Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Adding to the Life Lists

1/12/18 

It was still a little blustery the next morning (and chilly to boot), but not as bad as the day before, so we headed out to Estero Llano Grande with high hopes.  It was actually pretty quiet going in, and as we went straight to the drip, things were still pretty slow when we saw Doug the Bird Feeder coming with the goods, so we decided to make the loop and come back after the food was out.  Not being quite sure where this “Kingbird Trail” was that the Hammond’s Flycatcher had been seen on, we made the entire loop, not picking up much of anything really (except for some silent kingbirds around Ben Basham’s place), and coming back on the Tyrannulet Trail.  At the end of that, that’s where we saw the sign to the Kingbird Trail (it was the next road over), so we headed down that, and saw some exotic trees that we agreed might fool a Hammond’s into thinking he’s up in the mountains! J  We couldn’t find him, but we did have a feeding flock that contained the regulars, as well as a White-eyed Vireo that looked like a gnatcatcher to my naked eye!  A White Ibis flying over was a nice surprise before heading back to the drip, now with fresh oranges that we were amazed the bugs had gotten into already, until we realized the “bugs” were actually sunflower seeds that Doug had apparently wedged in them! J  This time a couple of White-tipped Doves pranced right in front of us, and an Orange-crowned Warbler took a bath, but no Tropical Parula…  So we headed back to the main park and finally found some Clay-colored Thrushes right across from Rick and May’s camper!  I later found out from Ranger John that they were hosting both a Black-chinned and Rufous Hummer; thankfully my “guidees” didn’t need either…  On the way to the Visitor’s Center we heard a Catbird mewing in the bush, but he didn’t want to come out (especially with all the blackbirds monopolizing the feeders)…

Cold Golden-fronted in the morning light

Hiding Clay-colored Thrush

After checking in we padded the list with the usual ducks, plus a nice flock of Least Sandpipers.  We ran into John and Doug, and they told us a) where the Pauraque was now hanging out (someone apparently spooked him from his normal resting spot), and b) where we could find a fairly reliable Screech Owl up on the levee!  So I decided to take them on my normal loop, which went out over the boardwalk (the Spoonbill Trail) before looping back through the grasslands and over to the levee.  With the sun to our backs we got much better looks at the ducks, and picked out a pair of Cinnamon Teals amongst the Gadwalls et al!  Since it was still blustery we couldn’t kick up any dickey birds as we went along, except for a Lesser Goldfinch that teed up on a tree (but left the minute I put the scope on ‘im).  Near Curlew Pond we did manage to scare up some sparrows, and some nice ones at that:  Field Sparrows show up every year, but are rare enough to be flagged on eBird, so that was a nice catch!

Jim and another photographer shoot the ducks...

Cinnamon Teal pair


Before heading up on the levee we checked the south end of Dowitcher Pond, where a Vermilion Flycatcher was flycatching from the back of a bench before literally being blown away!  The guys were asking me what all those “white ducks” way out there were, and they turned out to be a mob of Green-winged Teals that all had their bottoms up at the same time! J  Up on the levee it was naturally windy, but we had a nice assortment of new birds including White Pelicans, and both stilts and avocets!  We found the pink ribbon that marked the location of the owl box down the slope, but he wasn’t home L, so we headed over to the steep trail that leads to Alligator Lake.  Making the turn we picked up Anhinga right away, plus a Neotropic Cormorant right behind him, a lifer for both!  The Yellow-crowned Night Herons started magically materializing out of nowhere, and later a few Blackcrowns would appear on the other side.  Just next door the Pauraque was right where Doug said he would be, so everyone had great looks; this one was really showing off the length of his tail!  From there we went up the left fork to see if that owl was home, but he wasn’t… L


Pauraque (check out that tail)



  
As we continued Bill was busy shooting a night heron while Sue and I approached the Little Overlook, when a Green Kingfisher shot away and landed on the other side, to her delight!  She got great scope views, but Bill was nowhere to be found, so she went to get him while some newbie birders looked at the bird through the scope.  Unfortunately by the time Sue was able to retrieve Bill the kingfisher had gone, so that was an unhappy moment, but we were hoping to run into him again.  With nothing but another Anhinga, a Tricolored Heron, and a couple of Snowy Egrets at the Big Overlook we retraced our steps and headed towards Grebe Marsh, warning Bill that Green Kingfishers also like that little canal!  We were checking out things at the Marsh (Spotted Sandpiper was new, and the Greenwings were in beautiful light), when I heard the distinctive ticking, then Sue spotted the thing shooting down the canal, then landing in perfect light!  So we were very glad that Bill finally got to see it (and we pondered whether it might be the same bird, as both were males, and I’m sure he has a circuit…)!

