Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Thanksgiving Holiday, Part 2


For our second day of this adventure, we headed out to Salineno, Falcon State Park, and stopped at Bentsen on the way home.  Couldn't find any seedeaters and no Muscovies flew by, but we did have nice looks at a Ringed Kingfisher and a couple of Gray Hawks, and one of the guys spotted a Zone-tailed Hawk from Merle and Lois' yard!  Everyone (including Merle and Lois) was disappointed that neither oriole put in an appearance, but we concluded that it was either due to a) the Sharp-shinned Hawk that was terrorizing the joint (and putting on some great aerial performances while chasing Red-winged Blackbirds. ;-)), or b) it simply hadn't gotten cold enough yet, and the orioles tend to come in when it's too cold for their natural nectar sources to produce anything.

Looking for seedeaters along the Rio Grande

Checking upriver for ducks and pigeons 

Green Jay at Merle and Lois' feeders

The Dump Road was very quiet, but thankfully Falcon was more productive: several Cactus Wrens sat right up along with a couple of Black-throated Sparrows, a Roadrunner performed famously right next to the car (never mind I was messin' with him by cooing :)), and in the primitive camping area one little bush gave us cracking views of Pyrrhuloxia, Verdin, and my first ever Black-tailed Gnatcatchers for the park!

Cactus Wren going into Falcon State Park


We went back to Salineno for one last river/feeder watch, then headed back towards the Inn, stopping at Bentsen on the way in hopes of an Altamira Oriole at least, but Gary managed to spot a Clay-colored Thrush while I was checking us in, and thanks to a tip from Ranger Roy at the Gatehouse Feeders we picked up a wintering Groove-billed Ani!  On the way home we stopped at the Green Parakeet staging area at 10th and Dove to at least pick up ONE more lifer!

A Chachalaca waits (im)patiently as the Gatehouse Feeders get refilled...

Plain Chachalaca

Bird List:

  Mottled Duck                         
  Plain Chachalaca                     
  Double-crested Cormorant             
  Great Blue Heron                     
  Great Egret                          
  Snowy Egret                          
  Cattle Egret                         
  Turkey Vulture                       
  Sharp-shinned Hawk                   
  Cooper's Hawk                         
  Harris's Hawk                        
  White-tailed Hawk                    
  Gray Hawk                            
  Zone-tailed Hawk                      
  Red-tailed Hawk                      
  Rock Pigeon                          
  Eurasian Collared-Dove               
  White-winged Dove                    
  Mourning Dove                        
  Inca Dove                            
  Greater Roadrunner                   
  Groove-billed Ani                    
  Buff-bellied Hummingbird             
  Ringed Kingfisher                    
  Golden-fronted Woodpecker            
  Ladder-backed Woodpecker             
  Crested Caracara                     
  American Kestrel                     
  Green Parakeet                       
  Black Phoebe                         
  Eastern Phoebe                        
  Vermilion Flycatcher                 
  Great Kiskadee                       
  Tropical Kingbird                    
  Loggerhead Shrike                     
  White-eyed Vireo                     
  Green Jay                            
  Tree Swallow                         
  Black-crested Titmouse               
  House Wren                           
  Bewick's Wren                        
  Cactus Wren                          
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                
  Black-tailed Gnatcatcher             
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet                 
  Long-billed Thrasher                 
  Northern Mockingbird                 
  European Starling                    
  Orange-crowned Warbler               
  Common Yellowthroat                  
  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 
  Lark Sparrow                         
  Black-throated Sparrow               
  Northern Cardinal                    
  Red-winged Blackbird                 
  Great-tailed Grackle                 
  House Sparrow                        

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