Birdspot. On the road. Drawing birds.

No time or energy for niceties or ruminations. Rio Grande Valley birds 11/05-11/07:

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Greater White-fronted Goose
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe (Hornsby Bend, Austin)
American White Pelican
Neotropic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey (Hornsby Bend)
Cooper’s Hawk
Harris’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
Merlin (Hornsby Bend)
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper (Hornsby Bend)
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Stilt Sandpiper
Dowitcher sp.
Wilson’s Phalarope
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground Dove
FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (do a little dance of supreme happiness)
Belted Kingfisher
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Hornsby Bend)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Couch’s Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay (Hornsby)
Green Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Cave Swallow
House Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Long-billed Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Olive Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Meadowlark sp.
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Audubon’s Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
House Sparrow

Also, butterflies & odes were flying like crazy. My head was spinning. The light was bad today, but I posted a photo of a fairly rare (though locally common to the King Ranch right now) butterfly @

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