Yellow-crowned Night Heron ©2018 Bill Lucas

The buffy "butt patch" ID's the Green-winged Teal even when you can't see his pretty colors (below)


Green Kingfisher

From there we pretty much headed straight back to the parking lot, as we had discussed stopping back at the Inn for something Bill needed, and then heading to lunch, which we did at Tower Burger right down the street (they saw what I meant about the place being popular, as by the time we left the line was out the door)!  From there we headed up to Brushline Road, where it was still a little breezy but not nearly as much; we stopped and pished whenever we heard something, and right away that yielded their life Verdin and Long-billed Thrasher (plus tons of Orange-crowned Warblers)!  The wetlands were dry, of course, but we did manage to add a lovely White-tailed Kite on the wire, and a flock of a dozen Savannah Sparrows closer to SR 186. 

Bill shoots a very cooperative Loggerhead Shrike along Brushline Road

Savannah Sparrows


Stopping that eBird list and starting a new one north of the highway, Bill got it off to a great start with a Roadrunner (that only he saw)!  A little further on a pair of Pyrrhuloxias were fairly cooperative, and we had several Red-tailed Hawks along the route (but no Whitetails unfortunately L).  A nice Cooper’s Hawk was sitting on a post (until we got the cameras out), and further down we had a flying accipiter that made us jump out to view, which turned out to be a classic Sharp-shinned Hawk!  Turning down Ken Baker yielded no new birds, and about that time we had to start heading back, so we barreled down Rio Beef Road (Bill thought I did a good job of avoiding the potholes, but I nailed a doozy L) and headed home with 79 species for the day! 

Female Pyrrhuloxia (blow up from the photo below; male is on the left)


Red-tailed Hawk

Crested Caracara
Bird List:

  Gadwall                              
  Mottled Duck                         
  Blue-winged Teal                     
  Cinnamon Teal                         
  Northern Shoveler                    
  Northern Pintail                     
  Green-winged Teal                    
  Plain Chachalaca                     
  Least Grebe                          
  Pied-billed Grebe                     
  Neotropic Cormorant                  
  Anhinga                              
  American White Pelican               
  Great Blue Heron                     
  Great Egret                          
  Snowy Egret                          
  Tricolored Heron                     
  Black-crowned Night-Heron            
  Yellow-crowned Night-Heron           
  White Ibis                           
  Black Vulture                        
  Turkey Vulture                       
  White-tailed Kite                    
  Sharp-shinned Hawk                   
  Cooper's Hawk                        
  Harris's Hawk                        
  Red-tailed Hawk                      
  American Coot                        
  Black-necked Stilt                   
  American Avocet                      
  Killdeer                             
  Spotted Sandpiper                    
  Least Sandpiper                      
  Long-billed Dowitcher                
  Rock Pigeon                           
  Eurasian Collared-Dove               
  White-winged Dove                    
  Mourning Dove                        
  White-tipped Dove
  Greater Roadrunner                    
  Common Pauraque                      
  Buff-bellied Hummingbird             
  Green Kingfisher                     
  Golden-fronted Woodpecker            
  Ladder-backed Woodpecker             
  Crested Caracara                     
  American Kestrel                     
  Eastern Phoebe                       
  Vermilion Flycatcher                 
  Great Kiskadee                       
  Loggerhead Shrike                    
  White-eyed Vireo                     
  Green Jay                            
  Tree Swallow                          
  Cave Swallow                         
  Black-crested Titmouse               
  Verdin                               
  House Wren                           
  Carolina Wren                        
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                 
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet                 
  Clay-colored Thrush                  
  Gray Catbird                         
  Long-billed Thrasher                 
  Northern Mockingbird                 
  European Starling                    
  Orange-crowned Warbler               
  Common Yellowthroat                  
  Yellow-rumped Warbler                
  Field Sparrow                        
  Savannah Sparrow                     
  Lincoln's Sparrow                    
  Northern Cardinal                    
  Pyrrhuloxia                          
  Red-winged Blackbird                 
  Western Meadowlark                   
  Great-tailed Grackle                 
  Lesser Goldfinch                     
  House Sparrow                        

79 SPECIES

Beating the Red Flag

1/11/18

With a Red Flag Warning in the mix, we decided to make this day our scheduled “half day”, and spent the morning at Santa Ana NWR, as that was a place Bill and Sue really wanted to see.  Most everything was new, and since the sun hadn’t even come up yet by the time we left, we made a detour to the nearest convenience store and picked up some food and drink before hitting the refuge (and spotting a Striped Skunk in the process)!

