio Grande Valley - 2 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 2+ 29th & 30th Nov.
120. DOWNY WOODPECKER
Found in the north of the state: White Memorial Park - 3 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - 1 23rd Nov. WG Jones State Forest - 1 1st Dec
121. HAIRY WOODPECKER
Found in the north of the state: White Memorial Park - 1 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - 1 24th Nov. WG Jones State Park - 1 1st Dec
122. RED COCKADED WOODPECKER
WG Jones State Forest - 3 at the Peoples Ranch nesting trees 1st Dec
123. PILEATED WOODPECKER
WG Jones State Forest - 2 1st Dec
124. EASTERN PHOEBE
Common. Seen at many locations from the pine parkland of White Memorial Park to wire fences in the middle of the marshes of Anahuac. Generally singles south to the Rio Grande Valley.
125. ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER
Falcon State Park - 1 along the loop road 29th Nov
126. GREAT KISKADEE
Common along the Rio Grande Valley west to San Ygnacio and north to Laguna Atascosa. Largest count came from Santa Ana where at least 25 were seen on 28th Nov.
127. COUCH'S KINGBIRD
Restricted to only a handful of locations with 2 at Laguna Atascosa on 27th Nov, 3 at Santa Ana 28th & 29th Nov and 1 very showy bird at Falcon State Park 29th Dec.
128. SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER
Route 83 west of Weslaco - 3 on roadside wires 27th Nov.
129. HORNED LARK
Bolivar Flats - 20+ in the short vegetation near the beach car park 23rd Nov.
130. TREE SWALLOW
Smith Oaks, High Island - 4+ 23rd Nov. Brazos Bend - 3+ 24th Nov. Santa Ana - 4+ 27th & 28th Nov.
131. "BARN" SWALLOW
Brazos Bend - 1 24th Nov
132. BLUE JAY
Smith Oaks, High Island - 4 23rd Nov. Brazos Bend - 2 23rd Nov. WG Jones State Forest - 3 1st Dec
133. BROWN JAY
Chapeno, Rio Grande Valley - 5-7 29th Nov
134. GREEN JAY
Fairly common in the Rio Grande Valley. Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 12+ around the visitor centre 26th Nov. Laguna Atascosa - 6+ around the visitor centre 27th Nov. Santa Ana - 6 28th & 29th Nov. Chapeno, Rio Grande Valley - 8 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 20 29th & 30th Nov
135. AMERICAN CROW
Fairly common in the north of the state with double figure counts from various locations i.e. 20+ 22nd Nov. Less common in the south of the state with only the odd singles being noted.
136. CHIHUANHUAN RAVEN
Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 2 26th Nov. Brownsville Dump - 30+ 26th Nov. Route I35 - 4 30th Nov
137. CAROLINA CHICKADEE
Fairly numerous species often seen with Tufted Titmouse in mainly coniferous habitats: White Memorial Park - 8 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - several noted 24th Nov. WG Jones State Forest - 10+ 1st Dec
138. TUFTED TITMOUSE & Black Crested TUFTED TITMOUSE
Commonly seen in woodland habitats such as White Memorial Park and WG Jones State Forest in the north to more open scrubby locations such as Sabal Palm Sanctuary and Santa Ana along the Rio Grande Valley in the south.
139. BROWN HEADED NUTHATCH
WG Jones State Park - 2 1st Dec
140. BROWN CREEPER
WG Jones State Park - 2 1st Dec
141. CACTUS WREN
Falcon State Park - 1 at nest 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 1 30th Nov
142. CAROLINA WREN
White Memorial Park - 2 heard singing but not seen 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - 1 sat in the open on an exposed log 24th Nov. Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 1 26th Nov. WG Jones State Forest - 1 or 2 heard singing 1st Dec
143. BEWICKS WREN
Falcon State Park - 1 29th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 1 30th Nov
144. HOUSE WREN
The most widespread wren with birds noted at Brazos Bend by New Horseshoe Lake on 24th Nov. Numerous other individuals were seen at several locations south to Laguna Atascosa and west along the Rio Grande Valley to Falcon State Park.
145. WINTER WREN
WG Jones State Park - 1 1st Dec
146. MARSH WREN
Brazos Bend - Individuals were found in brush by New Horseshoe Lake and at the bridge by Pilant Lake on 24th Nov.
147. RUBY CROWNED KINGLET
Common in suitable habitat with birds noted at many locations with the largest counts from the pine woodlands of White Memorial Park and WG Jones State Forest. Birds were however noted at most locations with substantial cover.
148. BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHER
A common and widespread bird which became a personal favourite. Many birds were seen in mixed flocks with Kinglets, Titmice and wood warblers. Good counts were made from Smith Oaks - High Island, Brazos Bend, Sabal Palm Sanctuary and Santa Ana where about 15 birds were seen on 28th Nov.
149. EASTERN BLUEBIRD
White Memorial Park - 4 22nd Nov. North of Anahuac - 2 22nd Nov. WG Jones State Forest - 2 1st Dec
150. HERMIT THRUSH
W G Jones State Forest - 1 bird seen by the Peoples Ranch road Red Cockaded Woodpecker trees 1st Dec.
151. AMERICAN ROBIN
Smith Oaks, High Island - 2 23rd Nov. Brazos Bend - 2 24th Nov. WG Jones State Forest - 20+ 1st Dec
152. NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
Common and widespread in all areas of the state with the largest concentration being at Laguna Atascosa where at least 50 birds were note on 27th Nov.
153. BROWN THRASHER
Smith Oaks, High Island - 1 23rd Nov
154. LONG BILLED THRASHER
Laguna Atascosa - 1 by the visitor centre 27th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 1 29th & 30th Nov
155. CURVE BILLED THRASHER
Falcon Heights - 1 29th Nov
156. AMERICAN PIPIT
Santa Ana - 3 were present on the drying out lake east of Pintail Lake 28th Nov. Falcon Dam - 8 birds were present on the spillway 28th Nov with 3 on the short grass by the car park next day.
157. SRAGUE'S PIPIT
Falcon Dam - 1 28th Nov
158. LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE
A widespread shrike that was most often seen on roadside wires and was noted on 6 days with several dates in excess of 8 birds.
159. EUROPEAN STARLING
A common and widespread species that was often seen in the company of Blackbirds and Grackles.
160. SOLITARY VIREO
White Memorial Park - 1 22nd Nov. Smith Oaks, High Island - 2 23rd Nov. Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 1 26th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - 1 29th Nov. WG Jones State Forest - 1 1st Dec
161. WHITE EYED VIREO
Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 3 26th Nov. Laguna Atascosa - 1 27th Nov. San Ygnacio - 1 30th Nov
162. ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER
The commonest and most widespread of the wood warblers being noted a virtually every location with birds often seen down to a few feet. The most obvious birds, though, were those that came to the feeders at Salineno, Rio Grande Valley with about 8 present 29th Nov.
163. TENNESSEE WARBLER
Smith Oaks, High Island - 1 seen from the viewing platform 23rd Nov
164. YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER
A fairly common wood-warbler with individuals seen many places with 15+ White Memorial Park 22nd Nov, 5+ Smith Oaks, High Island 23rd Nov, 30+ Brazos Bend 24th Nov and Salineno feeders with 10 or more on 29th Nov with only 3+ next morning.
165. PINE WARBLER
Only found in areas of extensive Pine woodland: White Memorial Park - 10 22nd Nov. WG Jones State Forest - 10 - 12 1st Dec
166. BLACK THROATED GREEN WARBLER
Santa Ana - 1 in the company of the Tropical Parula 28th Nov
167. BLACK THROATED GREY WARBLER
Sabal Palm Sanctuary - male 26th Nov
168. BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER
Laguna Atascosa - 1 27th Nov. Santa Ana - 1 28th Nov
169. COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
Anahuac - A cracking full adult male and female at the "Willows" 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - 2 males and 2 females 24th Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - male 29th & 30th Nov. Falcon State Park - male 29th Nov
170. WILSON'S WARBLER
Smith Oaks, High Island - 2 males 23rd Nov
171. NASHVILLE WARBLER
Santa Ana - 3+ birds found in a mixed flock of Kinglets, Titmice and Gnatcatchers 28th Nov
172. TROPICAL PARULA
Santa Ana - male 28th Nov
173. NORTHERN CARDINAL
A common bird of low undergrowth with first birds at Smith Oaks, High Island 23rd Nov with a count of 10 or more birds at Brazos Bend same day. Birds were noted south to the Rio Grande Valley
Falcon State Park & Falcon Heights - These locations held the only birds with about 5 seen 29th Nov
175. OLIVE SPARROW
Sabal Palm Sanctuary - 3 26th Nov. Santa Ana - 1 27th Nov & 2 28th Nov. San Ygnacio - 1 30th Nov.