It was actually quite calm and foggy when we first started out (and the sun coming up through the haze was beautiful), and while I took a potty break at the refuge Sue announced later that she got the first of two birds she really wanted to see:  the Green Jay!  A Kiskadee was hanging with a flock of Redwings in the parking lot, but I assured Bill that he’d get better looks later!  We headed up over the levee and into the woods, and we immediately ran into a feeding flock even before getting to the “roundabout”:  Orange-crowned Warblers, titmice, gnatcatchers, and kinglets were all in the mix, but they were most excited about the Nashville Warblers that also showed up!  A nice Ladder-backed Woodpecker perched behind us, and the Carolina Wrens had begun to vocalize, which they noticed sounded quite different from the ones they were used to in Pennsylvania!  We initially headed out towards Pintail Lakes, as that’s what the official bird walk had done the previous day to see the birds “before the wind picked up”, and came across a very cooperative Harris’ Hawk sitting off the trail!  But once we got out into the open the lakes were so socked in that we decided to skip it and head back into the woods (but not before adding a tooking Western Meadowlark)!

Bill and Sue enjoy a hazy Harris' Hawk (below) along the Pintail Lake Trail!

  
We came to the Tower area where the becard had been sighted, but once on the sidewalk Sue stopped me short:  there was a trio of Chachalacas right in front of us on a log!  They seemed unconcerned as we enjoyed them at close range, but what was even better was a “wren wannabe” shuffling around nearly at our feet, which turned out to be an Olive Sparrow!  Great looks!

Chachalacas

There was no sign of the becard, so at the trail intersection we looked at the map and I gave them the option of continuing on the Willow Lakes Trail which would get us closer to wetland habitat, and they readily agreed (Bill works in the area of “cleaning up wastewater”, so he’s very familiar with the practice of transforming sewer ponds into wetlands)!  At the overlook we had nice views of dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs, various ducks, and a White-faced Ibis I was unsuccessfully trying to turn into a Glossy (although the Whiteface was new for them)!  While scrutinizing the ibis a pretty Cinnamon Teal floated into view!  We continued around, trying vainly to get a Long-billed Thrasher to come out, but ran into many more feeding flocks with the same players as before (one such flock had a Ruby-crowned Kinglet actually showing his ruby crown in all his glory!).  At one overlook where we were checking the ducks, a Mottled Duck came barreling in, which was another lifer for them!  A Snipe fed along the grasses, another pair of Harris’ Hawks were across the way, and we heard a Belted Kingfisher rattling occasionally, but scanned in vain for a Ringed.

Bill on the new boardwalk

We finally made it to the viewing areas along the Chachalaca Trail, where in addition to adding Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck, we also had both Least and Pied-billed Grebes.  But hearing the WheeK! of a Beardless Tyrannulet drove us onward, where we got sidetracked by a pair of “Mexican” Ducks out with the others, one showing broad white speculum borders, and the other showing what looked like a little “Northern” Mallard blood in him!  A Green Kingfisher gave its splat! call, but he was definitely in a position where he wasn’t visible… L  The tyrannulet sounded closer, but would then move down the trail, so we added Yellow-rumped Warblers along the way, and heard an Altamira Oriole that we chased down at the cutoff to Pintail Lakes, where it was down on the ground of all places and very upset!  We got great looks, but what was interesting were two Olive Sparrows that were also agitated and seemingly hanging around with the oriole! We continued on the trail where we ran into another feeding flock (and also trying to draw out a Verdin in the process), getting great looks at a Blue-headed Vireo, but what should finally pop into view but the tyrannulet!  He finally dropped down to where a tree was behind him and we could see his detail (although most of the time he sat against the sky), but what looks!  He showed off every field mark, which isn’t always the case with these guys!  High fives all around!

"Mexican" Duck (considered a race of the Mallard), best told from the Mottled by the broad white borders on the speculum.