176. CHIPPING SPARROW
White Memorial Park - 15+ 22nd Nov. Salineno, Rio Grande Valley - at least 5 birds 29th & 30th Nov
177. FIELD SPARROW
Falcon Heights - 4+ 29th Nov
178. VESPER SPARROW
Falcon Heights - 1 29th Nov
179. SAVANNAH SPARROW
The most widespread of the sparrows: Anahuac - 25-30 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - 2+ 24th Nov. Aransas - several 24th Nov with at least 2 seen from the Whooping Crane Tour 25th Nov. Falcon Heights - 5+ 29th Nov
180. LARK SPARROW
Falcon State Park - 100+ 29th Nov. Falcon Heights -120+ 29th Nov
181. BREWERS SPARROW
Falcon Heights - 1 29th Nov
182. LARK BUNTING
Falcon Heights - 3 29th Nov
183. HENSLOW'S SPARROW
Brazos Bend - 1 seen along the road south of the park entrance 24th Nov
184. NELSONS SHARP TAILED SPARROW
Anahuac - 3 birds seen in low bushes at the end of main track 22nd Nov
185. SONG SPARROW
Brazos Bend - 1 24th Nov by the small bridge by Pilant Lake
186. LINCOLN'S SPARROW
Santa Ana - 2 28th Nov
187. SWAMP SPARROW
A fairly numerous sparrow in suitable habitat although elusive: Anahuac - 2+ birds were found at the "Willows" 22nd Nov. Smith Oaks, High Island - 10 23rd Nov. Brazos Bend - 6+ 24th Nov. San Ygnacio - 1 30th Nov.
188. WHITE THROATED SPARROW
White Memorial Park - 2 22nd Nov. Brazos Bend - 3 males 24th Nov
189. RED WINGED BLACKBIRD
Very common. Often seen in large flocks, such as 400+ at Anahuac 22nd Nov and 150+ Falcon State Park 29th Nov. However the largest counts came from Brazos Bend 23rd Nov - see below
190. BREWERS BLACKBIRD
Uncommon. Only reliable recorded at Brazos Bend 23rd Nov. - see below
191. GREAT TAILED GRACKLE
Common and Widespread being seen daily in large numbers and often in the company of Common Grackle. Largest counts came from Brazos Bend 23rd Nov - see below.
192. BOAT TAILED GRACKLE
Localised being seen only along the Bolivar Peninsula with a maximum of 40 birds on 23rd Nov.
193. COMMON GRACKLE
Common, seen daily with a peak at Brazos Bend 23rd Nov - see below
194. BROWN HEADED COWBIRD
Fairly common with small groups noted all along the coast and west along the Rio Grande Valley to Falcon State Park. The largest counts came from Brazos Bend 23rd Nov - see below.
BIG BLACKBIRD DAY
Brazos Bend - It was estimated that at least a million birds came into roost in the reeds and trees around Pilant Lake and was best viewed from the Observation Platform.
195. EASTERN MEADOWLARK
Fairly common in open grassland such as that at Anahuac and would often be seen along roadsides and was noted on 7 dates.
196. WESTERN MEADOWLARK
Falcon Heights - 12-15 birds were noted along the roadside 29th Nov
197. ALTAMIRA ORIOLE
Santa Ana - 2 birds were seen along the track bordering Pintail Lake 27th Nov. Chapeno - 2 birds were seen in the bushes along the Rio Grande bank 28th Nov. Salineno - a single bird at the feeders 28th Nov with possibly 2 there next day.
198. AUDUBONS ORIOLE
Salineno - 2 birds were seen at the feeders early in the morning and then again in the trees along the Rio Grande nearby.
199. AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
White Memorial Park - several flocks of 30-40 seen in tops of the trees 22nd Nov
200. PINE SISKIN
WG Jones State Forest - at least 3 or 4 birds seen flying over 1st Dec.
201. WHITE COLLARED SEEDEATER
San Ygnacio - 2 males 29th Nov.
202. HOUSE SPARROW
A fairly common species especially around towns and urban areas.
Personal top 10 birds of the trip :
1. Whooping Crane - Because it were the main target bird and to see some many so well.
2. Altamira Oriole - The brightest Oriole I've ever seen. If something that orange had been man made it would look ghastly.
3. Roadrunner - Because it had to be seen and because the time and effort we put into seeing it.
4. Red-headed Woodpecker - Another must see bird. The adult was seen soon after the juvenile was quite simply the best woodpecker I've ever seen, a smasher.
5. Eastern Bluebird - 3 or 4 corkers were seen well at the memorial park by the car.
6. Long-billed Thrasher - A very showy bird was at the feeding station at Chapeno and was possibly the best brown streaky bird I've seen.
7. American Bittern - The bird from the watchtower at Brazos, if only Bittern's in the UK showed this well.
8. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - A bonus bird that meant a screeching of brakes on a busy highway. Three of these long tailed gems on overhead wires.
9. American Kestrel - Every where but a sheer delight every time seen.
10. Cactus Wren - A bonus bird with a cracker at a nest just outside Falcon State Park was stopped for a second look.