Northern Beardless Tyrannulet having a "bad hair day" above, and showing a more normal look below...


Since it was really too late to leave and go somewhere else, we decided just to casually finish the loop and wound up back at the roundabout, and eventually the visitor’s center, where Sue bought a souvenir T-shirt and Bill discovered the back feeders! J  I had asked Ranger Christine where this “staked out” Pauraque was, and she showed us the general area, but said that they don’t like to advertise it because people go back there and spook it… L  Apparently it had already been spooked (or else it was hiding really well), as we couldn’t find it…  So we went to view the feeders from the outside wall, adding Inca Doves to the list, before heading into the VC again and going over the eBird list (and adding White-tipped Doves out the window; somewhere in here Bill had snuck out to the other feeders along the walkway and photographed a Clay-colored Thrush, to Sue’s chagrin… J).

Clay-colored Thrush, © 2018 Bill Lucas

Headed home after that, giving them suggestions as to where to go that afternoon to stay out of the wind (we’re still under a Red Flag Warning as I write), with 56 species for the morning (picking up a couple of Caracaras in a field on the way)!  Bird List:

  Gadwall                              
  American Wigeon                      
  "Mexican" Duck
  Mottled Duck                         
  Blue-winged Teal                     
  Cinnamon Teal                        
  Northern Shoveler                    
  Green-winged Teal                    
  Ring-necked Duck                     
  Lesser Scaup                         
  Ruddy Duck                           
  Plain Chachalaca                     
  Least Grebe                          
  Pied-billed Grebe                    
  White-faced Ibis                     
  Turkey Vulture                        
  Harris's Hawk                        
  American Coot                        
  Black-necked Stilt                   
  Killdeer                             
  Greater Yellowlegs                   
  Least Sandpiper                       
  Long-billed Dowitcher                
  Wilson's Snipe                       
  Inca Dove                            
  White-tipped Dove                    
  Belted Kingfisher
  Green Kingfisher                    
  Golden-fronted Woodpecker            
  Ladder-backed Woodpecker             
  Crested Caracara                     
  Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet        
  Eastern Phoebe                       
  Great Kiskadee                       
  White-eyed Vireo                     
  Blue-headed Vireo                    
  Green Jay                            
  Black-crested Titmouse               
  Verdin                               
  House Wren                           
  Carolina Wren                        
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet                 
  Long-billed Thrasher                 
  Northern Mockingbird                 
  European Starling                    
  Orange-crowned Warbler               
  Nashville Warbler                    
  Common Yellowthroat                  
  Yellow-rumped Warbler                
  Northern Cardinal
  Lincoln’s Sparrow                    
  Red-winged Blackbird                 
  Western Meadowlark                   
  Great-tailed Grackle                 
  Altamira Oriole                      

56 SPECIES

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Clean-up Day

1/5/17 

Since Friday was designated a “clean-up” day, and parrots were high on their list, we opted to start a little later so that we could include Oliviera Park (the only reliable parrot roost in the Valley) in Brownsville at sunset for the Parrot Show!  Fran still needed Sprague’s Pipit, so we headed back to Anzalduas first, and were just pulling up onto the levee when I heard a distant Ringed Kingfisher that shortly rowed up, circled a couple times, and landed right on the wire ahead of us!  He posed beautifully while we all got great shots (and he even stayed put as I snuck out and retrieved my camera out of the hatchback…)!  There were also about nine Great Egrets all lined up on either side of us, along with a couple of Snowies!

Ringed Kingfishers


After he flew to a distant pipe

Once in the park, this time everyone made the trek, carefully avoiding the model plane a guy was flying (and subsequently crashed; Kathie mentioned that Dale would have been heartbroken, as flying model planes is a real passion of his)!  This time we had the Western Meadowlarks, and we didn’t have to go far before the Sprague’s popped up, piked quite nicely, and gave everyone a satisfying flight view.  We didn’t linger, as we had a lot of places to try and visit, so we headed straight back to GranjeƱo, but unfortunately dipped on the Burrowing Owl (we needed Dale’s eagle eyes for that one J). 

Next stop was Hidalgo and the Monk Parakeets, and Kathie was awestruck with the nests!  Fortunately we didn’t have to circle around quite so much before the birds showed up, making that raucous call that differentiates them from the Greens.  There was also a Curve-billed Thrasher that sat right up in a bush behind us as if to say, “Hey!  Pay some attention to me, will ya?”  After pointing out Old Hidalgo Pumphouse as a possible site for them to visit on their own, we were off to Quinta Mazatlan.

Monk Parakeet

Chewing on his foot...


Curve-billed Thrasher wanting attention...

Everyone had restrooms on their mind, but it was quickly forgotten when the Clay-colored Thrush troupe started playing hard-to-get along the entrance road before coming right out into the open, gobbling down all those anacua berries!  Fran especially was entranced with the bird’s big red eye!  A Buff-bellied Hummer rattled at us as we went into the hacienda to check in, and the gal even had a map showing all the spots where the Blue Bunting had been seen!  After taking care of necessities we decided to check the area where it had last been seen, which was around the head of the little creek going into the Ebony Grove.  As we slowly poked around and listened, I heard an Orange-crowned Warbler, but then something called from the same area that definitely had a more metallic tone to it, and I was convinced we had the bird, but we just couldn’t get it to come out (which has been my experience – except in Belize…).  Shortly a young man came our way who said he had just seen it briefly before it took off, so I figured that was it, but the young man turned out to be Gabriel Rodriguez, who had posted about it several times on Facebook, so it was fun to put a face to a name!  Someone had seen Screech Owls in their boxes, so we checked those in the Ebony Grove to no avail.  We made the loop (as the bird had been found in several spots), but the only thing we added was a cute Black-and-white Warbler poking along the tree trunk, so after awhile decided to call it quits and head to the next spot.

Another Curve-billed Thrasher in the parking lot

Clay-colored Thrush portraits


In good light you can see the red eye!

Here you can see the nictitating membrane flash across the eye!



Indulging in anacua berries


Pondering another berry...


Kathie and Jim on the trail

I had scheduled the San Juan Wetlands for a shot at Swamp Sparrow, Stilt Sandpiper, and Long-billed Dowitcher, but considering the time I opted to head straight to Santa Ana, as they were also reporting the female Rose-throated Becard, plus we had a chance at the tyrannulet there.  We took the Chachalaca Trail to Willow Lakes and logged the usual ducks for the day, plus a small flock of Sandhill Cranes flying over, but way in the distance there were some shorebirds that included both flavors of yellowlegs and our coveted Long-billed Dowitchers!  Didn’t hear any tyrannulets along the trail, and the tower area had no becard (that we could find, anyway, but Elena had a ball climbing both the tower and the canopy walk J), so we headed on to Pintail Lake for a try at the sparrow and sandpiper.  Again, considering the time (and the hike; Jim had already abandoned us for the Visitor’s Center), we went straight and got a lovely view of what was in the closest lake – in particular, two Wilson’s Snipes at point blank!  Scanning the lake I came across what looked like a hybrid Cinnamon x Blue-winged Teal (mostly the former), plus a more pure-looking Cinnamon, along with the other expected ducks.  Not able to find any more shorebirds, we headed back, and as we approached the old tower parking area Fran and I heard some major shuffling in the leaves next to us, followed by an explosion of Bobwhite (nearly gave her a heart attack)!  After crossing the levee I spotted a gorgeous female Green Kingfisher right over the canal (which Fran really wanted to see)!  Jim reported that he saw lots of cool birds from the comfort of the VC as well, while enjoying their feeders! J

Kathie and Jim pause along the Chachalaca Trail

Fran on the Pintail Lakes Trail

Dan Jones had reported a couple of Fulvous Whistling Ducks in the Resaca in his back yard, so we made arrangements to head over there next, and after finally finding the place (“Google-Garman” let us down), Dan met us and escorted us back there, announcing that he had just found a yard bird:  a Virginia Rail had peeked out of the grass across the way!  A Sora was also with it, and they were both gone, of course, but Kathie was ready to die, as those were both birds she really wanted to see!  Alas, the Fulvous were also hiding, but the mob of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks was just incredible – even more of a mass than was at Harlingen Lake!  He also had a couple of White Pelicans loafing around, both night herons for the day, and both Ringed and Belted Kingfishers in the same scope view!  He agreed that if we wanted to hit the Parrot Show we needed to scoot, so after adding the feral Muscovies in his neighbor’s yard on the way out, we stopped for gas and then headed to Brownsville, picking up a pair of White-tailed Kites on the way!

Jim, Fran, and Dan scan the opposite bank for Fulvous Whistling Ducks and rails!

“Google-Garman” got me turned around again on the way there L, but after going around the block we found the road we were supposed  to take, and made it to the park fine.  After explaining what I planned to do, we cruised the little road with the windows down until I heard some parrots, then parked and jumped out; almost immediately a pair of Yellow-headed Parrots started flying circles over us and giving their throaty Ralph! calls!  I could hear Redcrowns in the distance, but before anything else flew in a familiar voice addressed me from behind, and there was Mr. Parrot himself, Simon Kiacz, who was doing a study on the Valley’s parrot population!  He pointed out a pair of Red-lored Parrots on the wire, and said we missed the White-fronted Parrot show about an hour previously, but just as he said that a flock of said parrots wheeled in and landed, and we all got great views!  I was tempted to go chase the parrots I was hearing, but Simon assured us that they’d come in eventually, and sure enough, here came the Redcrowns, who blended in almost the minute they landed!  Simon found a Lilac-crowned in with them, but we could never get on it, as it disappeared within the foliage…

Before long it got too dark to really discern any field marks (and the parrots quieted down quite abruptly), so Fran and crew took off for a nice Brownsville steakhouse to celebrate while I headed on home!  Kathie mentioned that she and Dale had started a non-profit to help troubled kids beat their addictions (mostly through creative endeavors), that was borne from their own journey with one of their own kids, and she gave me permission to share their link:


We had logged 94 species for the day!  Bird List:

  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck         
  Muscovy Duck                         
  Gadwall                               
  American Wigeon                      
  Mottled Duck                         
  Blue-winged Teal                     
  Cinnamon Teal                        
  Northern Shoveler                    
  Northern Pintail                     
  Green-winged Teal                    
  Lesser Scaup                         
  Northern Bobwhite                    
  Least Grebe                          
  Pied-billed Grebe                    
  Neotropic Cormorant                  
  American White Pelican               
  Great Blue Heron                     
  Great Egret                          
  Snowy Egret                          
  Cattle Egret                         
  Black-crowned Night-Heron            
  Yellow-crowned Night-Heron           
  White Ibis                           
  Black Vulture                        
  Turkey Vulture                       
  Osprey                               
  White-tailed Kite                     
  Red-tailed Hawk                      
  American Coot                        
  Sandhill Crane                       
  Black-necked Stilt                   
  Killdeer                             
  Spotted Sandpiper                    
  Greater Yellowlegs                   
  Lesser Yellowlegs                    
  Long-billed Curlew                   
  Least Sandpiper                      
  Long-billed Dowitcher                
  Wilson's Snipe                       
  Caspian Tern                         
  Rock Pigeon                          
  Eurasian Collared-Dove               
  Mourning Dove                        
  Inca Dove                            
  White-tipped Dove                    
  Buff-bellied Hummingbird             
  Ringed Kingfisher                    
  Belted Kingfisher                    
  Green Kingfisher                     
  Golden-fronted Woodpecker            
  Ladder-backed Woodpecker             
  Crested Caracara                      
  American Kestrel                     
  Monk Parakeet                        
  Red-crowned Parrot                   
  Red-lored Parrot                     
  Yellow-headed Parrot                 
  White-fronted Parrot                  
  Eastern Phoebe                       
  Vermilion Flycatcher                 
  Great Kiskadee                       
  Tropical Kingbird                    
  Loggerhead Shrike                    
  Green Jay                            
  Tree Swallow                         
  Cave Swallow                         
  Black-crested Titmouse               
  Verdin                               
  House Wren                           
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet                 
  Clay-colored Thrush                  
  Curve-billed Thrasher                
  Long-billed Thrasher                 
  Northern Mockingbird                 
  European Starling                    
  American Pipit                        
  Sprague's Pipit                      
  Black-and-white Warbler              
  Orange-crowned Warbler               
  Common Yellowthroat                  
  Yellow-rumped Warbler                
  Black-throated Green Warbler         
  Wilson's Warbler                     
  Olive Sparrow                        
  Northern Cardinal                    
  Blue Bunting                         
  Red-winged Blackbird                 
  Eastern Meadowlark                    
  Western Meadowlark                   
  Great-tailed Grackle                 
  Altamira Oriole                      
  Lesser Goldfinch                     
  House Sparrow                        

94 SPECIES